The Magic and The Math

I found a great article on Article Alley.com that I thought might interest some of you!

Magic Tricks Revealed: The Stunning Genius Magician

Here is a simple card trick that is based on easy math. If you can add up to ten, then you can do this trick. It may take a few minutes of practice during commercials while you are watching TV, but this trick, although deceptively simply, will have a profound impact on your audiences and friends.

This is how the trick will appear to your audience. You can create a long winded metaphor about memory skills, or Las Vegas card counting experts or something. Maybe you went on a retreat with some psychic CIA agents or something. Anything outlandish that will help to engage your audience.

They will naturally want you do give a demonstration of your magnificent skills, and you are naturally more than happy to comply. You pull out a regular deck of cards, and explain that you will ask an audience member to go through the deck and remove on card. Tell them you will only need two passes through the deck, and you’ll know their card. They choose a card, keep it, and sit back down. You flip through casually once, and again a second time, and then tell them their card like it’s no big deal.

Here’s the secret. When you go through the deck, start adding the value of each card together. But as soon as you get over ten, start over again. So if you have a 3, 5, 7 and 9, you will add them together like follows: 3 and 5 is eight, and seven puts it at fifteen, so you’d count that only as five. The next is 9,and 9 and 5 is thirteen, so you your count would be three. Go through the entire deck this way.

Once you are through, the number you have will be the number of their card. So if you end up with the number three, then their card is a three. Then you need to go through the deck once more to identify the suit of their card. Once you announce this, most people will be stunned. But this trick does look deceptively simply. But unless they know the secret math trick, nobody in any audience will be able to do this trick through sheer memory alone, despite how simple it looks. It’s actually good for if somebody in the audience claims they can do it. Simply give them the deck, and let try. When they fail, it will only make you look better.

Obviously, this trick will take some practice. You’ll need to spend a few minutes at home going through a deck and adding up all the numbers as described above. You’ll be amazed, however, how quickly you pick this up. And a side benefit to being able to do this trick quickly and easily in front of others, you’ll skyrocket your ability to do simple math in your head. That in and of itself is a great skill to have, and can be used in many other tricks to quickly amaze your friends. Have fun.

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So there you have it!

Do you think you can master this trick?

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