Magician Dan White Freaks Out Jimmy and Questlove with a Time Traveling Card Trick

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-Jimmy, tonight
we are going to — -How did you know
my name is Jimmy? -Tonight, we're going to attempt
to find order in chaos. -Order in chaos.
-Love it. -This deck of cards
represents chaos, okay? These cue cards represent order. Quest, what I need you to do,
if you wouldn't mind, just hold on to those cue cards,
and whenever I point to you, I just want you to return
to the next card. -Okay.
-That's all you got to. And, Jimmy, all you got to do
is just read whatever the cue card says, okay?
-I'm good with that, yep. -So, like I mentioned, this deck
of cards represents chaos, and we're going to
make it chaotic by… shuffling the cards. -That's talent.
-Shuffling the cards. Yeah. Those cards have been shuffled, and I want you to see
how they've been shuffled. And I'm gonna spread them out
so you can see that they indeed
have been shuffled together. -Beautiful.
-I'm gonna push these together. And, Jimmy,
if you wouldn't mind, push them together with me,
push them together. Very good. Perfect.
-Is that good? -Perfect. Nice. Very good. Now, whenever you shuffle
a deck of cards, it creates a unique sequence
that has never — probably never happened before
in the history of mankind. Seriously. The amount of
combinations is 52 factorial, which is —
Quest, turn over the next one. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. That number actually equals —
Turn it over. [ Laughter ] Okay. There we go. 8 with 67 digits,
but we're going to make an even bigger number than that
tonight here together, okay? And the way we're gonna do that is by shuffling the deck
in a really kind of unique way. I'm gonna split it
into three piles. Now, again, remember, the next
thing we have to do is…? -Shuffle.
-Exactly. Okay. Shuffle the cards.
-These cards are great. -We've got
three piles here, Jimmy. I want you to point
to two piles. Whatever two piles you point to, we're going to
shuffle together, okay? -Uhh, that, that! -Those two? Those two.
-Yes! Those are the ones. -Jimmy. Watch this.
-The secret ones. The ones you didn't
want me to do. -We're going to
mix these together. Jimmy, I want you
to do this with me. Do this with me.
Very nice and gently. Push those together. Very good.
Those have been shuffled. That's fair, okay?
But we're gonna take it further. Again, we need to make
a bigger number. So, to do that, we're going to
change the order a little bit. And to change the order,
we're going to turn some cards faceup
and some cards facedown. Jimmy, which packet
do you want to turn faceup? Your choice.
-That one. I don't really care. -These?
-Yeah, just for fun. -Okay, we're gonna turn this.
It's your choice. This is your choice.
-I'm very happy. -Again, we're gonna
mix these cards. Faceup into facedown. Mixing them.
-There we go. -Do you want to do that? Do you
feel comfortable with that? -No, I like you're doing it.
I think it's good. -These cards are mixed
faceup into facedown, creating a really random,
really… -Chaotic, chaotic order.
-…chaotic mess. But we're gonna make it
a little bit more chaotic. So, here's what
I need you to do. I want you to, with both hands,
lift off about half the pack. Lift off about half the —
Yeah, perfect. Lift off about half.
-Mm-hmm. -Great. About half.
You got all of them? You got all of them there?
-Is that more than half? -No, that's about half.
Make sure you got them. I want you to put them
right there. Perfect. Okay, so, you've actually got
more than half, but that's okay. That's okay. Put them down.
Put them down. It's okay. It's fine.
It's fine. It's fine. -Nitpicker, nitpicking. Yeah. -To make it
a little bit more even, though, I want you to lift off
some cards from your packet just like this,
just like you did before. -Yep.
-With both hands. Good. Now I want you
to turn them over. -Mm-hmm.
-Good. Now I want you to put those
on top of mine. -Mm-hmm. -And I'm gonna put mine
on top of yours. Okay? So, we're actually gonna mix
these two piles together. But before we do that,
one more choice — which one do you want
to turn faceup? Which one do you want
to turn facedown? It's your choice.
Think about it. -Uh, lucky number 9. I think
flip that upside down. -Flip this packet.
-Right. And then mix that that way.
-Okay, I'm gonna mix those into each other,
faceup into facedown, creating, again, a really,
really random, nasty mix. Now, it would be fair to say
