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Personally I really like the Wayne Houchin version the most from his Art of Magic or in Genii magazing from June (I think) last year.
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Rogers, Mike: Card Cavalcade © by Jerry Mentzer; extremely clean, progressive and deliberate version with color changing backs thanks to an extra card with a contrasting back. The ending can be improved by using the Ascanio spread or table counting with a double. It enables to show aces with four different backs at the end of the trick.
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Does anyone know if the Ammar version in ETMCM is the Vernon routine? I would think yes, and this is the one I use, but would like to know...

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One of the most impossible looking versions, without the cards changing to others or the colour of their backs , has to be "Twist In A Glass" to be found in the book "Magic From The Overground" or the "Clever Card Magic" DVD.

Other than that the only other vesion I've used over the years constantly has been Larry West's.

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Here is an updated (incomplete because they all are) biblio/videography on the Twisting The Aces effect: in my notes the book titles are in blue italics and the DVD or video titles in red italics but I could not transfer this in our beloved Café, sorry:

Acer, David: Natural Selections II ©1999 Camirand Academy of Magic Inc, p 48 Twisting the Acers: Four face up Aces turn face down one at a time, then all four turn face up. Includes he Buckle Count; Siva Count (Jack Avis); Modified Buckle Count; and the Annemann/Christ Alignment Move

Ackerman, Allan: Allan Ackerman’s Advanced Card Control Series #7 DVD False Counts: Twisting & The Aces.Twisting the Aces Lybrary.com download video. This is the very visual effect developed by Dai Vernon using the Elmsley Count. The aces one by one turn face-up while the four aces are merely shown and counted. For the climax the black aces change place with the red aces while they are resting in the spectators’ hand & Twisting the Aces Video download © Lybrary.com, tis is the original Dai Vernon routine usefully isolated by Lybrary.com from Allan Ackerman’s Advanced Card Control Series #7 DVD False Counts

Alfonso: Apocalypse 10 N°12 © Dec 1987 by Harry Lorayne, p 1433: A New Twist: impromptu Twisting effect with any four of a kind

Altman, Jeff: Best of Friends - Volume Three ©2007 Harry Lorayne Inc, p 166 Twisting The Aces Tribute

Ammar, Michael: Easy to Master Card Miracles Vol 2 DVD; Twisting the Aces

Araki, Ichiro: Ichiro Araki is The Master DVD: Twisting the aces.

Asher, Lee: 1993 Lecture notes: The Asher Twist & The Pass (1994) by Gary Ouellet, page 109 & Well Done 2000 VHS. & Essay by Jon Racherbaumer: Simultaneity, Turning Up Turns and Twisting in the Wind, January 1st 2002 & Asher Twist DVD & Revue Magicus 2001 p. 30: Asher Twist Again. Lee Asher’s principle revised by Dominique Duvivier.

Baioni, Andrea., Apocalypse, Vol. 15, N° 7 ©July 1992 by Harry Lorayne, p 2094 Torn and Quartered: Very original torn and restored card with a twisting of the card pieces

Baker, Carroll: Magic On The Menu DVD Table-hopping/strolling magic including: Not Stirred “twisting the Aces” routine

Bannon, John: Spin Doctor (Marketed Item with DVD) Four red-backed Aces, held face-down, are spun. After each revolution, a different Ace turns face-up. Then the Ace of Spades vanishes - it turns blank - in your spectator's hand, and reappears among the other Aces. Finally, each ace has a different back design and color - four different colored backs and everything can be handed out.

Bebel : Imagik [French magazine] N° 27 April 2000 page 13: “Handling de Bebel”.

Bengel, Robert: Apocalypse Vol 15 No 5 ©May 1992 by Harry Lorayne p 2069 More Twist'n: Twisting the Aces with a selected card appearing between them

Bennett, Keith: Pabular p 353 Twisting the aces revisited or Son of twisting the aces (same as Fred Kaps except for the idea of showing the joker and get out clean)

Bich, Mathieu. Easy Twist. Marketed effect using a special card.

Binarelli, Tony: 1976 Lecture Notes p. 5: Technicolour. After a progressive twist with red backs the backs turn out to be blue backs. As a climax the backs become multicolor.

