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#8 The Mysterious Aces (This one was shown to me by a former student.)

Three aces will magically appear when the great Mathmatical Forces are called.

Things You Need:

    A deck of cards

Preparing the trick:

Pick out the aces and any 8.  Then count down seven cards and place the 8 with the four aces underneath it. (In other words, the 8 is the eighth card and the aces are 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th cards down.)

Doing The Trick:

Ask a friend for a number between 10 and 20.   (Be careful 10 works but 20 does not!)   Deal out that number of cards into a pile one at a time.

Ask your friend to add the digits of that number.  Return that many cards to the top of the deck one card at a time.

Turn over the top card and it will be and it will be an ACE. (Very cool!!)  Set this Ace aside and put the small pile back on top of the deck.

Repeat the trick two more times and get two more aces.

Finally, pretend to ask the Lords of Math for a sign as to where the other ACE is.  Pretend that they tell you to turn over the top card. (It will be an 8) Count down that many cards and there will be the final ACE!!!

(A quick example...count out 15 cards one at a time... then put six back one at a time...and turn over the top card .... An Ace!!!)

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