The four kings trick is one of the easier card tricks to master and perform. It is one of the basic level tricks and is ideal for inexperienced people and even children to learn. In this trick, the four king cards and three other random cards are selected from the pack. The performers stacks the cards to ensure that the kings are placed one after the other in sequential order. The performer will also need to ensure that the other thee random cards are hidden from the view of the audience by placing them behind the first card. The performer will have to fan all the king cards with his left hand, while holding the three concealed cards behind the first king card (the one adjacent to the thumb). So the audience is under the assumption that only the four kings are separated from the pack and stacked together.
Everyone understands the fact that magic tricks are nothing but illusions and sleight of hand techniques. Yet, they are enthralled by a well performed magic trick. This is not because the magician has really done something out of the ordinary but has convinced the audience that he has done something that is truly special. The real magic is in the presentation technique of the magician. Anyone of us can become a magician by following the basic instructions that are listed here.
The first and most important aspect of any magician is the ease with which the trick is performed. The magic trick needs to be performed effortlessly and only then will the audience believe that something very exciting has happened. This can be achieved when the magician is confident about the magic trick and confidence in turn, is achieved only if the trick is practiced by the performer. Practice makes a man perfect is an adage that is perfect for a magician. All magicians – new or experienced – spend several thousands of hours practicing their tricks. They do not differentiate between easy and tough tricks but practice on all the tricks alike – with total dedication. Practice is an integral part of every magician’s daily life. Some magic teachers say that a magician is ready for public shows only if he/she is able to perform all the tricks correctly and confidently, in front of other magicians. A well practiced magician can do all the tricks correctly without even thinking about it.
This magic trick is for intermediate users who are already familiar and comfortable with the basic level of card tricks. Some amount of “trickery” and sleight of hand is required to perform this trick to maximum effect. In this trick, the performer takes the help of one volunteer from the audience.
The performer takes a full deck of cards and removes all aces from it. He/she then displays the aces to the audience and also the volunteer by fanning them out with the left hand. The performer will have to explain the trick to the audience while displaying the aces. The performer must say that with the help of the volunteer, he/she is going to split the deck into four separate piles and at the end of it all, all the bottom cards of each deck will be aces. For effect, the performer can ask the volunteer to hold the aces and then proceeds to shuffle the rest of the deck.
Amongst all the card tricks, this is the easiest to practice and perform. This trick is performed with the assistance of one member of the audience. All that is required is a complete deck of cards. The performer will make a big show of shuffling all the cards thoroughly and keep taking to the audience and the volunteer member simultaneously. The performer will keep saying that he/she is going to ask the volunteer see the top card of the deck and remember it.
The performer also says that he/she will not know what the top card is because the deck is getting shuffled thoroughly. After shuffling the cards, the performer will keep the shuffled deck on his left palm and use the right hand for picking the top card up and away from his/her view. The trick here is to pick up the TOP TWO cards instead of the top card. This has to be done discreetly, without the knowledge of the audience or the volunteer and can be achieved within a few hours of practice. So, when the volunteer sees the card, it is actually the SECOND CARD and not the first card as the audience assumes. The performer then asks the volunteer to memorize the card number.
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