The Ultimate Magic Square

by Chris Wasshuber

This is a puzzle, but it's a very good puzzle, and it will appeal to the analytical members of your audience. Here's the effect: A spectator rolls three dice to obtain a random number. (Alternatively, you could use "invisible" dice, and just have the spectator name a number between 3 and 18.) The magician holds in his hands a packet of cards. (Each card bears a number.) Once the number on the dice has been announced, the magician deals the cards into a four by four square. The magician announces that this is a Magic Square, and sure enough, each row, column, diagonal, and corner adds up to the chosen number. As a kicker, the cards are pushed together so the edges are flush. Written across the square are the words, "That's Magic." This happens every time, regardless of the number chosen.

This is a very clever thing. It does not require sleight-of-hand, but you will have to familiarize yourself with some small "formulas" which control the dealing process. The instructions explain this quite clearly, and if you play with it for an evening and run through several of the possibilities you should have no problem remembering what you have to do. Because you need a fairly large clear area to lay out the cards this is not going to be a table-hoppers trick, but in a casual situation it would play very well, and would be very puzzling to any mathematically inclined spectators. Recommended.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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