The EASIEST Card Trick Ever – You Can’t Screw Up!

The EASIEST Card Trick Ever – You Can’t Screw Up!

This week, it’s a totally
self-working card trick that you can’t
possibly screw up. Plus, it’ll actually fool you! [THEME MUSIC] This episode of “Scam School,”
brought to you by Go Daddy. Welcome to the
show that’s exactly like Disneyland, only drunk
and highly unfriendly– and may have stolen your wallet. “Scam School”– the
only show dedicated to social engineering at
the bar and on the street. And this week, we have a
gem that I absolutely love. It’s a card trick
that people have told me dozens of time I
should have on “Scam School,” and finally we’re
making it happen. It’s one that requires
no sleight of hand, no mental mathemagic-ery
whatsoever. And the best part
is, it actually fools the person
performing the trick. Let’s check this guy out. OMG, I am so super-stoked. We’ve got Simone and Stephen and
Mike all here in the same place at the same time. And I’m going to show you guys
a card trick that people have been suggesting
for “Scam School” since, I kid you not,
like, episode three. Now we’re all the way up
to episode, like, 200. This thing, it’s really weird,
because it’s simultaneously 100% self-working, requires no
slight of hand, no mental math. It’s, like, follow three steps. And here’s the best
part– it actually fools the magician
who’s doing it. Like, I’ve done this for myself,
like, 20 times in the hotel room before here. That’s how sad I am. Here’s what we’re going to do. First of all, I need you
guys to shuffle up the cards. Here– all of you. Just mix them up. Make sure there’s no
possible way I could possibly know what order any of the cards
are, because it truly doesn’t matter what order the cards are. All right, we’re good? Everything’s 100%? All right, now
here’s the best part, is that I can even describe in
detail every single thing I’m going to do, the
entire trick long, and hopefully the ending
will still be amazing. First thing I’m
going to do is make a bunch of piles based
on the order of cards that you guys picked. I’ll tell you in advance
that the total of each pile is going to be 13. Now, in this case,
we have a king. And it by itself is worth 13. So now I’m going
to take the nine. So from nine, we
go 10, 11, 12, 13. Now I go to the next
one, four, which means I do five, six, seven,
eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. Two, which means two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. Three– four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. Six– seven, eight,
nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. Nine– 10, 11, 12, 13. And we’ve got a couple of extras
that I’ll set right over here. So we have a bunch of piles
here– one, two, three, four, five, six– seven piles. I’m going to turn around. I’m not going to look. Each of you guys pick
one of these piles to flip over, and then gather
up all the remaining face-up cards. Make sense? Each of you pick one
pile, turn it face down, take all the other cards,
gather them up in a pile. I’m being very good, looking
in the other direction. You’ll have to tell me when
you’ve finished, by the way. Do we? Or we could sit here
awkwardly for the remainder of the evening. OK, you’ve got it. Excellent. All right, so we’ve
got three face downs, and we’ve got a bunch
of discards over here. Now, here’s the thing. I honestly don’t
know what card is on top of the piles
you guys picked. I wasn’t paying attention. And if I was a wizard, I
couldn’t have possibly kept track of all the
different things. But we’ve got a few
cards left over, and maybe they know
which cards are where. So here’s what I want you to do. Simone, I want you to
reach forward and turn over the top card of
one of those piles. All right, we’ve got a two. We’ll let Mike pick one
of those remaining piles, turn over the top card. I’ll stick to the outside. Six. But now here’s the
best– I’m going to ask the cards what’s up. And I’m going to start– you
just deal off 10 cards– two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, 10. And we got two over here,
so we’ll go one, two. And we’ve got six over here–
one, two, three, four, five, six. And wouldn’t it be amazing
if the cards could tell us? We’ve got one, two,
three– four cards left. And the last face down
card is– the four. Awesome. Wow. All right, now seriously,
this thing is amazing. It absolutely blows away
the person who performs it. It requires no skill, and
it works 100% of the time. Are you guys ready to
figure out how this Works Yeah. Then toast me. All right, we’ve
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make look like there’s a lot of steps to this. But trust me– it’s
super, super simple. And no matter how smart or dumb
or skilled or unskilled you are, as long as you
follow the steps, you cannot screw this up. Who wants to be my
