How to do the 4 kings card trick

How to do the 4 kings card trick

The tricks seem to be difficult. But actually they are not as difficult as you think. Watch and apply the tricks we reveal to you. And you will find that they are easy to do. In this article, we will reveal to you an extremely simple trick “trick cards from 4 kings 4 queens”.

Please see the full article below to do this trick.


Get ready 8 magic cards. In it, please pay attention to choose the cards so that 4 cards are king, and 4 cards are queen. Then arrange with 4 cards of the king in ascending order, from the smallest value to the largest value.

Similarly, sort by ascending value of the queen’s cards. Then take a deep breath to confidently perform this trick.

8 card trick trick

In two hands you are holding 4 king cards and 4 queen cards. Please double check that. The cards in your hand are in the correct order and without any problems.

Next, combine all the cards. Then use the staggered top-down technique. Let’s start with the first card below, the next card will be above. Do this action until we have 4 top cards and 4 bottom cards. Combine the 4 top cards, take them out and place them all on top.

Repeat the same action in the order of top before bottom. Continue to take the 4 cards at the top take them out and place them on top. After that, we continue to perform the 3rd action. But this time let’s take the top 4 cards and place them below the bottom of the other cards.

And then, repeat them in 2 parts. Apply to your left first and then to the right. Spread them until you run out of cards in your hand.

Take the cards to your right, turn them over.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the first king or first queen cards, because you did the right thing.

For the cards on the left, you repeat the action from left to right. Continue to open your right card. At this point, if your card initially appears the queen first. Their sequence will be the largest queen – Little King – Smallest King – and eventually will be the smallest queen. It’s new, isn’t it?

In fact, these are tricks that are applied according to certain rules. It can be said that they are applied mathematical formulas to be formed and give the most accurate results. You will never be disappointed when you get in touch and try out these fun tricks.

Thus, in the above article, we have shared information and how to perform trick cards of 4 kings and 4 queens. If you know any more interesting tricks. Please leave a comment below to share with everyone.


My name is Ben Nemzer and I’m a magician. One of my specialties is Close-Up magic which is magic with ordinary objects. Decks of cards, ropes, rubber bands. And I do that all over New York City.

I’m going to teach you some of the basics of magic that you guys can start performing right away.

This is the King, Queen, Jacks and Aces trick. Let me show you how it goes. It comes with a neat little story. Once upon a time there were four Kings. They were traveling around and it started to rain. Thunder and lightning.

So, they all checked in to the nearest hotel. Now, of course, their wives were out shopping. Wanted to come join. They were getting all wet. So they came and they joined the Kings in the hotel.

Now, these Queens, while they were out, they met four men. And, without asking their husbands they invited them to come into the dry hotel. All of them happened to be named Jack, as well.

Now, these Jacks, without asking the Queens, who didn’t even bother asking the Kings, invited in four Aces.

Now, because there was thunder and lightning, in the hotel room all the lights went out. Because there was a blackout. And nobody could see anything.

Would you help me out and cut the cards anywhere you like? Perfect. And do that again for me? And, one last time, anywhere you like. Perfect. Thank you very much.

Then, when the lights went back on, when everybody was scrambling around, it just so happened that Queens ended up with the Queens. The Jacks ended up with the Jacks. The Aces ended up with the Aces. And the Kings ended up with the Kings.

Now, let me show you how this trick works. This is actually a lot of fun because it’s what we call a self-working card trick. You heard me right. The trick works all by itself. And, I’ll show you how it works.

You start off by making four piles. The Kings. The Queens. The Jacks and the Aces. And you pull that out of any ordinary deck of 52 playing cards. And you arrange them, so you put down all the Kings. The Queens go on top. The Jacks go on top of that and the Aces go on top of that.

All the cards face up. And then, you turn them over. So, now we have Kings, Queens, Jacks and Aces.

Now, the cool thing is, because the trick works all by itself, all you have to do is deal them out rows. And, you can make up any story. This is the story I originally heard it with.

But, it’s great. If you’re doing this trick at a school they can come into four classrooms. If you’re doing it for a company or corporation, you can do it, you can do it for your friends. You can tailor the story to anything that you’d like.

So here’s what you do. You deal out the four Kings in a row. When you take out the Queens for the next part of the story, you want to put them on top of the Kings, about half way down. This is going to make it easier to pick up the cards later on, so that they don’t get mixed up.

Then the Jacks go a little further down. And the Aces also half way on top of the Jacks.

So, remember, you’re dealing the cards in a row. Not down in columns but straight in rows. Then you take this entire pile and put it on top of this Ace, which is actually keeping all the cards in order.

And if you do this kind of haphazardly, it almost looks like you’re not paying attention and they’re being mixed up. You don’t really need to convince people but you also don’t want to make it look too meticulous.

Then, the cards can be cut as many times as you like. If the cards are shuffled, it ruins the entire trick. But, as long as the cards are cut, that means you take some from the top and move them to the bottom. Maybe it’s one card. Maybe it’s all but a couple cards.

But, they can be cut as many times as you like. If I have three people watching, I’ll let each person take a turn. If I have four people watching, I’ll let all four take a turn. Once there’s too many people, maybe only let the cards get cut three times.

Then, you deal out the cards in a row again. Not straight down in columns, but in rows. And you never know what the first card is going to be. But you do know, if you deal them out in rows they’ll all line up.

And I always say, “The Jacks ended up with the Jacks. The Aces ended up with the Aces. The Kings with the Kings.” And you say it almost like it’s the same every time.

And, that’s the secret to the Kings, Queens, Jacks, Aces trick. It just works all by itself.

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4 reviews for Four Kings Magic Card Packet Trick

Paul L. (verified owner) – 28th November 2021

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Excellent trick. Easy & slays people! I’m getting another 2 copies. Strongly recommended.. 👍🙂

Anthony Paterson (verified owner) – 12th May 2020

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Gerard Brady (verified owner) – 11th March 2020

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Larry Fitchett (verified owner) – 17th December 2019

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This trick kept the grandchildren quiet for ages. Ideal trick for Xmas day. If you want peace and quiet.

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Does Billy Debu’s transposition -esque ” Madness Display ” routine fit what you wished for?

So many sleights. so little time.
“Slow. deliberate. natural.” Bill Tarr

On Sep 18, 2020, fonda57 wrote:
How about John Carney’s Kings and Aces Change Places? It is in Carneycopia, which is hard to find/ expensive. But maybe you have the book?

Doesn/t get any , better than Jack Carpenter

Come check out my magic.

On Sep 18, 2020, fonda57 wrote:
How about John Carney’s Kings and Aces Change Places? It is in Carneycopia, which is hard to find/ expensive.

On Sep 20, 2020, vinsmagic wrote:
Doesn/t get any , better than Jack Carpenter

Not what the OP is looking for.

Come check out my magic.

On Sep 20, 2020, vinsmagic wrote:
Well did’ t Jack on his lay down make a switch. don’t look at the routine .look carefully the switch at the onset

The OP wrote “what I am really looking for is taking the 4 Aces from the table and one by one changing them to the 4 Kings.”

Not for them to “move one at the time after being switched for different cards.

On Sep 18, 2020, fonda57 wrote:
How about John Carney’s Kings and Aces Change Places? It is in Carneycopia, which is hard to find/ expensive.

That isn’t Carneycopia. It is its contents retyped onto a screen.

On Sep 18, 2020, fonda57 wrote:
How about John Carney’s Kings and Aces Change Places? It is in Carneycopia, which is hard to find/ expensive.

That isn’t Carneycopia. It is its contents retyped onto a screen.

I don’t give a *** about your opinions about e-books.
I agree that a real book is better. But some people (I’m one of them) are not so lucky to have been able to find the physical book when it was in print and/or can afford the price of all physical books put out there.
So an e-book (purchased from an official source of course) is very often the welcome alternative solution.

Fonda57 gave the OP a good source for what he was looking for.
And I told the OP where he could find the source, not for an unaffordable price.

I’m just a magician helping another magician, ain’t I?

How to do the 4 kings card trick

Michael Ammar has taught thousands of magicians their first “professional” card tricks. His early teaching VHS videos are among the best-selling in the history of magic. His knowledge of magic tricks, theory and fundamentals is unsurpassed.

And in all the years he’s performed and taught magic, he’s curated a list of his very favorite tricks. Cannibal Kings is in the top 10 of all time.

It’s one of the best card tricks for all audiences because it’s got something for everyone! A funny story, sound effects, a huge card-gobbling cannibal mouth and TONS of astonishing magic moments. Plus if you like doing silly things like voices, you won’t find a better trick 🙂

This is a beautiful routine that you’ll perform for the rest of your life. It’s meaty, fooling, fun and massively entertaining for all ages.

Ok, my curiosity got the better of me and I bought the download and honestly, I’m rather disappointed. It seems like they took this section out of another collection of tricks to be sold separately (the “Legend Series”, or something?).

This is really for beginners, as he’s reintroducing a classic (and it’s a great classic, to be sure). It’s the same instruction, just with different focuses on the sleights from “Easy to Master Card Miracles, Volume 1”. It’s a higher resolution, and he adds a bit more detail on some of the sleights, even talking during the over-the-shoulder demonstration, but he left out a few pointers from the old version (not really anything major). The biggest departure from the old is that this download was missing “The REAL Secret” that the old DVD provided (about 30 seconds long; just in case, I won’t discuss that part).

If you want the old DVD, find it here. I was recommended this by my local magic store, and the guy there said that it’s for beginners who already have some sleight of hand (like a one-handed cut) and really want to master performance and building a routine, using the old classics. (NOTE: Do not understimate the “REAL Secrets” sections! As an enthusiast myself, they’ve made my performances SO much better!)
Michael Ammar – Easy to Master Card Miracles – Volume 1

People who have the old version: I’d recommend against it, unless you’re REALLY curious about the one or two additional pointers M. Ammar gives, or if you’re a fan of his teaching and want some nostalgia 🙂

Beginners just wanting a one-off: Get this and be introduced to one many of us have learned from. Have fun with this!

