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Coincidences that are too good to happen when you want them

Postby Dan Q » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:07 pm

So I'm performing a trick in which two spectators have selected cards which will later be used to "help find" a card lost in the deck by a third spectator. I already know what the third spectator's card is - it's the five of clubs - when the (freely selected) cards of the other two spectators are revealed, which I describe as "having some kind of connection" to the lost card: the five of spades, and the ace of clubs. You couldn't wish for a better coincidence: a five and a club to help you find the five of clubs.

Unfortunately, this beautiful coincidence happened this afternoon, while I'm sat alone at home, practising some tricks in between bits of work. A beautiful coincidence that I'd like to take "magical" credit for, and there's nobody around to see it. I almost feel like I've "used up" that piece of luck when there wasn't anybody around to see it. Ah well.

(actually, the odds don't seem to be as awful as I'd thought: by my estimate, the chance of two randomly drawn cards being one of the same suit and one of the same value as a previously drawn card is about 1.5%... so I only need to do the trick another 46 times before it becomes more-likely-than-not that I'll have seen the same thing happen again: let's see if I can manage it again this afternoon...)

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