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Ten-Four by Ian Baxter

Australian card man Ian Baxter has nailed it once again! Here is a straightforward, anytime, anywhere mystery that will leave audiences scratching their heads.

No fakes, gaffs or stranger cards are employed. An ordinary deck, borrowed or supplied by you, is the sole requirement. Ten-Four, a radio call sign, means "everything is okay" but in this case, it also spells out what is involved. The four tens end up cavorting from the deck to the table and back again, with a jaw-dropping finish. And there is room for a spot of humour as well.

Acknowledgment must be made to Tom Ogden of Hollywood, California, for his original approach of a surprise transposition involving four of a kind. This was the seed from which Ten-Four germinated.

As for the unexpected climax, it more than mirrors the title. Indeed, everything is more than "okay" as the audience thoroughly enjoys this jaunty ride of the tens. Sleights? Yes, just basic stuff - Hindu Shuffle, Double Lift, Riffle Force and a reverse. No knuckle-busting moves at all in this easy-to-work gem. Guaranteed to please, at just $4.00.

1st edition 2022, PDF 5 pages.
word count: 1711 which is equivalent to 6 standard pages of text