cardstuntman wrote:I would like to know where the Derek Dingle 100 $ ace routine was printed. Not the one in the Complete Works with 2 cards, but the one with 3.
Jonathan Townsend wrote:On a related note, have folks picked up the use of four gaffs (and a variant of the 4x4 card switch) to recover the nicety of the original where you give them a free choice of packet where the cards assemble? IMHO that helps move the trick toward the audience in terms of focus.
Philippe Billot wrote:If you want a version of MacDonald's Aces by Derek Dingle in which you don't use gaffed cards but you can show the aces face up at the beginning and a spectator can really choose the leader packet, see DazzleSnap Aces in CardWork (1981), page 143.
Jonathan Townsend wrote:Phil, there is sleight where you get a break under the cards to be switched in, then get your finger(s) under those cards when about to start the process. You hold the cards to be switched out in one hand and bring them over to the pack. Under cover of bringing the outgoing cards over the pack you lever up the cards from the pack and up to the vertical and against the palm of the hand openly holding the cards that have been displayed. One could argue this is just a broken up "reverse" or Hofzinser type II pass. What happens next is a matter of style and subtlety and can be anything from a simple regrip and squaring action of what appear to be the cards you've displayed before they are again tabled as a packet or even a flip of the cards face up to reveal an immediate transformation. Our literature permitted several to have put their names on the item though a quick search back to what hit print in the early twentieth century will get you back to its roots. IMHO it's probably what nudged Annemann to go for a simpler switch more closely related to the (gambler's) hop, trading a smoother flow of directed action for larger discrepancy in item positions. ;)
The serious student is expected to apply all such things to their explorations of known and classic routines to find what serves them best. From the assembly to wildcard, from poker demonstration to tricks like oil and water - just a tool in the kit one can use.
Richard Kaufman wrote:Please post in English!
El Mystico wrote:Why bother with gimmicked cards when you can do an ace assembly like this?
Jonathan Townsend wrote:Richard, wasn't there a version of the collectors where you used a pass to swap ace packets, singles for interleaved? Citataion for that?
Richard Kaufman wrote:I have no recollection of the routine at all. Is it any good?
Jonathan Townsend wrote:Yes Philippe, it's a one handed reverse pass that also works with small packets.