and Legend of Juro Jánošík,
Jánošík Disappeared From Sight
Some say that Jánošík
was also able to make himself invisible in another way.
They say that Jánošík
could do something with a cup, when he turned it upside down; in an instant his
pursuers gazed into space as if they had lost their sight. No one could explain
it in any way, but they all swore that this was quite true and the guards were
not able to do anything against it. And this happened more than once. It
happened in the country of Moravia in the village of Malinovec; in Vysoká nad
Kysucou; in a tavern in Terchová as well as in a wine cellar in the square of žilina.
Who knows? Maybe the herbs sewn in Jánošík’s belt caused it…
Well, this is how it was
said to have happened in Malinovec:
Jánošík was drinking
wine. He drank slowly, enjoying himself.
Meanwhile, you can be sure
the tavern keeper sent a message to the guards concerning the guest who was
visiting his establishment.
The guards had hardly
crossed the territory of Malinovec when Jánošík already knew about it.
“Are they coming?” he
laughed. “Well, good, they should hurry but not break their legs.”
An hour later, there was
stamping, uproar, and yelling. The windows shattered, about ten rifles pointed
into the room, and another ten guards were standing at the door of the tavern.
But Jánošík only smiled
and slowly drank his wine, not a pinch of fear could be seen on his face.
The guards ventured to take
three steps into the room.
They were already within Jánošík’s
reach. He could have grabbed them, broken their bones, and knocked them through
the door… Yet he did not do anything, he only drank quietly. When his cup was
empty, he simply turned it bottom up, set it on the table, and left.
What about the guards?
Nothing! They just stood
there as if carved from wood, perhaps they would have moved if they could have,
but they could not. The same for those who were pointing their rifles at Jánošík
through the broken window.
Jánošík just walked
away, whistling an outlaw tune. He did not even push the door closed.
He was well out of the
village and, in fact, already in the forest when he met a boy hurrying to the
He gave him a ducat and
said, “I don’t want anything else from you, only go to the tavern for me.
You will see a cup there standing bottom upwards on a table, take it and turn it
right side up.”
The scared boy did not
understand, but he would have been glad to do anything for a reward. At the very
moment that the cup was turned, the paralyzed guards began to move again as if
they had woken up from a dream. They did not search for Jánošík at all. They
just lined up quickly and marched away from the village.
This is said to have
happened to Jánošík in Malinovec and, similarly, in other taverns. When he
did not feel like running away or defending himself, all he had to do was to
turn a cup upside down. However, exactly what Jánošík did with the cup
beforehand one could say.
A book, Jánošík, Jánošík... written by Anton Marec, translated into English by Tatiana Strnadová and John Doyle and published in 1995 by Matica Slovenská, contains 33 tales of this famous outlaw captain. The information in this book was used to create this story. Check in the future for other stories.