While I was learning last week from Ash Marlow’s TikTok I stumbled upon another magic trick I wanted to learn before moving onto something else and going back into more research. I pulled up his YouTube and found the video I had previously seen. This trick was one where simply the cards did the work. All I had to learn was the order in which I ask questions or lay out the cards. No matter what if I followed the order the cards did the trick for me.

Here is the trick before I get into the explanation of it:

Now you might be wondering “How could the cards of done this trick?” I might have lied just a little bit. There is a little bit of mind bending as well. Once again, I will let Ash Marlow explain this as I was able to pick this trick up very easily and quickly.

Now that you see how the trick is done you can understand what I meant by the cards pretty much do the work for you. That is because this trick is involving some of those mathematics and numbers that I have mentioned before. Marlow explains how when we are putting the cards in piles, no matter what, their card will always be the second card. That is crucial when you incorporate the mind binding because you ultimately know where the card is already, you just do not know what the actual value of the card is.

The reason why I wanted to do this trick before moving into more research and not forget about it was because it involved the numbers and mathematics which allows the cards to do the magic for you. I find this very applicable to learning in classes and how we can in fact incorporate magic into the classroom when learning mathematics. This trick is a little bit more loosely based but there are tricks out there where counting is crucial and that incorporates numbers a little bit more. I want to explore this avenue a little bit more and find a trick next week that could be easily incorporated into the classroom and connect to mathematics very strongly.

When I take the time to reflect after learning the new tricks, I find I become more and more comfortable each time. Just like any skill I have been seeing learned each person is becoming more confident which becomes stronger products and faster learning. For this trick it was the easiest one I have ever learned. I thought this because the skills with the cards were basic, and I was able to incorporate my skills easily when handling the cards. Next, the skills of speaking to my viewer have become easier as I am confident the trick is going to work because of my practice I do before hand. Lastly, as long as I stuck to the procedure and did each step the trick was going to do itself which ultimately gave me the most confidence. Throughout this short time of practicing card magic I have found confidence is one of the more important things because it is all about fooling your viewer, and the more confident you are the more your viewer beliefs in what you are doing is the truth. I have found Ash Marlow very easy to learn from as he explains the trick effectively but quickly. Once again I used the ability to pause the video and replay it as I followed along with my own deck of cards.

Hey Dylan,

I love your choice of learning project! It definitely seems like you have already learnt a lot of good tricks in a short period to time! Ash definitely seems like a great person to be learning from. It is cool to see how a simple trick where “the cards do it for you” can look so impressive. Good luck with the rest of your learning project!