Bingham, Euan: Cardboard Capers ©2004 Euan Bingham, p 14 Snapping the Aces: Direct Twisting the Aces effect

Burt, Brad: Small Packet Basics With Cards DVD; Segment 7: Vernon's Original Twisting the Aces

Busby, Jeff: Card Cavalcade 3 ©1975 by Jerry Mentzer p 73 Travelling Transmutators:

Cataquet, Harold: Apocalypse Vol 18 No. 11 ©Nov 1995 by Harry Lorayne, p 2576 Maxi-Twist X: a variation of David Stahl's Maxi Twist IX card routine

Crow, Raymonde: The Bird's Eye ©2007 by Raymonde Crow, p 46 PH for a Day: 4 acts - cards melt into the card box, twisting the aces, ambitious card, and a frozen solid deck. Uses Steve Bedwell's "Reboxed" (not described) and Paul Harris' Solid Deception pack

Close, Michael: Worker’s series #5 © 1996 by Michael Close, p 30 Reverse Logic

Cummins, Paul: Apocalypse Vol 9 N°3 ©March 1986 by Harry Lorayne, p. 1181 Overtwist Minor: A Twisting card effect. 4 Queens shown, another card selected. Queen packet is displayed, and one card keeps turning upside down. The Queens are eliminated 1 by 1 until only 1 remains, but it is not the Queen, it is the selection

Dingle, Derek: Epilogue N° 15 © July 1972 p 121 We’ll Twist If You Insist: a version with the backs changing color & The complete works of Derek Dingle © 1982 Kaufman and Greenberg p 54: We’ll Twist If You Insist, an improved version with the same color change. & Arcane [magazine] N° 51 July 1988, page 31 La valse des cœurs. French Translation Jean Yves Prost.

Duffie, Peter: Alternative Card Magic ©1982 by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz, Martin Breese, p 22 includes a twisting sequence & Card Flair. ©2000 by Peter Duffie, A Twisted Tale: This is a combination of Vernon's 'Twisting the Aces' and the 'Hofzinser Card Problem.' The original version of this appeared in Abacus & Cards in Principle The Suabian Twist: There have been several combinations of Dai Vernon's 'Twisting the Aces' and 'The Hofzinser Ace Problem' over the years. If the following version has any merit, it is the simple means by which the one at a time reversals are accomplished & Card Conspiracy 2 ©2003 by Peter Duffie and Robin Robertson, Morris Publishing, p 121 Twisting the Connected Kings

Dupré, Didier. Arcane [French magazine]] N° 113 January 2004 p. 6: Twist 2004 combines TTA and Sandwich.

Duvivier, Dominique. Twisting the Aces parfait. ©1996 Marketed effect by MMM (Mayette Magie Moderne)

Edwards, Doug: Apocalypse Vol 17 N° 9 ©Sept 1994 by Harry Lorayne p 2403 Reverse Five: Ace to 5S magically reversing with a new twist & Best of Friends - Volume Three ©2007 Harry Lorayne Inc, p 173 Another Twisted Appearance

Elmsley, Alex. The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley ©1991 by Stephen Minch, page 77: Twister’s Flush. A classic TTA using 5 cards ending in a Royal Flush. The ace vanishes after its twist: a very smart variant; Hoftwister is a twisting the aces routine including a card revelation at the end

Fedko, John: School of Magic Volume 7 Card Illusions DVD Twisting the Buckle

Ferrantini, Mirko: Fifth Twist; Apocalypse Vol 7 #6 ©June 1984 by Harry Lorayne, p 934 at the end the last card has traveled into the card case.

Fleshman, Dan: Restaurant Magic Fleshman DVD #1 Appetizers: Maxi Twist Twist & The Very Best, Yet! Commercial Close-Up Magic and Stand-Up Magic ©1990 by Dan Fleshman, p 7 Maxi-Twist Twist: extra twist for Roger Smith's Maxi-Twist

Forton, Piet. The New Pentagram ©April 1969 by Peter Warlock, Queenie

Frost, Ron: Apocalypse Vol 7 #6 ©Mch 1979 by Harry Lorayne, p 176: Follow Along mixes an instant twisting of four cards with a color change front and back of the four cards

Giobbi, Roberto. Grosse Kartenschule Vol. 2 © 1992 & Card College 2 © 1996 English translation p 324 The Royal Acrobats: Variation on Vernon's Twisting the Aces where Four Kings turn face down one at a time and, when placed in deck, they turn face up trapping a selection & © 1994 French translation by Richard Vollmer, Cartomagie Moderne Vol 1 Ed. Magix Unlimited page 322: Les Rois Acrobates.

