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Take a look at this video.
Can you work out how Charlie ordered the cards to perform the trick?
Once you've had a chance to think about it, click below to see some suggested starting points:
Charlie started by thinking:
Luke started by thinking:
Alison started by thinking:
Can you take each of their starting ideas and develop them into a solution?
Can you use each method to perform the trick in a different language, or with two suits of cards together, or in reverse order from King to Ace, or...?
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