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How Does Ask Peter Work? The Trick Behind the Prank

Joe Keeley Updated 11-12-2019

We all like a good magic trick. That’s why the virtual tarot website Peter Answers is so much fun. Somehow, no matter what question you ask Peter, he always has the right answer.

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Of course, it’s simply an illusion. If you want to know how Peter Answers works, and how to use Peter Answers to trick your friends and family, you’ve come to the right place.

What Is Peter Answers?

Peter Answers website screenshot

Peter Answers is a simple website. It calls itself a virtual tarot. While a tarot reader is usually someone who uses cards to tell the future, Peter Answers is different. Supposedly, you can ask any question and Peter will give you the answer.

You probably came across the website after someone showed it to you. You pose a question, your companion types it in, and lo and behold it displays a suitable response.

The website has two fields. The first is a petition, the second is a question. If the website’s instructions are to be believed, the petition must read:

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“Peter please answer the following question”

The second field is for your question. You could ask something you already know the answer to—your favorite food or animal—or you could ask something speculative, like whether you’ll have any luck next year.

Once you type a question mark or click Send, Peter will then display an answer.

Peter Answers no response

Chances are, with your companion in control, Peter displays a suitable response. But if you try it yourself, you’ll get a vague response such as “the stars are not in line for this request” or “you must have a deeper desire to learn the answer to this question.”

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Why isn’t Peter playing ball? How do you get Peter to behave and give a proper answer? Here’s how the Peter Answers trick works.

What Is the Peter Answers Trick?

Sadly, Peter Answers can’t read your mind or see the future. You have to type in the answer you want Peter to give.

To do this, enter a period into the petition field. Then type the answer you want. Whatever you type, the field will display “Peter please answer the following question”.

When you’ve finished typing the answer, enter another period. You can use as many periods as necessary to get the full petition text to display.

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For example, let’s say the question I want to ask is “Will I ever find love?”

In the petition field, I could type something like “.No, you will never find love except in your dreams.” to have that displayed as my answer. Note the two periods either side of the sentence.

Peter Answers correct response

Move to the question field and type your question. Once submitted, you will then see the answer you typed earlier displayed.

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Obviously, you can’t play this trick on yourself! Instead, use it to fool others. It works especially well if you’re a quick typist and the other person doesn’t watch your keyboard.

Peter Answers App for Android and iOS

The Peter Answers website is optimized for mobile, so it works just fine if you want to pull it up on your phone’s web browser.

For the committed, there’s an Android app. It’s free, supported by adverts at the bottom, and works in entirely the same way. Simply type a period into the petition to disguise your answer.

You can swipe from the left to reveal a menu, from where you get basic options: How to play, Share, and Rate this app. In fact, the “How to play” page doesn’t tell you the secrets of Peter Answers at all. So if you do forget what you need to do, refer to this article.

Although there’s no official app for iOS, there is a knock-off Peter Answers app for iOS available. It works in the same way, so Apple users can be perfectly content using this.

Download: Peter Answers for Android | iOS (Free)

Build Your Own Peter Answers

If you want to take a peek behind the scenes, or perhaps take a shot at building your own version of Peter Answers, take a look at this GitHub project.

It’s written in CSS to provide the styling and JavaScript for the magic. It’s a relatively simple bit of code, so if you have programming experience then you can use this GitHub to tweak it to your heart’s content.

Perhaps you want to change the petition phrase? Or add some new responses for Peter? With this source code, you can do exactly that.

Other Services Like Peter Answers

You might also stumble across Ask Jud, which is basically exactly the same as Peter Answers, but under a different name. However, if you have a particularly gullible companion, you could use this to trick them twice the same way.

For something a bit different, check out Akinator. This is a genie that can guess anyone you’re thinking of—real or fictional. It does this by going through a series of questions and using the previous answers to work out who the person is.

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Now You Know the Real Answer

Now you know how Peter Answers works. Go ahead and ask Peter anything! Be sure to use it to trick people and make them think that this virtual tarot can read someone’s mind.