Beginners wanting to make their magic a whole lot better: Get “Easy to Master Card Miracles – Volume 1”. Trust, the “REAL Secrets” line sounds as hokey as all get-out, but it has a whole lot more to offer for you than if you were randomly collecting routines without a guarantee of helping you get better with your presentation and sleights. Find out why he’s so highly regarded here!

Basically, I paid $5 for a hi-res version of the old and for the assurance that Michael Ammar is still alive and well. It’s great that he added a couple of pointers here and there, but not big enough to spend money on, really.

The title pretty much says it all. Michael Ammar probably the best teacher of magic on the planet. Always clearly explained and well paced teaching and this routine is no exception. Wether or not you like the specific patter, there are certainly good teaching moments in this.

14 minutes in length.
There is both a liver performance and a studio performance.
Explanation is shown both from the front and over the shoulder.

No gimmicks needed.
However, that does mean that there is some sleight of hand involved.
If you do a lot of card magic, this won’t be difficult.
If you don’t, it’s nothing difficult to learn and it’s clearly taught.

Definitely something to buy if you like what you see!

I’ve learned many trick from Michael, on DVD, VHS and in person. He is a legend and is not only a great performer but also a great teacher. Cannibal Kings is a classic and he has streamlined to bring it to the ability of any car worker. The minimal sleights needed are well taught and fit the routine perfectly.

This is not just another pick a card, oh look, I found it. And it’s not just another four king card trick. This has a story, gives you a chance for byplay and silliness but still provides a strong effect.

For the price you can’t go wrong. Grab this and start entertaining.

The highly entertaining Michael Ammar is at it again! This classic effect is not only deceptive, it’s deceptively fun! The story really outshines the trick, but the trick is that good. You can even used a borrowed deck.

Michael’s teaching style has not changed one bit. His style is easy and straight forward. And just like his classic Easy to Master Card Miracles series, he shows you a spectator view, and an over the shoulder view, of how to accomplish the effect.

This one is fun to perform and you’ll end clean and get over-the-top reactions. Once you show this, spectators will be coming to you later asking to see the cannibal card trick. You couldn’t ask for a better effect.

One thing of note: At the beginning of the training, Ammar mentions the Legend’s Series. I’m hoping this is the first of many classic card effects, dusted off and polished, brought to us (again!) with such expert training from Michael Ammar.

I’m addressing this to anyone new to magic, because let’s face it, anyone who has spent even a little time in this field knows who Michael Ammar is.

But if you haven’t heard of Michael Ammar, this is a pretty solid introduction to what he’s all about. An excellent teacher who seemingly has only “A+” material to teach.

To put it another way, if Ammar is teaching it, it’s something you probably ought to know, including this Cannibal Kings classic.

I like that this version does not require destroying any cards. For this price, it’s a no brainer. As always, Ammar gives credits where credit is due. No gimmicks, a few slights that you ought to know already (or should learn if you are new to magic).

The video is almost 14 minutes. As is usual with Ammar, after the teaching portion, he gives an over-the-shoulder kind of practice session that will be helpful in mastering the moves.

I’m reminded how great his Card Miracles series is. Buy this effect, and if you like it, immediately get going with that series of DVDs. (I have a feeling I’ll be pulling those DVDs off the shelf this weekend, there is so much to learn in his teaching!)

Players try to get rid of their cards by playing them in a solitaire-like layout of eight piles, built of alternate red and black cards in descending order.

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  • Game Type: Solitaire
  • Age: 8+
  • Players: 2, 3, 4

The Pack

Kings Corner is played with a 52 card deck, the jokers are not used

Rank of Cards

K-Q-J-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-A (ace low).

Object of the Game

Players try to get rid of their cards by playing them in a solitaire-like layout of eight piles, built of alternate red and black cards in descending order.

The Deal

Deal seven cards to each player. Place the remaining cards in the middle of the table as a stockpile. Then turn the four top cards over, placing one on each of the four sides of the deck — to the north, south, east, and west. These will be the foundation piles. The cards on the table should make the shape of a cross

The Play

The player to the left of the dealer begins by drawing one card from the center stockpile. The player may make as many valid plays as are possible during their turn to get rid of as many cards as possible from their hand. Once there are no more valid moves, it’s the next player’s turn.

Each player begins their turn by drawing a card from the center stockpile and making as many valid moves as they can.

Valid moves:

Play a card (or sequence of cards) on a foundation pile in the cross. To play cards on a foundation pile, the card played must be immediately below the foundation card in rank and of the opposite color (red or black). For example, if a 9♥ is on the foundation pile, then the next card face played must be 8♣ or 8♠. A sequence of cards may also be played, but all the cards in the sequence must obey the lower rank and opposite color rules. Aces are always the lowest cards.

Play a “King in the corner”. Kings are the only cards that can be played in the corner spaces created by the cross. Once a King is played, players may then lay off cards on that pile like any other foundation pile.

Move an entire foundation pile onto another pile, if the bottom card of that recipient pile and the top card of the moving pile creates a valid sequence. This is often possible when the cards are first dealt.

Play any card or sequence of cards on a vacated foundation pile.

How to Keep Score

The first player to lay off all of their cards wins.

By Aaron Fisher

How to do the 4 kings card trick

If you’ve seen Panic , my ‘ Perfect Vanishing Deck Trick ’, then you’ll absolutely love this easy new routine. It was a hit during my recent lecture at Columbus Magi-Fest, because it allows you to perform a more incredible routine – and it removes all the work at the same time. For fans of easy card tricks, this is a perfect choice.

If you haven’t seen Panic, you can check it out here before you watch the new routine.

If you know the trick, you already know that Panic is an easy vanishing deck trick to perform. But this fun, simple, new routine comes with a built-in climax that’s strong enough to close any close-up show .

But as you’re about to see, now Panic is even more amazing.

The Vanishing Deck Miracle: Easy Panic Routine 2016

Recently, I shared this new routine with my highest level online magic coaching group. In the first video, you’ll see the new disappearing deck routine. Then I’ve included an informal training-video to lead you through all the details.

And finally, I’ve included a 12-Step Outline that makes it super easy for Panic Lovers to use your Panic Cards with this new routine. It’s quickly become one of my favorites, and I just KNOW you’ll love it.

Watch this powerful new vanishing deck routine, Panic Meets Wilson , here:

Here’s the Vanishing Deck Video-Training:

Want Amazement?

If you haven’t tried Panic yet… what are you waiting for?

You will absolutely love it!!

Your Quick Start Checklist for Panic Panic Meets Wilson

How to do the 4 kings card trick

  1. Start with the deck in your right pocket with any 5-spot reversed on the bottom of the deck. The deck should be facing your body, and there are no kings in the deck.
  1. Start with the Panic cards in your left hand with the four kings on top of them.
  1. Perform Panic normally by first taking the four kings and displaying them for the audience. Place them in your right pocket on the bottom of the deck, face-down, below the inverted 5 spot.
  1. Vanish the deck using Panic.
  1. Reproduce the pack from your right pocket. Take care not to flash the face of the deck or the reversed card!
  1. Openly eliminate the ‘4 Kings’ by placing them in your breast pocket (or any other pocket you like!)
  1. Spread the cards and have one selected. Cut the top half of the pack to the table and have the selection replaced as you look away. Drop the original bottom half on top of the tabled cards.
  1. Spread the deck across the table to reveal…the inverted 5 spot!
  1. Remove the cards above and including the 5. Deal the next four cards onto the table in a wide, but ‘careless’, pattern. Take the fifth card and hold it dramatically, back toward the audience.
  1. Take this opportunity to remove everything from the ‘picture’ but the four face down kings.
  1. Reveal the selection! Remark to the audience how pleased you are to have performed a great trick without the benefit of the four kings.
  1. Look at the four cards on the table. It dawns on you that the kings have returned. Turn them over one at a time to reveal the four kings have made their way back ‘into the action’!

About Aaron Fisher

Aaron Fisher creates, performs and teaches some of today’s most innovative card magic. He is known for hit effects like Panic and his modern card classic The Paper Engine. Aaron has become one of the most successful magic coaches in the world. He is devoted to his life’s passion: Helping his fellow magicians create wonder and astonishment for their audiences.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

Aaron Fisher is widely considered one of the world’s top sleight-of-hand artists and his coaching programs have helped thousands of magicians.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

Wayne N. Kawamoto is a full-time professional magician and author who has written about magic tricks and techniques for over 10 years. He is the author of “Picture Yourself As a Magician.” Wayne also performs at corporate events and has entertained audiences for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Northrop Grumman, and Target Corporation.

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How to do the 4 kings card trick

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In this easy card magic trick, the spectator separates a deck of cards into four piles, mixes them a bit, and at the end, discovers that there’s an ace on top of each pile. All you need is a deck of cards, an easy setup, and the secret, and you’re ready to go. This effect requires no sleight of hand skills. This routine requires no gimmicks.


Although the spectator thinks that he is cutting the cards in random ways, he’s cutting and dealing cards in a specific manner that leaves an ace on top of each of the four piles. All the spectator has to do is follow your instructions.


A deck of cards with four aces.


Beforehand, place the four aces on top of the pack. Don’t let the spectator know that the aces are in this position.

Note that this view shows the position of the four aces in the deck with the deck face-up. When you’re performing this trick, the deck will be held face down as you or your spectator cut the cards. Something that can enhance the effect at this point is a false cut of the deck. It’s optional but will help sell the random order of the deck.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

The Cut

Ask your friend to cut the deck, so there are four semi-equal piles of cards. You need to watch where the top part of the deck with the aces lands.

For a cleaner effect, you can ask the spectator to separate the deck by dropping cards off the bottom of the deck to create four piles. This way, the pile with the aces will end up at your extreme right or left, which makes the next steps more logical.

For demonstration purposes, we’ll assume that the four aces ended up on the pile to the far right. All of the following steps will assume that the aces are in this location. If your aces end up in a different position, please adjust the instructions as given in the next step.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

The Mix

Point to one of the non-ace piles and ask the spectator to pick it up and hold it in his hand. Ask him to take three cards off of the top and place them on the bottom of the pile.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

The Mix, Part Two

Then ask the spectator to deal one card from the top of the pile that he’s holding onto each of the three other piles.

With a second, non-ace pile, repeat the process of moving three cards to the bottom and dealing a single card on each of the other piles

Repeat with the third (last) non-ace pile.