Girard Christian. Arcane [French magazine] N° 112 October 2003 page 31: Les Souverains. Third phase of a 7 pages illustrated routine. Using a sleight created in collaboration with Bébel : the Sisyphe turnover first described in Imagik [another French magazine] N° 27 April 2000 page 12.

Gordon, Paul: Apocalypse Vol 20 No. 11 ©Nov 1997 by Harry Lorayne p 2859 Twister: Four Kings turn face down one at a time then turn into Aces & Protean Card Magic Cardman’s Twisting The Aces

Goldstein, Phil [Maven Max]. Pabular, Vol. 4, N° 11, July 1978 page 597: Back Gammon. Twisting The Aces combined with All Backs using the Ascanio Spread & Pabular Psychia-Twist & Pabular Vol 7 #3 p 1012: Packetrainer is a very direct and convincing Twisting the Aces routine with an entertaining patter.

Griffin, Gerry: Complete Card Magic with Gerry Griffin DVD 3 Advanced: 14 Valuable Mysteries. Twisting the Aces.

Guinn, Scott: Treasure Valley Twist (marketed item) available on http://www.scottfguinn.com/cardmagic.asp A very direct and entertaining presentation of the effect.

Hallas, Paul. Small but Deadly © 2005 by Paul Hallas page 53: Vernon on the Twist and several versions with alternate endings are well coveredby the most knowledgeable world specialist of small packet tricks & Magic From The Overground © 2008 by H&R Books, Texas: Twist In A Glass is Paul’s ultimate work on this effect that he probably knows better than anyone at the time of writing this bibliography & Clever Card Magic DVD set © 2006 includes the video rendition of Twist In A Glass & Still Small, Still Deadly- More Meanderings on Minimalistic magic © 2009 by H & R Books, Texas

Hamman, Brother John: Hierophant N° 7 1975, page 3, The Hamman Twist apparently the effect already existed in1963 & The Secrets of Brother John Hamman by Richard Kaufman, page 34: Brother Hamman’s First Twist; page 38: Brother Hamman’s Second Twist without the extra card.

Harris, Paul: Las Vegas Close-Up ©1978, Published by Chuck Martinez Productions, p 82 Cros Twist by Daniel Cros--One-handed version of Paul's Bizarre Twist, card sandwiched face down between two other cards visibly turns face up; p 107: New Twisted Collectors by J.C. Wagner and Allan Ackerman -A 'moveless' twisting-the-aces is performed, each ace magically turning face-up. For a really stunning finish, the packet is spread to reveal three previously selected cards interlaced face-down among the four face-up aces & Art of Astonishment, Book 1 - Pieces of Strange to Unleash the Moment ©1996 by Paul Harris, A-1 MultiMedia, CA p 101 Bizarre Twist (Intimate Secrets) A Harris Classic: two face down red aces are used to sandwich the ace of spades which is positioned at a right angle (crosswise) to the red aces. The cards are twisted ala Twisting the aces and the spade visibly turns from face down to face up. This is repeated and on the third turn the back visibly changes from blue to red; 189 New Twisted Collectors (Las Vegas Close-Up) J.C.Wagner and Alan Ackerman's hybrid of 'Twisting The Aces' and 'The Collectors; p 197 Cros-Twist (Las Vegas Close-Up) A one-handed version of the Bizarre Twist (page 101).

Hartman, J.K.: Apocalypse Vol 8 No 1 ©Jan 1985 by Harry Lorayne p 1014 Boggle Switch: A holiday theme packet effect combining Marlo's Quick 3 Way and Phil Goldstein's twisting the Aces type "Exitwist" routine

Hierling, Thomas: New Wave Close Up © 1987 p 38: Twisting the Aces combined with Dr Daley’s last trick.

