Rubik’s Cube Magician Paul Vu Makes Ellen a Work of Art

Rubik’s Cube Magician Paul Vu Makes Ellen a Work of Art


I’ve heard wonderful
things about you. And I have not seen anything. I like to be surprised
with the audience. Awesome. Awesome. So I am a social media magician. And what that means is I
influence people as well as entertain people in
a positive light. So I want to try that
with two Rubik’s Cubes. OK. Ellen, can you take
this behind your back. Mm-hmm. And mix it up. OK. I’ll do the same, as well. Go ahead and mix it
up as much as you can. Yup. I’ve never done one in my life. [LAUGHTER] All right. OK. And when you’re done,
I’ll take it back. OK. So there are about 43
quintillion different ways in which you can
mix a Rubik’s Cube. And you said you’ve never
done one in your life, ever. No. No. Well, try this. Really? Not at all? Never. [LAUGHTER] Look. You did a really good job. Look. That’s one side. Two sides. A perfect match. Three. Four. Five. And all six sides,
a perfect match. [APPLAUSE] So Ellen, so what I
do on social media is I do magic that’s
very fast and visual. Yeah. And this time, I’m going to
involve an element of danger. Ah. So can you hold
onto the lighter? Oh, a lighter. [LAUGHTER] So we’re going to try this. Let’s see here. Take– boom. OK. So in my pocket,
I have a napkin. Watch. I’m going take the Rubik’s Cube. And the idea is very simple. I’m going to take the cube. And everyone can see it. Right? Everyone can see it? Yup. Look. I’m going to take it like this. And the idea is simple. I’m going to wrap
it in this napkin. And If you could
hand me the lighter. Watch. Done. [AUDIENCE GASPS] [APPLAUSE] All six sides. [LAUGHS] Wow. [LAUGHS] That’s. Thank you. I have a little gift for you. OK. It’s just a small, small gift. Nothing crazy. I’m a college student. So– [LAUGHTER] Yeah. You know. You know. It’s a little minicube. Oh, it’s a baby cube. But that’s actually–
no, this is actually not what I wanted to get you. I actually wanted to get
you, boom, Skittles, M&Ms. Check it out. [LAUGHTER] Check it out. Done. [APPLAUSE] That’s amazing. [LAUGHS] All right. One more. Or no? Should we take a
break and do one more? One more. One more. One more. OK. One more. OK. OK. So in my– I have a Sharpie here. And I’m going to do
something brand new. OK. No one’s ever seen this before. I would like you to hold onto
the Sharpie for a second. Mm-hmm. Now, I have a Rubik’s Cube
that very few people have seen. It’s a stickerless Rubik’s Cube. It has no stickers and borders. Right? So it doesn’t
limit my creativity because what I’m about to do
is I’m about to draw scribbles on this Rubik’s Cube. Now, this Rubik’s
Cube is so much harder to solve than a
normal Rubik’s Cube because not only do I have
to solve for the colors, but I also have to solve
for the patterns, as well. So we’ll try this like that. And hmm. Hmm. OK. Well– [LAUGHTER] OK. Ellen, can you initial– [LAUGHTER] Hmm. Can you initial
right here, Ellen? Right here in this corner. Here? Yes. Perfect. I’m going to mix it
up just like this. Oh, thank you for capping that. Mm-hmm. And can you mix it up, as well? Uh-huh. Perfect. So I’ve been practicing
for about 10 years, learning how to solve
the Rubik’s Cube. And when you want,
I’ll take it back. Ellen, just say go. Go. OK. Just like this. Now, I’m using a
method known as F2L. And that’s a system
that allows me to solve a Rubik’s Cube
at breakneck speed, just like this. And let’s see. Let’s try this. Yeah. And one more. Boom. And I can also do
it from memory, too, if I do it like this. Done. Solved cube. [APPLAUSE] Just solving a cube. I’ve done that. But the image isn’t quite there. You can’t really see it. But sometimes, if I just– I just try something like
this– watch the image. I’m going to just– Ellen. Ellen. [APPLAUSE] I mean– [LAUGHS] That’s amazing. [LAUGHS] Oh, my god. OK, Ellen, I want to try an
exercise with 24 Rubik’s Cubes. All right? So when I was in college,
to get my mind focused, I’d write down what I was
thinking on this notebook. For example, I have a
Rubik’s Cube, girls. [LAUGHTER] Lamborghini, a bench
press, Pac-Man. Mm-hmm? Can you hold the notebook
in your hand like this? Yep. And then– Yeah. –put my hand like that? Yeah. And close your eyes. And riffle up the
back of the book. Mm-hmm. And when you want, stop. OK. And lift up. And look. And remember. OK? Got it? OK. Yep. Got it. And close the back of it. Yep. And I’ll take it back. Mm-hmm. And we’re done with this. Now, we’re going
to try something. It’s called speed
mixing and stacking. You’re going to mix
these Rubik’s Cubes. I’m going to stack them. But this entire time, I want
you to focus on your word. OK? Are you ready? Like, mix them up and
then hand them to you? Yeah. Yeah. Mix them up. OK. And so, OK, OK, mix them up. Let’s go now. OK. Go ahead. OK. Oh, wow. No, no, no, you’re going
way too fast for me. That’s OK. [LAUGHS] All right. Keep going. All right. [LAUGHTER] Now try to keep on mixing. Keep on mixing. I’m stacking. Ellen, have you
done this before? Yeah. Oh. What have you done? Every day. [LAUGHTER] So this is– we’re
almost– we’ve done the first– essentially,
the first two layers. And we’re about to do the
other– oh, thank you, Ellen. Let’s see. This one can go right here. And this one can go right here. And I’ll take this one. Actually, this
one doesn’t look– OK, this one could
go right here. Keep focusing on your word. Right. We’re almost halfway done. Right. And the idea’s simple. Don’t let any other thought
come into your mind. OK? Just think of your word. All right. And oh, this one too. And we’ll try this. Do you see what’s kind of like– yeah. You do see it. Right? You do? Yeah. It’s a– I think so because– Yeah, OK. OK. I’ll tell you in a minute. All right. So– [LAUGHTER] Perfect. We’ll take this one. And I am quite a perfectionist. So I’m going to take my time. Can you mix this
one again for me? Thank you. Let’s see. This one can go right here. This one right here. And we’ll take these here. And this last one right here. Done. Ellen, what was the
word you’re thinking of? I wasn’t thinking it. Oh. But I read it from your book. Yeah. But Super Mario. Oh, yeah. I used to love that game. Yeah. See sometimes the image
looks a little crazy. When you really hone
in on that thought– Right. –you can actually
make Super Mario. [AUDIENCE GASPS] [APPLAUSE] Wow. [LAUGHS] You’re amazing. Thank you so much, Ellen. You’re amazing. Awesome. Thank you. Thank you. Go to our website to find
out more about Paul’s magic.

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