Before proceeding to the final step and reveal, let’s review the position of the cards in each pile. Three piles (the “non-ace” piles) have a mix of random cards. We are not interested in these piles.

The pile with the Aces has three random cards on top, which is followed by the four aces.

When the spectator does the same mixing process in the next step, the three random cards will be sent to the bottom of the pile, and then one of three aces will be dealt to the top of each of the other piles. One ace will remain on top of the “ace” pile.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

The Reveal

Now ask the spectator to perform the same thing with the pile that has the aces. He’ll place the top three (indifferent) cards onto the bottom of the pile and then deal a card onto each of the other piles. Ask the spectator to turn over the top cards of each pile. When these cards are turned over, they’ll be aces.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

After the spectator is finished dealing the cards, pause for effect. At this point, you can review what he has done: cut the cards and dealt them, and emphasize that the cards are all mixed up.

This card trick seems magical, but it’s not. To perform, separate all of the Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks from a deck of cards. The rest of the cards will not be used. Begin the trick by telling this story of the greatest and most powerful wizard.

Once upon a time there were four kingdoms. In each kingdom there was a beautiful castle. (Put down the four Aces, face-up, in a row, next to each other.)

In each castle lived a wise and just King. (Put down the four Kings

the King of spades on the Ace of spades, each of the other Kings on the Ace of the same suit.)

Each King was married to an equally wise and just Queen. (Put down the four Queens, the Queen of spades on the King of spades, etc.)

One year to each family was born a healthy, happy child, and all seemed right with the world. (Put down the four Jacks, the Jack of spades on the Queen of spades, etc.)

And the greatest and most powerful wizard saw just how good things were and said, “Great! Now I can take that vacation to Disney World and visit the Florida Keys to soak up some sun.” And so he began to pack. (While you are saying this, pick up the four piles and place them one on top of the other.)

In the mean time the evil wizard, Morganus, was conjuring up an evil spell to be cast on the four kingdoms. Once the good wizard left, Morganus didn’t waste any time. He chanted, “Mouse tails, bat’s eyes, blood from a rat. Mix it together in a great big vat.” (While saying this, deal the cards into four face-down piles, one card for each word.)

His spell took hold of the four kingdoms and, leaving no stone unturned, he cast them to the four winds. (While saying this arrange the four piles in a diamond shape.)

The results were devastating. The children became lost in the forests, the Kings and Queens wandered aimlessly in the desert, and the castles were empty. (While saying this turn over the four piles to show the piles of all Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks.)

But soon the greatest, most powerful and most rested wizard returned, and he saw what Morganus had done. “This just cannot go on!” he said. And he cast his spell. It worked a magic much more powerful – it gathered in the Kings and Queens, children, and castles from the four corners of the earth. (While saying this, pick up the four piles and lay them on top of each other.) And he said, “Morganus is in trouble if ever he’s sighted. But these families four will soon be united.” (While saying this, deal the cards into four face-down piles, placing one card for each word.)

And the wizard proclaimed that all was right in the kingdoms. (While saying, turn over the four piles to reveal the four united families.)

Note: with some practice you can cut the cards during the trick, but you have to make sure that you only cut the deck after card #4 or 8.

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

How to do the 4 kings card trickShuffle a pack of cards.

Look at the top card and place it face down on the table. Starting with one more than the value of the card (counting Ace as 1, Jack as 11, Queen as 12 and King as 13), count out cards on top of it until you reach 13.

For example, if the top card is a 7, place it face down on the table and then deal 6 cards face down on top of it, counting “8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13”. Of course, if the first card is a king you won’t need any extra cards.

Look at the next card, place it face down on the table next to the first pile and do the same thing.
Repeat until you have used all the cards in the pack and have a row of small piles of cards on the table.
If you run out of cards before you complete the final pile, keep the cards from that pile to one side to start your magic counting pile.

Now gather up all but three of the piles and add them to your magic counting pile.
(If you don’t have one yet, these will form the pile.)

Choose one of the three remaining piles to be the secret pile.
Look at the bottom cards of the two remaining piles and add their values.
(So if, for example, the bottom cards are a Jack and a two, you get 11+2 =13.)

Count out that number of cards from your magic counting pile.

Now count out 10 more cards from the magic counting pile.

Finally, count how many cards are left in the magic counting pile, and look at the bottom card of the secret pile.

What do you notice?

Try again. If you like, you could use this trick to impress friends and relatives!

Can you explain how this delightful trick works?

Thanks so much to Shelly for sending this in!!


How to do the 4 kings card trickThe magician shuffles the deck and takes the top thirteen cards. Holding the cards face down, he proceeds to spell the first card name, Ace. “A-C-E,” and for each letter, he puts one card under the packet of thirteen cards. He then flips over the next card (the fourth,) and it is an Ace. He repeats this process for each card number, Ace through King. At the end, he has all thirteen cards face up on the table, in sequential order.


a deck of cards


Remove and arrange 13 cards in the following setup, top card down: Three, Eight, Seven, Ace, Queen, Six, Four, Two, Jack, King, Ten, Nine, and Five. Put these on top of the deck.

A magic teacher named Harold wrote to share a little story he tells his students to help them remember the setup for this trick:
“Three hundred & eighty seven years ago there lived a Queen that was sixty four years old. She had two children. One named Jack, the other named King. Jack was ten years old and King was nine years old and the were both in the fifth grade.”
3,8 7,A,Q,6,4,2,J,K,10,9 and 5
Thanks Harold!
(Harold’s Site)


To start, pretend to shuffle the cards, leaving the top thirteen untouched (young children can skip the shuffling part and just begin with the 13 cards.

Remove the top thirteen cards as a group and arrange them like a fan, so that your audience can see their faces. Square up the cards, and hold them face down.

When you spell out each card, do it as follows: let’s say you’re spelling the word ACE. Spell A, remove the top card and place it on the bottom. Then spell C, and remove the top card and place that on the bottom. Next spell E, remove this top card and place it on the bottom. Flip the new top card and show that it’s an Ace, and place it ON THE TABLE (not on the bottom of the deck).

Continue in this manner until all the cards are face up on the table. (You spell the cards in order: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K) Your audience may realize that the cards must have been set up beforehand, but this only adds to the mystery – and you can treat it as a puzzle for them to try to figure out.

When did you realize you knew nothing about magic? I can remember lots of times during my journey through learning magic when all of the sudden I realized that I knew nothing.

I started learning magic at the age of seven. I read as many card magic books as I could. I learned about ten to fifteen card tricks that all used some basic sleight of hand. It took a while, but eventually I reached the point that I could fool other kids at school, my parents, and my older brother. That was a major achievement for me because for years I’d always get busted. So, after fooling these folks regularly, I figured that I had learned magic. My sleights were good enough to fool anyone and I knew everything that I needed to know.

A few years later, and I found out about a magic shop in my neighborhood. The first day I was there, one magician in the shop showed me a simple trick with a white silk. With his sleeves rolled up, he balled the silk up into his fist. He snapped his fingers and the silk was gone. He snapped his fingers again and it reappeared. I said, “Now wait a sec…do it again!” And, he did—ten more times! It was just gone and then it was back. What he did was not possible. He didn’t share the secret with me that day and for the next few weeks I couldn’t shake that feeling of astonishment. I couldn’t understand how he could have used sleight of hand to vanish that silk while I watched that close. It was after learning that trick that I realized there was a whole other world of magic and methods I had absolutely no idea about. I started exploring all sorts of different types of magic and I was blown away by how devious this craft was. So, armed with thousands of dollars worth of magical props and their secrets, now… now I knew everything.

A few years later, my mom brought me to see David Copperfield at the Palace Theater in Albany, NY. Copperfield vanished from the stage and instantly appeared right next to me—on a motorcycle. I mean, what kind of gimmick does that trick? Over and over I was completely fooled and realized yet again, I knew nothing. (And, honestly, I never read any books on stage illusions purposely so I can still feel like a kid watching these shows. To this day, I enjoy being fooled hard by this stuff.)

So, I worked hard for another decade. Ten more years of practice, reading, learning, performing, failing, fixing, reflecting, watching others, and building a solid repertoire. I learned early that gaining as much knowledge as possible was the secret. Then, in my early twenties, I met Darwin Ortiz. I knew that he’d be impressed with he skill set that I had acquired on my own—and he was.

On our first session, I asked him to critique my bottom deal. He watched me do a few minutes worth and said, “Not bad. I can tell you’ve put a lot of time into this.” (At the time, I was doing some shitty self-taught bottom where I used speed and a huge turn of the hands to hide the take. It was garbage.) Darwin then offered to show me his stud bottom deal which I hadn’t seen anywhere before. He placed the four Kings at the bottom of the deck and started to deal. Now, I saw with my own eyes that he took the top card, but when it hit the table, it became a King. I remember this vividly. And, I remember thinking, “This old man is fucking with me. Those are obviously duplicate Kings. I drove eight hours to learn from the world’s best and he’s showing me a pseudo bottom deal demo? He expects me to believe this bullshit?” At the end of the demo, he showed the bottom of the deck and the Kings were gone. I thought, “Now, that’s a cool trick!” I had to admit, I didn’t know how he ditched the other Kings. He offered to do it again. About halfway through the second demo, it hit me. These are real bottoms. “How in the actual fuck?” was my internal monologue. I got up out of my seat shouted, “No fucking way!!” I watched a third time with my eyes literally one foot from the deck. I had never seen anything like this before and I realized again that I knew nothing about this craft.

So, I pretty much had to forget everything I learned about card magic from day one and start over. And, I did just that. I learned that almost all the things I had learned from books and DVD’s or things I had taught myself were riddled with flaws and bad thinking. Over the next 5-6 years I started learning all the real work. Now—I was a pro. I had the world’s best teaching me. I knew everything.