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  1. Taauri Tewenea
    June 2, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Hello there

    Well I really love to join this peter answer
    Cause I have many questions to ask
    And another question is that can I use my own language? I heard that you can speak different language

  2. Taauri Tewenea
    June 2, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Hello there

    Well I really love to join this peter answer
    Cause I have many questions to ask
    And another question is that can I use my own language? I heard that you can speak different language

  3. Usman
    August 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Friends what is petetion in peter answer?? Tell me plz

    • Remmy
      March 25, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Petition is the place where you write your answer when you're pranking someone.
      It is the same like in robotknows.com where there is named CAPTCHA just to trick people that you have to write this phrase always.

      So just press the "." and start writing your answer of the question you gonna ask. Than at the end, finish it with another "." and you'll see you answer

  4. Joy
    June 7, 2016 at 2:34 am

    It doesn't work for me

    • Tasew
      June 23, 2017 at 3:59 am

      It's does not work for me

  5. Dillivala
    May 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Visited Peter Answers today after a good 7 years! Back then, I was plying pranks on my friends at my college hostel for several days until they caught the trick! Of course, my typing speed helped.

    • Remmy
      March 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

      I switched to robotknows.com which I'm using it to prank friends that are scared of "internet knowing everything about them"

  6. kuldeep
    April 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Can anyone tell what is the truth behind the peter answer because the site gives all answer correct ? I m from Delhi,india.. please answer me @ kuldeeprawat94@gmail.com.

    I m surprised...

    • Adan Zari
      February 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

      helo dear

      what is peter and how does it work ?

  7. sathvik
    December 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    it's not a prank it's way more this website has no editors and can tell the names of everyone around you as well as personal relationships and also produces dark things such as friends being possessed by it and referring to the bible like john 6:64 ( meaning it will eradicate all who don't believe) and being a medium for a dead spirit

  8. Anonymous
    April 10, 2015 at 10:36 am

    i think there is really something than that. i can bet with my dog that i had this fun with my friends next door and none of this till now except me. we asked bunch of questions without the "." thingy but then guess what, peter did answer all d questions correctly. one of my friends just came back from having her bath and I asked this myself of what she was wearing without the secret stuff and peter did answer it correctly. It was all fun and all it still is, but i think there is something more to it than meets the eye....

  9. Anonymous
    April 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    There has to be more to this than that. My kids had their friends over and they were on the site asking questions. I was sitting on the couch and was speaking out loud. Peter would put a comment at the end of the answer referring to my comment. My daughter's boyfriend came over and she was showing him the site and when she typed in When is Robert's birthday? He answered and also told him he was wearing a white undershirt with a Biloxi High shirt over it. I can go on and on about this but there is NO WAY "Peter" could know the answers he did. It was a 12 yr old boy asking the questions I was speaking out loud and this 12 yr old boy did not know the answers to any of them.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Trust me, the person typing in the questions knew the answers. There's nothing more to it than that, and the effect is even better if the person doing the typing is a good typist and learned many of the answers beforehand.

  10. H
    April 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Haha this girl I tutor did this to me and it FREAKED me out. She asked it what we were doing and it answered, "History homework and it's boring you both" haha. Then, she asked "Who am I with right now" and it said my full name yikes! Really fun for her but not for me until I figured it out.

  11. Tony
    February 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Very cool code behind the prank.

  12. Jonathan Peel
    February 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Been using Ask Peter for quite a long time now...

    It's great fun for a very slow Friday afternoon at work...

  13. Larry B.
    February 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Hahaha, excellent!

  14. Jonathan Bennett
    February 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    How clever. I'm gonna have some fun and mess with my nieces using this site. :)

    • muddassir
      March 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      How shoull it work i try this code . Bt all answer umwanted from me its a fake i think

      • gopal
        April 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

        Its true

      • gopal
        April 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

        That's true