# James Randi Performs a Magic Trick

Question: Would you perform a feat of conjuring?
\r\n

\r\nJames Randi: I’m a bit of \r\nan amateur at shuffling cards.  Ho, ho, ho.  But when a deck is as \r\nthoroughly mixed up as this one is, many people think that there’ll be a\r\n red, black, red, black.  I’m not talking about suits, now just the \r\ncolor, you see.  Red, black, but it doesn’t happen that way.  For \r\nexample here, we’ve got three reds; we don’t need the joker in there.
\r\n
\r\nJames Randi: Yes.  And we’ve got oh, there’s another three reds. \r\n No, this is pretty good, the colors – I’m just looking at the colors \r\nnow.  The colors are pretty well mixed in here other than here’s another\r\n joker that we won’t use in there.  All right.  Now.  What I’m going to \r\ndo is, first of all.  We suspect that the colors would be pretty well \r\nsorted, or alternated all the way through the deck.  But I’m going to \r\nshow you something rather remarkable.  Here we have a well shuffled \r\ndeck, very well shuffled deck.  And I want you to come over here and \r\njust give me your hand, if you’d be so kind.  Step over and join me on \r\nthe set.  Okay?   Now just hold, like that with the palm up, a little \r\ncloser—I see you have a rich future.  Yes, well in any case.  I want you\r\n to hold half of the cards for me, would you please.  And I’ll hold the \r\nother half.  And I’m going to show you something rather remarkable.  \r\nLook at this.
\r\n
\r\nWhen I turn the back over, watch this.  One black card on the top and \r\nthen all of the rest of them red.  Every last one.  Wow!  And taking a \r\nlook.  Hold those for me, please.  One black card on the top just to \r\ndisguise it, but in this case, each and every one of them black.

Recorded April 16, 2010
Interviewed by Austin Allen

Close-up card magic by the master.