21 Card Trick

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{{Wikipedia|Twenty One Card Trick}}[[Twenty-One Card Trick]] is a classic plot in card magic where three piles of seven cards are dealt on the table. The spectator is asked to remember one of the
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'''Twenty-One Card Trick''' is a classic plot in card magic where three piles of seven cards are dealt on the table. The spectator is asked to remember one of the 21 cards. The piles are gathered and re-dealt then the spectator is asked to only identify which pile the card is in. This is repeated one more time and the magician is then able to identify the selected card.
21 cards. The piles are gathered and re-dealt then the spectator is asked to only identify which pile the card is in. This is repeated one more time and the magician is then able to identify the selected card.
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The first card trick learn by many beginners.
 
The first card trick learn by many beginners.
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== Published Versions ==
 
== Published Versions ==
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* ''How to have someone think of a card and guess what it is'' in [[Giochi de Carte]] by Horatio Galasso (1593)
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* Professor Hoffmann, [[Modern Magic]]  (1876)
 
* ''21 Card Trick Streamlined'' by [[Ed Marlo]] in [[The Cardician]] (1953)
 
* ''21 Card Trick Streamlined'' by [[Ed Marlo]] in [[The Cardician]] (1953)
 
* ''Nouveau 21 Card Trick'' can be found in [[Marlo Without Tears]] (1983)
 
* ''Nouveau 21 Card Trick'' can be found in [[Marlo Without Tears]] (1983)
 
* Jim Swain's handling in [[21st Century Card Magic]] (1999)
 
* Jim Swain's handling in [[21st Century Card Magic]] (1999)
 
* ''The World's Most Obscene 21 Card Trick'' in [[The Little Egypt Book of Numbers]] by [[Steve Bryant]] (2004)  
 
* ''The World's Most Obscene 21 Card Trick'' in [[The Little Egypt Book of Numbers]] by [[Steve Bryant]] (2004)  
* [[Tom Craven]]'s ''27-Card Trick'', in [[Best of Friends]], Vol. 3, written by [[Harry Lorayne]] (2007)
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* [[Jon Racherbaumer]]'s ebook, ''The 21-Card Trick: Rigged, Reconsidered, and Retro-fitted'' (2007)
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* [[Jon Racherbaumer]]'s ebook, [[The 21-Card Trick: Rigged, Reconsidered, and Retro-fitted]] (2007)
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== Variations==
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* [[Twenty-Five Card Trick]]
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* [[Tom Craven]]'s ''27-Card Trick'', in [[Best Of Friends, Vol. 3]], written by [[Harry Lorayne]] (2007)
  
  
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{{References}}
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[[Category:Card Plots]]
 
[[Category:Card Plots]]

Latest revision as of 09:13, 23 November 2012

Twenty-One Card Trick is a classic plot in card magic where three piles of seven cards are dealt on the table. The spectator is asked to remember one of the 21 cards. The piles are gathered and re-dealt then the spectator is asked to only identify which pile the card is in. This is repeated one more time and the magician is then able to identify the selected card.

The first card trick learn by many beginners.

This is an old mathematical effect based on principles developed by Joseph-Diez Gergonne (a French mathematician) called the Gergonne Pile Principle.

Versions have been developed to try and fool those knowledgeable in the effect by the likes of Edward Marlo, Steve Draun, David Solomon and Jon Racherbaumer.

Published Versions

Variations


References

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