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.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO DO THE MAGIC TRICK
- Complete deck of playing cards
- Flat surface
- A friend
WHAT THEY SEE AND WHAT YOU SAY DURING THE TRICK
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.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENS DURING THE 4 THIEVES CARD TRICK
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.
I just did it to my dad and he was confused.
I am looking for those exact playing cards, do you know what brand they are? I want to buy a new deck.
My sister used this trick on me and now I feel so dumb!
I felt so stupid when my friend played this trick on me lol
this trick is a good one I fooled everyone with this trick
It is a gud trick!.
It is great!.
yes same 😛
Everyone fell for it
I fooled everyone with this trick 😂😂
Yeah, this trick is a good trick, I showed it to my best friend (Who is a Magician) And it stumped him.
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.
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.
That is a really cool trick. 🙂
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So using that trick!
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