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After reading a posting, I looked up Randy Wakeman's "Ascention Transposition" from "Randy Wakeman Presents". It's one of those tricks you sit and do for yourself, because it's amazing even for the performer. The effect is similar to Peter Kane's Jazz Aces, and it inspired me to try and come up with my own version of Jazz Aces, with a kicker (I know, there are many out there). I sent the trick to Randy yesterday, and he was very helpful and gracious (and corrected some mis-credits). Here then, is a new thing to have some fun with. I hope you card guys enjoy it.


ROYAL JAZZ QUARTET

David Regal

9/14/02

Effect: Peter Kane’s Jazz Aces, with a kicker.

Needed: A deck of cards – actually only ten cards.

Preparation: None.

To Perform:

Step 1) You will remove two groups of cards from the deck (though this can be done preset as a packet trick) and place them face up to the table. Do not mention the number of cards in each. On the left place a squared packet comprised of (from the top of the face-up packet) two black spot cards, three Kings, colors alternating, and one more black spot card. In order to appear casual, allow the top card of the packet to spread to the right, exposing a bit of the card below it. For purposes of explanation we’ll assume to order is Nine of Spades, Six of Clubs, King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Clubs, and Eight of Spades.

Place the four Queens in a not perfectly squared face-up pile the right. The colors must be segregated. For purposes of explanation we’ll assume to order is, from the top of the face-up packet, Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, and Hearts. Discuss how the Queens represent royalty, and don’t like to fraternize with the “commoners” of the deck.

Step 2) Pick up the left packet and Elmsley count it, displaying four black spot cards. During the count, do not perfectly square the packet. This displays more than one card at once, and is disarming. Flip the packet face down into the left hand. Secure a left little finger break under the top card of the packet as the right hand picks up the Queens, allowing them to spread in the hand.

Step 3) As you talk about the differences between the plebeians of the deck and the patricians (the Queens), the right hand drops the Queens onto the left hand’s cards. The right hand picks up the four Queens and the card above the break as you perform the Braue addition: The right hand moves to the right as the left thumb slides the top Queen onto its cards. The right hand uses the left edge of the cards it holds to flip the Queen face down. This is repeated with the next two Queens. The final Queen is actually a double card. It is placed onto the left hand’s cards as the right hand turns the Queen face down.

Immediately spread over four cards and take them in the right hand as the left hand tables the remaining cards in a squared pile, to the left. Position check: The order of the right hand’s cards is, from the top down, Queen of Hearts, King of Clubs, Queen of Diamonds and Queen of Spades. Square the cards as they are placed into the left hand. You now perform the OLRAM subtlety, as applied to a layout: The left thumb pushes over the top card of the packet, which is taken by the right hand, thumb on top, fingers beneath. Turn the hands palm down, displaying the Queen of Hearts in the right hand and the Queen of Spades in the left (at the face of its packet). No mention is made of suits. The hands turn palm up. The right hand places its card on the table, about a foot from the edge and to the right, as the left hand deals the top card of its packet to the table, about a foot from the edge and to the left. The hands again come together. The right hand grasps the bottom card of the left hand’s two-card packet as the left hand maintains the remaining card. The hands separate and again turn palm down. A second black and red Queen is displayed – no one will notice that one Queen has been seen twice. These cards are placed face down near the edge of the table, inward of the already tabled cards, creating a square formation. Position check: At the outer left is the King of Clubs, at the outer right is the Queen of Hearts. At the inner left is the Queen of Diamonds, at the inner right is the Queen of Spades.

