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A perennial favorite in card magic: A chosen card is lost in the deck and the performer, showing the Ace, Two and Three of one suit, offers to change whichever is picked into the selection. That is exactly what happens, with Baxter’s smooth method making good use of The Ascanio Spread, achieving just that. Full instructions given, straightforward and easy to learn.
This revision of the Vernon classic not only underlines the all-important simplicity angle by using a shortcut display move, but dispenses with Vernon's need for Palming. Bruce Elliott briefly touched on this in the concluding lines of his write-up for The Phoenix. Here, a slightly modified handling for treating either the Ace or 2 is employed, with preliminary and somewhat repetitive displays of the three cards being trimmed. Into the bargain, fakes and duplicates used in some later versions, are conspicuous by their absence. This is a completely impromptu approach that can be performed at a moment's notice.
1st edition 2018, 4 pages.
word count: 1779 which is equivalent to 7 standard pages of text