Any Card At Any Number
There really aren’t that many outs
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Magicians obsess over this trick. Laypeople — not so much. But it remains a splendid trick, and if performed well, it kills. So, let’s imagine you have a group of friends, and you are all in someone’s living room — perhaps at a game night.
A card is selected randomly from a borrowed deck.
The magician does not see the card.
Then a random number is freely named - 17.
The magician asks for a second deck of cards.
The host retrieves another deck for the trick.
They count down the cards onto the table.
They pause before number 17.
“For the first time, what card did you choose?”
“The eight of clubs.”
They turn over the next card.
The 17th card is the eight of clubs.
Your friends love you forever and ever.
Look it turns out that there are only 52 outs for ACAAN. If you use the same stack (order) of playing cards, you can shift the bottom card to the top to create 52 decks of cards. So this means if the eight of clubs is in position 1 in deck A, then it will be in position 2 in deck B.