Herculez Gomez is a magician

When you grow up in Las Vegas it is only natural that you pick up some card tricks, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that U.S. World Cup prospect Herculez Gomez would whip out some tricks during the U.S. team's train ride from Princeton to Hartford.

Here is Gomez showing off the magic skills, courtesy of USSoccer.com:

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52 Responses to Herculez Gomez is a magician

  1. smacking says:

    Countdown towards the first post about how Herc and Jozy seem to be building chemistry on the bus that should transfer over to the field as a potent strike partnership….

  2. Chicago - Scott says:

    I can’t wait for Gomez’s next magic trick, it comes after tonight’s game when he disappears from the National team.

  3. smacking says:

    I may not agree but that’s funny.

  4. emanyouel says:

    Read the title and thought i was going to see some Messi type skills or something

  5. john.q says:

    Great! looks like Herc and Jozy seem to be developing a unique, unstoppable chemistry. Their magic at camp should translate to a magical, fantastical striker tandem!

  6. bill says:

    fine i’ll say it. the real magic trick will be figuring out how to score goals for the national team.

  7. Paul says:

    Let’s hope those are the last cards the team sees for a while.

  8. war says:

    the card had a hole in it.

  9. Sergio of SF says:

    Anyone else notice Jozy’s card having some kind of whole in the middle?

    On another note, does anyone know if ESPN3 got their stuff together? A couple of weeks ago I was trying to stream a live MLS game and had no luck.

    I’ll be working through at least the first half of tonight’s game and was hoping to start it from the beginning when I got home via ESPN3.

  10. emanyouel says:

    i think they all had holes

  11. Barry U says:

    Very cool. My daughther really was wowed. Now we need those guys to make balls vanish and appear in the back of the net. Nice to see the boys getting along.

  12. jb1392 says:

    I’ll think he’ll do good, but that is funny

  13. Ian Benavidez says:

    Hey does anyone know where I can watch the game in Montreal? I am on vacation so any help would be appreciated !

  14. g-loff says:

    Casinos always punch a hole in a deck of cards after it has been used.

  15. Pit Boss says:

    The cards have holes in them because they were probably used in a casino and sold in their gift shop. They hole punch them so no one tries to sneek them back onto a live game.

  16. Andy in Atlanta says:

    All…the cards all had holes because they are obviously from a prior used deck in Vegas where Herc is from…anyone that has taken the free giveaway cards from the hotels know that they are required to do this in order to avoid card palmers from slipping them into table games and poker rooms…

  17. Aaron in StL says:

    That’s what she said..(the balls part, not the daughter part).

  18. Betinho says:

    Good stuff Herc. I’m glad to be able to have these kinds of views in on the team.

  19. wilyboy says:

    I love US soccer videos. This is a classic.

  20. rob says:

    calls coming in from France and England to make Domenecch and JT’s personal life dissapear.

  21. Jeff says:

    Just a hint to the trick. You see the 2 of spade twice the second time Herc goes through the cards. Watch his hands closely

  22. Aquaman says:

    Speaking of Domenech, did you see that he had the bright idea to let everyone race dune buggies as a “Team building experience” in camp the other day? As expected, someone flipped one, and of course it was Gallas who seems to have escaped a broken arm.

  23. goforgol says:

    ESPN3 address:
    link to espn.go.com

  24. kev says:

    It’s so great to get videos like this. Seeing guys hang out. I believe during the 2008 Olympics guys like Altidore, Edu, Holden, Rogers, Feilhaber, Adu, Kljestan and Davies rolled together as a pack.

    seems 2 camps. those born before 85 and those born after. Though Bradley seems to hang just with his dad

  25. Sergio of SF says:

    Oh I see…I just went to Vegas for the first time a few weeks ago. The only cars I notices were those call girl cards they pass out in the streets.

  26. Sergio of SF says:

    Yeah, I know the link. But last time I was trying to watch a live game and it just wouldn’t load. It was Salt Lake vs Houston. To this day it is not located on the ‘Replay’ section. So maybe that was just a one time issue.

    I emailed ESPN about the issue and they replied saying they were aware of the issue and trying to fix it.

  27. Derek says:

    I want to see him be a magician with the ball.

  28. DingDong says:

    Did they get their own special train? (Those seats look different than the ones on the usual trains to Hartford).

