The Lottery Trick Illusion

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I am no fan of lotteries, which rob from the poor and those who can least afford to buy lottery tickets and give a ridiculous amount of money to one or too few people. If you have to have lotteries I’m in favor of: 1) one third of the winning proceeds going to charities of various sorts (e.g. cancer research); 2) one third in taxes to pay off various state debts and provide essential state services, and 3) one third to winners.

Playing the lottery is a form of gambling of course, and as such it violates all the basic principles of the logical and moral connection between work and appropriate compensation for that work. Spending a dollar on a lottery ticket should never produce an outcome where one ends up with millions. That’s neither a fair compensation nor is it just to all the others who invested the same amount in the scheme. But that is a debate for another day.

There can be no debate however that what you see in this video is a pretty good trick by Stan the Man. See if you can figure it out and tell me your answer. Kudos to my friend Harold Black for sending this to me.

  • DonaldByronJohnson

    He took some time to discuss things after the numbers were picked and before the reveal. One way to think about stage magic tricks is that everything is done for a reason, either to distract you or because there is something going on that you are not aware of or sometimes both. Notice also that the magician was the one to remove the lottery ticket from the wallet. Of course, the magician can have help from outside the stage area, this should just be assumed. Also notice that the magician did not allow his wallet to be examined. We know that wireless devices exist and can be hooked up to a mini-computer which can hook up to a mini-printer. So putting this all together, my guess is that the magician had an off-stage assistant print the lottery numbers inside his wallet somehow on a blank lottery form.

  • Geoff Johnson

    After watching tv specials on how magic tricks are done for television, and after seeing how very often the entire studio audience is in on the trick, I am pretty skeptical about “random” audience participation in such scenarios.

  • Darius Ramstein

    Stan the Man is a swiss tennis player :)