There’s this magic trick in which a volunteer chooses a card and seals it in an envelope. Then, the magician invites the volunteer to choose some tea from dozens of boxes, all sealed in plastic. The volunteer chooses a box, rips the plastic, picks one of the sealed packets containing the tea bags, then finds their card inside. There’s no sleight-of-hand: the magician doesn’t touch the tea boxes or the teabag that the volunteer chooses. The card really is inside of the sealed tea packet.
So, how was it done? Beforehand, the magician bought dozens of tea boxes, opened every single one, unwrapped each tea packet, and then put a three of diamonds card on every packet. Then sealed back everything.
The only “trick” is the tedious and boring preparation. It's more work than any sane person would be willing to do. It goes against everything we learn in product development—streamline, use automation, and move fast. Work smarter, not harder.
But if one does like the illusionist and is willing to embrace the grind and do the dull work, they'll deliver magic and pull the impossible.
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