The Science of Heat Changes Deck

Sophia Blanton and Brodie Curtsinger


Sophia Blanton

Science Teacher Aileen O’Brien’s reaction after seeing a magic trick. Mar. 13, O’Brien watched a magic trick, and completely had no idea how what happened was possible. “Your magic trick was great, well-executed and left me with no way to explain it, which is hard for a naturally skeptical science teacher,” said O’Brien, “(She was) 100% fooled. The color change is what surprised me. I have not seen a magic trick like this before.”

Brodie Curtsinger, Staff Writer

Seeing something change is natural, but a deck of cards changing colors, that is not. 

Science teacher Aileen O’Brien was bewildered after watching a blue deck of cards change into red, after putting the deck in between her hands, to produce heat.

O’Brien enjoyed watching the trick and was completely fooled. She believes that the magic trick was carried out greatly. If O’Brien were to hire someone for entertainment, once I graduate, she thinks she would hire me as a magician. 

O’Brien was completely clueless about how the trick was done. “100% fooled. The color change is what surprised me. I have not seen a magic trick like this before,” said O’Brien. During the trick, she picked a card by saying stop wherever she wanted, then the card was sandwiched in the middle of the deck, she then put the deck in between her hands, and then we saw her card, and it just so happened to do the same thing the deck did. To find out what happened, watch the video above. 

When it comes to the performance of the trick and the way that the trick was carried out, she thought it was very well put together, but she doesn’t think she could do it herself. “I could definitely not perform this myself. I have a terrible poker face and would probably still fumble the trick even with significant training,” said O’Brien. On a scale from zero to 10, O’Brien believes that it was a 10, with it holding her attention, and being seamless from start to finish.

She only has one tip for me, and that is to just keep practicing. “Keep doing what you are doing. Keep practicing and try to reach as large of an audience as possible, the more you perform the easier it will be and you will continue to improve,” said O’Brien. 

O’Brien would hire me as a form of entertainment for an event, once I graduate, and she thinks that others should too. “Once you graduate, if I need to hire a magician for a party, or other events, you are number one on the list,” said O’Brien, “Yes, I think they should. You did a great job at the Bullitt East talent show. It’s hard to perform in front of a large group of your peers, but you did very well.”

O’Brien would be interested in seeing another magic trick. “It’s great to see when a student has found something they are passionate about and can showcase their skills,” said O’Brien. 

Now, if you’re interested in seeing a magic trick from me, and getting to be on, “Brodie’s Monthly Magic,” or you have a friend that you think would be interested in that, then you can email me at [email protected].