Easy Magic Trick, Dealing Four Aces

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How to Deal Four Aces - Introduction

Here's a great magic trick with playing cards and the best, easy way to deal yourself four aces in an imaginary game of poker.

It requires more talking and misdirection than card handling skills, but you'll look like a gambler and poker player when you learn and perform this one. And this easy magic trick is great for beginners and kids. It's all in the cards and a little secret that involves the arrangement of the cards that we'll teach you.

Materials:
A deck of cards.
You'll also need a flat surface, ideally a table, on which to perform the trick.

Secret: It’s all in the preparation and how you collect and deal the cards.

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• 02 of 05

How to Deal Four Aces - Preparation

Preparation: Obtain the four aces and place them on top of the deck face down.

Note that for demonstration purposes, this picture shows the deck face-up so you can see the placement of the aces in the deck. During the trick, the deck is turned face-down when the cards are dealt, just as in a real poker game.

You'll want to prepare the deck in secret as you don't want spectators to know that there's any preparation or specific arrangement of the deck. You want them to think that the deck is in random order. This is a great time to perform a false cut that we teach you in separate instructions. And if you're interested in learning basic sleight of hand, you'll find a collection of easy moves here.

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How to Deal Four Aces - The Deal

Deal five hands of five cards each: four hands to four imaginary players and one to yourself.

As you deal, talk about how you might play an innocent game of poker. After dealing the five hands, turnover and show a couple of the hands and briefly talk about them - pair, possible straight, etc....

Be careful not to change the order of the cards. At this point, four of the hands contain an ace at the bottom. The next step will show you the state of the cards on the table.

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How to Deal Four Aces - The Situation

This exposed view with all of the cards face up shows you the state of the cards. At this point, each hand or packet has one card on the bottom that will make up your four ace hand in the next phase of the trick.

This picture is strictly for demonstration purposes to show the order of the cards. Under no circumstance should you show this to your spectators.

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How to Deal Four Aces - The Reveal

Turnover all of the hands so that they’re face down, collect the hands and place them on top of the deck. Be sure that you don't change the order of the cards.

Mention that a card cheat might try to change the outcome of a game. At this point, your aces are distributed among the top 20 cards of the deck - there's an ace located at the fifth, tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth positions.

This is a great time to perform a false cut if you already know how to perform one. Again, you can learn one by clicking on the link.  While you don't have to perform a false cut, such a move makes everything look fair and as if you mixed the cards further before the final deal and revelation.

Once again, deal five hands of five cards each. Show each hand and briefly discuss the possibilities. Turnover your cards and show that your hand contains four aces.