From a shuffled deck, the magician spreads the cards across the table and asks a spectator to select any four cards. They are the four aces.
Paul Wilson supplements a vast and diverse knowledge of card magic with a superlative technique and exceptional grasp and application of misdirection. He is from Scotland and has learned well from Roy Walton and also has an excellent grounding in the works of John Ramsay. Further he is one of the premier exponents of the near legendary Fred Robinson techniques for false dealing.
Mr. Wilson has had a number of video projects featuring his own work, and all are highly recommended, however, his work on the Royal Road to Card Magic is of exceptional value. Unlike some of the video treatments of Erdnase, Mr. Wilson knows the Royal Road inside and out and guides the student through the course with tremendous aplomb. He also has a number of lecture notes and contributions to books and magazines that are well worth searching for, and we all look forward to the day when he puts out a large book of his thoughts and material, if large books do indeed bother to exist anymore.
This is a fairly simple refinement by Paul Wilson. However, the effect is extremely powerful and well worth it. Mr. Wilson goes over the handling as well as the necessary psychology needed to properly perform the effect. Be warned, this trick is easy from a method standpoint, but it certainly will take practice, especially on getting the performance, timing, and patter just right.
By Constantine 3:18 AM 10/27/11
A very nice effect by Paul Le Paul refined by Paul Wilson. Four random cards chosen by the spectator from a shuffled deck happen to be the four aces, or they could be four selections. Mr. Wilson teaches the mechanics of the effect with all the necessary details, descibing the psychology behind the moves and the motivation of doing them (I hope that makes sense). He teaches two ways of preparing the effect, so you can choose which ever you feel more comfortable with. Definetely worths its money.
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