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Computing is all about algorithms and magic is too. Discover what the link is while learning this simple magic trick, where you magically move a card from one pile to another by palming it invisibly!

Invisible Palming: So what is an algorithm?

You will need 15 cards.

Here is how the invisible palming trick works…


It just works!. If you follow the steps exactly, the card will magically seem to have moved! Before reading on, do the trick a few times and see if you can work out what is really going on.


Do you have natural magic in your finger tips? Sadly no. It is all about algorithms and psychology. The steps guarantee the trick has a magical effect, but you have just fooled your audience, rather than moving a card.

Invisible Palming: How does the trick work?