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ESP Experiment

Cliff Pickover, I believe is the first to demonstrate this illusion. on his site he states the following:

I am conducting a fascinating ESP experiment. Recent statistics suggest that my system can predict the correct outcome of your choice with 98% accuracy.
This is not one of those cheesy number game tricks. It is so convincing that The Daily Mirror of the UK said the following:
"It's got to be one of the weirdest sites we've ever come across but it's definitely worth visiting. Pop into http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/esp.html and you'll be baffled for days - even months. We don't know how he does it but Cliff Pickover, the site's creator, claims he's conducting an ESP test. Click on one of three eyes, he asks, and then look at six playing cards. Without moving your cursor, pick a card, shout out its name and then click on one of six more eyes. It then tells you which card you chose. It claims to be correct 98 per cent of the time but won't tell you how. Every one of the 60 times we tried - and we did everything we could to trick them - they got it right. Spooky!" (page 45)
Cliff has a great site, but in this review they claim to have gone through the experiment "60 times" and "we did everything we could to trick them" only for Cliff's site to guess correctly all 60 times. Admittedly this parlor trick is fun but before those at the Mirror start accusing people of being dumb here in the United States (frontpage Nov 4th) they should take a look in their own mirror.

Go to Cliff's site and check out this illusion for yourself, it is definitely worth the visit. If you can't figure out how it is done check the explanations on the site. If you still can't figure it out check the comments below.







17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello? All of the cards change, so of course your card won't be there. This one is easy.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that many people are fooled. Like the first commenter said, all of the cards change, so the eyes don't matter, the thinking doesn't matter, and there is no ESP!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it's so obvious and yet so many people are fooled. Do they not stop to think?

Anonymous said...

You don't know how he does it? This is simple. Look closely at the cards. You have one red suit and one black suit of each face card. When you click on one of the eyes, all the cards change to the OTHER black suit and the OTHER red suit of the face cards. So of course your card was "taken away."

Walt said...

I knew from the beginning, but the Mirror seemed to be having problems.

Kit said...

Too easy =)

Anonymous said...

the theories on why it works are hilarious, one person even said "i chose all 6 cards and it removed them all! amazing!"

but yeah, pretty simple, anyone with half a brain cell and a second to think will work that out straight away.

Anonymous said...

I bet you all were fooled right away....Don't act like you weren't impressed at first...

Its a good trick though.

frenki78 said...

I had killer time reading all those comments...i was laughing like crazy!
Especially the one who says that his card was taken even tho "he spoke Finnish when naming the card..." hillarious!

Walt said...

Reading the comments were great fun.

umm u don need to know said...

All the cards change, like if there's queen of hearts then it changes into queen of diamond and so on. Well actually i hav to say, this was pretty good. All u ppl that said ooo this was so obcios and stuff, i bet u guys were probably fooled at first. Well whatever, i think it was pretty good and thats my opinion.

umm u don need to know said...

my bad ,not ovcios i meant obvious

umm u don need to know said...

who the hell wrote, i selected all 6 cards and they all disappeared, Awesome!. LOL.that guy is probably stupid or he wrote it for a joke.LOL thats jkz

Anonymous said...

well i was fooled once but the second time i realized that my first card wasnt there either so it jumped into my head! i think a normal person would be fooled once or twice by it but not more than that.. i think that those explanations arent real..made up

PTMBlogger said...

That "explanations" page was killing me. I am now 14 years old and I knew the trick. Those ideas of quantum physics and eye movement, and, yes, the mind reading web sites, it killed me.

Anonymous said...

haha. i think its funny cause it only took me the second time to realize that all the cards are exchanged. write down the first set of cards then compare them to the second set that shows up. they are NOT the same, people!

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I really DID see all the cards change in this "esp" the first time. I wasn't fooled at all. Maybe it's because I've seen this trick once before on Youtube, but even then I was only "amazed" for maybe a split-second, then I realized how the trick was done and grimaced. It's kind of obvious if you're the least bit skeptical. Seriously, how did all those people get fooled??



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