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MacDonald's Aces is an Ace Assembly using gaffed cards where four Aces are shown, placed face up on the table, and covered with three other cards. One by one the Aces vanish from three piles, assembling together under the fourth pile held by the spectator.
It was first published in "More Inner Secrets" (1960) as "McDonald's $100 Routine" credited to Mac MacDonald (a one armed magic pitchman) who was selling the effect in the 1960s.
The plot itself was probably created by Hofzinser between 1857 and 1875 and was the finale of a trick called The Power of Faith (or more coreectly translated according to Magic Christian, The Power of Belief). Also, the use of double face cards in a four of a kind routine was in the Hofzinser's Card Conjuring (1931) as "The Four Kings".
- "McDonald's $100 Routine" in Dai Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic (1960)
- Frank Garcia's "MacDonald's $100 Dollar Four Ace Trick". New Stars of Magic, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1972
- Stewart Judah's MacDonald's Aces. Pallbearers Review, Autumn 1974 Issue (Volume 9).
- Martin Nash's The $10,000 Ace Routine in Ever So Sleightly (1975)
- Jon Racherbaumer's Olram Aces in Marlo's Magazine, Vol. 3 (1979)
- Johnny Thompson's "Automatic Aces"
- John Mendoza's Quick MacDonald in John: Verse Two (1982)
- Dingle's Slow Motion MacDonald's Aces in The Complete Works of Derek Dingle (1982)
- Guy Hollingworth's An Ace Assembly in Drawing Room Deceptions (1999)
- Jennings' MacJennings Aces published in Genii 1999 January, Vol. 62, No. 1.
- Michel Huot's Ultimate Aces in Seven by Michel Huot (2003)
- Guastaferro's Vino Aces in Antinomy, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1TR, 2008.
- Alexander De Cova's "MacDonald's Aces"
- John Guastaferro's "Famous Aces"
- Gary Ouellet A Dream of Aces
- Gilles Couture's "Macoins" (MacDonald's Aces with coins)
- Hofzinser issue Genii 2005 November