Bob Farmer wrote:You must revel in the discrepancies and press forward confidently.
Keep Calm and Carry On, Wayward Son
Quite a finish -- I have no idea how that all works out even after three viewings.
Still, I wonder... Could you start out with a Flushtration (or similar) count to show four Jacks and a ten at the beginning?
I was just thinking about Vernon's advice about the copper silver trick (I think), that you start with a copper coin only and show that, put it in the spectator's hand, hold on tight, and only then do you bring out the silver. It would be great if you could show all Jacks at the beginning, lay them down on the table, and then show a ten.
Alternately I can see a story where you show five jacks, and say you're going to change them into a winning hand. So you change one card into a ten, good start, then the next one is supposed to be a queen, but comes out a ten again instead. Another ten, and another, until you have a jack and four tens. Finally you are able to create the royal flush.
This tips the ending, obviously, but it does seem like a story that would play pretty well.
And finally, I tried "Subdivisions" for the soundtrack and it works great. Just pitching.