Hollingworth, Guy. Lecture notes 1996 © by Guy Hollingworth page 1: Waving the Aces. Notes on Card Tricks and Other Diversions & French translation by Daniel Rhod in Imagik [French magazine] N° 15 of April 1996, p. 4 Vision royale & Waving the Aces video download isolated by Lybrary.com after having been recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 1998: After "Reformation", this is Guy Hollingworth's most brilliant creation. The aces visibly turn face up while at the fingertips. If you think Twisting the Aces is a strong effect, then Waving the Aces will blow your mind. And it is not at all difficult to perform for an intermediate level card magician & Twisting the Aces ©1999 by Guy Hollingworth, p 4 & Quartet a fake card and ten routines therewith ©1999 by Guy Hollingworth, p 33 Waving the Aces. New variant used for demonstrating the versatility of his gimmick

Houchin, Wayne: Genii magazine June 2009 by Richard Kaufman, Wayne Houchin's handling, which is pretty much the traditional version with a few finesses here and there

James, Wesley: Enchantments © 2004 Stephen Minch Hermetic Press; New Faces of 1234. This is a mix between Derek Dingle We’ll Twist If You Insist and Wilbur Kattner and Roger Smith Maxi Twist. It offers a very nice adaptation of the Atfus move that Wesley calls the Spread Atfus.

Jennings, Larry. The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings ©1986 by Mike Maxwell p 98 A Royal Twist (Christ Twist): Twisting the Aces effect. Each Ten turns face up until fourth, which turns out to be an Ace, then all the cards are shown to provide a Royal Flush; p 122 Twist'In (Underground Elmsley Count): Twisting the Aces for magicians; p 198: Twist’In II (All Fair Show, J.K. Hartman's Clean Up and Reverse): A version of Twisting the Aces for Magicians or knowledgeable laymen with backs changing color twice with A J.K Hartman startling finish & Jennings '67 ©1997 by Richard Kaufman and Company, p 226 Meditations on "Twisting the Aces"The '65 Twist; p 229 The Ouagadougou Twist; p 232 Leaving the Body; p 236 Pineapple Surprise '70; p 237 Small-Packet Handling of the Mechanical Reverse; p 239 Jennings' Double-Lift Getready; p 242 Pineapple Surprise '92 No. 1; p 242 Bro. John Hamman's Two as Four Count; p 246 Pineapple Surprise '92 No. 2; p 251 Pineapple Surprise “au naturel”; p 253 The Misdirective Outjog Switch & Royal Twist Video download © Lybrary.com, The four tens are taken out of the pack and displayed one by one. Repeatedly twisting the pack turns one of the tens face up. At the very end the cards change into a Royalt Flush

Jones, Eric: An Extension of Me DVD ©2010 Ellusionist.com: Eric was born with the Vernon touch and offers an incredibly visual twist that makes anyone of us fall on our back the first time we see it.

Kaps, Fred: Lecture notes ©1972 by Pete Biro, p 2 Twisting The Aces using the Ascanio spread and with the backs changing color at the end. It is possible to get Bicycle cards with different backs by buying an effect called Strangers Gallery. It enables to show aces with four different backs at the end of F’red Kaps’ trick.

Kenner, Chris: Totally Out of Control ©1992 by Kaufman and Company p 106: Twister combines TTA with Bro. J. Hamman’s Underground Transposition

Klause, Roger: Worker’s series #5 © 1996 by Michael Close, p 469, Roger’s Lovely Idea, in the Reverse Logic effect.

Latta, Geoff: Apocalypse 1 # 12 ©Dec 1978 by Harry Lorayne, p 139: Twist Till It Hurts. The aces turn one by one, the four cards being shown to be face down after each card. Then progressively the aces turn one by one (the ace, joined by the two, joined by the three) until there is a problem with the four. The cards which have no problem are discarded, until, finally, the four is turned face up revealing that it changed color. Strong climax & with Robert Walker: Best of Friends ©1982 by Harry Lorayne, L&L Publishing, p 423 "Bass Ackward" Wily Turn

Lopez, Bianca: The Miracle Makers "Some Boulevards to Entertainment" ©1975 J.G. Thompson, Jr.; Magic Unlimited - Lloyd E. Jones; Lee Jacobs Productions, p 10 The MK Turning Aces: A "Twisting the Aces" type routine; Aces turn face up one at a time, then change back colors (8 cards and Thumb Break Count)

Lorayne, Harry: Best of Friends - Volume Three ©2007 Harry Lorayne Inc, p 170 Twisted Appearance

Luka, John: L.I.N.T. - Pocket Stuff for Close-up Magicians ©1997 by L&L Publishing, p 124 Overtwist Transposed (Paul Cummins): A clever combination of the "Twisting the Aces" and the "Hofzinser Problem" ideas & Uncovered - Secrets for the serious magician ©2006 by John Luka Magic, p 52 Twisting Daryl: A variation of Daryl's "Twisted Aces Redivivus" designed to open "The Fun Routine".