guinea pig here? All right, Simone. That was awfully fast. Everyone looked
right over at Simone. All right, so here’s
what we’re going to do. First step is you
do have to arrange in that bizarre kind
of ordering where each pile has a
total value of 13. Even though the deck
is totally shuffled– you honestly have
no idea what order the cards are in–
start with any card. We’ll have the ace be one, so
two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10,
jack, queen, king– 13. Five– six, seven, eight,
nine, 10, jack, queen, king– that’s 13. Eight– nine, 10,
jack, queen, king. Four– five, six seven, eight,
nine, 10, jack, queen, king. Nine– 10, jack, queen, king. Queen, king. And then you’ve got extras. And the extras you always just
set face down off to the side. It doesn’t matter which
ones they turn over when you turn your back. Now, in this case
it worked out great because we had three people. I was able to turn my back. Each of you picked a
pile, so we’ll just say randomly that
it’s these three. And then just gather up
all the remaining ones and make one giant pile. Once you do, have two of the
piles– turn over the top card, and you’re going to figure out
the value of the last card. So here, you guys turn over two. So in this case, we want
to know the last one. You always start
by dealing off 10. Now, if you can make
up some kind of reason why it has to be
10, that’s great. But I say keep it simple and
just go one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, 10. Then deal off the
value of the cards. So you’ve got one for the ace
and then one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. And amazingly, every
single time when you deal off the
remaining cards, that will be the value
of the last one. One, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine– and it matches nine. Any questions? No. You ready? Yeah. All right, here– go ahead
and gather them all up. In fact, we’ll go ahead
and shuffle them for you, and then you show us your
amazing rock star magic skills. I’m not so good at this. All right, here. So we’ll start off. We’re going to
shuffle up the deck. Here, give that a cut. Boom. All right, Simone. Blow us away with that
totally shuffled up deck. OK, so that’s one. Up to 13. There you go. So five six, seven, eight,
nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. Queen– king. Wow, look at that. Well, hello. So 10, 11, 12, 13. And then keep on going. 10, 11, 12, 13. Four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. And one more, right? You can stop right now. But what I like to do is create
as many piles as possible. So I would keep on
going if you can. Nine, 10, 11, 12 13. And now at this point,
you see there’s a six, and there’s clearly not
enough cards to hit 13, then you cut it off at that. Right? And now what do we do, Simone? Oh, I have to turn around. And what are we going to do? You’re gonna flip three
of the piles over. All right. And then you’re going to put all
the rest together in one pile. Good call. I’m going to do that. Don’t look. It’s our secret piles. All right. We got them– three
piles for you. Boom. So now I put those with this. And then I have
you guys turn over two of the piles, the top cards. Two of the top cards. All right, go for it, sir. An ace. Bet you didn’t plan on that. No. Mike? Four. You can’t handle the four. You’re screwed. You’ll never be
able to tell us what this final card is, Simone. Yes, I will. Nu-uh. Uh-huh. Yuh-huh? Because I’m gonna deal 10 cards. And then I’m going to
deal one card for the ace. And then four
cards for the four. The amount of
cards left is going to tell me what
that top card is. No way. Yeah. No way. No, I got bets against it. It should be five. Five? If this is a five, I’m
buying a beer for everyone at this freakin’ table. Oh! Oh, nice. Amazing wizardry. Well done, Simone. Good job. Now, is this the single
most impressive card trick you’re ever
going to learn? Of course not. But is it a hell of a
lot of fun, dead simple, and it works every time? Absolutely. That’s why I want you to
actually grab a deck of cards and start playing
with this thing. That first time that you get the
moment of counting the cards, seeing there’s eight of them,
and you turn over the top card and it’s perfectly
matches, you are going to be in love,
just like I am. And speaking of which, I want to
hear about your success stories and failure stories, so
I want you to hit us up at the boards at, where you can see all of our episodes
right back to episode one. If you want to
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suggest your favorite bar scam, write me directly at
[email protected] Make sure to join us next week,
because I am personally going to physically assault
every single person who posts the word
first on this video. I’m talking to you, mister. Why don’t you put a
nice word for a change? [THEME MUSIC]


