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Subj:     A Baffling Prediction (S467)
          From: Sxtell Expressions on 12/28/2005
          Source: www.axtell.com/sfx.html
 

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A spectator shuffles the deck and places it on the table. The magician writes the name of a card on a piece of paper and places it face down without letting anyone see what has been written. 

Twelve cards are now dealt to the table, face down. The spectator is asked to touch any four. The touched cards are turned face up. The remaining cards are gathered and returned to the bottom of the pack. 

We will assume the four face-up cards to be a three, six, ten, and king. The magician states that he will deal cards on top of each of the four, dealing enough cards to bring the total of each pile up to ten. For example, he

deals seven cards on the three, counting "4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10." Four cards are dealt on the six. No cards are dealt on the ten. Each court card counts as ten, so no cards are placed on the king. 

The values of the four cards are now added: 3, 6, 10, and 10 equals 29. The spectator is handed the pack and asked to count to the 29th card. This card is turned over. The magician's prediction is now read. It is, of course, the name of the chosen card.

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