A pretty simple App to sneak out the age of someone ;)
Works with all ages between 1 and 60 to 100 per cent. Otherwise you could ask that he should think of a number between 1 and 60 and the trick reveals it
Card Source: www.birthday-party-magician.com/prediction-trick.html
Playing cards themselves originated in the Orient with China and India amongst the main contenders for the claim of country of origin and it's thought that cards may have been introduced to Europe in the 14th century by Arabs who had travelled from the Orient.
Italy, Spain and France feature in the first literary mentions of playing cards and card magic. One of the earliest, general references to card tricks is an article from 1408 which tells of a card cheat inParis who sought to gain advantage by manipulating the cards he was playing. The first, written mentions of actual performers of card tricks are: a) a 15th century piece of writing (apparently unpublished and co-authored by no less than Leonardo da Vinci) which describes a card trick performed by Giovanni de Jasone de Ferara; b) a 16th century piece by Cardanus describing a performance by a Spanish magician by the name of Dalmau who performed for Emperor Charles V in Milan.
Card Trick History from C16 Onwards
From the 16th century onwards, numerous written references and explanations relating to card tricks began to appear but it was in the 18th century that card magic was brought into the larger arena of the theatre by a dynamic and colourful Italian magician called Giovanni Guiseppe Pinetti. Previously, card magic had been performed only in the streets or smaller settings such as private rooms but Pinetti transformed its appeal by using wonderful theatrical settings for his card magic. He travelled and entertained extensively including countries such as Portugal, Germany, Russia and England where he even performed at Windsor Castle for King George III.
The 19th century saw the emergence of two of the greatest contributors to card magic that have ever lived - the Frenchman Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) and the Austrian Hofzinser (1806-1875).
The first casino was built in 1863 in Monte Carlo. The playing cards may not have the same design and the casino games rules may have changed over time but it is still considered one of the best casinos in the world.
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin was born into a clock-making family. By the time he was in his twenties he was married, living in Paris and running his own clock-making business. However, he had been impressing his friends with card tricks from a young age and it was in Paris that he continued to build his interest, getting to know magicians, watching performers, etc.
Robert Houdin - more detailed life story
History Card 2Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser lived and worked at the same time in history as Robert-Houdin, but was based in Vienna. He could often be seen in the salons of Vienna's high society entertaining with an array of inventive ideas. Referred to often in the books of Dai Vernon (perhaps the most respected card magician of the 20th century), Hofzinser is deemed by many leading card 'artists' today to be the 'Father of Card Magic'.
Card Tricks and Mathematics
Card tricks have long been a mainstay of the magic community, and there are many fine effects using a standard deck of 52 cards that will interest lovers of mathematics. Popular techniques of card legerdemain involve forcing, controlling, location, prediction, reversal, transposition, spelling and so-called mind reading. Basic methods are counting (often secretly), reversing cards, prearranging some (or all) of the deck, and shuffling of various sorts. The tricks we discuss have underlying principles with real mathematical content, ranging from basic arithmetic, binary numbers and permutations to combinatorics and probability.
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