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Easy Magic Trick: The Mental Prediction


This is an old classic that is based on a quirk in mathematics. It's an easy magic trick that's something of a mentalism effect.

Effect: You predict something that a spectator will think of.

Read the following to your spectator or audience, giving them time to make the necessary calculations:

1. Pick a number between 2 and 9. It can be 2 or it can be 9, or any number in between.

2. Take the number that you've chosen and multiply it by 9.

3. This should give you a two digit number. Take the two digits of the number and add them together. For example, if your number is 16, take the one and six and add them to make seven.

4. Take the resulting number and subtract 5 from it.

5. Take that number and correspond it to a letter in a alphabet. A =1, B=2, C=3, etc.

6. Take your letter, and think of a country that begins with that letter. For example, "B" might make you think of Brazil, "D" could be Denmark or "F" could be France.

7. Take the second letter in the name of that country and think of an animal. For example, "P" may make you think of a Penguin and "Z" may make you think of Zebra.

8. Do you now have a country and animal?

9. Hold that thought in your mind while I concentrate. (Pause here for a moment, make it look like you're thinking).

10. Say, "I didn't know that there were elephants in Denmark."

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