A few days ago, I was watching Penn and Teller’s hit TV show, Fool Us.
On the show, a magician named Steven Brundage performed a magic trick using a Rubik’s Cube that blew away the audience.
How is a Rubik’s Cube used in magic?
The classic Rubik’s Cube magic trick is to solve it instantly… faster than humanly possible.
The magician literally throws the toy (randomly mixed) into the air and by the time he catches it, it’s solved.
This is what it looks like:
As you can see, it’s solved instantly.
Amazing sleight of hand
If you look at it over and over, you can see that he actually makes 4 moves.
Did you catch it?
Watch carefully. It’s extremely quick…
Really impressive, actually.
He can move directly to the cube in front of you, and you wouldn’t notice anything.
How do you do it?
First of all, let’s watch Steven Brundage perform the trick.
And then, we’ll dive into the details.
Here’s the full performance:
Now… the reason this trick is so awesome is that Steven does not use a gimmick Rubik’s Cubes, which is the traditional way it’s usually performed.
The Classic Rubik’s Cube trick revealed
Here’s the tutorial on how the basic trick works.
As you can see, it’s a gimmick cubes.
That’s the classic way that the trick is done.
BUT… Steven does not use a gimmick for his routine
According to his interviews, he could perform that trick with any Rubik’s Cub.
I think we can take his word for it considering he would not risk lying about it, being called out, and not being able to do a single trick.
Also, Penn and Teller are sitting right in front of him. If he were using a gimmick-cub, his other tricks would not have worked.
So now we know how the basic trick works
But it doesn’t prove how Steven performed his version, and other things, such as taking it out of the bag, solved without touching it.
Or what about the last trick, where both cub are symmetrical with one another on all sides?
Steven states that there was no switching going on.
That means there weren’t extra trick cubes behind the table that he was switching around.
He states: “With all the being said… Yes, I am extremely good with Rubik’s-Cubes.”
But nobody’s that good… come on!
This is a real mind-boggler
This trick is killing me.
The classic Rubik’s-Cubes technique makes a lot of sense. And can be added onto to perform a variety of more spectacular effects.
But what Steven does is just…. there are no words. I can’t even fathom a guess.
In his interview, he says that if he were to use trick cubes, every one of his tricks would look identical as they did when he wasn’t.
But even as he points out these subtle hints, it’s impossible to tell how he performed this trick without a gimmick cube.
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Thanks to PerryThePly, a reader of Rebel Magic, for sending in this update!
He’s found something that gets us closer to understanding how this trick is done.
Q: Is it really possible to solve a Rubiks Cube instantly as a magic trick?
A: Yes, it is possible with the use of certain techniques and sleight of hand.
Q: Do I need to be an expert at solving Rubik’s Cubes to perform this trick?
A: No, you do not need to be an expert. Basic knowledge of solving the cube is enough, but you will also need to learn specific moves and techniques for the trick.
Q: What are the techniques and moves that I need to learn for this trick?
A: Some of the techniques you need to learn to include false shuffles, false cuts, and false counts. You will also need to learn a few specific algorithms for the trick.
Q: Can I perform this trick with any Rubik’s Cube?
A: You can perform this trick with any standard Rubik’s Cube.
Q: How much practice do I need to master this trick?
A: The required practice will depend on your skill level and how quickly you can learn the techniques. Mastering the trick may take a few weeks to a few months of consistent practice to master the trick.
Q: Is this trick suitable for all audiences?
A: Yes, this trick is suitable for all audiences as long as you perform it in a family-friendly manner.
Q: Are there any tips for making this trick more impressive?
A: You can add some theatrics and showmanship to make the trick more impressive. You can also try performing it with blindfolds or multiple Rubik’s Cubes at once.