The Four Robbers
Magic Trick 24
You place the four Jacks within the deck. You tap the deck, and
they magically rise to the top!
Supplies You Need
- An ordinary deck of cards
Find the four Jacks from the deck of
cards and take them out. Now take
any four cards and put them behind
the Jack closest to you. They must
never show to the audience, who will
be directly in front of you
How to Perform
Do this trick quickly, and tell the
story to the audience so they are
entertained and do not focus on how
you are doing the trick.
After setting up the cards, fan out the four Jacks, keep the other
cards hidden behind the Jack, and show the Jacks to the
audience. (See Picture 2)
Start to tell the story of the 'Four
Robbers.' Say, "There were
once four robbers who were
caught and sent to jail. But no
matter what the guards did, they
kept escaping. No jail could hold
them. This deck of cards
represents the jail."
Fold up all the cards in your
hand and place them on the top
of the deck, face-down.
Continue with the story. "The first robber escaped and the
guards couldn't find him." Take the top card (which is not a
Jack) and put it all the way into the deck, towards the bottom.
Keep the face of the card hidden from the audience as you do
Now say, "The second robber got
out in the middle of the night and
the guards chased him until the
morning when he finally got away."
Take the top card and put it all the
way into the deck somewhere in
the middle. "The third robber dug a
hole and got out of the jail while the
guards thought he was inside."
Take the top card again and put it
all the way into the deck near the
middle. Say, "The fourth robber
disguised himself as a guard and walked right out past them."
Again move the top card into the deck.
Now finish the story and the trick. "A few days later, the guards
got lucky. They were searching in a nearby town and-- what do
you know? All four robbers were caught together!" As you say
this, tap the deck and take the first four cards one by one and
place them on the table, face up so everyone can see that they
are the four Jacks!