Ooh, Interesting! Fascinating Facts - Don't Pick These Four Cards!

September 30, 2016

Neb Magician

If you’re contemplating booking a magician for your event or party, then you should definitely read this blog first. We don’t want to make it harder for the magician but, well, they should at least earn their money, right? With this in mind we’re going to let you into a little secret… But before we do that, think of a card.

We’ll come to your choice of playing card later but bear in mind that incredibly 50% of people pick one of just four cards in the deck when asked to “Pick a card, any card.” When you think that there are 52 cards in a deck, the fact that half of people pick one of just four is ridiculous! Surely it’s all just random chance? Technically it is but psychology is a curious thing and tests have been conducted to find both the most frequent and least frequent choices of playing card.

In general, magicians tend to think that a mid-range club is the least likely card to be picked and for whatever reason, this knowledge has permeated into the world with many now actually fairly likely to smugly select the Six of Clubs. In fact, the Nine of Clubs or the Nine of Spades are the cards least likely to be chosen. Now that we’ve told you that, maybe they too will experience an uptick in the Joe Public’s selection of a card during a magic show. If you're interested, here are the full results.

Most people believe that the Ace of Spades is the most selected card and they would be absolutely right (25%). Second most? Queen of Hearts (14%). In studies, it was actually selected more by men than women, which goes against the popular opinion. As for the other two cards, they would be the King of Hearts (6%) and the Ace of Hearts (6%), so it’s eminently clear that you just can’t get enough of them! If these cards aren’t selected, then the 3s and 7s are popular (which correlates with other studies where respondents were asked to pick a number) and for whatever reason, women pick lower numbers whereas men go high. Nobody knows why.

Of course, none of this really matters when you’re picking a card for a magic trick because, well, there are only 7 types of magic trick (when you get down to it) and magicians tend to know them all. No matter what you pick, they’ll be absolutely fine with it. But do try and keep it interesting for them by going for one of the other 48!

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By Henry Fosdike