All Roads: a cool self-working card trick

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#2

So Cool. Trying now…

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#3

I think I’m an idiot…when he says four piles, does he mean four total or four with matches?

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#4

Four total. Each pile (with the leftovers that you continue to count) will have 11 cards in it (including the “cap” on the unmatched piles), ending with your special card.

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I just got my Ellusionist Black Ghost cards in the mail and tried the trick with my kids. We decided we needed a story to accompany the action and they’re dictating as I type (editing on the fly). We came up with this slight variation that required adding the joker. Just make sure that the joker is the 45th card down. In brief: Gotham City went quiet when the joker and his 9 henchmen [show joker and count out the henchmen] went underground to plot their next big caper [place the 10 cards beneath the deck, joker on top]. Commissioner Gordon knew they were up to something and needed the help of his pal Albert Einstein. Einstein leads the police to 4 seedy bars, one at a time, and speaks in code to possible informants, asking them 10? 9? 8? … After the 4th bar, Einstein says, “I know how to find the Joker”. [Let’s say of the 4 piles, a 9 and 3 are showing]. “He will be arriving on the 9:03 from Stamford, the 9+3=12th passenger from the train…”, etc. The kids are annoyed that I’m not typing exactly as they dictated and every time they say “Batman” I type “Einstein”.

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unless you “matched” during your countdown.
example: I am counting down and flipping cards “10, 9, 8, 7” and as I say seven, I draw a seven. At this point I have a complete pile with a seven on top. that is one pile, and I begin a new countdown, with a new pile.
I do this four times in total. Just now, I completed the trick and finished with two piles that matched with 7, one with an 8, and one with no match, so that pile received a cap. I now count down through the remaining deck 22 cards (7+7+8). My card is the 22nd.

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Even if you “match,” you’re just finishing your 11 later. If you match on the 7, you’ve dealt 4 cards (10-9-8-7), plus the 7 that you’ll deal later (because you’re showing a 7 on this pile). Because you’re always doubling up the number you match on, that always sums to 11, just like the capped pile. :smile:

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