Still hungry for new techniques and strong card magic, I decided to order a DVD on card cheating. I figured maybe there’s something on this series that I could learn. The DVD set was called GPS by some guy named Steve Forte. Well, within about 30 seconds, I realized again that I knew absolutely nothing about card magic and gambling techniques! What’s fascinating about this process is that there will always be someone out there that raises the bar. I continued to study with Darwin for another 20 years after that day he showed me the bottom deal, and at least twenty more times I left lessons realizing I still knew nothing. Richard Turner, Tom Mullica, David Blaine, Tony Giorgio, Lennart Green, Del Ray, Juan Tamariz, Rene Lavand, Harry Lorayne, Vernon, and Marlo are just a few other names that always remind me that even if you work a lifetime in this craft, you’re still only scratching the surface of what’s out there to learn. Find these people. Study these people. Become these people.

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The following videos show some math card tricks. Have fun and fascinate your friends.

“AweSUM 10” Beginner Math Card Trick Tutorial
Pretty cool and easy mathematical card trick revealed
Step 1: Ask the spectator to pick 2 cards. Each card needs to be from 1(Ace) to 9 and they must not add up to 10.
Step 2: Sort out the remainder cards in piles as follows:
a) Every time you see 10, Jack, Queen or King, place a card on it.
b) Every time you see two cards that add to 10, place a card on each of the card.
c) Otherwise, start a new pile.
Step 3: Remove the piles that equal 10.
Step 4: There should be two piles left. Tell the spectator’s cards by subtracting from 10.

“The Power Of Three” Mathematical Card Trick Tutorial
Prediction card trick revealed in this tutorial.
This psychic card trick can be done over the phone.
Step 1. Remove the 10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings from the deck.
Step 2. Ask the spectator to:
a) Select any three cards.
b) Put down on each of the cards a combination of cards that make up the value of the card multiplied by three (for e.g. if the card is 5, 5 &imes; 3 = 15, then put down a 1(Ace) and a 5).
c) Take away the first three cards, leaving the second set of cards.
d) Repeat steps (b) and (c) to get a third set of cards.
e) Turn over one of the cards.
f) Add up all the values of the remaining cards and give you that number.
Step 3. You can tell the value of the turned over card by getting the next multiple of 9 and subtract from the given number. For example, if you are given 21 then the next multiple of 9 is 27. The card turned over is then 27 – 21 = 6.

“Math-0-matics” Card Trick
Pretty cool math trick with cards revealed in this tutorial.
Use this simple formula and this card trick will always work.
Step 1: Ask the spectator to:
a) Select a card.
b) Double the card value.
c) Multiply by 5.
d) Add 1 for Clubs, Add 2 for Hearts, Add 3 for Spades, Add 4 for Diamonds.
e) Give you the total.
Step 2: You can tell the value of the card by subtracting 15. The first digit is the card value and the second digit is the suit. For example, if you are given 57, then 57 – 15 = 42. Then the card is 4 of hearts.

Best Math Card Trick Revealed
Cool card trick revealed.
This card counting trick will always work and it will amaze your best friends.

  1. Make 4 piles.
  2. Count down from 10.
  3. Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 10, Aces are worth 1.
  4. If you say the value you flip then there is a match and you move to the next pile.
  5. If there is no match, place a face down card on top to cap the pile.
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    The Final 3 – Amazing Math Card Trick
    Step 1: Ask the spectator to select 3 cards that they must remember.
    Step 2: Make 4 piles of cards. First pile is ten cards. Second pile is 15 cards. Third pile is 15 cards. The last pile will be 9. (Don’t let the spectators know how many in each pile)
    Step 3: Ask the spectator to:
    a) Take one of the 3 cards and put it on top of the first pile.
    b) Cut the second pile and put it on top the first pile.
    c) Place the second card on top of the second pile.
    d) Cut the third pile and put it on top of the second pile.
    e) Place the third card on top of the third pile.
    Step 4: Place the piles in the order of top to bottom: 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.
    Step 5: Deal out the cards in a face up and face down order on the first two dealings and a face-down-gace-up oder in the third dealing. The last three cards will be the ones selected by the spectator.

    Amazing Mathematical Card Tricks Revealed
    Step 1: Ask the spectator to:
    a) Pick 9 cards at random.
    b) Make three piles of three.
    c) Choose one of the piles and look at the card at the bottom of the pile.
    Step 2: Stack the piles so that the spectator’s is in the third position.
    Step 3: Ask the spectator spell out the selected card as you count. For example F-I-V-E, place the deck on top, O-F, place the deck on top, S-P-A-D-E-S. The five of spades will then be the five card.

    Make A Deck Bet – Mathematical Card Trick
    This amazing mathematical card trick uses the Gibreath Principle.
    Two decks are set up in completely reversed order and shuffled together.
    The top 52 cards will create a complete deck of cards. Self working card trick revealed.

    Try the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
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    What You Need:

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    1. Before performing the trick, take 4 random cards and place them at the top of the deck. Then take the 4 Jacks and place them underneath the 4 random cards.
    2. Then take the bundle of 8 cards in your hand, and show your audience the Jack, saying “Here are 4 robbers (the Jacks), and they are going to rob the bank (the deck of cards).”
    3. Then say “The 4 robbers landed on top of the bank in a helicopter.” (Place the stack of cards on top of the rest of the deck).
    4. Next say “The first robber goes to the first floor.” (Move the top card to the bottom).
    5. Then “The second robber goes to the second floor.” (Move the next card close to the bottom).
    6. Then “The third robber goes to the third floor.” (Move the following card closer to the top).
    7. Then “The fourth one went to the stairs of the fourth floor.” (Move this card just underneath the 4 Jacks).
    8. Now everyone thinks you have moved all the Jacks to inside the deck, but you really have moved the 4 random cards.
    9. Then “The robbers heard the cops coming so they rushed upstairs to escape.” Now show your audience the 4 Jacks at the top!

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    The object of play is to win tricks. A trick consists of four cards, one played from the hand of each player in rotation. The first card played to a trick is the lead.

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    Most Western card games are trick games, in which each player in turn plays a card to the table, and whoever plays the best card wins them all. These cards constitute a trick, which the winner places facedown in a pile before playing the first card to the next trick.…


    …each heart taken in a trick and 13 for taking the queen of spades in a trick; thus, there are 26 penalty points in each deal.


    …this before playing to a trick (in some variants before declaring any sequences). This privilege does not apply if the maker named a different suit trump.

    …to the winner of each trick. The pool is formed by antes before each deal and may be increased by payments for loo (failure to win a trick) and fines for irregularities.

    …high, the bids are two tricks, three tricks, misère (lose every trick), four tricks, nap (five tricks), wellington (five tricks for doubled stakes), and blücher (five tricks for redoubled stakes). Wellington may only follow a bid of nap and blücher a bid of wellington.


    …for undertaking to win more tricks than either opponent individually. The lowest bid, entrada, offers to do this after making any number of discards and drawing replacements from the stock. Vuelta is the same, except that the declarer must accept as trump the suit of the first card turned from…


    When taken in tricks, the cards are valued as follows, in the simplified point-count system, which is now almost universal: aces, 10s, and kings are worth one point each, and queens, jacks, and 9s are worthless. The table lists scorable melds (card combinations) in the simplified scoring system.


    Elder leads to the first trick, and the winner of each trick leads to the next. Second to a trick must follow suit if possible or otherwise may play any card. The trick is taken by the higher card of the suit led. There are no trumps. A trick scores…


    …take a minimum number of tricks, which thus imparts a novel twist to the nature of partnership play required from the two defenders.


    …and the winner of each trick leads to the next. Suits need not be followed. The trick is taken by the higher card of the suit led or by the higher trump if any are played. A player holding the 9 of trump, whether dealt or drawn, may exchange it…


    …how many certain or possible tricks he thinks he can win individually but cannot specify any cards or suit patterns held. A note is made of their eventual bid, and the dealer’s side then bids in the same way.


    …written scores are kept, each trick counts 5 points, and the target is 25.


    Dummy whist is another three-handed variant, ancestral to bridge. Three hands and a dummy hand are dealt, the latter faceup on the opposite side of the table from the person whose turn it is to play it. Each player takes the dummy for the duration…

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    This is a brilliant card trick that uses the Four Aces within the deck and shows you a quick sleight of hand move that will fool anyone.

    You show the cards to your audience and place the red ones on the table keeping the black cards in your hands. After shaking the cards you reveal that they have actually swapped places and the red cards are in your hands, and the black aces are magically on the table..

    You show the aces and put them in this order… Red, Black, Red, Black. You then turn the cards face down and perform a glide at the bottom of the deck.

    Watch the video below to see a demonstration and explanation of the trick.

    The glide is a perfect sleight you can use with many card tricks and is a move that will pop up occasionally in tricks within this site.

    For more information about the double lift, check out this page which explains all about the double lift.

    How you perform this trick is up to you. It can be performed surrounded by friends or at a table with guests.

    You can describe and create your own patter to fit into your routine.

    You do not necessarily need to use the aces, you could use 2 kings and 2 queens and make them jump from table to hand and vice versa.

    It is brilliant and quick to set up if someone passes you a deck to perform with. Keep practicing it to make it perfect.

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    The Free Magic Tricks and Illusions motto is practice, practice, practice until you can do it naturally. It does take time to master these moves and sleights of hand but it is definitely worth learning them to help you develop into a great magician.

    We always ask you to keep the secret to yourself. Do not tell anyone unless they are also a magician.

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    The Joe the Cab Driver card trick is a variation of the more famous Little Joe card trick and Sam the Bellhop trick. Video samples of the Little Joe and Sam the Bellhop tricks are more abundant and provide better examples for those examining the fine points of the trick. The most important parts of the Joe the Cab Driver trick are arranging the cards in the order of the story and memorizing the story. Depending on your skill level, you can either perform false shuffles or count cards in order to hoodwink the viewers.

    Watch a few videos of performances of the Joe the Cab Driver trick as well as of the Little Joe and Sam the Bellhop tricks. These videos will give you a general idea of how to perform the tricks and what differentiates a believable performance from a less believable performance. (See References)

    Decide whether you are going to count cards or perform false shuffles. False shuffles are more difficult to carry out, but if performed well they can accentuate the trick. For this example, counting cards will be explained and false shuffle examples are noted in Resources.

