Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards
Colm Mulcahy
11/8/2013,  American University

Description of the presentation:

There seems to be no end to the mathemagical entertainment to be had with a simple deck of cards, drawing from ideas in algebra, combinatorics and probability.

We'll present a sampling, both recent and classical, drawn from the speaker's new AK Peters book on the subject, ending with examples of "two-person mathemagic," in which communication is done via nontrivial pre-agreed mathematical conventions.

The material is very much in the spirit of the influential writer Martin Gardner, and it can be used to liven up parties and mathematics classes, as well as providing jumping-off points for undergraduate independent study and seminars.