Magicians love versions of the 4 Ace Trick. There are quite literally thousands of them. The four ace assembly is one of the most popular. The basic plot is the four aces get lost in the deck and just like magic they end up back together again.
I learnt this version from a sensationally good magician named David Williamson. He does the sort of direct and silly magic that I love. He was lecturing in Sydney, Australia and during a lunchtime break he showed us this version. I can't remember the exact source but it is from one of the great old card magic books published over 100 years ago.
This is just another example of so much great magic that lies hidden in old books. I've mentioned this many times throughout Julian's Magican School. Here's a great place to find more material like this. It's called
The Learned Pig
. It's a free online source of over 100 magic books and periodicals. It's amazing what you can find.
What this easy card trick teaches you most of all is the power of misdirection, or simply getting the audience to look where you want them to look.
There are some sneaky moves but they are SO easy. If you can empty a glass of water, you have all the technical skills you need.