This guy Shin Lim fooled Penn and Teller on Fool Us.

  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Good thing those magicians (most of them anyway…..some of them?) tell us its a trick……….otherwise, I’d have to believe in Magic.

    • Marc Perkel says:

      You got that right.

    • noname says:

      I would consider, but he would have to do something useful instead entertaining; maybe like, making terrorist & pedro disappear (Copperfield makes planes, cars, the statue of liberty disappear), ending world’s inequities, turning playing cards into million tons of platinum…

  2. gOD says:

    I see crap like this and I can’t help but be reminded…:

    PRAYER: How to do NOTHING and still think you’re helping.

    • Hmeyers says:

      It’s the thought that counts.

      If conservative Christians often publicly prayed for gay people to do well in life despite disagreeing with their lifestyle …

      Or if hardcore Muslims publicly prayed for Jewish victims of stabbing attacks …

      Or if liberals publicly prayed for the welfare for people who have other points of view …

      Do you think it would make a difference? I do.

      • Hmeyers says:

        There are Christians and Fundamental Christians (firebrands).
        There are Muslims and Fundamental Muslims (jihadists).

        There are nihilists.
        The fundamentalist form of the nihilist is the …

        The atheist.

        The nihilist believes in something, specifically it is nothing and there is “nothing more”.

        The atheist isn’t a just a nihilist, he demands you think his way.

        Just like the other religions …

  3. Merlin says:

    Looks like a bunch of Hokis Pokis to me..

  4. Martino says:

    Card tricks are the lowest form of magic. Puts me right to sleep.

  5. Ah_Yea says:

    I like a good card trick when done well, and he does them well.
    This trick would never fool Penn and Teller, even I know how it was done. For the rest of us, see “Penn and Teller save the world” available on youtube. The string trick Penn and Teller use is very different but the means of doing the trick is very similar to what Lim uses.

    I prefer this magic over Sigfried and Roy, for example. Sigfried and Roy use great showmanship but their actual tricks are straight Magic 101.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      There were about 10 different tricks. P&T even said they knew how a few were done….but not all of them.

      I’ve tried to google, but only find how the simplest of tricks are done, mostly palming, but that and attached strings doesn’t explain (I don’t think) what we saw here.

      Ah Yea, certainly not “for me”, but for the forum: how was any of the tricks done?

      • Ah_Yea says:

        There is one of two ways I know of.

        The first one is the more complicated to set up but easier to pull off, so it was probably the one used here.

        If you look closely at the cards and they way they were handled, you may notice the card thickness is greater than a standard card (hence no shuffling).

        Each card you see is hiding any number of other cards behind it where you cannot see given the camera angle (hence having no audience). Each card is laminated about a very VERY thin magnet having an alternating pole. Something like this.

        When the cards are properly laminated, they will attract to each other so well that to the observer they are one card. BUT twist the underlying card just ever so little and the magnets repel each other causing the underlying card to literally fly away, just like in the video.

        That, combined with a deck switch or two, and you have the entire effect.

        This is the easiest way. Alternately it is possible, but very difficult, to use a very thin light bonding adhesive sprayed to the backs of the cards to hold them in place. As you can imagine, this can be done with lots of training but is hard to pull off.
        Adhesive is the answer to the “Penn and Teller save the world” string trick, albeit in a MUCH simpler incarnation.

      • Ah_Yea says:

        BTW, I don’t mean spraying the entire back (or front) of the card with the adhesive, just a couple corners to hold the cards together yet allow them to be separated easily.

      • Ah_Yea says:

        It does make one appreciate the ingenuity of a good magic trick.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          Magnets huh? So that would also be why he didn’t invite P&T up to examine the cards and declare them to be normal? I noticed that at the time.

          Magnets. The Devils Machine!!!!!

          Thank you.

  6. mojo says:

    Don’t ever play poker with that guy.

  7. Sad Eyed Joe says:

    “Liquor up front Poker in the rear”…

  8. jpfitz says:

    Big fan of Penn and Teller. Shin Lim’s pretty good, had me fooled. I did see one mistake. Cool video.

  9. MikeN says:

    The real magic trick was done by Jeff Bezos, getting Perkel to be quiet about SpaceX, by successfully landing what Elon Musk has been crashing for years.

    • Hmeyers says:

      Leave Marc alone!

      He’s sensitive to social media pressures but I have seen a lot of progress towards unbiased, independent thought.

      There is a tortoise in desert on its back, and you aren’t helping.

      Why aren’t you helping?

    • Marc Perkel says:

      Hey – Bazos was kool. Good to see someone else land a rocket.

  10. Ron says:

    I’m pretty sure the black clothing and black table cloth are the key to the trick. They are hiding the fact that the table is really tilted and that he has other stacks of cards hidden beneath the table top or cloth.


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