I understand I’ve written an entire post about this encounter before, but even with the passage of time this event – this occultic, *freakish *event – still haunts my memory. After the first thread I made about this, I sort of resolved myself to think of the magic trick as a devilish deed performed by occultic powers. Now with the passage of time, I am no longer content with such an answer. Instead, I want a rational explanation…
Keep in mind though: this is actually the *last *place I’ve come to for an answer to this question, but the only card trick explanations on the internet are for silly little parlor games. THE FOLLOWING ONE I SAW WAS GENUINELY FREAKY!
*Before the trick could be performed, I had the girl give me the deck of cards so I could inspect them. Ever the skeptic, I ruthlessly analyzed the deck until I was 152% certain it was normal, yet in my determination to make this thing fail, I shuffled and reshuffled (and then later as I was picking cards I picked and re-picked, too) until I was certain the deck was thoroughly messed with. Satisfied, I let the girl begin.
She at once asked for some paper, wrote the name of a card on the back of it, and set this aside, face down, so that I could see the paper itself but not the card name. Having done this, it was only then that I selected a card (and then reselected and changed cards for about half a minute: after all, I wanted to be absolutely sure I wasn’t being suckerpunched). Sure enough, I looked at my card and then finally looked at the paper and waddaya-know…*
If this is honestly legitimate magic, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT NATURALISTS, MATERIALISTS, ATHEISTS, AND AGNOSTICS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT!
But keep in mind, it’s extremely unsettling and I’d prefer a rational explanation to an occult lecture 10 to 1.