May 30, 2007

A Card Trick
— Ace

The trick actually has nothing to do with the cards. Pay attention. I didn't, and now I feel stupider than usual.

Posted by: Ace at 01:14 PM | Comments (29)
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1 You really didn't notice the other changes ?  You really need to get out more. On another note, aren't "magic" and illusionist tricks all about redirecting your attention ?  Much like, exactly like, what happened here. Come on, you at least had to notice the table cloth or the back drop.

Posted by: Edward Lunny at May 30, 2007 01:22 PM (QkaPP)

2 dri must be on vacation.

Posted by: mesablue at May 30, 2007 01:26 PM (DzeyU)


My goal in life is to perform before an audience of aces.


Posted by: David Blaine at May 30, 2007 01:31 PM (wieXQ)

4 Sure, you all noticed the color changes and the like.

But did any of you notice me sitting in the corner?

Hell no!

But it's like the old joke, "where does an 800 pound gorilla sit..anywhere he wants to pimp slap a bitch."

Google it!

Posted by: 800 Pound Gorilla at May 30, 2007 01:41 PM (lOhZy)


I'm going to be completely honest with you.

I didn't catch any of the color changes because I was too busy thinking about how I'd like to bone Sarah.

And no, seriously, didn't notice any of them.

And yes, seriously, she was distracting me because I want to do her.

Posted by: Entropy at May 30, 2007 01:49 PM (HgAV0)

6 Did you also notice Sarah's switching of her inadequately-sized faux vagina, with a sweet and spacious Italian make?

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at May 30, 2007 01:49 PM (KeOQp)

7 I think I need more caffeine. And why didn't the gorilla get in on the act?

Posted by: John F Not Kerry at May 30, 2007 01:56 PM (7FgWm)


I can't get over the amount of dupes who are fascinated by "magic tricks" they see on television or video. No offense to the dupes here, of course.

To the people who watch David Blaine and the other assholes who pretend to do magic on TV: Are you people fucking daft?



Posted by: Bart at May 30, 2007 02:00 PM (ZvFUG)

9 I didn't, and now I feel stupider than usual. 

Well, I just feel like my normal stupid self.  Even with your warning, I totally missed it.

Posted by: Michael at May 30, 2007 02:54 PM (nd3nZ)


I always suspected that there was another notch to my stupidity - an "eleven" so-to-speak. For once(!) I was right. I have no idea what this means, but the feeling is familiar.

Posted by: Cerebrum Minus at May 30, 2007 02:59 PM (41Dd+)


I sort of caught the backdrop change, but not really.

So...Allison Stokke, huh?

Homina homina homina!

Posted by: Kensington at May 30, 2007 03:10 PM (kFwRi)

12 Whoa! D00ds! I bought this guy's book in Heathrow airport yesterday. Spooky...

I also bought a brie and ham sammich. It was very nice.

Posted by: S. Weasel at May 30, 2007 03:22 PM (MecJo)

13 Gotta say I missed it.

I was so proud of myself sneering about the blatent switch of decks,  "Hey! He swapped out the original deck of cards!",  that I completely missed the swap out of all the other stuff.

Call it a card trick and people watch the cards. And brag that they saw the 'trick'.

As was stated above:  Even with the warning, I missed it. 

Posted by: Fuloydo at May 30, 2007 03:51 PM (S7Z5Z)

14 Was it really necessary to have the gorilla there? Did they treat him humanely? It would have been better if they had said "No gorillas were harmed in the filming of this stupid trick". Then we would be left to wonder why they would say that.

Posted by: John F Not Kerry at May 30, 2007 04:36 PM (7FgWm)

15 The gorilla reminds me of the scene in Body Heat where William Hurt watches a car drive by being driven by a clown, who is waving at him.  I'm sure the director was trying to say something with this scene, but it was either so clumsy or so subtle
 that it ended up just being stupid.

Posted by: Frank Sinatra at May 30, 2007 04:57 PM (hp0Gj)

16 dammit

Posted by: wiserbud at May 30, 2007 04:57 PM (hp0Gj)

17 Why was Rosie O'Donnell sitting there on the side table during the whole second half of the video?  She didn't do nothing.

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at May 30, 2007 05:05 PM (TnDwM)

18 Anybody go to the Quirkology site?  The other two vids in that category are pretty stupid. One's a switchout, and the other is just math. The one where you have to guess in which interview the subject is lying is interesting, though.  I say Interview A.

Posted by: CraigC at May 30, 2007 06:33 PM (Tgqqv)

19 Sorry, link here.

Posted by: CraigC at May 30, 2007 06:35 PM (Tgqqv)

20 What cards?

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at May 30, 2007 08:17 PM (iBgga)

21 Just what I needed, another reminder of what a total goober I am.

I even watched it again and still didn't catch it...

Posted by: TheSev at May 30, 2007 08:31 PM (JkjS2)

22 Not stupid, Ace.  This is known as "change blindness", and it's something that's hardwired into our visual perception.  It's really hard to learn your way around it.

There are certain types of visual changes that you notice even when your attention is focused on something else, and others that you don't notice even when you are expecting them.  Movement is a good example of the former, and this is a good example of the latter.

Now, if you really want to feel stupid, the gorilla-basketball video is the way to go.  But that one doesn't work if you know about it.  (And only works on about 50% of subjects anyway.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 31, 2007 02:59 AM (5BN3s)

23 The gorilla basketball video totally worked on me.  It does a good job of demonstrating the principle.

Posted by: Steve L. at May 31, 2007 03:38 AM (hpZf2)

24 Eh.  I guessed about the off-camera card swap - close ups in magic tricks videos are a complete mulligan for performers - but tuned out the other bits; I don't think that was so much an animal response as just being numbed out by constant (over-) cinematography in TV and movies (you get used to making even more allowances for home movie quality stuff like this).

Still pretty cool though.

Posted by: Scott at May 31, 2007 03:56 AM (FAHM2)


As soon as the camera panned away from the cards, I wondered "well duh he's switching the deck" the whole point of the "trick" is to switch the deck in front of onlookers without them noticing.

Of course I missed all the other changes. I blame the movement of the camera, since it really isn't important what the background looks like, or the shirt colour, and I'm busy looking at the cards.

Posted by: 5Cats at May 31, 2007 07:58 AM (cVijR)

26 heheheheh...That guy was bald...heheheheh

Posted by: John Edwards at May 31, 2007 09:18 AM (+Yys/)

27 ¿Muy con interés como si estos temas se veían si había todo de otra manera?? Nadie discute el tema debido, pero pienso que conservando propias ideas nosotros por nada no contribuiremos especialmente..

Posted by: Tol7tuy at August 15, 2009 06:04 AM (vm3jg)

28 It is the truth that of it you will frighten nobody. Here only it is interesting as it will be further. Hardly all will be also as well as today.

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29 To date

Posted by: Видеонаблюдение at January 27, 2010 01:11 PM (vm3jg)

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