The Magical disappearance of 1000 euro casino chips

 August 10, 2019

Casino at night, Monaco, Europe
Casino at night, Monaco, Europe / Photo: Alamy via



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They have seen every possible ingenious attempt to syphon off money at the casino – even magicians get into the act.

Instead of practicing magic on the stage, criminals pull every trick in the book in the casino to cash in illegally. Usually the casino’s own security experts spot them early and intercept them with the help of the police.

Except one very skilled Lebanese paired his talents at sleight of hand with a specially adapted shirt sleeve to hide his switching low valued chips on the roulette table for 500 euro and even 1000 euro chips. So successful was his art of magic that he got away unseen.

It was only later that the casino discovered the loss and then analysed what had happened with their security cameras. The police were alerted and the case went to Court.

The Lebanese magician, it turned out was in his eighties. He had had many years to perfect his technique; a technique that was plaguing European Casinos. He was a no-show at Court but was obviously unremorseful and very proud of his expertise.

Surprisingly, he wrote confessing not to a string of casinos across Europe. In his absence, the Court sentenced him to 15 days in prison. He can focus his magic instead now on keeping out of jail!

Originally published by Olga Taran at

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