McClure, John: the amazing eights Apocalypse 11-15 p 1482 The four cards have four different backs at the end.

Maddison, Walt: Apocalypse Vol 8 N°4 ©April 1985 by Harry Lorayne, p 990 Twist and Show is a packet routine using Walt's Twist and Show sequence& Not Marked Apocalypse 6-10 p 1047 & Apocalypse Vol 9 No 4 ©April 86 by Harry Lorayne p 1189 The Outsider: packet effect using Walt's twist and show

Mertz, Ray: The Magic Menu—The First Five Years (or Years 1 Through 5 as reprinted) ©1990 - 1995 by Jim Sisti, Metempirical Magic, MA, p 58 Mirror Twist: One at a time, four cards in a packet turn face down, then the backs change from red to blue, then to mirror backs

Malone, Bill: On The Loose DVD #2 © 2002; Think, Touch, Turn with a patter that gets him lots of laughs in impersonating the conceited arrogant character that I don't like in Bill's technically excellent magic (this reflects only my personal taste and in no way constitutes a valid blame on Bill's magic) & On The Loose DVD #4, © 2002. Edward Marlo’s Twisting Flush

Marlo, Edward : Card Finesse II ©1992 by Jon Racherbaumer, L&L Publishing, p 29 Count Reverse: the cards are turned over during the counting, applied to twisting effect & F.O.E. 1976 p 124 Count Conjuring & Marlo’s Magazine, Vol. 2 1976 by Ed Marlo p 128 : Complete Revised Routine. In both routines the aces turn face up and their backs change color without using the Elmsley count. Instead Marlo uses his F.O.E. count (Fake Out Elsmley), now called Marfoe or his Bluff Count described page 131. A typical Marlo « me-too ».

Mason, Mark: Real World Magic V2: Twisting the Aces

McClintock, Reed: McClintock Twist DVD; As usual with Reed, the routine is very demonstrative but its look is very clean

Mendoza, John: The book of John © John Mendoza, Twisting The Aces Again is a routine where the back of the last ace not only changes color, but it changes into a KS as well.

Mentzer, Jerry: Packet Tricks ©1982 by Jerry Mentzer p 13 Straight Up With a Twist (Phil Goldstein): A Twisting-The-Aces Effect with another twist; p 39 Twist (Vic Trabucco): An Ace, Two, Three and Four turn face down one at a time, then backs change colors

Miller, Brian: Cards, Coins, Thoughts and Theories part 2 ©2008 by Brian Miller, Lybrary.com, Sudden Aces/The Four Card Game covers a startling "flash" production of four aces followed by a twisting routine with a fun presentational hook

Nash, Martin: Award Winning Card Magic of Martin Nash DVD 5.

Neale, Robert E.: Life, Death, and Other Card Tricks Fly Sport includes a meaningful patter as could be expected from him.

Normansell, Andrew: 100% Commercial DVD Vol 3 Close-Up Magic Twisting Dai Vernon: A contemporary take on the classic "Twisting the Aces" but with an even bigger twist! All of the cards instantly turn face up for the climax! Many convincers and subtleties have been incorporated into this routine that elevates it into the miracle class

Ortiz, Darwin. Strong Magic, © 1994; pages 62. Twisting The Case uses Brother John Hamman’s idea of climaxing with a Royal Flush replacing the aces and including a twist within the card box.

Parker, Jack: Another Bite of the Cherry: Cheetah's Handbook Volume 2 ©2006 by Andi Gladwin, Underground-Collective, p 5 Meester Twister (Jack Parker): a Twisting the Aces with Queens and Jokers, and then Aces!

