Glad you liked it Brad. It was actually a duplicate 5H, using only Hearts for the trick. The reason is that Hearts are better suited to that presentation (described at the end of this post for quick reference) and that the writing of the marker shows better on red cards.
Also, I completely agree with Mark. Going over this trick is excellent handling practice.
Here are some more thoughts on Too Many Cards, as well as a full routine developed after countless performances. One thing is you can use it for a corporate show or whatever and have a logo printed on the last card.
In the regular version, the premise doesn't really follow a consistent direction, as it is "ambitious" only part of the time. I leave it as it is but use a presentation to go with it, as follows. Also, some ideas on handling. Here goes:
I like the idea of Jennings of showing the 5S repeatedly throughout the trick so the ending registers better. You can show the 5s at every phase. So here's my handling (everything as in Dingle's version with some subtle touches). You're supposed to be familiar with DDs version to follow this.
Insert it 2nd from top leaving it an inch injogged. Say"...it's not on the top..:" take packet with right fingers and lift it to show "...and not on the bottom". Bring packet back to horizontal position and say: "it's in the middle." Magic gesture and it comes to the top (double lift).
Turn the double face down, insert the top card 2nd from bottom, injogged as before, and say again, "Not on top..." Now lift the packet to show the underside. This time, since the injogged is not the Ace, the r.h. takes the packet from above by the ends, so the right thumb "happens" to push the card flush in the process and its face is not seen, yet it looks pretty much the same as the first time.Leave the Ace aside.
Follow RK-Dingle instructions (impromptu double-backer bit), showing the card injogged (this time you can really show it again). Leave the Deuce aside.
Look at the audience and say: "Since I see some people looking like this..." (lean your head to one side as if looking under something). This will get some chuckles as people will actually be that way, or at least wanting to."...I'll do it face up so you guys don't break your necks...."
Addresss someone in front: "You'll be the witness but you gotta watch very carefully (I don't do a feint here as I think Dingle suggests). The Three goes clearly face up in the middle. Ask the witness where is the 3. He'll say in the middle. "Face up or face down?" He says face up. Say, "You were supposed to watch carefully" and show the reversed card.Continue, "but if I insert it face down, it turns face up, you're following?" Put the 3 aside. "Only 2 cards, the 4 and the 5. If I put the 5 on top, what card is on top? The 5? That's too many cards (show the 4 on top)" Lay the 4 aside (and the black five with it). You have 1 card left (5H). "Have you ever seen a trick with just 1 card? Ask a lady with nice hands (at least) to lay her left hand on top of that card, which you're holding face down on the palm of your left hand. The card is sandwiched between your hand and hers. Turn over the card sandwich so you're now on top. "And this trick I dedicate it to you with all my love." As you finish that sentence, remove your hand slowly, withdrawing it backwards in color-change fashion.
A full routine,
This is a routine I often use professionally, combining it with other tricks as follows.
Openly take out Ace thru 4 of Spades and 4 high red spot cards and put them on the table. Leave the 5S on top of the deck, followed by the 5H. Table the deck to your left.
With the 8 cards on the table perform the Jennings-Kosby Oil and Water routine or any other 8-card O&W.
Follow with Max Maven's Relative Interchange (described in FOCUS. My handling appears in one of my videos, with Max's permission, of course. Thanks again, Max).
Bury the red cards in the deck and have the Ace thru 4 of Spades in a row from left to right. Point to them: A, 2, 3, 4.... and 5. Upon reaching the end of the row, the l.h. which is holding the deck, shoots the top card (5S) with Paul Harris' Instant Replay (doing the replay also, as described in CLOSE UP KINDA GUY).
Do your favorite version of that trick where you lay A thru 5 and then the order is magically reversed.
Act as if the trick is over. Take the deck and load the 5H under the Spade packet in a squaring motion. By the time you apparently decide to carry on, the deck is already out of your hands and the 5H loaded. Continue with Too Many Cards as described.
A couple of people have e-mailed me asking me about the idea Brad was referring to, that I posted to this forum a while back. Here it is again for a quick reference:
Here's a presentation I sometimes use for somebody's Birthday: Use 1 thru 5 of Hearts and a duplicate 5H in which you have written: "Happy Birthday whoever". Begin the effect and, noticing you don't have your wand, use a marker to tap every time. For the finish, ask the spectator to open the marker and wave it over the remaining face-down card without touching, and tell everyone to project their thoughts to the tip of the marker. No one will dare to deny that was what they were thinking.