A computer program could outline how a magic jigsaw puzzle and how a mind reading card trick works. Researchers have also taught the program how to explain and perform the magic tricks, allowing the program to create new trick variants which a magician could use.
The tricks made use of mathematical techniques and proved to be popular with audiences. Researchers have sold the magic puzzle and card trick with popular retailers.
According to Queen Mary University of London Researcher Howard Williams:
“Computer intelligence can process much larger amounts of information and run through all the possible outcomes in a way that is almost impossible for a person to do on their own. So while, a member of the audience might have seen a variation on this trick before, the AI can now use psychological and mathematical principles to create lots of different versions and keep audiences guessing.”
The magic jigsaw puzzle had the AI factor in the size of the puzzle, the number of pieces needed, the number of shapes that appear and disappear and the ways the puzzle could be arranged. Using the principle of probability allowed the AI to produce different approaches to produce the desired result. The same probability-based technique was used to formulate the different card magic tricks.