Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Gideon Bible Card Trick

I thought that this might be a fun way to start a conversation about the Bible with a non-Christian.
One of my favorites is The Gideon Bible Card Trick, which you can perform the nest (sic) time you're staying at a hotel. You ask your friend, or the bellman, or anyone you want to trick, to shuffle a pack of cards and draw a one while you are across the room. Then you pull out the Gideon Bible that all hotels have in the bed table drawer. Ask your friend to turn to Revelation, chapter 17 ("which is all about abominations, and sounds for all the world like an invitation to hell"). Then you hand him a warm clothes iron and tell him to iron the page while keeping one hand on the card. What happens next is chilling:

Slowly, brownish bloodstains appear on three isolated words of text--

(Click on the picture for enlargement) Now I just have to figure out how you get the person to pick the ten of hearts. The card trick is from the book
Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic.


Anonymous said...

This is something that should be shown before every conference registration...

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