Bills and Aces
York merges three great and audience pleasing effects into a logical progression in “Cut to the Aces,” “Twisting the Aces” and “Pineapple Twist.” Spectators shuffle a deck of cards and the magician quickly cuts to the four aces. With the four aces, he performs a “twisting” sequence where the aces turnover one at a time and then a second twisting variation with “Pineapple Twist.” Finally, with “Last Trick of Jacob Daley,” York performs a transposition between the red and black aces.
I independently came up with a similar set of effects that I perform together (Nathan Gibson’s NFG), Andrew Normansell’s “Twisting Dai Vernon” and (John Carney’s Sanverted). I can personally attest to the strength of combining these effects.
In “High Jumper,” a selected card leaps out of the deck. “The Warpedist Cards” is York’s version of “Card Warp” where a card appears to turnover as it’s pushed through another, folded card.
“The Warmest Card” offers lots of bawdy humor. Here, York has a woman put a card under her blouse and after returning the card back to the deck, he states that he will find the card based on its warmth. In the end, the trick turns into a sucker effect that makes it appear that the magician has found the wrong card but reveals that he knew all along the right card.
Not only does York flip the amateur “the bird,” he destroys the magician’s deck by having a card signed and throwing the rest of the cards on the floor, which in a bar is typically wet. The only problem with this effect is that it uses a specific non-magic prop that may be hard to find.
“Kinky Queens” is an entertaining packet effect that uses kings, queens and aces that transpose between the hands, on the table and in a wallet. York dresses this one with a good story.
Oh What a Rose
In “Poor Charlie,” York tells of a hapless gambler who brings different cards into a game of poker. Even though the cards are different, they form a key hand. I was very aware of the moves used on this one and I think that sharp-eyed spectators may catch them as they are repeated several times.