Pete McCabe wrote:I only know of two tricks in which an Elmsley Count is being used to "count a small packet of cards from hand to hand." So I'm not sure we can use that as the "normal" process.
The goal of the other 9,998 Elmsley-Count tricks is to display the four cards, one at a time. This should be the goal of your handling, not to mimic the natural process of counting.
Wow. Pete, folks, and with all possible respect - Kindly look at the post quoted above and consider the baggage of presuppositions it brings to the this discussion. Since when does a focus on magician's habits and our cluttered literature of "clever" have anything to do with normal?
I choose to believe that most of those 9,998 routines would work properly if an emphasis was placed on the number of cards in-hand during the counting process as in the six card repeat trick. ex in the Twisting the aces trick it's a nice way to show then you don't really have eight cards and it's all happening with just the four cards - without saying such in words.