Step 4) Pick up the spot packet and hold it face down in the left hand. The right hand removes the bottom card of the packet and uses it to flip over the Queen at the outer right, displaying the Queen of Hearts. Announce that this will be the “Leader Queen” or some such thing. The card that was used to flip is returned to the top of the left hand’s cards. You have displaced one card. Flip the left hand’s cards face up and perform an Elmsley count, displaying four black spot cards. Flip the packet face down and immediately deal the top card (the Queen of Clubs) face down onto the face-up Queen of Hearts. Pick up the Queen at the inner right of the square formation (the Queen of Spades). Allow a brief flash of its face as you place it atop the left hand’s cards (you don’t want the suit to register, just the color). Cut the bottom card of the packet to the top – it should look like you simply cut the Queen into the packet. Make a magical gesture, then flip the left hand’s cards face up and perform an Elmsley count, displaying four black spot cards – the Queen has vanished. Flip the packet face down. Take the top card of the packet with the right hand and use it to flip the face down card atop the Queen of Hearts face up, revealing the arrival of a Queen (the Queen of Clubs in this case). Drop the card that was used to flip over the Queen face down on top of the two face-up Queens. This very clever streamlined handling for Jazz Aces is the creation of Oscar Weigle.

Pick up the Queen at the inner left of the square formation. Do not flash its face. Place it atop the left hand’s cards. Cut the bottom card of the packet to the top (you may like to place the Queen outjogged on the packet, cut the bottom card to the top, then square the packet, as an option). Make a magical gesture, then flip the left hand’s cards face up and perform an Elmsley count, displaying four black spot cards – another Queen has vanished. Flip the packet face down. Again take the top card of the left hand’s packet and use it to flip face up the face down Queen atop the two already displayed on the table – another Queen has arrived. Drop the card that was used for flipping onto the three face-up Queens. Place the final face down “Queen” (actually the King of Clubs) onto the left hand’s cards. Once more cut a card from the bottom to the top and perform the face-up Elmsley, this time allowing the last two cards counted to end in a spread condition during the count. Hold the spread cards in place with the left thumb, and use the right hand to flip over the final Queen. Climax.

Step 5) Explain that the effect was made possible due to the Queen’s aversion to commoners. Square the left hand’s cards and flip the packet face down. Spread off the top two cards into the right hand, which takes them as the left thumb pushes over another card, holding the bottom three as one. The thumbs can “Squiggle” the upper card of their packets, creating an illusion of only four cards in play. This is a technique of Bob Stencel’s. Place the right hand’s cards under the left hand’s cards as you say:

To bring this to a happy ending we really should change our commoners into Kings!

In a continuing action, flip the cards face up and Elmsley count, displaying four Kings. Drop the Kings onto the Queens to end.

As an alternate, I sometimes Elmsley count the Kings, allowing them to spread in the left hand (a spread of three Kings is seen) then pick up the Queens and add them to the spread, holding the assembled fan in the left hand, and allowing both sides to be seen as I return the cards to the bottom of the deck.
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I fixed a little boo boo in the description above, as of 10:42 AM West Coast time - the cards will now end up in the correct order...
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Wow! Thanks very much for that, David. You really are a very generous soul.

I've just run through it, cards in hand and I had to laugh because I couldn't fathom out how I'd just done it!

Maybe I should add this to the Most Amazing REAL THING thread: when I first selected some cards for the left hand packet, I'd only read the general description of which cards to use. It was then that I noticed that you had given an example of some specific cards. Apart from the last card, the eight of clubs, the cards I'd selected were the same and in the same order as yours!

It might be worth adding in Step 4, after the second Elmsley count, that the cards should be flipped face down and then the top card (the Queen) removed to flip over the Queen already there. And the same for the second time this move is performed.

This is obvious when you do it, but I'm just a pedant, and didn't read through the whole description before trying it.

A lovely effect.
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Sauron -

Thanks for "proofing" the write up. I clarified at the two places you mentioned. I'm glad you enjoyed the trick.
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David,

That was very generous of you. I worked through it and it like it a lot. Thanks Smile
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Quote:
On 2002-09-15 12:24, David Regal wrote:
The effect is similar to Peter Kane's Jazz Aces, and it inspired me to try and come up with my own version of Jazz Aces, with a kicker (I know, there are many out there).
You're not the only one! I know John Bannon was so fond of "jazz aces" that he published no less than 3 variations!

Anyways, I really like the presentation and the fact that you've kept the presentation nice and logical.



Very very nice. Just gotta practice, then I'll try it out on the usual suspects.

Thanks for the great variation David:)
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