Classic Routines | Cutting The Aces – Finale’

This final entry on this classic plot takes an introspective look at a fascinating hybrid. The mixing of two classic plots.

The mixing of Cutting The Aces and Triumph.

Before going any further, take a look at this video from my Act.

Castle Act:

I will be the first to declare from the rooftops;

“I truly hate the mixing of magical plots”.

This practice is not conducive for creating strong magic.

Now, the routine you have just seen is a wonderful thing. It is called The Ultimate Topsy Turvy Aces.

Full credit to Edward Marlo for the intellectual effort in combining two plots like this.

His original version appeared in his private manuscript The Patent False Shuffle.

The routine in the video is the creative enhancement by my friend Andrew Wimhusrt.

Big question;

Why does this routine work so well and achieve such a great impact?

I have performed this routine hundreds of times and not once has it failed to induce total astonishment.

This routine works because of the scope and challenge. It works because the audience fully understands the context given by the premise in my presentation.

The finish brings the routine full circle. A demonstration of pure skill transcends into an impossible experience.

This first series of articles has addressed a plot with variations to establish a precedent for learning and study. If you like a classic effect, make a point of studying different interpretations.

I have a few routines in my repertoire where Aces are cut to and the context of each plot and premise is qaulatievly different.

Our job is to choose which works best for our style and delivery.

To complete this first instalment, here are a few things for your consideration.

Do you want credit for great skill? If so, can you design a presentation that makes the audience care?

Do you want the spectator to be the Star? If so, there are many wonderful routines published where the spectator cuts the deck into four packets and turns over the top card only to find he or she has cut to the four aces. This is a beautiful concept.

Finally, if you enjoy mixing plots, consider why?
What is the purpose?
What is the premise?
What experience will your audience have?


Asking the right questions will set in motion energy which will support your creative endeavours.

Good luck.

Stay tuned, the next conversation features a stunning routine.

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