"I devised this routine as best as I can remember, back in the year of 1988, when I was just 13 years of age."
- Jonathan Royle
It was first shared with the magical world by Jonathan Royle under his former stage name of Alex-Le-Roy. This was in the pages of Magigram magazine, published by the famous Supreme Magic Company back in around 1990 -- he was just 15!
At the age of 16 in 1991, it also appeared within the pages of Royle's first published book, Original Magic. The first signed copy was purchased by none other than the late and great magician, Paul Daniels.
Royle has been personally using it professionally in paid close-up magical performance situations since 1989, when he was just 14. He did his first paid close-up gig in a Chinese restaurant for their Chinese New Year celebrations.
Very little about the routine has changed in the almost three decades that Royle has been performing it. This effect is his fast-paced, 70-second opener.
Five face-down playing cards are shown to the audience...
The top card is shown to be the two of hearts. It is clearly placed on the bottom of the pile and yet, it immediately and magically jumps back to the top of the pile!
The card is clearly placed under the pile again. But amazingly, in rapid succession five times, the two of hearts jumps to the top each time.
By this time, the audience start to become suspicious, thinking that all five cards may well be two of hearts. You confess the truth and show them that, indeed, all five cards are identical two of hearts -- this always draws a laugh.
But all is not how it seems! You immediately flick the cards, and they instantly change to the ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of Spades -- a perfect royal flush in poker. They are shown to be normal on both sides - and all of the two of hearts cards have vanished completely!
This brings this very fast-moving, 70-second "workers" routine to an end. Seven very strong magical moments!
Royle has always found this to be the perfect fast-paced opener to introduce himself. This is the effect he performs when approaching a table or group of people. It literally takes split seconds to reset, and can be done right before their eyes - even before the cards are replaced into your jacket pocket.
Within this package is a PDF, 45 full-color photographs, and access to an easy-to-follow, step-by-step training video (6 minutes and 13 seconds long).
"Personally, I have always felt that many Ambitious Card Routines go on for far too long and lack any real ending. This version eliminates all those problems and is ridiculously easy to perform."
- Jonathan Royle