Someone shuffles an examined blue backed deck (which also contains four red backers). You take it back and, in seconds, produce the four aces. However, this production results in laughter from your audience, not stunned amazement.
You next explain that you are thinking of a word, and ask them to try and read your mind. They say that they think your word is SOAP. You act astonished and say that it was. You then remove the four red backed cards, seen earlier, and a letter has appeared on the back of each of them. The four letters are S, O, A and P!
The deck can now be examined. Hash-Town-Ding is Stephen's version of the Paul Harris routine "Deep Astonishment".
1st edition 2005; 9 pages.
word count: 4043 which is equivalent to 16 standard pages of text