Pecore, Joe: A Sonata of Magic ©2000 by Joe Pecore, p 31 Let's Do the Twist (Bizarre Twisting of the Aces): Aces turn face up, one Ace changes back color

Pelkey, Francis: Apocalypse 1-5 p 663: Universal Twist

Racherbaumer, Jon. Pastiche magazine N° 1. © 1992: Twisting Deluxe & The Olram File, Vol. 1, N° 12 June 1992 p 11: Precursor to Twisting The Aces underlines the underground circulation of the Elsmley count & Counthesaurus p 135, method 2 for "Preparing to Twist" & Good Turns 2.0 offers 56 pages on Twisting the Aces, starting with a potted history of the effect and with Vernon's original version, then explaining variations by Marlo, Walker, Forton, Hamman, Castillon, Racherbaumer, Smith, Bannon, England, Jennings, Goldstein, Alford, Duvivier, Cervon, Iglesis, Kane and Walton

Rhod, Daniel. Plus Secrets Secrets (in French) © 1994 page 19: Twisting the Jokers. Using the author’s count called “Comptage Intervisuel” explained in the same book, The aces twist and change color using only 4 cards for a Twisting en Technicolor.

Rindfleisch, Joe. Apocalypse Vol 20 No. 11 ©Nov 1997 by Harry Lorayne, p 2864 Process of Elimination: a combination of a twisting the Aces plot and a Hofzinser plot with a couple extras

Rogers, Mike: Card Cavalcade © by Jerry Mentzer; very clean and deliberate with color changing backs thanks to an extra card with a contrasting back. The ending can be improved by using the Ascanio spread. It enables to show aces with four different backs at the end of the trick.

Rollins, Walt : MUM, Vol. 53, N° 7 ©December 1963, p 333 Pineapple Surprise is the effect that Dai Vernon adapted for his Twisting The Aces routine

Sanvert, Jean Jacques: Apocalypse Vol 5 No. 10 ©Nov 1997 by Harry Lorayne, p 687 Another Hofzinser Twist is the combination of Twisting the Aces with an Hofzinser effect & Best of Friends - Volume II ©1985 by Harry Lorayne Inc, p 317 Twisting The Colors is a TTA routine where the ace to four turn over, with the color of the backs changing for a climax & Best of JJ Sanvert - World Champion Magic DVD #2. Twisting Hofzinser : Hofzinser's classic Four-Ace Problem meets Twisting the Aces and the results are truly amazing. J. J. also teaches his utilitarian Retro Count

Simon, Frank: Variations ©1978 by Earl Nelson, (1st Edition, Earl Nelson; revised second edition Mark Wilson Publications 1979) p 9 About Face Aces: An effect based on Phil Goldstein's "Counter Revolution" where Aces and Kings are shown and the Kings are placed into different parts of the deck. A twisting the aces sequence is performed which climaxes with the aces

Smith, Roger & Kattner, Wilbur: Innovative Magic N°2 ©1976 Maxi Twist & ©1976 Maxi Twist II & Bill Malone On The Loose DVD Vol 3 Maxi Twist with Bill’s presentation.

Trixer, Hans: Epoptica Yearbook issue 1982-1989 by Jeff Busby, p 299 H.E.T. - Highly Erratic Twisting

Stahl, David: Don’t Stall, Stahl! Lecture notes © by John Mendoza: Maxi Twist IX. & Arcane [French magazine] N° 34 ©April 1978, p 12. French translation by Jean-François Berger

Tucker, Stephen: Apocalypse Vol 14 No 4 Stephen Tucker Issue ©April 1991 by Harry Lorayne p 1916 On No Account: Twisting the Aces type effect with no Elmsley Counts & Twister DVD A smart gaff to turn the aces face up and switch all the cards at the end. Using Stephen’s principle, the gaff could be altered for the cards to appear as fanned instead of out-jogged but using the same folding principle for the card switch

Vappereau, Damien: Credit Aces (marketed effect). The magician tells a story about a strange poker game he played with his friends. He displays a four-card poker hand of blue-backed cards. The magician`s hand wasn`t so good, so he decided to cheat just a little with a fifth card. With a snap of the fingers, an ace appears face-up in the packet! Tough luck though, because the ace has a red back and doesn`t match the other cards. The first ace is placed on the table and he tries a second time. Another ace appears...but it also has a red back. This ace is placed on the first and he tries one more time. A third ace just as magically appears...but it also has a red back. He places the third ace on the table and decides to try one last time. The magician magically changes the four cards in his hands into a single ace of spades, but it also has a red back. Since he lost the game, the magician now has to pay everyone at the table..but when he turns over the four aces on the table their backs have magically changed to credit cards! Comes complete with special cards on Bicycle stock.

