Guide to the Four Jacks Card Trick

  • 01 of 07

    Four Jacks Easy Card Trick - Introduction

    Four jack playing cards
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    Here's an easy card magic trick with playing cards.

    Effect:

    The four jacks are shown and then placed into different parts of the deck: upper, middle, lower and more. In a flash, they're found together at the top. All that you need for this one is a deck of cards so you can perform it just about any time. This effect is also known as the "four burglars."

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  • 02 of 07

    Jack Card Magic Trick - The setup

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Setup.

    First, the mechanics of the trick.

    Materials:

    A deck of cards.

    Preparation:

    Before you perform the trick, place the four jacks on top of the deck and then place three other cards - they can be any three other playing cards - on top of the jacks. If you're familiar with our Best Easy Card Trick, you'll notice that this trick has a similar method.

    Make sure that the jacks are fanned so they can be seen by spectators. The other three cards on top are hidden by the jacks, as shown in the figure.

    The picture shows the back (your) view of the cards. The jacks are spread in a fan and a packet of three cards remains on top of the deck. You’re ready to perform the trick.

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  • 03 of 07

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Displaying the Cards

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Display the Cards.

    Display the deck from the front as shown in the picture. The spectators should see four jacks fanned on top of the deck. They should not see the three extra cards on top.

    Gather the jacks and push them together and then down into the deck. From the spectator's viewpoint, as shown in the picture, they will think that the four jacks are on top of the deck, but in reality, the jacks are at positions four, five, six and seven in the deck. The top three cards are other (non-jack) cards.

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  • 04 of 07

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Losing the first jack

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Displaying the First Jack.

    Take the top (non-jack) card and without showing it, place it in the lower half of the deck.

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  • 05 of 07

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Losing the second and third jacks

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Losing the Second and Third Jacks.

    Take the second and third cards and without showing them, place them into the deck - one near the middle and the other above it a few cards.

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    Jack Card Magic Trick - Showing the "fourth" jack

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Showing the Fourth Jack.

    Show the top card to be jack by simply turning it over. Turn this jack over and leave it on top. Spectators think that this jack is the last jack of the four that were originally on top of the deck. In reality, this jack is the first of four still on top of the deck.

    Push the other cards (non-jacks) into the deck. The spectators will think that the other jacks are lost in the deck, but in reality, they’re all on top.

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  • 07 of 07

    Jack Card Magic Trick - The jacks have returned

    Jack Card Magic Trick - Jacks Return.

    Turnover the top four cards to show that the jacks have "returned" to the top.

    If you like, you can use patter along the following lines:

    There were four burglars who entered a bank (show the four jacks fanned on top of the deck).

    One went down into the basement to see what he could find (take the top card - not a jack - and place it near the bottom of the deck).

    The other two went and explored other rooms (take the second and third cards - non jacks - and place them into other parts of the deck). 

    The last jack acted as a lookout on the top floor (show the "fourth jack" on top).

    But security and the police were onto this crew. This magic police force went to work and they captured all of the burglars (show the four jacks on the top of the deck). Justice truly prevailed.

    Additional Thoughts:

    This is a very well known beginner's card trick. It's great because all you need is a deck of ordinary cards. As we mentioned earlier, this trick is based on a principle used in our Best Easy Card Trick, but here, you're using three additional cards and not just one. You can perform these tricks together in your presentation.