    Memorize the Joe the Cab Driver story. Since the story is quite long, watch the video Late Night Card Trick (See Reference 1) to get an idea of how it goes. The order of the cards for this version of the trick is: six, four kings, two, four queens, two, four aces, two, four jacks, two, eight, four 10s, two fives, three threes, five, seven, three, four, eight, seven, four, two sixes, eight, seven, four, four nines and a straight flush (numbers four through eight) of a particular suit you choose. Tweak the story if you like, but remember that the story must finish with a straight flush, so the final cards’ suit must be the same.

    Choose someone to split the deck before each trip Joe takes. Now, the bottom of the deck, with all of the numbered cards that come up near the end of the story, is on top. After the deck has been split, Joe drives the city blocks to pick up the kings, queens, ace liquor and jacks.

    Count the cards. As you put down cards to represent Joe driving city blocks, you will be able to recognize where you are in the deck by what numbers you pull up. The most important part to recognize is the straight flush at the end of the deck. From there you know how many cards to put down before you reach the face cards on the top of the deck. You only need to count cards until the point in the story where Joe picks up the jacks. After that it is up to your story telling skills to keep the audience fascinated.

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    Perform The Royal Vacation Card Trick

    The Royal Family Vacation card trick relies on math instead of sleight of hand or distraction. By working with four each of four cards and cutting the deck four times, the cards will always deal out to support the story. The telling of the story is important. Spectators must listen to the story, while at the same time trying to pay attention and learn the “secret” of the trick.


    The Cards

    1. Take the Kings, Queens, Jacks and Aces from a regular deck of cards. Set aside the remaining cards. Work only with the face cards and aces: total 16 cards.

    2. Sort the cards out while telling a story. Lay out the four Kings in a row then place the same-suit Queen atop the King. Set each Jack of the suit atop the Queen.

    3. Finish each pile with the Ace of suit. Square up each pile, which now has, from top to bottom: Ace, Jack, Queen, King of the same suit.

    4. Stack the first pile onto the second, then stack them onto the third. Then stack the three piles on top of the fourth. Offer the deck to the spectator and ask that she cut it 4 times.

    5. Take the deck and deal out four cards, face down, from the top of the deck, left to right. Deal out a second card atop the first, working left to right. Repeat until there are four piles of four cards each.

    6. Turn over each pile while continuing the story. Reveal the first pile of all the same card, the second pile of all the same card and so forth.

    The Story

    7. Tell this story while setting up the cards. Coordinate the narrative with the movement of the cards.

    8. Explain how the Kings decided to take their wives on a vacation. Say that the Queens agreed to go along if their sons, the Jacks, were included.

    9. Reveal how the Jacks were agreeable to the trip as long as their girlfriends were allowed to come along. As aside, add that the girlfriends were happy to be included.

    10. Continue the story as the trick concludes. Take care to coordinate the telling of the story as the cards are revealed.

    11. Explain how the Kings went off by themselves to discuss business, leaving the Queens on their own.

    12. Conclude by explaining that the bored Jacks went off to play golf while the girlfriends spent the vacation shopping.

    “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » April 20th, 2002, 2:46 pm

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » April 21st, 2002, 12:16 pm

    Eight Kings Threatened (three- ten) to save ninety-five lady’s from one sick (six) knave (jack).

    PSIncerely Yours,
    Paul Alberstat

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » April 21st, 2002, 12:17 pm

    It is: “Eight kings threatened to save ninety-five queens for one sick knave” representing the values Eight, King, Three, Ten, Two, Seven, Nine, Five, Queen, Four, Ace, Six, and Jack.

    Another one by John Mullholland went: “Jackass ate live tree, king intends to fix several for benign queen” representing the values Jack, Ace, Eight, Five, Three, King, Ten, Two, Six, Seven, Four, Nine and Queen.

    The above are usually used with a full deck and suits intermixed in CHaSeD order: Club, Heart, Spade, and Diamond. Both of these mnemonic systematic stacks were devised to circumvent the noticable mathematical stack of Si Stebbins.

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » April 21st, 2002, 8:24 pm

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » April 22nd, 2002, 4:36 am

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » April 22nd, 2002, 5:21 pm

    It is “Sick”, unless it’s easier to change to “Six Knaves” for your memory.

    Thank you for pointing out the reference in Hoffmanns’ Modern Magic. That was first published in 1876. Si Stebbins was born in 1867 which doesn’t give him much time to invent and popularize his famous stack. I was always under the impression that his mathematical stack was first followed by the mnemonic stacks later. My investigation into this has revealed nothing. Right now I will agree with your astute findings and say “Eight Kings” was first until the history of the Stebbins stack is factually assessed.

    Does anyone know the history of the Stebbins Stack?

    Thanks again Franz,

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » September 4th, 2002, 12:59 pm

    . and it’s not “ninety-five ladies”, but “nine fine ladies”.

    The CHaSeD order is that most commonly seen in American books, but the SHoCkeD order has the advantage of also supporting the common numeric mnemonic for suits:
    Spades = 1 (one point)
    Hearts = 2 (two lobes)
    Clubs = 3 (three leaves)
    Diamonds = 4 (four points)

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    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Steve Bryant » September 4th, 2002, 2:16 pm

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » September 4th, 2002, 3:20 pm

    If you’re just looking for the oldest recorded version, you’ll want to use:

    Eight kings threatened to save
    Ninety-five ladies for one sick knave

    This at least is how it appeared in Modern Magic (1876), though I know there are several earlier references (back to at least 1805, in William Frederick Pinchbeck’s The Expositor).

    But wouldn’t you agree that “nine fine” is an improvement over “ninety-five” (which has no mnemonic value whatsoever; you just have to remember it)? I don’t recall who first made this advancement, but it’s been around for at least 30-40 years.

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » September 4th, 2002, 3:51 pm

    But wouldn’t you agree that “nine fine” is an improvement over “ninety-five” (which has no mnemonic value whatsoever; you just have to remember it)?

    Ninety-five has a better rhythm. Why is remembering “fine” means “five” better than remembering “five” means “five”.

    Ninety-five works better for me.

    Re: “Eight kings threatened. ” Card Order

    Post by Guest » September 4th, 2002, 4:09 pm

    For the same reason that “save” is used in place of “seven”, “sick” instead of “six”, etc. If you’re happy just remembering the numbers, then you don’t need the mnemonic; most people who wish to use a mnemonic, though, will prefer the one with the greatest mnemonic value.

    Obviously, individuals should use what they prefer (probably the version they first learned); there’s no reason that everyone has to agree on a common one!

    Post by webbmaster » February 27th, 2017, 1:14 pm

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    Post by Chas Nigh » January 23rd, 2019, 7:15 pm

    Post by Philippe Billot » January 24th, 2019, 9:51 am

    Here is the first description of the Eight Kings stack in The Expositor published in 1805 (page 96):

    Eight Kings tried to save nine fine Ladies for one sick Jack.

    Which are thus explained:—

    eight is eight.
    Kings are Kings.
    tried is tray.
    ten remember as coming between the tray and deuce.
    to is deuce.
    Save is seven.
    nine is nine.
    fine is five.
    Ladies are Queens.
    for is four.
    one is ace.
    sick is fix.
    Jack is Jack or Knave.

    Now recoiled that clubs and hearts, and hearts and clubs are together; likewise that spades and diamonds, and diamonds and spades are together.

    Post by Bob Farmer » January 24th, 2019, 9:57 am

    I needed a simple stack that could be learned in a few minutes for a trick I had been working on. My objective was to create a stack that favored fishing. Stacks are usually constructed to know exactly where or what a particular card is. Fishing is a progressive narrowing of the search, so a fishing stack’s objective is to start with knowing generally what or where a selected card is and then allow a drill down to its specifics. For my no-memory memorized stack, “Nomonica,” I devised this stack:

    Aqua threatens fate, Heaven trix Nate for judging Tokyo.

    AQua Ace Queen first letters in “ace” and “queen.”

    THREaTENs 3 10 Sounds like “three” and “ten.”

    FATE 5 8 first letter & sounds like

    Heaven 7 rhymes with “seven”

    Trix 6 rhymes with “six”

    Nate 9 first letter in “nine” (ignote the “ate”).

    For 4 sounds like “four.”

    Judging Jack first letter

    TOKyo 2 K looks like and first letter

    Chris Aguilar came up with the very memorable:
    “Aqua threatens fate, Heaven nixes Nate for joyfully toking.” “Toking” besides providing a great image, sounds more like “Two-King” than “Tokyo” does.

    The stack has a lot of easily memorized attributes which are explained in the “Nomonica” manuscript.

    Post by webbmaster » May 1st, 2019, 3:12 pm

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    A simply stunning, and stunningly simple card trick. The spectator thinks of a one of the four Kings, and you reveal that their card is the only face-up card in the pack, AND the only card with a red back. It’s a double whammy of mind-boggling card magic.

    There are no forces, no sleight of hand; the cards do all the work for you. It’s easy-to-do. And the spectator has a completely FREE choice. They can think of ANY King. And because these are LARGE cards (13.5×8.5 cm), the magic can be seen the largest of audiences and congregations.

    This trick can be used to teach an important lesson, Who will we serve? The King of this World or the King of Heaven?

    King of Heaven is the self-working card trick that’s perfect for church and school workers, looking for an impressive gospel magic lesson.


    The envelope contains the four Kings. One King has been turned face up. You say to a spectator, ‘Think carefully. Do you want the King of Spades, the King of Hearts, Clubs or Diamonds?’

    The spectator names their card. ‘The King of Hearts.’ Four cards are removed from the envelope and fanned out. The spectator’s choice, the King of Hearts, is the ONLY ONE that’s face up.

    Most card tricks end there, but you have one more trick up your sleeve. The King of Hearts is turned over. The back of the card is red while all the other cards are blue! ‘It seems I ‘red’ your thoughts!’

    Any King can be picked. Your prediction will be right every single time.

    How to do the 4 kings card trick


    ‘Choose this day whom you will serve.’ Josh 24:15

    A great lesson about who we decide to serve; the King of this World or the King of Heaven. After revealing the reversed card ask, ‘Who do we want to serve? Who is going to be the ‘King’ in our lives? After all ‘we all gotta serve someone.’

