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Artificial Intelligence Helps Magicians Create Magic Tricks

Making artificial intelligence do the work for us sounds tempting, right? A team of researchers has fed information into a computer such that the later processed complex data involving magic tricks based on mathematical constructions; the magicians no more have to keep in mind complicated data.


Will artificial intelligence (AI) technology ever reach the unrealistically-advanced stages sci-fi movie makers portray? We never know what the future is hiding from us, but a new study might have pushed current research in this domain a bit further. Researchers working on AI have made a computer create magic tricks. Yes, right, magicians can now chill and let the computer do the work. Or so is it tempting to believe.

The researchers fed into the device a broad overview of how a magic jigsaw puzzle works. In addition to this, mind reading card tricks were also input into the computer. Results of experiments as to how humans process magic tricks were also added. Using all these information, the system made new versions of those tricks to be delivered by a magician. The tricks were mathematical of nature; they were more than just sleights of hand.

One of the researchers, Howard Williams, stated that: “Computer intelligence can process much larger amounts of information and run through all the possible outcomes in a way that is almost impossible for a person to do on their own. So while, a member of the audience might have seen a variation on this trick before, the AI can now use psychological and mathematical principles to create lots of different versions and keep audiences guessing.”

The magic jigsaw is about assembling the jigsaw to display a number of shapes. It is broken and reassembled so that some shapes disappear. At the basis of this trick lies a geometric principle, whereby the size of the puzzle, the number of pieces present, the number of shapes appearing and disappearing, are all variables that are manipulated. This can be faciliated by making up an algorithm.

The mind reading card trick works differently. The game involves a deck of cards arranged in a particular way, and the audience made to choose one card from the deck. Based on information from the people, the card that has been selected is identified. The computer was made to arrange the cards in a way such that a specific card could be identified. in this way, the magician does not have to remember the order of the cards.


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