Fooling Penn & Teller

Not many people can say they took in Penn & Teller with a card trick. Mathieu Bich now can. [-]


  1. First, he keeps the marks on the cards away from view via good card control. The marks are all there, for every card possibility, just out of sight.

    You'll notice he cuts the deck and places parts in a very specific order. In a number of cases, he inverts the cards, or turns them before he stacks them. He also uses those 3 "word" cards: "your", "card", "is" as separators. This keeps the cards with values written on them from the cards with suit names written on them…

    This inverting and turning he does as he stacks the cards is putting the proper words in the proper order. So, for diamonds he might have to use the cards inverted and flipped, for clubs, just inverted, for spades, just flipped, for hearts, neither flipped nor inverted. For the values, he has 3 other parts of the deck (remember, 3 cards are splitting the deck into 4 parts!), each with 4 choices, used to cover all 12 possibilities. The final move is to cut what he has placed, to put the "of" cards in the middle.

    He lines them all up, then just fans out the deck, and "Voila!"

  2. oh — and that first move with the deck is taking the "of" cards off the top…

  3. Guestivus says:

    How do you know all that extra shuffling and rearranging was to divert your attention?

  4. Because it wasn't. That's probably how he got Penn & Teller. They were looking elsewhere for the trick, but it was really right there in the deck the whole time.

  5. I think he has a few decks of cards in the box and then picks out the one for the selected suit. Then he knows how to cut and turn the cards so he can spell out any card. Then when P & T say the obvious, multiple decks, he pulls out a different box that says "NO".

  6. Then he's lying to them, and he really didn't fool them…