(Personally, I’m glad that I learned the “pinky count” many years ago. It’s a sleight that I constantly rely on - at least once in almost every card routine in my repertoire. And I’ve never been “caught” using it.)
Since you’ll also need a “pass” for the tricks, Conn teaches a great version with lots of variations. But for purposes of the tricks on this DVD, you’re welcome to employ your own favorite pass or even a double-cut. With “pinky count” and “pass” in hand, you’re ready to move to the tricks.
Conn offers secondary phases on this theme with Fourtunate and Random Specificity and these routines may be combined. No matter which versions you choose to perform or mix and match, I think that the overall effect is strong. Also, I like the idea of performing magic with the die/dice (maybe a Dr. Sach’s, Bob Sheet’s “It’s the Rules” - please click here to read my review - or other routine) and then moving into the card trick (or vice versa).
Magic Spell allows you to spell and reveal a four of a kind via spelling. Of course, the cards have been previously lost in the deck. As part of this routine, Conn teaches a great four-of-a-kind-card production that is flashy and impressive. Legendary Ace Cutting provides Conn’s take on a Scarne “cut to the aces” style routine. It’s not quite up to the legendary (mythical?) conditions of the Scarne proposition (what is?), but it’s good.
Something quite different, An Artistic Application allows spectators to freely name two primary colors and then these colors appear on the face of a freely selected playing card. Going a step further, you blend the colors together to form the secondary color on the playing card (the two primary colors apparently vanish). No chemicals and no mess. This is all based on (what else?) sleight of hand and clever use of the “pinky count.” Conn also offers discussion on employing the pinky count so a stacked deck can become something of an index that allows you access any card at a moments notice - a useful capability.