Hey Blair, I truly appreciate you taking the time to post all the details of the example that you just provided.Originally posted by Blair Morris:
(Jim posted his explanation while I was drafting mine. Mines a bit different, so I'll leave it here).
This is how it was explained to me, and for the first time I actually understood it. This example presumes the fingers on each hand are playing cards.
Imagine the fingers on your left hand as alternating in color between black and red cards. (leave your thumbs out of this, it's easier....and put an ink dot on the fingers that are black, and leave the fingers that are red unmarked).
Now do the same on your right hand.
VERY IMPORTANT - Make sure the little finger on each hand is a different color.(if this were a deck of cards you'd ensure that the bottom card of each pile was a different color).
Now hold your fingers up in front of your face, palms towards you, and interlace them in any order you like, as if you were shuffling them like cards.
It won't matter if two fall onto one, or any other combination happens, just as long the little finger is a different color on each hand.
Now, from the top (an index finger), imagine each two fingers as cards, and imagine taking two of them at a time off the top of the pile.....you'll ALWAYS have one of each color in the pair of cards regardless of how your fingers were interlaced.
You can put one hand entirely on top of the other hand, or you can interlace each and every finger (or any other combination you like)....but you'll always get one of each.
It works with any repeating pattern (numbers, suits, whatever).
They're NOT always in the same order,but there's ALWAYS one of each.
Hey Pete, thank you for the explanation. I think explanation helped me understand the Gilbreath principle a little bit more. This is a nice example and situation of which someone could apply the Gilbreath. I was unaware that the patterns had to be in reverse order for the principle to work. You're absolutely right about that. Looking at the two straight hands after the mix was pretty astonishing too. I truly appreciate your help. Take care.Originally posted by Pete McCabe:
Here's a simple way to explore/understand the principle.
Take a royal flush in spades and one in hearts. Arrange the spades in order from 10 to A and the hearts in order from A to 10, all face up.
Place both packets on the table in front of you.
Pick a card off the top of either packet and hold it in your hand.
Repeat four more times, each time taking a card from either packet.
You now hold a straight, from 10 to A.
What throws most people about the Gilbreath principle is that the most common applications use a pattern that repeats every two cards: red black red black. So it's not obvious that for the principle to work, the two patterns have to be in reverse order. The 10 through A and A through 10 application makes this much clearer.
Anthony, how often have you performed this and how often has it failed? Some of the times you won't find any of the selections correctly, you'll find only one correctly or you'll find one but think that it belongs to the wrong spectator.Originally posted by AnthonyR:
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Hey Thomase,Originally posted by Jim Snapp:
Check out this web address for another explaination of the Gilbreath principle;
I only claimed that the handling on the video is not sure fire even if you follow it exactly, but I do have a good remedy for it.Originally posted by AnthonyR:
As far as the effect working all the time, TRUST ME, IT WORKS ALL THE TIME PROVIDED THAT ALL STEPS HAVE BEEN REMEMBERED.
I have thought out a solution to this problem
you no longer need to shuffle the pack.