Vernon, Dai. Dai Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic ©1961 by Lewis Ganson Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studio: Twisting The Aces; the original version & Hierophant N° 7 ©1975 by Bruce Cervon, p 17: Twisting The Aces. This Walt Rollins’ Pineapple Twist variant by Dai Vernon is the routine, which started it all. Still valuable with its own climax, but later improvements turned out to be real improvements.

Vines, Jimmy: Apocalypse Vol 9 No 1 ©Jan 86 by Harry Lorayne, p 1163 Twist Till Red: an Elmsley count packet routine

Vollmer, Richard: Apocalypse Vol 6 #7 ©July 1983 by Harry Lorayne, p 797 Hyper twist: twisting the Aces with a few added climaxe & Impromptu Packet Tricks DVD © by Aldo Colombini: French Twists by Richard Vollmer is a very nice version where the aces turn face up, first one by one, then two by two before three turn at once. Then finally the aces are placed in the cut deck to prevent any sleight of hand but still all four turn face up in the face down deck

Wagner, J. C.: The Commercial Magic Of J. C. Wagner ©1987 by Mike Maxwell, L&L Publishing, p 10: Twisted Underground Transposition is an effect where the kings and the aces are separated into two piles. The kings turn face down one by one, and then magically trade places with the four face down aces; p 11 Omni Twist Collectors: (Vernon Transfer, J.C. Buckle Displacement, Dan Tong's Pad Spread); p 12 Twisted Collectors II: (Marlos' AFTUS, the Jordan Count) & with Allan Ackerman The Art of Astonishment - Book 1 ©1996 by Paul Harris & Eric Mead, A-1 MultiMedia, p 189 New Twisted Collectors

Walker, Robert. Kabbala, Vol. 2, N° 7 © March 1973 page 50: Pineapple Preserve. A Walt Rollins variant. & Topsy Turvy Torsion Marketed Item ©1976 by Jon Racherbaumer. & Counthesaurus by Jon Racherbaumer page 195 : Hyper-Twist is the same as Topsy Turvy Torsion Version.

Yedid, Meir: Twist and Shout. Marketed Item. Four face down cards are pushed through your fist; they turn face-up and face-down, one at a time. First the Ace, the Two, the Three, the Four of Clubs and then the FIVE! Wait there are only four cards. All four cards are now FIVES! The outstanding part of this routine is that the fives can be handed out for examination. Easy to do and uses only one specially gaffed card. Comes complete with poker-size Bicycle cards and photo-illustrated instructions

York, Scotty: The Silver Fox 3 DVD Vol 2: Hisownself. Twisting the Aces

Posted: Mar 25, 2010 3:19pm
I have already found some additional ones

Bannon, John: Dear Mr Fantasy Card Tricks By John Bannon ©2005 by John Bannon p Two Classics covers Dr Daley’s last trick and Twisting the Aces & Fractal Card Magic DVD Series ©Nov 2008 "Spin Doctor" is a twisting the Aces effect with a number of additional surprises including a rainbow back finish

Dalal, Sam: Mantra [Indian magazine] April 1975 – July 1977: "The Twist" by George Blake and "Twisting the Aces Again" by Sam Dalal are, respectively, reported by Little Egypt Magic as interesting gaffed and non-gaffed versions of "Twisting the Aces."

Posted: Mar 25, 2010 3:25pm
... and the original effect that really started it (without the Elmsley count)

Sands, George: Hugard’s Magic Monthly, Vol. 4, N° 7 ©Dec 1946, p 275 Super Optical Illusion
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Go with the original.
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Lawrence O, what a listing! Thanks for an enormous amount of information. Your posting has driven me to a number of books and magazines in my collection.
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In the magazine Hierophant there is a metion that Twisting the Aces effect started with the effect "Touch Turn" by Ed Marlo. I hope now the effect is called "Touch turn and Think"
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Lawrence,
You might want to add "Visible Twist," Mojo, Volume 1, No 3, January 2007. It is my handling of Hollingworth's "Waving the Aces" and refines some of Guy's handling for close up, rather than stand up use.

