The Math Inside the Magic

To pull off some incredible magic tricks, magicians rely on math to get the job done.

In the following video, Vsauce's Michael Stevens talks through where the math is hiding inside some card trick magic and, as a bonus, will explain how big a number 52! is in the process....

Is it just us, or do royal flushes show up way more often than math says they should when you're playing poker with other people?

Meanwhile, if mind-reading tricks are more your speed, Quanta's Pradeep Mutalik features four puzzles to show how mathematical logic makes it possible for a magician to identify which number or card you're thinking of!