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    Scam Nation

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    Adam Dooley

    OK, so, all that is well and good. But to take it to the next level, can you name the suit of the card? Now THAT would be a good trick to know.

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    mischa wolf

    I have discovered that this card trick also works if you add two jokers into the deck, as long as they count as 14, you make piles that count up to 14 instead of 13, and you don't remove 10 but 9 cards from the pile. I love this card trick and adding in the jokers for a second round like "do you think it's just a mathematics trick?" Bluff is really great

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    Brajesh Sahu
    Can someone please try to find the Algorithm for this trick?
    I was able to arrange 13 cards with hit and trial methods, but what if i have 15 20 or say 30 cards.. How should i arrange to get the perfect sequence..

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    Siobhan Riley

    Late to the party but if you wanna know how this works you can learn the math behind it from the Video Magic 13 from D!NG hosted by Micheal from VSauce

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    Ghost Pepper

    Yeah…um…Somehow managed to get 6 piles, and they all 'added' up to 13.
    Edit: Yes I have all 52 cards.

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    Paul Roos

    Any questions? No, no, nope, man im screwed, i had at least 3 , and every answer would have elicited 2 more questions and so on, u think dyslexia sucks! U should have what i have,

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    John Griffiths

    My momma taught me this when I was a kid, towards the end when they have their piles chosen, I turn while they 3 card monte their 3 stacks while I secretly count all the remaining cards, then I just deduct 10 off the top of that and work from there.

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    Aikel Fortaleza

    This goes so well with NOC cards. You'll actually know the numerical value along with the suit. Try it out!

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    I see their mamas raised them well. Even on that old weathered picnic table with the warped, split wood, they used coasters.

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    mystic wolf

    the card trick works every time, as long as there are 52 cards in you deck, you aren’t using jokers, and you’re counting correctly

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    What!!!! Posted 2011 and I've just found it, I could of been amazing people years ago. Fantastic card trick that I'll be doing on everyone. Thanks

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    Red Ace

    How can people screw up, I do this perfectly the first time
    "noted I've been a Magician for 5 months so I guess I can do this better than most"

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    Chuck Bradley

    I've been doing this card trick for yrs, only slightly different, but I can't find anyone who can explain WHY it works every time. It must be mathematical but I can't figure it out.

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    It's not amazing, it's simple math, permutation group of the given set. Let the three turned-down deck (groups) be called A, B and C (uppercase) and the top cards of them a, b and c respectively. Then you have (14∗3−a−b−c) cards on the table and 52−(42−a−b−c) or in other words 10+a+b+c cards in your hand. Then you put 10+a+b cards on the table, and you have (10+a+b+c)−(10+a+b)=c cards in your hand. So the amount of cards you have will naturally be exactly the amount of the value of the top card (the first integer of the remaining group).

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    Naveen Ramarao

    I tried to fool my friends. But didn’t worked. Because while I was issuing the cards two king cards came, however they flip over king cards itself. After removing 13 and 13 cards. Huge number of cards were remaining. Could you please try in explained way.

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    Mikey Thabede

    Wow this card trick really works , I have tried it 30 times and it work perfectly ; I am definitely joining the scam nation

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    Spencer Bodzioch

    If you are lucky enough to get the three remaining suits in your hand of the value of card you can do an even better prediction. If this happens I might select some prediction cards from my hand. Ie, colour, then suit, then value. If your confident enough you could even force the prediction cards on the audience so they end up making the prediction themselves!

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    Ellie Ukelele

    What if the card you flip is a king queen or jack? How many card do you deal down? Also what if you don’t have enough cards to deal down

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    dr troy turner

    This is a top 3 trick for me that uses all 52 cards, buy not necessarily a Top 3 card trick as I have wonderful ones that only use half of the deck or just the face cards. The excuse that I give for counting off 10 cards randomly is that the card trick is a perfect 10. I say this more so to remind myself as opposed to actually announcing it. I think you can silently, quickly get rid of 10 cards without anyone caring or noticing. While at it, it's better to do counts silently and not reveal how you keep coming up with the right answer. Make it a true mentalism trick.

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    x,y,z are in the range of 1:13 (A,2,3,…,Q,K)

    After the 3 piles are selected… you will have 52 cards minus the size of the three piles.
    The size of a given pile is 14-value. For example, a Queen is a 12. 14-12 = 2.
    Therefore, you will have the following number of cards leftover:
    52-(14-x) – (14-y) – (14-z)
    This simplifies to…
    Once they flip two cards, lets say X and Y, you can now solve for z.
    This is because 10+x+y+z = the number of cards you are holding. Once you remove 10, x, and y,
    all you have left is z which is the final card yet to be turned over.

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    Yo there is a dude crying in the background, in the begging around the 2:00 mark. Looks like he received some bad news

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    JackDoes VR

    Title says you can’t mess up, I haven’t ever messed up but showing my mum this video after explaining and showing her it for 2 hours she still hasn’t been able to do it, 11 months after trying to teaching her😂😂😂

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    Foster Paulsen

    You could relate this to the story of the Russian revolution if you wanted to. The social divide started in 1910 (10 cards excuse), communists wanted to “equalize” everyone to live like kings, and those that are thrown away could be “sent to the gulag” by the three piles, Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky. (You could do a force by revealing it in the order of their deaths, making the smallest pile, or the highest card, the last one revealed)

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    Lance Neidhardt

    One other ending I like is to deal off the numbers of the cards they flipped over, then deal the rest onto the pile you've already dealt off, and then spread all the cards out and say you're going to read the cards to determine their card. It makes it seem a little less calculated than just counting off the cards imo

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