I have a very nice spelling routine in my lecture notes called "Ace Speller". I use it to great success in my close-up work. Unfortunately I have found that magicians that have the notes (and did not attend the lecture) or have seen it published elsewhere, seem to skip right over it because of its "spelling" nature.
At my lecture I usually outline the reasons why I think spelling effects, while once very popular, have fallen out of favor.
1) Spelling effects are seen as being "boring" and drawn out, and therefore the entertainment factor is diminished.
2) Spelling effects many times require a little bi-lateral thinking, i.e. counting, a little math, a sleight or two, and all while continuing with your presentation.
We all know that 2+2 is simple arithmetic while practicing, but can seem like calculus when performing for a crowd.
So I developed "Ace Speller". It requires no set up, and except for some false cuts, completely self working. Most important however, the routine is very entertaining. It incorporates visual elements, fun patter, "the magician in trouble", and a surprise ending.
It can be found in my lecture notes "Enigmas" as well as my One Man Parade in Nov. 99 issue of Linking Ring. An excellent precursor to the effect is "Flash Cut" also found in those two sources.
If you do not have access to either resource, I would be glad to email Ace Speller to anyone interested.
Best in Magic,