    ‘Why not aim to make loads of money? That’s the King of Diamonds. Or do we just a good time? That’s the King of ‘Clubing’. We all know that success at work leads to happiness! That’s the King of Spades, after all he does do all the spadework! But there’s another choice. We can decide to serve Jesus, make him the King of our Hearts.’

    King of Heaven also is a great illustration of repentance. Like the thought of card, we need t o turn our back on sin and our face towards God.

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    The Fortune Teller is a side quest in Dying Light 2 given to you by Mahala. It can be found at the Artist Workshop Settlement in Lower Dam Ayre.

    Find the Four Kings From the Fortune Teller’s Deck

    This quest involves you finding four kings in separate locations.

    The first and easiest king to find is on the table directly in front of Mahala. Pick it up to obtain the King of Diamonds.

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    The King of Spades can be obtained by completing the Infected Intelligence Quiz at the Artist Workshop Settlement in Horseshoe. Completing the quiz given to you by Z will reward you with the King of Spades. Click the link below for a walkthrough of the Infected Intelligence Quiz.

    The King of Clubs can be found at the PK Floating Fortress at The Wharf. The card is on a low shelf, by a row of boots close to the duties board in the central area.

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    The King of Hearts can be found at the Fish Eye Canteen in New Dawn Park. It can be found sitting on top of a round table, to the right of the bar inside the Fish Eye Canteen.

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    Return to Mahala

    After finding all the cards, return to Mahala to hear your fortune and complete the mission. You’ll be rewarded with a Crystal Ball artifact.

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    Table of Contents

    What are some good card tricks?

    M ake a Prediction. With this trick,the dealer (in this case,that’s you) makes a secret prediction.

  • Impossible Card Trick. Believe it or not,the Impossible Card Trick isn’t that impossible.
  • Pick a Card,Any Card.
  • Card Spelling Trick.
  • Pick a Number Between One and 10.
  • Reverse Turn Card Trick.
  • Face to Face Aces.
  • No Set-Up Trick.
  • Nine Cards.

    What is the best card trick ever?

    Card through Glass. YOU MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO to experience the Greatest Card Trick of ALL TIME!

  • Card to Impossible Location. One of the greatest card magicians EVER,Jimmy Grippo shuffles a deck and has a participant choose a card from the deck and show everyone
  • Invisible Deck.
  • Chicago Opener.
  • Card on Ceiling.
  • Sam the Bellhop.
  • Oil and Water.

    How do you do card tricks?

    Turning the Bottom Card Over Trick Start with the bottom card of the deck upside down. Fan out the cards. Ask for a volunteer. Flip your deck over as your spectator looks at the card. Ask your spectator to place the card back in the deck. Tap your deck three times. Fan out the cards to reveal your spectator’s card facing up.

    How to do magic tricks for beginners?

    Sleight of hand. Sleight of hand is hands-down one of the top tricks you need to know as a magician.

    What is the best magic trick?

    The best magic trick is taking an entirely normal deck of cards, turning the Queen of Hearts the opposite way of the rest of deck and putting it back in it’s box on a table. Then, ask a female target to name any card they wish.

    How to do a card trick?

    Spreading the Cards on the Table. I highly recommend getting a magician’s close up pad for your card magic.

  • Thumb Fan. The thumb fan is a great flourish.
  • One-Handed Fan Close. You can close the fan with your other hand.
  • Shuffling the Cards.
  • Card Changes in Spectator’s Hand.
  • Card Prediction.
  • 3 Card Mind Reading.

    What is the shopping cart trick?

    The Shopping Cart Trick is known as a method to receive credit cards without a result of a hard pull against your credit. This may be valuable to you if you are trying to earn cash back bonuses but are limited on credit cards.

    Reminiscent of solitaire, Kings Corner is a multiplayer game where players attempt to get rid of cards from their hand by playing them to piles of alternating red and black cards.

    Game Summary

    Also Known As

    Kings in the Corner
    Kings Corners

    Object of the Game

    The object of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand.


    A standard 52-card deck of playing cards. Cards rank from King (highest) to Ace (lowest): K-Q-J-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-A

    Number of Players

    How to Play Kings Corner

    To begin the game, use a random method to select a player to be the first dealer and then deal 7 cards face down to each player. Place the rest of the cards in a face-down stack in the center of the table as the draw pile. Draw four cards from the stack and place one face up on each side of the draw pile to create the foundation piles. These are known as the “original” foundation piles and each is designated as one of the four cardinal directions: N, S, E, and W. The piles should be positioned like a plus sign, in this manner:

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    Any cards added to the foundation piles during the game should be placed in an overlapping manner so that all cards in the pile can be seen.

    How to do the 4 kings card trick

    Starting with the player to the dealer’s left, each player takes a turn, with play proceeding clockwise. On their turn, a player may take any number of the following actions in any order:

      Play a card onto an existing foundation pile
      A player may play a card from their hand onto one of the existing foundation piles on the table. The card played must be the next lower in rank to the card on top of the foundation pile, and it also must be the opposite color.

    For example, a red 8 (heart or diamond) could be played onto a foundation pile that had a black 9 (spade or club) on top.

  • Start a new foundation pile
    A player may play a king from their hand onto the table to start a new foundation pile. Only kings may be placed on one of the four diagonal “corners” of the tableau (i.e., NW, NE, SW, SE). Cards may then be added to the new foundation pile by any player in the same manner as the other foundation piles.

How to do the 4 kings card trick

    Move a foundation pile
    A player may move an entire foundation pile if the bottom card of a foundation pile is the opposite color and one rank lower than a card on top of another foundation pile.

For example, if one foundation pile contains a black queen, a red jack, and a black 10, and another foundation pile contains a red 9 and a black 8, the pile with the 9 and 8 could be moved and placed on top of the other pile.

Note that if one of the original foundation piles contains a king on the bottom of the pile, a player may choose to move that pile to an empty corner location.

  • Play a card on an empty original foundation pile
    If one of the original four foundation piles becomes empty (because the cards in it were moved onto another pile), a player may play any card from their hand to the empty space, thus starting a new foundation pile.

After a player has performed all the actions they wish (which could be none), they end their turn by drawing 1 card from the draw pile and placing it in their hand.

If the draw pile runs out, do not reshuffle. Players simply end their turns without drawing.

Game End and Winning

The game ends as soon as one player plays the last card from their hand. That player is the winner.

Occasionally the game may end with no players being able to (or being unwilling to) play any further cards.

Kings Corner Variants

Multiple Games

Keep score over several games (rounds). Before the first round begins, players should decide on a game-ending score (such as -25). At the end of each round, players with cards remaining in their hands receive negative points. Kings are worth -10 points and all other cards worth -1 point each.

After each round, the player to the left of the current dealer becomes the new dealer.

Once one player exceeds the game-ending score, the game is over and the player with the highest score (the least negative points) is the winner.

Mandatory Kings

If a player draws a king, or has a king in hand, they must play it to a corner at the first opportunity.

Immediate Cornering

At the beginning of the game, when drawing to create the four original foundation piles, if a king is drawn it is immediately placed in one of the corners. A new card is then drawn to replace it.

Draw First

Each player draws a card at the beginning of their turn instead of at the end.

Alternate Scoring

In this variant, the game-ending score is 250. After each round, points are scored for the cards remaining in each player’s hand. Aces score 25 points, face cards (King, Queen, Jack) score 10 points each, and all other cards score their face value. Once one player reaches 250 points, the player with the lowest score is the winner of the game.

  • How to do the 4 kings card trick

Killer Stack Deck Card Trick Tutorial! Sunday, December 23, 2018

Effect:This is an amazing self-working card trick performed with a stacked deck. You and the spectator will shuffle and cut the cards. The Aces are then found in a mysterious way by simply spelling them. Next, the Kings are mysteriously found all together. And as a grand finale, the four suits are left to be separated.

This is one of the favorite card tricks of your favorite Seattle Magician, and once you master it, I’m willing to bet it will be near the top of your list as well. Trust me, everyone will be floored!

Setup (Face up from the top)
Ace of Clubs
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Spades
Ace of Diamonds
11 Diamonds
1 Club (any non-King)
King of Clubs
King of Hearts
King of Spades
King of Diamonds
10 Clubs
11 Hearts
11 Spades

(See below image)
How to do the 4 kings card trick
• Hold the deck face down.
• Perform a few false shuffles (see faro shuffle tutorial here).
• Deal (produce) the four Aces off the top. Table placement and organization is important with this trick, especially if you have limited space.
• Place the four Aces at the top of your table/ space in “CHSD” order from left to right (pronounced “chased” = “C”lubs, “H”earts, “S”pades, “D”iamonds.
• With the rest of the cards, turn the backs toward the audience. It’s important they don’t see that the cards are separated in a stack order.
• Cut all the Spades and place them face down on the table below the Ace of Diamonds.
• Cut all the Hearts and place them face down on the table below the Ace of Spades.
• Cut all the Clubs and place them face down on the table below the Ace of Hearts.
• Cut all the Kings (only) and place them face down under the King of Clubs.
• Finally, take the leftover cards (all of the Diamonds and the 1 Club) and place them face down to the right of the furthest right pile. (see below image)

How to do the 4 kings card trick

Next, take the Ace of Clubs and place it on the stack of face-down cards below it. Have the spectator freely cut as many cards as they’d like from the pile to the right (under the Ace of Hearts) and place it on top of the ace of clubs. The number of times they cut doesn’t matter.

Now place the Ace of Hearts on top of the face-down pile below it and have the spectator cut from the pile to the right of it and place those cards on the Ace of Hearts. You should now have two face up Aces “mixed” within a bunch of face down cards.

Repeat this same process with the two remaining Aces. When you get the Ace of Diamonds pile, take the right-most pile containing the Diamonds and 1 Club and place that entire pile on top of the Ace of Diamonds.

Now collect the piles by taking all the cards on the right-most pile and placing them on the pile to the left. Next, take that pile (should contain the Ace of Spades and Diamonds face up) and place on the ace of hearts. Finally, take that pile (contains the face up ace of hearts, spades and diamonds) and place those on top of the ace of club’s pile.

Feel free to do some false shuffles at this point. Be sure not to disturb the order.

Now spell the ace of diamonds while placing one card after another face down on the table coinciding with each letter.