through all those shuffles, through all of your choices
that what you did there was you created
a bit of chaos, right? -That's correct. -Put your hand
on top of that deck. And it would also be fair to say
that there's no way I could know
the order of those cards or which cards are faceup,
which card — Right? That would be fair to say?
You did all of that. -Yeah, this is why I love magic. Yeah, of course, not.
Of course not. Of course, there would be no way
you would know the order to what I just did
and switched it all around, and they were flip-flopped. There was no way that you did
in something is under my hand. And gosh darn it.
I'm gonna freak out. [ Laughter ] Freak out right now.
I'm gonna freak out. -But what if I told you
that actually Quest had all of the answers here? [ Laughter ] -What's up, man?
-Quest, turn over the next card. Turn over the next card. "17 cards will be facedown." Jimmy, lift up your hand. We're gonna spread
these cards out. And I want you to count with me.
Count with me. -Okay? Here we go.
-Yep. -1, 2, 3, 4, 5… 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11… 12, 13, 14… 15, 16, 17. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -[ Laughs ] See? This is me. I would be happy with that, and I would leave and go,
"You're the best magician." But yet, there's something else.
Something else is gonna happen. You're holding more cards. -Quest still has
some more answers. Next one, please.
-I do? [ Laughter ] -12… -"…of the facedown cards
will be black." -12 of the facedown cards.
Count with me, Jimmy. Every time you see a black card,
I want you to count it. Ready? -1, 2, 3… 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11… -12 black cards. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ But there's more, Jimmy.
There's more. Quest, turn over the next card.
Turn over the next card. "6 of those black cards
will be spades." 6 of them spades.
Again, count with me. Ready? -1, 2, 3, 4, 5… -6. 6 spades.
-6 spades. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -But there's more. There's more. Again, remember,
you shuffled those cards. You mixed them up.
You made all of the choices. If you had chosen to do
one thing differently, it would have changed all of this.
-I know! I know! -One more card. -"All of the red cards
will be hearts." -Jimmy, spread them out.
-Oh, no! I just looked at them now.
I didn't realize this. Look at this. They're all —
No. Oh. Sorry, Dan. -Well. -O-kay. [ Laughter ] I mean, that's still
pretty impressive, right? I mean, that's — -It's fairly impressive. Yeah. -I got a whole deck!
-The whole deck, yeah. -But wait, wait, wait.
There's one card left. We got everything right except
for the 3 of diamonds. Quest… [ Laughter ] -It's not going to explode
or anything, right? -Instagram. Instagram. Uh, Jimmy,
you got your phone on you. -Yes.
-Can you go to Instagram to my page, @DanWhiteMagic? You can do this at home.
If you're at home, check it out. My Instagram, @DanWhiteMagic,
pull it up. Again, Quest,
you know, a few weeks ago, you and I were together. We were actually at
the Eleven Madison Park party, and we took a picture
together at like 4:00 a.m. -No, man! No, man!
-This was weeks ago! -No!
-This was weeks ago! -No! No! No! -It was June 12th, to be exact. [ Laughter ] -No, I know you were at the
Eleven Madison Park party. -Jimmy, go a few lines down,
a few lines down. It's me and Quest.
-I see you and Questlove, yeah. I see the photo of you.
-We got everything right except for the 3 of diamonds
on my T-shirt. -Oh, yo!
-Show that to the camera. -Yo. His T-shirt says
"Except the 3 of diamonds." [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -No! Wait! Wait, wait, guys!
Come back over here! Come back over here!
-What?! -Come back over here!
Come back! -Wait! Wait!
-We posted that. We posted that. -Is that why y'all
were laughing at me? -No, I wasn't
laughing at you ever. -You guys were laughing like… -We didn't set that up,
though, right? -No!
-No. Exactly. So, look. On that day —
I posted this on June 12th. Let's pull the date up there.
June 12th. I posted that on June 12th. Remember,
we did all these things. This all seemed really random,
but nothing is really random because through
this whole thing, we got a 6 spades, right?
-Yes. -And 12 black.
-Uh-huh. -And 17 facedown. 6/12/17. June 12th, 2017. The exact date that
we posted that together. Altogether. Completely random. -[ Laughs ] Dan White, everybody! How the heck
do you do this, man? For tickets to "The Magician,"


