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How to Do the 4 Thieves Card Trick

This simple magic trick is all about storytelling — and a little sleight of hand.

Here are the steps to perform the 4 Thieves Card Trick or watch the video to see the magic in action.


  • Complete deck of playing cards
  • Flat surface
  • A friend


STEP 1: Begin with four jacks in your hand, showing the audience the cards.

What you say: “These four jacks are master thieves. The deck is a famous museum.”

STEP 2: Place the jacks face down on top of the deck.

What You Say: “The thieves helicopter onto the museum’s roof.”

STEP 3: Drawing from the top, insert one card into the deck near the bottom, one near the middle and one near the top.

What You Say: “The first thief goes to the first floor for paintings. The second thief goes to the second floor for sculptures, and the third thief goes to the third floor for historical artifacts.”

STEP 4: Flip the final card, revealing the final jack.

What You Say: “The last thief stays on the roof as a lookout.”

STEP 5: Use that jack to tap the top of the deck and “summon” the rest of the jacks.

What You Say: Suddenly, the fourth thief hears the approach of sirens. He calls his fellow thieves back up to the roof.

STEP 6: When you turn over the next three cards, you’ll see the jacks have magically jumped to the top.

What You Say: They get away just in time.


The trick actually requires seven cards: the four jacks and three random cards. Before your audience is watching, fan out the four jacks in your hand. Behind those cards, hidden from the audience, are the three random cards. You’ll place all seven cards face down on the top of the deck.

When you tell the audience the jacks are going into the deck, you’re actually inserting the random cards, leaving the jacks at the top of the deck the entire time. Voila!

Now you know the 4 Thieves Card Trick.

30 Comments on How to Do the 4 Thieves Card Trick

  1. seabase snorkel // June 4, 2024 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    my dad knew it right away 🤣🤣

  2. GreenBayPackers714 // May 22, 2024 at 4:26 pm // Reply

    WOW amazing trick!!! just 1 question. This more of a personal question, where did you learn this and do you know any other tricks

  3. Kamporee Kid // October 4, 2023 at 3:15 pm // Reply

    Dang! This works really good!

  4. cool!!!!

  5. Bk have it your way 🍔🍟 // May 9, 2023 at 7:07 am // Reply

    This trick is best I’ve ever used. It’s amazing 😻

  6. I just did it to my dad and he was confused.

  7. My sister used this trick on me and now I feel so dumb!

  8. PandaGirl // May 16, 2021 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    I felt so stupid when my friend played this trick on me lol

  9. this trick is a good one I fooled everyone with this trick

  10. It is a gud trick!.

  11. It is great!.

  12. Neat!

  13. yes same 😛

  14. !!!!Cman!!!! // May 15, 2020 at 10:57 am // Reply

    Everyone fell for it

  15. Anonymous // May 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm // Reply

    I see

  16. I fooled everyone with this trick 😂😂

  17. Yeah, this trick is a good trick, I showed it to my best friend (Who is a Magician) And it stumped him.

  18. Big Chris // June 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm // Reply

    Hey,I’ve done that trick before. I fooled many people with it. Show it to some girls and one of them did it to her docter.

  19. Inamadoofus247 // July 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm // Reply

    good trick

  20. Inamadoofus247 // July 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm // Reply

    The trick actually fools quit a lot of people unless they ask to hold the cards and count, which only people who are reluctant of your magic, or have a very good eye will notice. Its a good trick.

  21. Indoraptor20 // June 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm // Reply


  22. Fortnite101 // May 18, 2018 at 7:49 pm // Reply


  23. That is a really cool trick. 🙂

  24. You cheaters ☺️☺️

  25. May the force be with you // February 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm // Reply

    So using that trick!

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