Continue to do this with each of the Aces in reversed CHSD order (1. Diamonds, 2. Spades, 3. Hearts, 4. Clubs). Be sure to keep all the cards and piles aligned while remaining symmetrical. It’s important to be organized so the illusion is clear to the audience. Everything should be set on the table to appear in a grid configuration.

After spelling each of the Aces, you should have four Kings left in your hand. Place those on top of the each of the aces corresponding to their suite. Be sure to place them at an angle so the aces are still visible. (see below image)

How to do the 4 kings card trick

Now take the one club card that’s on top of the left-most face down pile (under the Ace and King of diamonds) and use it to point/ illustrate that everything has been mixed. After doing this, place it face down on the right most pile (under the Ace and King of Clubs). This will now rejoin all the Clubs together.

You’re almost done! All you have left is to turn over each of the piles of cards which will all show to be separated by suits. This is an amazing feat to display because you’ve been “shuffling” and the spectator has been “cutting” the entire time!

Enjoy the accolades you receive from your audience. You worked hard to master this trick and you deserve them!

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How to do the 4 kings card trick

Back in 2015 Alona Tester posted the “When I was Young Challenge” question 22 was

“What is something that an older family member taught you to do?”

Well my Grandfather Mullins was a bit of a card shark, it’s said that on his way back from India on the troop ship he won 2 months wages, and on the way back from visiting his brother in Manchester he paid for the trip on his winnings playing cards on the train. On Christmas day, my Father, Grandad and Uncle Reg would play “Brag” all afternoon for pennies and sometimes us kids would sit and watch for a while.

Grandad did not teach me to play brag, but he did teach me a card trick, when I was about 6 or 7.

Take the Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks and 4 of each suit of the numbers cards from a pack of cards.

Create 4 piles of cards as follows, saying the phrases as you place the cards down.

  • “There were 4 islands” place the aces down making 4 piles
  • “On the islands were diamonds” put the diamond cards on the Aces
  • “The Queens came to see the diamonds” put the Queens on the piles
  • “The Queens had good hearts” put the hearts on the piles
  • “The Jacks came to steal the Diamonds” put the Jacks on the piles
  • “They brought their Spades to Dig the Diamonds” put the spades on the piles
  • “The Kings came to save the Queens” put the Kings on the piles
  • “They brought their Clubs to beat the Thieves” put the clubs on the piles
  • “and huge fight ensued”

Now stack all the stacks in to a single pile and turn them over.

Cut and stack the pack 3 times. Then deal the the cards into 8 piles.

The cards will have sorted themselves into the sets to start again.

If you are new to cards you might be wondering how many Kings are in a deck of cards?

In this post, we will discuss how many Kings are in a deck of cards, what those King cards are, and also we will answer related questions.

How Many Kings are in a Deck of Cards?

In a standard deck of 52 cards, there are exactly 4 Kings. This is because each suit has one of each value card, Ace through King, and so each suit has only one King. There are 4 suits in a deck of cards, and that means there are 4 Kings total in the entire deck.

There are 4 Kings in a deck of cards. These are the 4 Kings. The King of Spades, King of Hearts, King of Diamonds and King of Clubs

These kings are:

  • King of Spades
  • King of Clubs
  • King of Hearts
  • King of Diamonds

The Spades and Clubs are the two black suits in a deck, and the Hearts and Diamonds are the two red suits. So, there are 2 black Kings, the King of Spades and King of Clubs. And there are 2 red Kings, the King of Diamonds and the King of Hearts.

How Many Kings, Queens and Jacks are in a 52 Card Deck?

There are 12 Kings, Queens and Jacks in a 52 card deck. These are also referred to as face cards or court cards.

The number is 12 because each suit has one of each value card, Ace through King. This means that each suit has exactly one Jack, Queen, and King. The total number of suits in a deck is 4 (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades).

This means that each suit has one Jack, one Queen, and one King. That’s 3 cards for each suit, and a total of 4 suits to make a total of 12 face cards in a deck.

How Many Royalty Cards are in a Deck?

The royalty cards are the Kings, Queens, and Jacks, or what are referred to also as the face cards or court cards. As mentioned above, there are 12 royalty cards in a deck of cards. There are 3 royalty cards in each suit (one Jack, one Queen, and one King) and 4 suits total, making a total of 12 royalty cards.

What is the Probability of Getting a King Card in a Deck of 52 Cards?

The probability of choosing a King from a deck of 52 cards is 1/13. (The same as 4/52)

This is because there are 4 Kings total in a deck of 52 cards. If you are to draw one card at random, the chance of getting any one card would be 1/52. But because there are 4 Kings, then you have 4 chances (instead of 1) of drawing the particular card. There are 52 cards to choose from, and 4 of those cards are Queens. So, every time you draw a card, you have a 4/52 chance of drawing a Queen, which is simplified down to 1/13.

Learn more about card probability at Deck of Cards Probability.

How Many King of Spades are in a Deck of Cards?

There is only 1 King of Spades in a deck of cards.

Each suit only has one of each value card, the Aces through Kings. So, each of the four suits has only 1 King.

How Many Black Kings are in a Deck of Cards?

There are 2 black Kings in a deck of cards. This is because each suit has one King. There are 4 suits in a deck, but only two are black suits. These are the Spades and Clubs.

Because of this, there are two black Kings, which are the King of Spades and the King of Clubs.


Friday, January 9, 2015

A Magic Trick for your Kid-The Card Hotel

A Magic Trick for your Kid-The Card Hotel

I n a mixture of cards, the kings, queens, jacks, and aces challenge the odds to find one another!

Instruments: A deck of cards.

Secret Steps:

1. Remove all the face cards (kings, queens and jacks) and aces from the deck-these are the only cards you need.

2. Place the kings in a row and say, “All the kings decided to check into a hotel. And since they are nice kings, they decided to bring their wives, the queens.” Now place the queens on top of the kings, matching the suits.

3. Then say, “The queens were such devoted mothers; they did not want to leave their sons at home.” Place the jacks on top of the queens, matching the suits.

4. Now say, “Before they all went to bed, they decided to lock their doors.” Place the aces on top of the jacks, matching the suits.

5. Here is where the story gets interesting. Say, “But in the middle of the night, they all got mixed up.” Put all the stacks of cards together, one on top of the other. Turn the deck face down and ask your kid to cut it three times, being sure to put the deck back together after each cut.

6. When it is done, say, “But somehow, come morning, everyone was back where he or she belonged.” Starting from the top of the pile, lay the cards out in four stacks facedown, putting one card in each pile until you are out of cards. Turn the piles over: All the kings will be together, and so will all the queens, jacks, and aces!

It is a simple trick but it looks like a magic.

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One of the most popular social drinking games in the world, players actions and drinks are associated with the face-down card that they randomly select each turn.



  • Kings Card Game from Amazon
  • Alcohol of choice


A deck of cards is spread out faced down around a full, unopened can of beer, and the participants position themselves in a circle around the table.


Each turn, every player picks up one of the face down cards, and either drinks or gives drinks based on the action associated with said card.

At the end of the turn, the player puts the card underneath the beer can surrounded by face down cards, making sure not to open the can (which can be heard by air leaking out should it happen). If the can is opened, that players drinks the beer, and a new one replaces it with no cards under the tab to start.

The game continues until all cards are drawn.

Below is a list of common card associations during Kings:

  • Ace: Waterfall – Every player begins drinking, and no one can stop until the player before them does
  • 2: You – Whoever drew the card assigns a drink
  • 3: Me – Whoever drew the card drinks
  • 4: Floor – Everyone races to touch the floor, last person to do so drinks
  • 5: Guys – All guys drink
  • 6: Chicks – All girls drink
  • 7: Heaven – All players point towards the sky, last player to do so drinks
  • 8: Mate – Pick a person to drink with
  • 9: Rhyme – Say a phrase, and everyone else must say phrases that rhyme
  • 10: Categories – Pick a category, and say something from that category (i.e. if “drinking games” was the category, “kings” would be a viable answer.
  • Jack: Never have I ever – Each player puts up 3 fingers, then starting with the person who drew the card, each player says “never have I ever «something»”. If you’ve done it, you put a finger down, until someone loses
  • Queen: Questions – The person who drew the card asks a random person a question, and they then turn and ask a random person a question, until someone loses by either failing to ask a question or by responding to the person who just asked them a question
  • King: Ruler – Make a rule that everyone must follow until the next King is drawn (i.e. force everyone to drink after each turn)

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A psychology researcher (and magician) explains what happens after you hear “think of a card”

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Think of a playing card. Got one in mind?

Although it may have felt like a free choice, think again: Most people choose one of only four cards, out of a deck of 52. For now, remember your card — we’ll return to it later.

For thousands of years, magicians have amazed audiences by developing and applying intuitions about the mind. Skilled magicians can manipulate memories, control attention, and influence choices. But magicians rarely know why these principles work. Studying magic could reveal the mechanisms of the mind that enable these principles, to uncover the why rather than just the how.

Some of these principles, such as illusions and misdirection, have recently lead to interesting discoveries. For example, in one study, a magician threw a ball into the air a few times. On the third throw, however, he only pretended to throw it. Two thirds of the participants reported seeing the ball vanish in mid-air, even though it never left his hand. The participants saw something amazing — something that never actually happened.

Another example is misdirection, where the magician hides the secret by manipulating what the audience perceives or thinks. One study tracked participants’ eye movements while showing them a vanishing cigarette trick. Even if participants looked directly at the secret move, they did not notice it if their attention was directed elsewhere. They looked, but did not see, thanks to the magician’s misdirection.

Other principles of magic involve card tricks. Magicians can often influence people to choose a particular card from a deck, or even know which card people will choose when asked to think of one. Studying these phenomena could help us learn about the mind, as did the study of illusions and misdirection.

But before we can understand card magic, we have to understand exactly how people perceive the cards themselves. To do this, I teamed up with another researcher and magician, Alym Amlani, as well as professor Ronald Rensink at the University of British Columbia. We applied well-known techniques from vision science to measure how well people see, remember, like, and choose each of the 52 cards in a standard deck. For example, people saw cards quickly presented one after another on a computer while they searched for a target card; their accuracy indicated the card’s visibility. To measure choice, we asked over a thousand people to either name or visualize a card, then recorded their selections.

