Simple Card Trick

This is one of those tricks which you can show to your friends to amaze them while waiting for the last person to join in your poker game. All you need is eleven cards which you can easily extract from the regular play deck. The trick is that you will lay 11 cards, face down, in a line and ask someone to move several cards, one at a time, from the right side to the left side, while you turn your back so you don't see them (or you can leave the room). When they are done you will dramatically announce that you will pull one card from the "snake" that will show how much cards the volunteer has moved from right to left. How to do it - More...

The trick is in the cards you placed in the line and in which order. You need one joker, an ace and all the numbers up to 10. Then place them in this order: 6 5 4 3 2 A J 10 9 8 7, where A is the ace and J is the joker. If the person who moved the cards moved 5 cards then the new order would be: J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 A. Now all you need to do is to count (but not obviously) 7 cards and turn around the 7th card. In this case it would be the 5, which is the exact number of cards that your friend moved. No matter how many cards were moved, the 7th card will always point out the number. In the case that your friend didn't move any card, then the 7th card would be the joker.

If you are very good with math try this trick with more cards or similar .

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  1. Blogger Chris 

    hah i will have to try that. so hows your bro doing in prison then :D

  2. Blogger Vix 

    I will see later this week, visits are due then. :)

  3. Anonymous Numenor/Earendil_Mithrandir 

    I think you've made a mistake in the "new order" in the example. When you move 5 cards, shouldn't it be:
    J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 A? You still come out with the same answer, but you've moved those cards as a group, rather than "one at a time", as the trick states.

  4. Blogger Vix 

    Correct numenor.

    Thanks for the highlight, i will fix it as soon as possible.






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