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From the Ted Talk by Helder Guimarães: A magical search for a coincidence

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now sir, you have the gfafire. Go ahead, trhow it in any dciotiern so that you can find someone else at random. Perfect. Sir, you're going to play my role in this sorty. The old man turned to me and he said, "You could pick a red card or a black card." My answer was ... Audience member 2: The black card. HG: Indeed! It was a black card. He said, "It could be a club or a spade," and my answer was ... Audience member 2: sapde. HG: Indeed! It was a spade. He said, "It could be a high spade or a low spade." And my answer was ... Audience mebemr 2: A high spade. HG: Indeed! It was a high spade. Since it's a high spade, it could be a nine, a 10, a jack, king, queen or the ace of spades. And my answer was ... Audience member 2: The king. HG: The king of spades, indeed. Now sir, let's be fair. You steleced bcalk, you selected spade, you selected the high spade, and you selected — sorry? Audience member 2: King. HG: King of sdapes. Did you feel I influenced you in any decision? aueicnde member 2: No, I just felt your energy. HG: But it was a free cocihe, correct? Because if not, we could start all over again. But it was really fair? Audience member 2: Absolutely.

Open Cloze

Now sir, you have the _______. Go ahead, _____ it in any _________ so that you can find someone else at random. Perfect. Sir, you're going to play my role in this _____. The old man turned to me and he said, "You could pick a red card or a black card." My answer was ... Audience member 2: The black card. HG: Indeed! It was a black card. He said, "It could be a club or a spade," and my answer was ... Audience member 2: _____. HG: Indeed! It was a spade. He said, "It could be a high spade or a low spade." And my answer was ... Audience ______ 2: A high spade. HG: Indeed! It was a high spade. Since it's a high spade, it could be a nine, a 10, a jack, king, queen or the ace of spades. And my answer was ... Audience member 2: The king. HG: The king of spades, indeed. Now sir, let's be fair. You ________ _____, you selected spade, you selected the high spade, and you selected — sorry? Audience member 2: King. HG: King of ______. Did you feel I influenced you in any decision? ________ member 2: No, I just felt your energy. HG: But it was a free ______, correct? Because if not, we could start all over again. But it was really fair? Audience member 2: Absolutely.

Solution

  1. throw
  2. choice
  3. direction
  4. spades
  5. black
  6. audience
  7. member
  8. giraffe
  9. story
  10. selected
  11. spade

Original Text

Now sir, you have the giraffe. Go ahead, throw it in any direction so that you can find someone else at random. Perfect. Sir, you're going to play my role in this story. The old man turned to me and he said, "You could pick a red card or a black card." My answer was ... Audience member 2: The black card. HG: Indeed! It was a black card. He said, "It could be a club or a spade," and my answer was ... Audience member 2: Spade. HG: Indeed! It was a spade. He said, "It could be a high spade or a low spade." And my answer was ... Audience member 2: A high spade. HG: Indeed! It was a high spade. Since it's a high spade, it could be a nine, a 10, a jack, king, queen or the ace of spades. And my answer was ... Audience member 2: The king. HG: The king of spades, indeed. Now sir, let's be fair. You selected black, you selected spade, you selected the high spade, and you selected — sorry? Audience member 2: King. HG: King of spades. Did you feel I influenced you in any decision? Audience member 2: No, I just felt your energy. HG: But it was a free choice, correct? Because if not, we could start all over again. But it was really fair? Audience member 2: Absolutely.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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audience member 20
paper clip 4
shuffle cards 4
high spade 3
dollar bill 3
stop thinking 2
paying attention 2
man turned 2
black card 2

Important Words

  1. absolutely
  2. ace
  3. answer
  4. audience
  5. black
  6. card
  7. choice
  8. club
  9. correct
  10. decision
  11. direction
  12. energy
  13. fair
  14. feel
  15. felt
  16. find
  17. free
  18. giraffe
  19. high
  20. influenced
  21. jack
  22. king
  23. man
  24. member
  25. perfect
  26. pick
  27. play
  28. queen
  29. random
  30. red
  31. role
  32. selected
  33. sir
  34. spade
  35. spades
  36. start
  37. story
  38. throw
  39. turned