Date of Award

Spring 2015



First Advisor

Dr. Barbara D'Ambrosia


In this project, we explore various mathematical topics as they apply to an assortment of card tricks. We will focus on an examination of theorems applied to the manipulation of cards in an attempt to prove why certain card tricks work. These theorems utilize abstract algebra, probability, number theory, and combinatorics. Many tricks can be explained this way, instead of singularly by sleight of hand or other “magical” methods. We will rigorously prove the theorems and principles that explain these concepts, focusing primarily on the card tricks and examples presented in Mathematical Card Magic by Colm Mulcahy (2013).

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