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Las Vegas Split

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Las Vegas Split (aka Ballerina Cards) is a card routine where the magician tells the tale of a Blackjack game in which he was dealt a pair of deuces. He makes good by splitting the deuces into four aces. Then the four jacks are produced to make four winning hands.

It was published by Paul Harris in SuperMagic (1977) and features the "Two-for-one Top Change".

Splits Unlimited chapter in Las Vegas Close Up provides alternative methods for doing the split that included LICKITY SPLIT: an adaptation of Annemann's Jinx Change; GAFFED SPLIT and the CURRY SPLIT (a one handed version based on the Curry Change.

Harris mentions, when these were republished in Art of Astonishment Vol. 1, that his presentation evolved into "Ballerina Cards" with their "two two's" doing the splits. He also points out that Cardician's Blendo could be used as an easier method.


  • "Doing The Splits" Variations on Las Vegas split by Roger Crosthwaite in Pabular.

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Books Magic of Paul Harris (1976) Paul Harris Reveals Some of His Most Intimate Secrets (1976) Supermagic (1977) Las Vegas Close Up (1978) Close-Up Entertainer (1979) Close Up Fantasies Book I (1980) Close Up Fantasies Book II (1980) Close Up Fantasies Finale (1981) Close-Up Kinda Guy (1983) Brainstorm in the Bahamas (1983) Close-Up Seductions (1984) Secrets of the Astonishing Executive (1991) Art of Astonishment (1996)
Manuscripts Super Swindle (1976) Cardboard Connection (1977) Return of the Bizarre Shrink (1977) Inner Circle (1980) P.H. Breakthrough (1981) Immaculate Connection (1983)
Lecture Notes and Products Vanishing Deck (1973) Inside/Close up (1976) Signed Card in Match Box (1976) Twilight (1979) Hard Boiled Quarter (1980) Solid Deception (1980) Screwed Deck (1991) Portable Smoke (c.1992) Night Shades (c.1993) Cardian Angels (1995) Naked Angels on Bikes (2000) Reality Twister (2000) Lip Smacker (2000) Twilight Angels (2000) Deep Astonishment (2004) One and Only (2005) Deep Astonishment II (2006)
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