Jason England

Jason England

Jason England is a magician based in Las Vegas and a renowned authority on casino gambling and card handling.

Jason England is a magician based in Las Vegas and a renowned authority on casino gambling and card handling.

  • How to win at Nim

    Learning patterns is the key to this strategy game.

    Nim is a popular strategy game the world over. Play is simple: Players take turns removing counters (coins or matchst...

    September 16, 2018
  • Science of Pepper’s Ghost illusion

    The simple Victorian-era illusion was revolutionary in 1863.

    Imagine settling into a plush seat and allowing your eyes to adjust to a darkened theatre as you wait patiently for t...

    August 13, 2018
  • Games that machines now play best

    Self-taught artificial intelligence draws closer to game perfection. Jason England explains.

    Had you asked any serious chess player on 5 December 2017 what the strongest commercially available chess software on...

    July 1, 2018
  • How crunching numbers found blackjack’s hole

    Wearable tech briefly set pulses racing in gambling community.

    The origins of the game of blackjack or “21” are unclear. Gaming historians can trace an early version, called trente...

    March 1, 2018
  • The geometry vanishes

    Magicians take advantage of mathematical principles.

    One of the best examples of using maths to create a terrific magic effect can be found in a class of mathemagic and p...

    December 7, 2017
  • Find the day of the week for any date

    The Doomsday Algorithm involves memorising codes.

    Martin Gardner is the inspiration behind this column. As many readers know, Gardner wrote his own column, called “Mat...

    June 28, 2017
  • Evolution of the calculator

    All-but-forgotten inventions that led to the electronic calculator.

    Humans have been using mathematics for so long we can’t be sure what the earliest aids to mental arithmetic were – bu...

    January 25, 2016
  • How do I solve a magic square?

    Magic square: This arithmetical stunt is not difficult when you know how.

    Magicians often include acts that are not strictly magic, but leave their audiences feeling that they have witnessed ...

    November 23, 2015
  • A maths problem for the colouring in set

    Mathematicians struggled with a deceptively simple problem.

    On a recent breakfast outing my five year old niece was handed an intricately designed paper place mat and four crayo...

    September 28, 2015
  • Executive desk toys explained

    Newton’s Cradle and the MOVA globe both work on old scientific principles. Jason England explains.

    A MOVA globe’s interior contains an intriguing secret. – Jeffrey Phillips I’ve been collecting unusual toys...

    July 20, 2015
  • The magic of magnets

    A French magician helped Napoleon win his Algerian campaign by using magnets in his act. Jason En...

    The strongest man can be defeated by a magnet. – Jeffrey Phillips “Any sufficiently advanced technology is ...

    May 25, 2015
  • Hobbit houses and the Moon trick

    Science can’t always explain how optical illusions work.

    In an Ames room similarly sized people appear to be quite different. – jeffrey phillips I recently visited New Zeala...

    March 30, 2015
  • Art inspires the magic Rubik’s cube

    Most popular puzzle of 20th century began life as an artwork.

    The joy puzzle lovers derive from solving a good puzzle is matched only by the frustration felt by those of us who ar...

    January 27, 2015
  • Origami and the laws of physics

    Ancient art provides solutions for folding telescopes and airbags.

    Robert Lang's origami Black Forest cuckoo clock of 1987. More at www.langorigami.com – Robert Lang/ www.langorigami.c...

    December 22, 2014

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