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21 Card Trick

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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.

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



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