Can you explain how this card trick works?
Imagine you have six different colours of paint. You paint a cube
using a different colour for each of the six faces. How many
different cubes can be painted using the same set of six colours?
Given a 2 by 2 by 2 skeletal cube with one route `down' the cube.
How many routes are there from A to B?
Shuffle a pack
Look at the top card and place it face down on the table.
Starting with one more than the value of the card (counting Ace as
1, Jack as 11, Queen as 12 and King as 13), count out cards on top
of it until you reach 13.
For example, if the top card is a 7, place it face down on the
table and then deal 6 cards face down on top of it, counting "8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13". Of course, if the first card is a king you won't
need any extra cards.
Look at the next card, place it face down on the table next to
the first pile and do the same thing.
Repeat until you have used all the cards in the pack and have a row
of small piles of cards on the table.
If you run out of cards before you complete the final pile, keep
the cards from that pile to one side to start your magic counting
Now gather up all but three of the piles and add them to your
magic counting pile.
(If you don't have one yet, these will form the pile.)
Choose one of the three remaining piles to be the secret
Look at the bottom cards of the two remaining piles and add their
(So if, for example, the bottom cards are a Jack and a two, you get
Count out that number of cards from your magic counting
Now count out 10 more cards from the magic counting pile.
Finally, count how many cards are left in the magic counting
pile, and look at the bottom card of the secret pile.
What do you notice?
Try again. If you like, you could use this trick to impress
friends and relatives!
Can you explain how this delightful trick works?