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Do anyone use thre royal mote the big cards in thir kids show
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On 2010-03-27 09:37, Wesley James wrote:
Lawrence,
You might want to add "Visible Twist," Mojo, Volume 1, No 3, January 2007. It is my handling of Hollingworth's "Waving the Aces" and refines some of Guy's handling for close up, rather than stand up use.

Wesley James


Thank you Wesley, sorry to have missed these references. Naturally I've already completed the list.

I'm rechecking my notes on Triumph at the moment, I would appreciate if you could PM me the references of the work you did on this effect so that when I release a list, we do not find ourselves in the same situation.

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On 2010-03-26 10:14, swamy wrote:
In the magazine Hierophant there is a metion that Twisting the Aces effect started with the effect "Touch Turn" by Ed Marlo. I hope now the effect is called "Touch turn and Think"


No! the effect started way before Marlo was even born.
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Yet another vote for Vernon's original. It's the one I always use and the one I most oftn have the spectators asking 'Let me see those cards'.

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On 2010-03-27 22:34, Lawrence O wrote:
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On 2010-03-26 10:14, swamy wrote:
In the magazine Hierophant there is a metion that Twisting the Aces effect started with the effect "Touch Turn" by Ed Marlo. I hope now the effect is called "Touch turn and Think"


No! the effect started way before Marlo was even born.


Dear Lawrence,

Could please mention its origin?

regards
Swamy
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It depends how you want to consider it. The authors of Hierophant were close Marlo followers when not Marlo himself.

It cannot be Marlo as such if you consider the effect as an only four cards counted as four effect for Alex Elmsley wrote about his count to Vernon before releasing it and Vernon invented Twisting the Aces at about the same time when Alex Elmsley released his count.

Now if you consider the effect without the Elmsley count. You have similar effects without the Elmsley count like Pinnaple Twist which pre-date Vernon and Marlo

Finally you can consider that Twisting the aces is just a self reversing card effect reduced down to four cards: then there are many self reversing card effects

I'm not the type to try and replace a dogma or a faith by another one. I like to keep a free spirit and search a little more than just thinking that this or that magician invented something definitive and that he was the first one.

Nothing is created from nothing AND nothing is ever exactly the same. The point is not to be knowledgeable, the point is to not to forget about the great ideas that time and new effects are progressively burying.
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On 2010-03-28 19:54, Lawrence O wrote:
It depends how you want to consider it. The authors of Hierophant were close Marlo followers when not Marlo himself.

It cannot be Marlo as such if you consider the effect as an only four cards counted as four effect for Alex Elmsley wrote about his count to Vernon before releasing it and Vernon invented Twisting the Aces at about the same time when Alex Elmsley released his count.

Now if you consider the effect without the Elmsley count. You have similar effects without the Elmsley count like Pinnaple Twist which pre-date Vernon and Marlo

Finally you can consider that Twisting the aces is just a self reversing card effect reduced down to four cards: then there are many self reversing card effects

I'm not the type to try and replace a dogma or a faith by another one. I like to keep a free spirit and search a little more than just thinking that this or that magician invented something definitive and that he was the first one.

Nothing is created from nothing AND nothing is ever exactly the same. The point is not to be knowledgeable, the point is to not to forget about the great ideas that time and new effects are progressively burying.
Magicians don't need gods, they are in constant need for ideas in order to achieve miracles. Some of these ideas are already there waiting to be dug out. Some have to be created. As a general rule, there is not much to find where everybody is already looking and plundering.



Thanks for the information Lawrence.
Nice comments.

swamy
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Lawrence-

Consider adding Bill Goodwin's "Twisting the Kings" routine from "Reflections" DVD.
A very nice version I might add!

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The list is quite impressive. So far it looks like I'm the only one that's voting for the chest handling of Asher's twist called McClintock twist. But that's an oversimplified statement.
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I still think the original is the best. simple, pure magic. The presentation is the most important part in this routine.
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I liked Mike Close's handling on his DVD
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One more vote for Vernon. But I like it better with the Darwin Ortiz finale suggested in "Strong Magic".
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