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No matter how many times you replay this video, it’ll guess the card you’re thinking of

Making someone think you can actually know their thoughts through the mastery of illusion is a incredibly powerful tool in the magician’s handy bag.

This video apparently went viral about two years ago, so the fact that I’m only now becoming aware of it is a little annoying.

It’s a great example of how some people can get really spooked out when they don’t quite understand how a card deck can be manipulated. I’ve spent many years in poker rooms, so when I first watched this, I immediately knew the concept behind the trick.

Making someone think you can actually know their thoughts through the mastery of illusion is an incredibly powerful tool in the magician’s handy bag. But doing it through the medium of video on the Internet is even more powerful.

Another great aspect of this trick is that it works over and over again, no matter how many times the poor soul replays the video and chooses a different card.

The video was originally posted by Ian Velicaria, whose mastery of the English language is not quite as good as his mastery of card tricks, so please excuse his spelling.

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15 Comments

  1. Dandru

    November 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    This is a rather daft illusion. The mechanism for how it works is immediately obvious. I’d be surprised if anyone fell for this. Fail.

  2. John Guerra

    November 16, 2014 at 2:00 am

    It is completely obvious and boorish

  3. Linda

    November 16, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Well, I don’t have a clue how this works. Care to share the secret?

  4. Martin D Sloan

    November 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Total Fail all the cards are no longer there…LMAO!!

  5. Mr.X

    November 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Lame. All of the cards first shown are gone, so of course “your card” is gone. I want to Leonidas-kick him in the chest for thinking this was worthy of posting on my internet.

  6. bob

    November 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    You dick! They are all gone!

  7. william schneider

    November 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I was fooled once by a variation of this ‘illusion’ in the 2nd grade.

  8. Kevin

    November 17, 2014 at 4:57 am

    ALL of the 6 original cards are gone. You see a space where the missing card is and assume your card was the only card that changed, but that is the distraction. No matter which card you chose, it would be gone.

  9. Linda Bartley Kittler

    November 18, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Thank you!! I guess I must be pretty dumb to be so easily fooled by this trick

  10. samantha

    November 2, 2015 at 4:44 am

    the cards they showed you in the bugging weren’t the cards at the end. they changed the cards so it made it look like your card was missing when really it was never really there

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  15. Ricky James Sexton

    October 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I wasn’t fooled, but it did irritate me enough to research the illusion

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