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#1
03-11-2003, 08:21 PM
 The Great Zamboni Guest Join Date: Aug 2000 Location: The Great Ice Rink Posts: 866

I just recieved a link to this page that says it can read my mind. I know it stupid. I want to know how it works. It only uses a few symbols, so there is a good chance it will pick the right number, though it should eventually be wrong and it never is.

I don't like web pages that claim to read my mind.
#2
03-11-2003, 08:24 PM
 Scarlett67 Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2000 Location: The Middle of Nowhere, WI Posts: 10,706
This has been discussed in several recent threads. The math trick forces an answer that's a multiple of nine, and all those numbers (9, 18, 27, . . . 72, 81, 90) have the same symbol. The symbol changes with each iteration of the game.
#3
03-11-2003, 08:32 PM
 Monty Straight Dope Science Advisory Board Join Date: Feb 1999 Location: Beijing, China Posts: 21,861
Got a great one for you, Zamboni! I can't figure out how the thing works.

It's never guessed wrong yet for me.
#4
03-11-2003, 08:55 PM
 Scarlett67 Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2000 Location: The Middle of Nowhere, WI Posts: 10,706
Monty, try writing down the values of all the cards shown before you make your pick, and compare that list to the cards that "remain" after "your" card has been "removed."

Does that help?
#5
03-11-2003, 09:05 PM
 The Great Zamboni Guest Join Date: Aug 2000 Location: The Great Ice Rink Posts: 866

I understand the psychic page now.
#6
03-11-2003, 09:09 PM
 Scarlett67 Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2000 Location: The Middle of Nowhere, WI Posts: 10,706
Zamboni, here's an online version of Monty's trick.
#7
03-11-2003, 09:19 PM
 The Great Zamboni Guest Join Date: Aug 2000 Location: The Great Ice Rink Posts: 866
Scarlett67, if Monty is talking about what I think he is talking about, then he might be making fun of me for an earlier thread I posted. I couldn't find that thread in a search because I don't remember the name.
#8
03-11-2003, 09:20 PM
 Monty Straight Dope Science Advisory Board Join Date: Feb 1999 Location: Beijing, China Posts: 21,861
Same trick, different cards, Scarlett67. I really want to know how it does that! Writing the values of the cards didn't help. Drat.
#9
03-11-2003, 09:31 PM
 Scarlett67 Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2000 Location: The Middle of Nowhere, WI Posts: 10,706
Monty, did ANY of the cards from the beginning of the trick show up at the end?

#10
03-11-2003, 09:44 PM
 Monty Straight Dope Science Advisory Board Join Date: Feb 1999 Location: Beijing, China Posts: 21,861
Scarlett: Yes, all of the cards except for the one I chose.

Zamboni: I'm not making fun of you (anyway, I've no idea why I would--nothing comes to mind, thread or otherwise). I just thought you'd be interested in that trick.
#11
03-11-2003, 10:14 PM
 Scarlett67 Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2000 Location: The Middle of Nowhere, WI Posts: 10,706
Monty, I think you'd better try it again: Write down all the cards at the beginning -- 7 of hearts, 8 of clubs, whatever -- and compare with the cards at the end. I think you will find that none of the ending cards are the same as the ones at the beginning. What's more, your download version uses the same cards every time, which makes it even more obvious!
#12
03-12-2003, 07:19 PM
 The Great Zamboni Guest Join Date: Aug 2000 Location: The Great Ice Rink Posts: 866
Sorry Monty. I'm just a little paranoid. I started another thread asking about a card trick similar to the one you tried to get me to see (which I couldn't download and I'm not going to worry to much about it either). It's played exactly like the game Scarlett67 set up the link to, except it was introduced by David Copperfield. If I could find the thread I would post it here so you could see what I mean.
#13
03-12-2003, 08:00 PM
 Monty Straight Dope Science Advisory Board Join Date: Feb 1999 Location: Beijing, China Posts: 21,861
Aha! Thanks, Scarlett. I was just looking at the numbers. oh!:
#14
03-12-2003, 08:12 PM
 The Great Zamboni Guest Join Date: Aug 2000 Location: The Great Ice Rink Posts: 866
That's what got me too, but that was the intention. It's kind of dumb when you figure it out.

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