  29. mwc says:

    I cannot recall a post containing more bad jokes than this one. It was like hanging out with my grandad and his buddies at the VFW. With the exception of the one about Gomez disappearing and the other about chemistry developing, everyone should be ashamed. By the way, can anyone explain why the cards have a hole in them?

  30. ganzo, math phd candidate says:

    magician indeed. Herculez Gomez new nickname should be ‘el mago’ (the magician)

    …assuming he can score goals

    the magician and the manchild, a fitting name for a pair of strikers :/

  31. Brian says:

    Huh? Are you saying the team is separated socially by the guys who were born before 85 and those born after? Herc was born in ’82, and Jozy in ’89

  32. Chicago - Scott says:

    Atleast you liked mine :)

  33. Never First says:

    I really hope you’re being sarcastic when you ask if anyone can explain why the cards of holes in them.

  34. Jennifer says:

    They were on really nice coach buses not a train.

  35. JeffM says:

    Your move, Edson Buddle. Either saw a woman in half or spend the Cup at home on your couch.

  36. Dan Fontaine says:

    I emailed with the same problem and got the same response. Since then, oddly enough, 3 has been great.

  37. DingDong says:

    This one wins the best joke award.

  38. mwc says:

    Of course, I am being serious. My guess is that it has something to do with playing cards from a casino. Also, while on the topic of mysteries, can anyone explain the ending of LOST?

  39. Hush says:

    HG the magician! I’m loving it. Now to put some of that magic on the field today.

  40. away goals says:

    But where did the lighter fluid come from?

  41. MiamiAl says:

    Good to see the boys having fun! They are going to do well in South Africa!

  42. Jacob A. says:

    Arrested Development, you win in my book.

  43. Brett says:

    They’re called illusions, a trick is something a whore does for money.

    …or candy.

  44. Sergio of SF says:

    They must have been getting flooded with emails. Good, I’ll be upset if I can’t watch the full match tonight.

  45. ganzo, math phd candidate says:

    ZOUNDS! IVE GOT IT!

    after watching it like 9-10 times, i see the whole thing.

    herc asks jozy to place the card somewhere near the middle of the deck. but when herc shuffles the first time, his left hand feeds cards for about a second before his right hand starts feeding. so the left hand (the half where jozy’s card is) is guaranteed on the bottom). then he shuffles normal, but leading with the left hand and alternating cards from each hand, so the bottomost card (the 2) is always on the bottom, (so left hand deck will always be card 1,3,5,7, etc) so then herc goes through the deck until he sees the one card that came before the card jozy put in (standard card trick technique), so he knows when to stop. Then he takes that card and the next card into his pile of rejects (so he has 5) and then at the 1:19-1:20 of the video, you can see there is a 1-2 frame jump in the video, where Herc likely dropped one card from his stack of 5 (to give him 3 rejects and 1 right) you can also hear a reaction from an onlooker, laughing at Herc dropping a card and Herc moving his leg, likely also stepping on the dropped card. he then goes about showing the fakes until he finds the one before the fake, in this case the 2 of clubs. so when jozy shoots down the 2 of clubs the first time, Herc grabs the 2nd bottommost card in that small deck of 4, and puts the 2 back on top. so the first card down on the table is Jozy’s card, and the rest are all rejects.

    he then puts them in jozys fist and magic ensues as he exposes the bottomost card to be the card of a manchild. Herc did a good job selling it

    im totally rooting for Herculez to light it up in SA

  46. rob says:

    Wow. That’s awesome.

  47. Jet says:

    Dog? Boy, the American culture is really going to hell. HAA!! When people in their 20′s call each other Dog, something is really wrong. I know athletes are dumb but this is too much. What Ghetto talk!!! Haaa!!HHAAA.

  48. Delilah says:

    Im totally impressed you could see all of that.

    crazy specific.

  49. Bobeto says:

    I think we found our striker team….Josey and Gomez. If we fix our backline….(no JB)we might have a chance to pull 1 win and 1 tie…..

  50. UNLV says:

    or better said, how he made YOU disappear when he was selected to be on the team.

  51. UNLV says:

    its called a canceled deck….after so many hands at a casino, they “cancel” the cards (in case they’ve been marked) and then either resell them to the public or give them away.

  52. UNLV says:

    oops….they cancel them by putting a hole in the cards.