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Jack the Lad by Alan Warner

(c. 2002) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: A miniature packing case is displayed on the performer’s table. The performer removes one end of this packing case and tips out and displays four miniature, fine art, framed paintings. He then explains that these four paintings are all very valuable works of art and that one of them is priceless. A spectator is now invited to choose which of the four paintings he would consider to be the priceless masterpiece.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no force: the spectator has an absolutely free choice of one of the four paintings.

The spectator’s choice is noted and then the four paintings are returned to the packing case for safe-keeping, and the end of the packing case is replaced.

Also displayed on the table is another wooden case with the letter ‘J’ on the top of it. This wooden case houses an envelope, inside of which there is a single playing card. The performer removes the envelope and extracts the playing card from it, making sure that the back of the playing card is facing the audience. The letter ‘J’ on the wooden case, the performer now goes on to explain, stands for Jack, which means it would be reasonable to expect that the playing card the performer is holding is one of the four ‘Jacks’ from a deck of cards. However, on turning the playing card around, he reveals a picture of an altogether different Jack – Jack the Lad, the fine art thief!

The playing card is returned to the envelope which is now sealed and then handed to the spectator who is requested to place his initials on the front of it. The envelope is then replaced in the wooden case and the performer explains that the spectator, by the simple act of placing his initials on the envelope, has actually given Jack the Lad permission to try and steal the most valuable painting in the packing case – the masterpiece freely selected by the spectator.

The end of the packing case is now removed and the paintings are once again tipped out and displayed. This time, however, only three of the picture frames actually contain a painting…


The performer now removes the envelope from the wooden case, and then, showing the audience that there is nothing concealed in his hands, he opens the envelope and tips out the playing card into one of them. On lifting the card, THE MISSING PAINTING CAN BE SEEN LYING ON THE PALM OF HIS HAND – Jack the Lad, the fine art thief, has triumphed again!

Finally, the envelope is handed to the spectator to verify his initials and to check that the envelope is otherwise completely empty.


  • The miniature art reproductions are framed in ornate gilt picture frames measuring 47 x 55 x 5 mm.
  • The packing case, as one would expect to find, is made of unfinished wood, but it has been fine-sanded.
  • The wooden envelope case is made of teak with the letter ‘J’ set in relief.
  • The Jack the Lad card is a miniature bicycle card (i.e. half poker size).

The apparatus comes complete with The Alan Warner Routine.

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Approx. Price: $265.00 (2002) ***

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3 reviews for Jack the Lad by Alan Warner

  1. Andy Martin

    Unique and Beautiful – that is the Warner Way!

    One of Alan Warner’s more recent miracles, and its both charming, clever, and beautiful.

    The basic premise is that Jack the Lad – the Famous Art Thief steals one of the pictures from within the frame and is found in an envelope far away from the packing case from which it is stored.

    Very well made, as usual.

  2. George Guerra

    Cute and Clever!

    The props are, as usual, beautiful to behold. Teak sure has such a wide variation in color and grain that as your Warner collection grows, you begin to wonder if Alan does’nt use other exotic woods. This item has an entertaining story and interesting props – only the case with a “J” is teak. The method is clever and the piece a definite must for the Warner collector.

  3. Steve Payne

    A fantastic set of props that help to create a wonderful story of a whimsical art thief named, Jack the Lad. With very few “moves”, the magic happens right out in the open to audience’s delight. Glad that have this one!

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