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Mind Reading Number Magic Explaination

Effect: You ask the spectator to think of a number from1-63. You then hand them 6 cards and tell them to put the cards with their number on it to the right and the ones that don’t have the number to the left. As soon as they set the last card down you reveal the number.

To make this trick simply print the cards below on a card stock or paper, or create your own cards using the same number layout.   You can see how this trick works with my online version here. The method is simple, if you select a number and look at the cards it’s on, your number will always be the total of the numbers in the top left corner.  So if you are thinking of the number 8, it will only be on one card, the one with the 8 in the top left corner.  If it is ten it would be the cards having the numbers 8 and 2, totaling 10.

Afterthoughts: When I was younger I used to have the spectator hand me the cards and say yes or no as they went and I would add them as they handed them to me.  In later years, I used both the separate piles method and the one previously mentioned, but both were dealt onto the table instead of in my hands.  This adds separation since you don’t touch anything and helps sell the mind reading a bit. You can also print this on large cards to make it a stage trick.  For further customization, you should be able to copy and paste the boxes below into Microsoft excel or word to style font size and colors to your liking.

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