Recording of Mathematical Magic Tricks with Joshua Zucker

This is a recording of a live-streamed event that took place on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

Most traditional magic tricks require lots of practice, skill, and coordination.  Mathematical magic tricks work automatically, all by themselves — sometimes you don't even need to touch the cards!  With at most a bit of misdirection to create the appearance of complications, Joshua Zucker will perform several tricks, teach you to perform them yourselves, and guide you through the mathematical thinking that makes them work.  Using that thinking, you can even create new tricks of your own!

Prerequisites: Ability to shuffle a deck of cards, or, for one or two tricks, ability to shuffle a deck of cards while keeping one or more of the original top cards still on top.  Patience.

To fully participate, please have the following materials handy:

  • A deck of cards
  • Pencil
  • Paper

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