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Four Kingdoms

Trick Courtesy of: Larry Dennis LARRY@fsulcd.physics.fsu.edu

Original Author: Unknown

Kings Family Variation                              Kings Party Variation


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.

Kings Family Variation

Trick Courtesy of: Elroy (Nmoen@lane.k12.or.us)


1. Go through the deck pulling out all four Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks. 2. Start by saying: "Once upon a time there were four Kings." Place the Kings in a face-up row, a few inches apart. 3. Then say: "And each King had a daughter." Place one Queen on each King, but make sure you can still see the top of the King. 4. "And each daughter wanted to marry a Prince." Place one Jack on each Queen. 5. "But the kings did not want their daughters to wed the Princes. So they brought in their lawyers." Place one Ace on each Jack. 6. Take each pile, keeping the Ace's on top, and put them on top of each other. Make sure you keep them in order. 7. Turn the cards face-down and cut them. You may cut them for five minutes or thirty seconds. 8. Then say: "And in the end..." 9. Take the first card and set it down, face-down. Put the second, third, and fourth next to it. Repeat the process, putting the second row on the first. Repeat for the third and fourth rows. 10. Finish by saying: "...They all went their own, separate ways."

11. Fan out each pile, showing all the Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks together.

Kings Party Variation

Trick Courtesy of: Andrew Leask (David_Leask@bc.sympatico.ca)

Original Author: Max Bakken

Card Trick: Take out all the face cards and all the Aces, forget the other cards. Place all the Kings in a row and say they are having a party. Next say that they are all nice Kings and they invited their wives (the Queens) to the party. Put the Queens on top of the Kings. (Make sure they are the same suit.) Then say the Queens are very proud of their sons and they invite them to the party. Place the Jacks on top of the Queens. Say: "after the party all the people went to bed, and they were afraid of someone breaking in to their bedrooms, so they put locks on their doors." Put the Aces on top of the Jacks. Say that they all got mixed up in the middle of the night. Put all the stacks of cards together, one on top of the other. Turn them face-down and single cut them three times (only three.) Then lay them out in four rows, taking from the top of the pile.  "But, come morning, all were back where they belonged." Turn the piles over to show the cards unmixed.
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