Take from the deck 16 cards: 4 aces, 4 Kings, 4 Queens and
4 Jacks. Put these cards face up and show them to
everybody. Say, “Hmmm, this is a good hand to play any
game on the table. I will mix the cards and show you how the
m a g i c p l a y s w i t h m e . ”
Pick up the Aces and show them to the people. Say, “My
favorites.'' Put the Aces back on the table face up, one by
one from the left to the right as shown in photo number 1.
Place the four Kings, one each, on top of the Aces, covering
them. Do the same with the Jacks and Queens. Explain that
the casinos do this the same way. Put the first packet on top
of the second packet, then put both on top of the third
packet, then all the cards on top of the fourth packet. Now
you have one packet of cards. Look at photo number 2.
Put the packet face down on the table. Say, “Does it look
mi x e d ? Ye s , b u t we n e e d t o b e s u r e . ' '
Tell somebody to cut the packet in half and put it back
together again. They do this by picking up half the deck,
putting it on the table next to the remaining half and then
placing the remaining half on top of it. Tell them to do this
two times. Now the third time, you cut the cards
You say, “Ok, does someone want to play? It's only
$5,000!!!!! Ok, today is free. But remember that the cards
were mixed and we cut the cards several times, so it is
impossible that the cards are organized again.''
Look at everyone and say, “But remember, the magic likes
t o p l a y w i t h m e . ' '
So deal the cards one by one from left to right to three
people, keeping the fourth card for you. When you finish,
turn over the first person's packet, and all the cards will be
the same (for instance, all Queens or Jacks or Kings). Turn
over the second person's packet and then the third person's
packet and then yours. You will have all the Aces.
Say, “I told you the magic likes to play with me.''
S e c r e t :
Just follow the instructions described in the game. The trick
is automatic. To get all the Aces that appear in your hand at
the end of the trick, follow these steps: When you take the
packet after somebody has cut it two times, you need to cut
the packet again and leave an Ace under deck…Look at
photo number 3. You can do it different ways (cutting the
card corner, fold down the card and more…).
Tips: Even with this classic trick, you can adapt this game to
various routines and make modifications.