Anthony Witt · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Wow copying a better magician…

HEK 293 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Jimmy looks like Mario.

HEK 293 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Confusing as hell.

HEK 293 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Nothing death defying?

HEK 293 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Satan junior is back!

Julie Tauave · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

who do yall love or shock to DAN WHITE OR DAVID BLAINE

ze · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I got this: these are special "magic cards" that magicians buy in a magician's shop and they do all kinds of crazy shit…that's how it's done…

mohnish ramachandran · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Chaos is a ladah…..

Jason Eggers · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Very easy mathematical trick for a novice magician….

robert russell · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

That moustache is gross

Aaron Bryant · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

What the fuck was jimmy thinking with that mustache bullshit he had going on?

Lucky Luke · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm


ttttypes · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Oh god the horror of Jimmy's mustache

jeffrey christopher · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

The possibilities of him switching the deck at the exact time to match his pre established order wouldn’t be hard to follow .

sumguy8 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Where is the deck switch?

Giovanni Migliaccio · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

WTF! Impossible

Tyler Nicolo · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Not impressive when you know how good these guys are at deck switching.

Robin Foreman · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Robyn and soft caressing your independent living room in New York next year!lol yeah that's cool 😎

Robin Foreman · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Picked up 💋

Leslea Bandtlow · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I got the CHILLS when the numbers made the day they took the picture!

DennisBlaine61 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Burn him. Burn him with hot fire.

Dark Gamer · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

not a single soul:

Dan: but wait there is more

Ryan Hatton · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

There's many layers to this which makes it confusing to dissect and I can't except there's no way he could have predicted anything if it was random

Gary Tugan · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Damn. Just….damn!

Drake Kay · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

:55 Nope, there is a finite number of cards, there for a finite number of potential sequences.

jsngallery · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

jimmy pisses me off when he does that

Peng Heng · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

All he had to do was switched the deck….

jluini · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Many people here says that it is a deck switch at 3:26, but that's not true. It's more about maths.

(1) If you check it, at 2:06 he already has the cards "classified" as he needs at the end (3 of diamonds, 2-3-4-6 of hearts, A-3-7-9-J-K of spades and clubs facedown (I will call them "class A"), the rest faceup ("class B")).
All what he does from this point on doesn't modify that classification; try to figure out why, it's pretty interesting. He just does things that produces an illusion of randomness but the classification remains unaltered.

(2) Now go back to 1:32. At this point he has the 17 class A cards in the pile on his right (the other two piles contains the class B cards). Here Jimmy makes a choice, and the next steps probably depends on this choice. In this case he picks the two "class B" piles, so Dan simply join them together and then turns over one of the two resulting piles, ensuring the classification he needs. If Jimmy would've picked, for example, the leftmost and rightmost piles, Dan probably would have ask Jimmy which of them he wanted to turnover, or something like so to ensure the correct classification (this is not difficult at all, try to figure it out how can it be achieved).

(3) The only thing that remains unexplained is how to get that 3 piles at 1:32, with the rightmost one containing all "class A" cards. It could be simply a deck switch at, for example, 1:10 (when we can't see it, and he is misdirecting with the factorial stuff) with a mark between the two card "classes", so the shuffling at 0:30 doesn't affect the outcome.
I don't think there is such deck switch, though; he could have the deck prepared in such a way that, even with the 0:30 shuffling, the 17 cards on the top contains the 3 of diamonds, 6 clubs and 6 spades. From 1:03 to 1:09 he counts 17 cards and "marks" them (look at 1:07 to see the counting).
Once he has the 17 "class A" cards in one pile, the rest of the trick is pretty easy.

Or maybe another viewer can explain this third part a bit better, but it doesn't seem to be too difficult.

j My · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I'm not even the biggest Jeff Daniels fan, but this is insane

Rankf Dsantos · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm


Ultra Sound · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I love how the whole band is just shaking there heads at the end
made me smh lol

Hampus Jansson · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

7 7 7 ! ! !

Stormy Phillips · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

That’s the most expressive I’ve evee seen Questlove 😂

Dave Newbold · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm


Rafca Maroun · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

oh i know this trick it is a really simple yet so random trick

Awesome Metal Bands Official · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Is Jimmy related to Super Mario?

Brad Whitehead · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

This guy must watch a lot of V-sauce. Michael explained this trick before this video came out.

shaun hawkins · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

How good is he that if it is a simple trick with a deck switch, that we can't see him do it even though the camera shows his hands. Well done

Kevin Ruiz · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Nothing is more annoying than shaky hands

MLGim Gr · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Its the easiest card trick I know. I am not kidding

Dennis Gabriel · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

He’s a wizard

Justin Pees · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Deck swap, using absolute black cards. Hence the absolute black table cloth… this guy sucks

RichieCore27 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

This is impressively easy to do but only if you are card magicians, its just a new version of "The Card Trick That Cannot Be Explained" by Oscar Owen.

Scaazley 117 · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

But can he fool Penn and Teller?

Ian-Alexander · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I actually know how he does it! I’ve already done it! If you want to know how respond to this comment and I’ll send you the link of the video of how he does it

Chris Skidmore · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

The guy holding card is annoying

GR8CAMBELLS · July 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Jimmy didn’t look like he gave a shit

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