I have just teamed up with the wonderful Luís de Matos and released a magic trick!

It is called The Grid and has taken about  year to develop.  Here I am performing it for ace magician Dani DaOrtiz….

There were lots of questions about it on Twitter yesterday, and yes, it does work with any of the numbers and isn’t at all difficult.  If you are into magic, you can buy it here.

Like the idea?


  1. This is the one trick for which I continuously shooted mails to wiseman from t day I watched emc…

    Now I can have it.. thank u

  2. Fantastic trick, and relies on having an amazing memory and working out in advance exactly where all the cards have to go. Most impressive!

  3. I feel very happy to have worked out how The Grid was done! 😀
    Much more satisfying than any of the Friday Puzzles! If you could replace the Friday Puzzle with the Friday Trick, which we have to work out how it is done, that would be the most fun thing in the whole universe for magic nuts like me. 😀

  4. Watching the video the only thing I can’t work out is how Richard knew Dani had selected 42. Once he knew that the rest was straight forward.

  5. Not surprising. We already know that the answer to life the universe and everything is 42.

    I suspect that it is more than coincidence that lead Richard to select 42 for this trick. 🙂

  6. One Clew to working it out……the cards where never shuffled, even at the start, not even when it looked like RW was shuffling – he was deck-arranging.

    Watch this for what you can do with a prepared deck and an excellent memory

    1. It’s not much of an illusion if it requires the other person to be in on it and assisting.

      I would be really disappointed if that was all there was to this illusion. I remain doubtful.

    2. @Dharmaruci, yes I got that Richard was arranging the deck to get the Grid correct but Dani definitely did shuffle the cards he was given.

  7. On the second viewing, I reckon I’ve got the basic idea … and contra @Dhamaruci, the shuffle was genuine. I’m not going to say what the secret is … but assuming I’m right it all depends on one of the simple, well-established techniques in the card magicians armoury. There exists a particular second in the video that I would point out if I were inclined to give a hint.

  8. At the first watch I think it was very good. Got a slight idea on how this could work, but will have to watch it again to check… When I have time…

  9. It doesn’t have to be 42. It will work with other numbers (but not any number) as well. In other words, you can repeat the trick with a different result….but don’t do that.

    1. It works with 22+n*4, n= 0,1,2…
      But n>7 not good as the impression should be that the cards are numbered 1 to 52
      Dani duplicates: You can only have 5 different numbers with a 48 card deck , 6 different with 56, 8 different would need 72 cards ( Phoenix Double Decker)

  10. I don’t think it had anything to do with the trick (maybe?), but why are there two “26” cards when Richard flips over Danny’s cards at the end?

  11. Bonjour
    Les explications sont tres confuses et extrement incompletes dans votre DVD.
    Vous passez trop rapidement sur l’odre des cartes, vous ne montrez pas à la camera le montage du jeu….
    Bref, c’est domage, car à ce jour, je n’ai toujours rien compris au montage du tour.

  12. Bonjour
    Je confirme mon propos.
    Aprés avoir bien regardez vos explications, il manque sur votre DVD l’explication pour ranger les paquets et l’explication de l’ordre des cartes.
    Avez vous un lien qui corrige cet oublie ?
    D’avance merci .
    I confirm my point.
    After having good look at your explanation, it lacks the explanation of your DVD for storing packets and explanation of the order of the cards.
    Have you a link that corrects this forgotten?
    Thank you in advance.

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