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Spectator Cuts to the Aces

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Spectator Cuts to the Aces is a classic card routine where the spectator cuts the deck to locate the four aces.

This routine makes a very efficient opener for a four ace routine.


This plot was proposed by Bob Veeser in 1956 in a letter to Ed Marlo, with three possible solutions.[1]

There have been many many variations developed over the year with various procedures. Some are self-working, some requiring a gaffed deck or setup, and some allowing the spectator to do all the cutting and turning the cards over. Later kicker endings were added in which not only the aces are on top of each pile, but the kings are also on the bottom.

A similar premiss in which after cutting the deck in four packets, the spectator moves some cards from packet to packet was published in The Dragon Magazine (Vol. 8, No. 6) in June 1939. Written up by Oscar Weigle, it was created by Steve Belchou and called "A Four Aces Set Up" (Belchou's Ace).



  1. A Problem Posed by Ed Marlo, New Tops March, 1965