Published : 15/10/2012 12:05:16
Categories : Party Tricks
A few days ago I wrote a blog post, or perhaps rather more accurately, I wrote half a blog post which described a fantastic, self working, repeatable magic trick which you can easily learn in a few minutes. I explained how the illusion appears from the audience's point of view but, rather sneakily, I didn't include the method.
So, to put you out of your misery, or prove your theory correct, here goes with the solution. In case you didn't read the original post, you can read it now by clicking here. Alternatively, if you can't be bothered to read the previous post, here's a quick reminder of how the trick appears: To begin with you hand a pack of cards to an audience member and ask them to shuffle the cards as thoroughly as they like. While they're doing this you write out a prediction on a piece of paper, fold this up and place it on the table. Once they're happy you ask them to deal the cards out two at a time.
They are to look at each pair of cards, and if both cards are red, place these in a 'red' pile, if they are both black, place them in a 'black' pile, and if the pair of cards contains one red and one black, place them both in a discard pile. Once they have dealt out the whole deck, pop the discarded cards back in the box, and ask the volunteer meanwhile to count how many red cards they have, and how many black. Once they have finished counting, ask them to open your prediction. Let's say that they found they had 8 red cards and 12 black cards, your prediction would read '
There will be four more black cards than red'. Amazing! Of course, you may be asked to repeat the trick, because they may guess that, for some weird reason, when you deal the cards this way you always end up with these totals. So, remove the cards from the box, and combine them once again with the red cards and black cards. Hand your volunteer the complete deck and ask them to shuffle them thoroughly. Meanwhile, you write out a second prediction, fold it up and place it on the table. Again, when the volunteer is happy that the cards are well and truly shuffled they count out the cards the same way. They then add up how many red cards they have, and how many black, and let's say they have 10 red and 10 black cards, your prediction will read 'There will be the same number of red cards as black.' Amazing! Your prediction was right yet again, even though the outcome was different!
So, how is this astonishing feat possible? It's actually incredibly simple. To begin with remove the pack of cards from the box, but leave any four black cards inside. Place the box on the table, and hand the almost complete deck out to a volunteer. They almost certainly won't notice the fact that there are a few cards missing. As you have removed four black cards, you will write out your prediction to read 'There will be four more red cards than black'. Of course, you can vary this as you wish. If you leave three red cards in the box instead, then write out 'There will be three more black cards than red'. Get the idea?
Now from this point on the entire trick is self working. The actual number of cards in each of the piles will vary slightly, but the difference will always be the same. So how do you repeat the trick? Simple. When they have finished dealing out the cards the first time, and while they are adding up the number of red cards and black cards, you sneakily drop the discarded pile into the box - thereby adding them to the few cards you left in the box at the very start. Now when you are asked to repeat the trick, you simply tip out all of the cards from the box, and then add them to the red and black cards. Now that you have a full deck the number of red cards will be the same as the number of black cards, and so you need only write your prediction to read 'There will be the same number of red cards as black.' See? Easy when you know how isn't it? If you enjoyed this trick, make sure you bookmark this blog as we often publish new tricks, stunts and bar betchas. If you have any problems or questions about this trick, do please leave a comment below and we'll do our best to help.