Measuring these factors allowed us to test magicians’ intuitions about different cards. Our results confirmed several of these intuitions. For example, magicians believe that people treat the Ace of Spades and Queen of Hearts differently from other cards. Sure enough, accuracy for detecting and remembering was highest for the Ace of Spades, and both cards were among the most liked and most often chosen. Other cards chosen frequently were Sevens and Threes, consistent with other studies on how people choose digits.

Magicians also believe they know which cards people are least likely to choose. Now consider: Which card do you think people will name the least often?

Many magicians believe the answer is a mid-valued Club, like the Six of Clubs. Others appear to share that belief; hecklers sometimes end up choosing the Six during magic tricks. In fact, during pilot testing, when asked to name a card several people smugly asserted, “The Six of Clubs!”, perhaps trying to act unpredictably. But by doing so, they in fact acted more predictably. As it turned out, however, it was the black Nines that were chosen the least. Of the 1150 selections people made in our experiment, these cards were only chosen four times.

Several other common beliefs were also disproven. For example, magicians often say that when asked to name a card, women choose the Queen of Hearts more than men do. In our sample, we found the opposite: men chose the Queen of Hearts more than women did, and women chose the King of Hearts more than men did.

Other results appeared to be completely new. For example, people detected most cards equally well, except for the Six of Hearts and Diamonds, which seemed to be misreported more than any other cards. In other words, people saw red Sixes that were not there. Also, women seemed to prefer lower number cards, and men preferred higher ones. We don’t know why.

A final interesting result was that the exact wording of the question seemed to influence which cards people chose. When asked to name a card, over half of the people chose one of four cards: the Ace of Spades (25%), or the Queen (14%), Ace (6%), or King (6%) of Hearts. If you’re like most people, you may have chosen one of these cards when asked at the beginning of this article. (A full list of cards and their frequencies is also available.)

But when asked to visualize a card, people seemed to choose the Ace of Hearts more often. In our sample, they chose it almost twice as often when asked to visualize (11%) rather than name (6%) a card. Perhaps something about the visualization process makes people more likely to think of this particular card.

Systematic studies such as these can help form the basis of a psychology of card magic. Magicians can improve their tricks by knowing which cards people like the best or choose the most. Meanwhile, psychologists can follow up on unexpected findings to understand why people may misreport seeing red Sixes or why the wording of a question may bring different cards to mind.

And this is only the beginning. Applying these results, we can uncover the mechanisms behind the principles of card magic. If magicians can influence the audience’s decisions, what factors enable this influence? Why do people still feel like they have a free choice? Answers to these questions could provide new insights into persuasion, marketing, and decision making. Ultimately, we hope to develop a science of magic, where almost any trick can be understood in terms of its underlying psychological mechanisms. Such a science can keep the secrets of magic, while revealing the secrets of the mind.

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The Sounders celebrate their historic title. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

The Seattle Sounders defeated Pumas UNAM, 3-0, to win the Concacaf Champions League before a record crowd of 68,741 at Lumen Field in Seattle on Wednesday night.

The Sounders became the first MLS team to win the competition.

The victory lifted the Sounders over Pumas, 5-2, on aggregate in the two-leg final series. The teams tied, 2-2, in Mexico City last week.

The Sounders will represent the Concacaf confederation at the FIFA Club World Cup, where the MLS club will take on the top club teams from around the world.

Raul Ruidiaz scored twice and captain Nico Lodeiro added one for the host side.

“Right now I’m living in the moment and I’m just so proud of that group of players – all of them,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “Because it’s not just the guys that scored the goals tonight, and it’s not just Yeimar [Gomez] and Stef [Frei] and all of those guys. It’s all the young kids that are coming up, the academy guys … just super, super proud of the way the team performed throughout this tournament. There’s some adversity, it’s not an easy tournament to win.”

Schmezter wasn’t alone.

“These are precious, precious moments. And then when you missed the opportunity a few times, you don’t want to do it too often,” Frei said. “So I’m really happy we’re able to take care of this today and write history.”

Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan called the result “one of the most important wins, I think, of my career.”

“When you get to make history and you’re the first one to do it, you’re in the history books forever,” he added. “No one can take that away from you. So I’m really happy our fans showed up, 68,000 in midweek, again, it’s special – you don’t see that very often. Credit to them. It was just a great experience and I’ll never take anything for granted.”

Ruidíaz helped Seattle draw first blood as he drilled a 16-yard shot that ricocheted off a defender and into the back of the net in the 45th minute.

“Raul is a killer, in a good way, not in a bad way,” Schmetzer said. “And, you know in the NFL, they have the franchise players? Isn’t that what they what they have? You can call Nico the franchise player.”

Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept Pumas off the scoresheet with a huge save in the 65th minute.

In the 80th minute, Jordan Morris laid the ball back to Lodeiro, who found an open Ruidíaz for a two-goal advantage.

Eight minutes later, Lodeiro cleaned up a Morris shot after it pinged off the post to seal the game.

The victory added yet another championship to Seattle’s trophy case, which includes the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles, a MLS Supporters’ Shield and two MLS Cup titles.

Among the foes at the Club World Cup will be the winner of the Real Madrid-Liverpool match-up in the UEFA Champions League final. Recent FIFA Club World Cup winners include Chelsea (2021), Bayern Munich (2020), Liverpool (2019), and Real Madrid (2018). Further details about the FIFA Club World Cup will be announced at a later date.

The Edmonton Oilers throttled the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 at Rogers Place on Wednesday (May 4) to square their best-of-seven first-round series at one game apiece. Evander Kane scored twice for the Oilers, who also got goals from Leon Draisaitl, Ryan McLeod, Darnell Nurse and Jesse Puljujarvi. Goaltender Mike Smith made 30 saves to record the shutout.

Spurred on by a rocking sellout crowd of more than 18,000, the Oilers won their first playoff game before fans since 2017. They also snapped a seven-game postseason losing streak, rebounding after dropping Game 1 to the Kings by a 4-3 score on Monday (May 2).

In one electrifying night, the mood in Oil Country has changed, from verging on panic to unbridled excitement. Wednesday’s victory showed how good the Oilers can be when everything is clicking, and that’s good enough to make a serious run this spring.

Here’s a look at three key reasons the Oilers took Game 2 in such dominating fashion and why they should be able to have success as the playoffs roll along.

1. Smith Shuts the Door

All the hope Smith had provided the Oilers with his stellar play to end the regular season disappeared in one disastrous moment on Monday, when his risky clearing attempt from behind his net was intercepted, leading to the game-winning goal by Philip Danault with just over five minutes to play. Suddenly he wasn’t the experienced vet that had gone 9-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .951 save percentage in April, he was the 40-year-old who had lost 10 straight playoff games going back to 2019.

But Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft went back to Smith for Game 2, and the goalie responded with his first win in seven postseason starts as a member of the Oilers, while getting his name in the record books as just the sixth goalie in NHL history to record a postseason shutout at age 40 or older.

While he had a bit of help from his posts, and Nurse saved a goal by clearing the puck out of Edmonton’s crease early in the first period, Smith had a good outing overall. Moreover, his ability to bounce back was indicative of a team-wide resiliency that showed this wasn’t the Oilers of years prior that crashed out of the postseason in 2020 and 2021.

In his last 10 starts, spanning the regular season and playoffs, Smith is 9-1 with a 1.40 GAA, .959 SV% and three shutouts. Those are the types of stats from goalies who backstop their teams to the Cup, and he has sustained this level of play long enough now that there’s reason to believe he can keep it up for another month or two without the drop-off that most fans have feared is inevitable.

2. Oilers Get Depth Scoring

Already seven different Oilers have scored in the first two games of the playoffs, which is equal to the number of different goal scorers for Edmonton in the entire series against both the Chicago Blackhawks (3-1 loss) in 2020 and Winnipeg Jets (4-0 loss) in 2021.

This continues Edmonton’s trend of balanced scoring since Woodcroft took over from the fired Dave Tippett on Feb. 10. That depth was as much as any reason to credit for the Oilers’ 19-4-2 record over the last 25 games of the regular season, and it will likewise be a huge factor if they go on an extended playoff run.

Of note are the offensive contributions from the backend, as Edmonton’s defensemen have combined for seven points in the first two games. On Wednesday, Nurse became the first Oilers blueliner to score a shorthanded goal in the playoffs since Steve Smith in 1990, while Evan Bouchard had two assists, making the 22-year-old the youngest rearguard not named Paul Coffey or Eric Brewer to record a multi-point game in Oilers postseason history.

With more Oilers stepping up, some of the pressure has been taken off Draisaitl and Connor McDavid to carry the entire team on their backs, which was ultimately an impossible task that saw the Oilers fail to advance in the last two postseasons.

3. Oilers Take the Body

A team not known for its physicality during the regular season (with an average of 22.33 hits per game, they ranked in the middle of the pack in the NHL), the Oilers have been throwing their weight around thus far against the Kings.

Edmonton dished out 40 hits in Game 1, two more than the Kings, and held a 48-46 edge in hits on Wednesday. Just one of their 18 skaters, that being defenseman Brett Kulak, failed to record a hit in Game 2, while 10 Oilers registered at least three. Forward Zack Kassian led the team with six. Even McDavid has been getting in on the act. The Art Ross Trophy winner dished out four hits on in the 6-0 win, equalling his career-high.

While it may be a cliché, “playoff hockey” is a real thing, and it’s how the Oilers are playing right now in their first-round series against Los Angeles.

Next Two in Los Angeles

The series now shifts to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4 at Arena, and while the Oilers should be feeling pretty good after Wednesday’s emphatic victory, the Kings are in the driver’s seat having taken home advantage by earning the split in the Edmonton.

If they are to advance to the second round, the Oilers will need to win at least once in Southern California. Their first opportunity comes Friday (May 6) with puck drop scheduled for 8 p.m. MDT.

Brian is an Edmonton-based sports writer and broadcaster. His experience includes working as a sports reporter for the Edmonton Sun, where he covered the Edmonton Oil Kings 2013-14 Memorial Cup championship season.