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  • Hi, I'm Kostya Kimlat, a business-focused

  • magician, specializing in sleight-of-hand

  • magic. My company

  • trains & books magicians

  • around the world for all kinds of

  • corporate events.

  • Over the years, I started to see the

  • connections between the art of magic

  • and the craft of business.

  • A sale, just like a magic trick, happens

  • in the customer's mind. It's all about

  • perception.

  • And that means human interaction.

  • How do we communicate?

  • Those are the real secrets of magic.

  • Great magic doesn't strive to fool you

  • so that you believe in something...

  • Great magic reminds you to be

  • careful about what you believe in.

  • And that's what it can be so help to

  • Think Like a Magician

  • Our next performer has been known to

  • teach businessmen how to

  • Think Like a Magician

  • like they need any help in

  • making people's money disappear.

  • Would you please welcome,

  • Kostya Kimlat!

  • Thank you very, very much!

  • It's an absolute pleasure to be here

  • with all of you in the theater

  • and everyone watching at home.

  • Penn, Teller—I'd like to show you

  • something special using a pack

  • of playing cards.

  • Will you please join me

  • so you can watch closely?

  • Everyone welcome Penn & Teller!

  • So please have a seat, relax

  • In a moment, you're going to help me

  • shuffle these cards.

  • Now, I found that how people

  • shuffle cards depends on which part

  • of the world they've come from.

  • Now we have 52 playing cards, we've

  • taken the jokers out.

  • I don't know if you have a preferred

  • way of shuffling the cards, but I'd

  • like to give you about half of the cards

  • and I'd like you to mix those up as much

  • as you'd like.

  • And you can mix them up too.

  • Can you wash them here on the table?

  • Like this.

  • The hardest part is collecting all

  • those cards.

  • So we're going to square all of these

  • cards up. And you feel those are

  • pretty well-shuffled for yourself?

  • Thank you, Teller.

  • I'm going to spread these face up.

  • And then I'm going to do a crazy shuffle.

  • I'm going to turn these face down.

  • And I'm going to shuffle them together

  • Butbefore I push them in, I want

  • you to see the state that they're in.

  • All right, very well mixed up.

  • Teller, take your hand and place

  • it like this. And can you take your

  • hand and place it above?

  • And press the cards together.

  • That way you not only see them

  • down the line, but you actually feel them

  • being shuffled. Working so effortlessly!

  • Penn: We're such a team!

  • You are, I love it!

  • Perfect shuffle!

  • Penn: You should see us shampoo together!

  • Now look, would you agree these are

  • really well-mixed?

  • Penn: Unfortunately, yeah, I would.

  • There's only one other shuffle that

  • mixes the cards in a more thorough way.

  • And this is a shuffle that is preferred

  • by children and drunks.

  • Like that.

  • Now we dropped some on the floor

  • but it doesn't matter.

  • Why don't you get in there and feel like

  • a kid again?

  • Mix them face up, face down.

  • Do whatever you like, give them a nice mix

  • You feel pretty good about that?

  • Penn: Actually, it's starting to make me

  • feel worse and worse!

  • Collect them, that's fine. I'm going to

  • gather them

  • Now gentlemen, this is my favorite part!

  • Even though the cards have been

  • thoroughly mixed...

  • Penn: I'm gonna break your hands!

  • I'm going to find your 2 cards,

  • which is really impressive because

  • you haven't even picked them yet.

  • I get excited by the shuffle!

  • Let's do this. I'll go through here

  • face up and face downreach in there

  • and grab one, face up or face down.

  • It's your choice.

  • Face upthank you so much, I really

  • appreciate that.

  • Truthfully, it doesn't matter what the

  • card is. If I know what it is, it's OK.

  • What matters is which way you take it out.

  • Reach in there and take another one

  • for me if you would.

  • And you've got another one?

  • Penn: I got our card!

  • Nice, the 3 of clubs, I love it!

  • You can put it back in however you like

  • face up or down, it's completely

  • up to you. Yes slide it in there.

  • So you see it going in?

  • And which way? Do you want to put it

  • back in face up or face down?

  • We'll even leave it sticking out there

  • until the very last moment.

  • Now look, at this point, some cards are

  • face up, and some cards are face down.

  • Look, I'm not even going to touch them

  • I'm just going to let them sit there

  • And if I let them sit there, they start

  • to turn over, so that every card is facing

  • the right way. Every card is now face up,

  • except for one, except for two

  • the only twoand hopefully

  • lucky for me, they are your two cards!

  • Kostya Kimlat, ladies and gentlemen!

  • You can take your seats.

  • And you'll take the cards with you,

  • is that ok?

  • Penn: Of course it's OK!

  • I think we've got a rough idea

  • how this might be heading, but come

  • and join me round the fun here

  • Ladies and gentlemen, how spectacular

  • was that?

  • We like to see Penn pissed

  • off like that! Here's in a terrible mood

  • now. But that was really quite special

  • indeed

  • This trick, is this one that you've come

  • up with?

  • Absolutely, some magicians, we create the

  • magic. That's what we love to do.

  • So really the chance of them getting this,

  • certainly if they do, it will be

  • having seen it for the first time

  • not knowing similar tricks in the past.

  • Now I'm hoping that you'll be back here

  • performing with them.

  • Would that mean a lot to you?

  • Absolutely, I've been a fan for such

  • a long time. To be back here in Vegas

  • on this stage would be wonderful.

  • I think we're ready to hear your verdict.

  • Mr. Penn and Mr. Teller? What do

  • you have to say?

  • OK, I want to say right up front...

  • I HATE YOU.

  • Let's get that out of the way.

  • There is a bias.

  • I HATED THE WAY YOU LOOKED

  • I HATED THE WAY YOU CLEANLY

  • HANDLED THE DECK OF CARDS.

  • I HATED THAT I KNEW THE PUNCHLINE

  • WHEN YOU STARTED

  • I HATED THAT IT WAS CLEAN ALL THE