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Trick brain teasers appear difficult at first, but they have a trick that makes them really easy.


Puzzle ID:#30282
Fun:*** (2.84)
Difficulty:** (1.77)
Submitted By:yoshinode***




You have no skill at magic tricks, yet you make a bet with your friend for $25. You tell him to pick a card, take a look at it, and put it back in the deck. You then shuffle the deck as many times as your friend wishes. You will then hand back your friend's chosen card. Even though you possess no magic skill whatsoever, and you have no idea what your friend picked, you can still win this bet. How?


You hand back the deck. You have just handed back the chosen card.

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May 05, 2006

Or have every card in the deck being identical... no one said it was a standard deck.
May 05, 2006

Or have marked cards, or ones you can see through the light.
May 05, 2006

Or put the card into the deck face up.
May 05, 2006

Or just accept the answer thats there
i said the same thing as the first comment here but i like urs so much better ha ha ha ha
May 06, 2006

I thought the same as the first too. I loved it, I need to try it on my brother!
May 06, 2006

hehe... I also thought to make every card in the deck be identical
May 06, 2006

May 06, 2006

Very funny.
May 07, 2006

I see my answers were thought of by others. I too would have a deck of all the same card or just turn the deck over so that the inserted card was now the only one facing that direction. Cute teaser.
May 11, 2006

May 11, 2006

I got it! yay
May 13, 2006

good one
May 13, 2006

My name..., David Blaine.
May 14, 2006

Somehow I don't think I'd win any money of I tried that one!
May 15, 2006

I would not accept that. It is still a greas puzzle.
May 15, 2006

weirdest joke i have ever heard, but funy and so obvious, it's not!
May 19, 2006

LOL cute idea and perfect in theory.
May 22, 2006

Very good! I had a "duh" moment while I thought about the answer~LOL!
May 22, 2006

i got it right away.
May 25, 2006

WOW! It's really funny!

(But I will point out that there's one magic trick that almost doesn't require training and does the same thing)
May 26, 2006

i knew about that deck!
May 26, 2006

put card in deck upside-down relative to all the other cards. easy.
Jun 02, 2006

Good one! I tried it on my parents this weekend and we had a good laugh over it.
Jun 03, 2006

You could just shuffle the deck were the card isn't. You got me there!
Jun 07, 2006

Hmmm, if I tried this one on my friends, I'd get beat up and robbed by them.
Jun 14, 2006

very good one and i do think that you should have put in all of the possible answers for it but i give it a 10 out of 10
Jun 15, 2006

Heehee... great trick!

I might just do that on my friends!
Jun 16, 2006

I don't know, the answer is a little ify-ify
Jun 22, 2006

ALTERNATIVE- The teaser never said what the bet was.
Jun 29, 2006

Easy, but I enjoyed it. Very cute. i got it right.
Jul 07, 2006

Great teaser! I thought that the trick was in the wording of "You tell him to pick a card, take a look at it..." - I thought maybe the friend picked the card and then you just look at it I like your answer better though
Oct 02, 2006

This terrifically-worded teaser is done is such a way, everyone whos tries it, will always be a winner. This is an older trick, and I can always get interesting looks when I pull it on them. I enjoyed it.
Oct 26, 2006

Thats good
I love it
Oct 28, 2006

This is so good i might do it to and get rich doing it. Cha Ching
Dec 30, 2006

Very funny and cool . i also got the identical cards because it seemed sensible but still very funny.
Mar 15, 2008

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Mar 30, 2008

"You then shuffle the deck as many times as your friend wishes"

Call me crazy, but why would my friend be stupid enough to not shuffle the deck at all?
Apr 04, 2008

I HAVE to try this with my friends
Aug 30, 2008

Or just put a nail mark on the card that he chose and find it.
Nov 17, 2010

The answer and the several alternate answers suggested by various persons are all clever. But I don't think I could talk any friend of mine into paying me $25 on such a bet. They're not stupid.
Nov 17, 2010

??? Answer makes no sense
Nov 17, 2010

Nov 17, 2010

Tricky, tricky...
Nov 17, 2010

Lots of alternate answers but still fun. Thanks!
Nov 17, 2010

I flipped the deck so that only his card was face up. Not right, but the real answer was tricky.
Nov 17, 2010

Sorry but this one was totally lame.
Jul 17, 2011

Im a witchs cat
Nov 17, 2013

I also thought of all the cards being the same or a marked deck. The problem with the marked deck is the teaser states "you possess no magic skill whatsoever" - I took a lot of magic courses when I was young and owned several mared decks. I can tell you most marked decks are marked the same way, and it takes someone with training to be able to read them. If I handed you a marked deck and told you it was marked, most ppl would have problems figuring out where the marks are and have no idea how to read them.
Unless you friend is an idiot, he is not going to put his card face up if the rest are face down or vice versa.
There was one trick I learned at about 6 or 7 (the first classes I took) in which you had cards that had a picture instead of a pattern on the back so that you had them all with the picture right side up and then while you were talking to your friend and shuffling the deck (prior to his replacing his card) you spun it around so that they had the picture upside down yet his went in right side up.
There are many different answers to this question.
Nov 17, 2013

Sorry, but I must file this in the STUPID file.
Nov 17, 2013

it made me try to figure it out, and that's why Braingle is here! nope, didn't get it
Nov 17, 2013

Hah! That's brilliant! Loved this one. I thought the answer might be "by picking any card and getting lucky," because the question asked "how you could" do it, not necessarily indicating that you would have a good chance of it working.
Nov 17, 2013

Nov 17, 2013

Nov 17, 2013

Some people have no appreciation for lexical semantics and the exploitation of loopholes thereof.
Nov 17, 2013

I am with the group who think this was a lame game! It just was not funny!
Nov 17, 2013

We thought this was a good one!

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