Persi Diaconis

“The secrets to easy-to-do card tricks are revealed in Magical Mathematics and the complex mathematical concepts that underlie them and will astonish even the most seasoned conjuror. Each trick comes with simple, step-by-step instructions from Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham, who also offer advice on how to set up the effect and interact with the audience while performing it. Each card trick teaches a new mathematical concept, and altering the tricks brings readers right up to the cutting edge of current mathematical understanding.

The eccentric and talented creators of mathematical magic are told tales and the best tricks by Diaconis and Graham. The mathematics of card shuffling is used in the book to reveal ancient gambling techniques, and it also explains the three-card Monte gambling con, one of the most popular street gambling scams.”