Aldo Colombini – Trifleby Aldo Colombini

Aldo Colombili

Trifle by Aldo Colombini

Trifle by Aldo Colombini

Frankly speaking, I still like Packet Tricks very much and this is one of my favorites. To me, they are fun to do, relatively easy in many cases and strong in impact. This routine is a non-faked version of Max Maven’s B-Wave and Twisted Sisters by John Bannon, obtained with regular cards and adding a further effect. (Also, please see my Clean Parade for another non-faked version sold through my company, MAMMA MIA MAGIC… sorry for the free ad!)


Two four card packets are shown and tabled. One has the four Kings with blue backs, the other has the four Kings with red backs. One of the four Kings is freely selected by a spectator who announces its suit. The same two Kings in each packet are the only ones having different colored backs. The two cards are replaced in their respective packets but they change places again and end up in the opposite packets!


Four Kings with red backs and four Kings with blue backs. Of course, you may use any four-of-a-kind.


In the first packet you have from top to bottom, face up: King of hearts and King of diamonds with red backs, followed by the King of clubs and King of spades with blue backs.

In the other packet from top to bottom, face up: King of hearts and King of diamonds with blue backs followed by the King of clubs and King of spades with red backs.


Leave the two packets face up on the table without showing the backs. Pick up a packet (say the packet with the red backed Kings on top) and spread the four cards showing the four Kings. Ask a spectator to think of a King and then to announce it-

No matter what King is selected, take this King in the right hand and, casually, take the king of the same color below it and drop these two Kings on top of the other two. (Say that the selected King is the King of spades. Take it with the right hand and place the King of clubs below it, then drop them on top of the red Kings.) Remove the top (selected) King with the right hand. Square the remaining three cards and, using the right hand card, flip them face down in the left hand. The right hand shows that the selected King has a different colored back.

Place the selected King SECOND from the bottom in the left hand packet (you may use the Buckle for this) and immediately do an Elmsley Count showing three cards of the same color and one different color backed card. (Apparently the same King, but really the Elmsley Count has switched the selected king for the other of the same colored back.) During the count, leave the different colored back card out-jogged and then take it and table it face down. Leave the other three cards face down behind the (believed to be) selected king.

Repeat exactly the same thing with the other packet. (Spread it face up, take out the selected King with the right hand, bring the king of the same color below it dropping them on top of the opposite colored kings, remove the top King and show it to have a different colored back, place it second from the bottom and perform an Elmsley Count, tabling the other Kings and the three card packet behind it.)

Take the red backed selection and place it on the bottom of the red packet. Pick up the packet and perform an Elmsley Count showing four red backed cards. Casually but openly, bring the top two cards to the bottom.

Take the blue backed selection and place it below the blue packet. Pick up the four card packet and perform an Elmsley Count showing four blue backed cards. Openly move two cards from top to bottom

Spread the two packets on the table and show that one blue backed card is among the red ones and vice-versa. Turn them over and show the selections have transposed for a nice finale.


You may want to use two decks (one red and one blue), removing the required cards from each deck and/or maybe incorporate this trick into a longer routine using the two decks.