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Thomas Henry
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Hi Gang,

Here's a heads-up: The most recent issue of the _College Mathematics Journal_ from the MAA has an interesting analysis of the old 21 Card Trick. The details are, John P. Bonomo, "You Can Teach an Old Magician New Tricks," _CMJ_, Volume 39, Number 5, November 2008, pp. 346-356.

Besides the combinatoric analysis, the author also gives some presentational ideas. But, as you can probably guess, the mathematics is far more interesting than the effect itself!

Most college libraries probably carry this journal, supposing you don't include it in your own membership to the MAA.

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Dumb question - is this available online somewhere?
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Martin Gardner described in one of his books an exact analysis (and mentioned of course the name of the mathematic person who did the analysis).

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The College Mathematics Journal
November 2008 Contents

You Can Teach an Old Magician New Tricks
John P. Bonomo

Mathematics forms the basis for many types of card tricks. One of the best-known works as follows: Take any 15 cards out of a deck and ask a volunteer to select one of the cards and place it back in the deck. After shuffling the cards, you deal out three piles of cards and ask the volunteer which pile his or her card is in. You collect up the three piles and repeat this deal/collect procedure twice more and then magically select the volunteer’s card from the deck. You can find many variations and analyses of this trick in various magic books and at several websites, using anywhere from 15 to 27 cards. Our purpose here is to analyze this trick in a manner which leads to two nice modifications of the trick. The first modification allows you to place the card in any location in the deck, and the second gives the volunteer full “control” over the trick: he/she deals out the cards as well as picks up the piles (in any order that they like). Even with this lack of control, the magician can pick the card correctly 87% of the time on the first try, and 100% on the second try. We then show how we can extend this trick to larger number of piles and cards.
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