Card Tricks – Richard Turner Thoroughly Astonishes Penn & TellerApril 19, 2018
Tonight, anyone who fools Penn & Teller wins a slot performing in their long running Vegas magic show. Let’s see if our first performer can do the trick. My vision started going south when I was 9 years old, so I have no sight. But, I don’t call myself blind because I see things in ways that other people can’t see. People always want to know how I can determine different cards. My thumbs and my fingers can feel things that other hands can’t.
I now have 10 eyeballs. I’m a card mechanic. I demonstrate how many ways you can be cheated in cards. A card mechanic is somebody who controls the outcome of a card game, and the techniques for the card table are literally a thousand times more difficult to develop than the techniques used to perform card magic.
Ever since I started karate, people say, “You’re a black belt? How can you possibly fight?” I haven’t missed a work out in 45 years and 2 weeks. And, we all have obstacles. All of us! You know what I consider the worst disability of all?
Procrastination and laziness. Give me blindness over that any day of the week. Please welcome the amazing Richard Turner.
Penn, Teller, can you join me at my table, please? Penn over here. Teller on this side. C’mon over. It’s an honor.
It’s a pleasure. Well, HOWDY! Howdy!
I love it when the audience shows up. Well I’m Richard Turner and I represent why you should never play cards with strangers. As you heard, I’m not a magician. I’m what’s known as a card mechanic, but what I do can appear very magical.
Now, this is not to fool you yet, gentlemen. This is just to educate the audience. When you play poker, black jack, bridge, hold ’em, whatever the game, you want to make sure the cards are evenly mixed. This is basic casino procedure which is what is known as… Riffle. Riffle. You’re supposed to do what’s called a block cut or a strip cut.
Another riffle. A cut. That is basic casino procedure. Now in a private game, that’s where the hustlers hang out. Here’s something you never do when you play for money. Never shuffle with one hand.
It makes the other players nervous. And when they see you shuffle with one hand followed by a one-hand flip around cut, they get up and run. You’re left playing with yourself. Right, Penn? Exactly, I know what that’s like.
Now, Penn, how many times would you see I shuffled and cut this deck? 6 or 7. Let’s see if this deck is evenly mixed.
Does that look pretty even, Penn? Do we have ace through king, ace through king, king through ace, king through ace? Did I shuffle back into perfectly numerical order? You did. Well, we did it then, Penn!
Thank you. Penn, would you do me a favor? Reach in and pull out a card. Just any random card. Tell me when you got one.
I got one. Alright. Square up this mess here.
I’m going to show you a few moves. Hand me the card face up. Face up? Face up. Tell the audience what you picked.
Seven of hearts! Watch the seven of hearts. I’m going to show you how I can magically keep this seven on top by dealing underneath the top card.
Watch face up. This is called dealing seconds but you have to deal the card as neatly as if you are dealing from the top. Watch I’ll deal it in super slow motion.
Super slow motion. Seven on top. See the dealer will hit the other players on a play of black jack. I have a fourteen. Watch face up.
See how the card stays as the second card kind of melts through the deck. Here’s one handed. Now when the card is face down, see you can’t tell you’ve been swindled. Isn’t that fun?
Thank you. Now y’all saw that I had a full deck of cards here. Penn, I want you to take this half and give it a casino wash. Face up.
I want, and, Teller you take this half. I want the audience to see cards being randomly scrambled, mixed, screwed up in every possible way you can. Ok. Got it? May I have your cards there? Penn, let’s wash those… Teller, would you wash those two halves together, please?
Square them up for us, Teller. And then turn them face down. And when you’re done, shuffle them in any fashion you like. Tell me when you’re done.
When you’re done, set them done face down in front of me. Alright. Penn. Sir.
You are going to be my interpreter. I’m going to ask a few questions of Teller. You’re going to tell me if he nods his head yes or if he nods his head no. Ok. If you understand what I said, nod yes. He said yes.
Alright, we’re in business. Have you ever played in a private game where it’s your deal, it’s Penn’s deal, it’s my deal. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Dealer… deck is passed around the table. Yes, he knows what you’re talking about. No, he doesn’t play cards. He’s smart. Now if this works, it almost looks like magic because it’ll appear as if nothing happened. I’m going to do the same thing you just watched.
Riffle. And once again, you guys just scrambled these cards. We did! Riffle.
And then again, you’re supposed to do a strip cut. Another riffle. And a cut. We’re going to deal a hand of hold ’em. Penn, you’re going to tell me how many players step up to the table. Mind you, we are doing this after the deck has been shuffled and cut.
Ok. 5, 6, or 7. Pick your number. Uh, six.
Six players. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
Six. One. Two.
Three. Four. Five. Six. And then we have what’s called a “burn,” and then we have what’s called the “flop.” Yup.
Penn, what are those three cards? Can you tell the audience. My favorite three of clubs. Followed by the jack of spades and the king of spades.
And, we have a burn, and we have what’s called the “turn.” What is that card? That’s the six of spades. And, we have a burn and we have what’s called the “river.” What is that?
That’s the king of hearts. Now Penn, you can take any one of these hands here. Teller, these are yours, don’t let anyone see your cards. And, let’s see if you… go ahead and turn over a few hands and see. Any hand I want?
Any hand you want. Ok, I’ve turned over the second hand. What do you have? I’ll turn them all over, as a matter of fact.
What the heck. What the heck. Turn them all over.
I’ll tell you this, no matter how good those hands are, they’re not going to beat my partner, Teller’s hand. We have a queen and a four. Nothing really exciting. Would you clear the table?
I sure will. Clear that table. Let me have your cards there, Teller.
You can let go. He was afraid I was going to steal them. Now once again, you shuffled and cut. Chose six players. Let’s see what Teller has in the pocket.
Penn, what is that? That’s a king. And what is that?
That’s another king. Once again you shuffled and cut. You chose six players. And so on that board we ended up with four kings, right?
Yes, we did. Well gentlemen, you can now go back to your huddle and see if you can reconstruct, believe or not, the thirteen different methods, techniques and controls it took to take that washed shuffled deck to deal that pat hand to my partner. Oh, and Teller? If I perhaps fooled you and you want to communicate with me, my right ear reads lips. Anyway, hope y’all had fun everybody.
Thank you! Richard Turner! Fantastic!
Alyson, we’ve got nothing to say. He fooled us. Oh my goodness! That’s fantastic! I’ve never seen moves like that. Never seen moves like that.
Thank you. That took years and years, you know. Oh, I know, I know.
Get that trophy here. I want to make this very clear to you, Richard. This trophy we’re giving you, it says on it *beep* *beep* from the bottom of our hearts, Richard. From the bottom of our hearts. Well, thank you thank you.
Oh my. Oh wow! Richard Turner! So, Penn & Teller have been fooled once.
Let’s see if another fooler is in the cards or the magic wand. See you in a minute!