sarthaz September 26, 2018 Share September 26, 2018 On 9/17/2016 at 4:10 PM, Amarsir said: So Ivan Asmodai fooled them with the state cards. As most of us know, Johnny Thompson is the judge and he's not likely to give away a win unless they specifically thought wrong. So, where? I thought it was fairly obvious that he just needed to know 18 cards, 6 of which anchored 6 groups and the other 12 could be randomly split among those groups. The card Penn picked was not predicted, but does actually complicate the trick if it was pulled from the same pool. Which made me think it wasn't. My guess was "deck switch when his back was turned". That makes Penn's card irrelevant and pre-sets the cards to hand out. It would be easy to do. P&T gave him more credit by suggesting he rearranged the same cards. Is it possible that's what it was? Saying "arrange" or "control a shuffle" or "add cards" when it's a deck switch? Because they're pretty close, but we saw magicians get wins that way in season 1. This was the first time I've seen Penn visibly disenchanted by a performance and the performer. And Penn's the most over-the-top positive person in the world. Everything is the best version of that thing he has ever seen or heard or tasted. His Sunday School is a nonstop parade of greatest things ever. Even the most amateur recreation of a common trick draws huge praise from him, and this season alone he tells two separate performers doing basically the same trick that their version is the best he has ever seen! So then Ivan comes up, and Penn's like *shrug*. I'd love more backstory on this. 3 Link to comment
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