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Learn an Amazing Mindreading Trick in Less Than 30 Seconds

Updated on July 7, 2012

How To Amaze Your Friends Anytime, Anyplace Without Any Effort

Ever wish you had the power to totally impress your friends, your coworkers, even strangers? Learn this deceptively simple but absolutely incredible mindreading stunt, and you'll be the center of attention. Without any skill on your part. Or practice. Or performing ability of any kind. Really? Yes, indeedy.

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Here's How You'll Knock Them Off Their Feet:

Imagine that you are having a conversation with a friend. Casually mention that you have been "developing your psychic abilities", and would like to show him something amazing. Most people will be intrigued and curious, which accomplishes half your trick right there! Ask him to concentrate on your words as you give him some simple instructions. In just seconds, you will have him secretly thinking of a number, an animal and a country. Without hesitation, you can correctly name all three!

It's a very simple routine to learn. The trick actually works all by itself. All you need to do is remember a simple formula, which you can learn in less than 30 seconds!

Try It On Yourself First

Before revealing how the trick works, I'd like to perform the trick on you first. Yes, I will read your mind right through the computer!

This is what I want you to do:

1) Think of ANY number

2) Multiply that number by 2

3) Then add 8 to that total

4) Then divide that total by 2

5) Then subtract your original number from that total

6) Remember the resulting number- that's your Secret Number

7) Count on the alphabet until you get to the letter that corresponds with your secret number (Number 1 is the letter A, Number 2 is the letter B, etc.)

8) Think of a country in Europe that begins with that letter

9) Go to the next letter of the alphabet

10) Think of a large animal that begins with that letter

And now, let me read your mind...

(There should be a drum roll here!)


(Are you ready?)

You are thinking of the number 4... and an elephant in Denmark!

Here's What To Say:

When a magician performs a trick, what he says is called "patter". Many times, good patter is actually more important than the trick itself. People want to be entertained, not just fooled. It's all in the presentation. Add drama by talking more slowly and deliberately, as if you are really putting mental effort into reading their minds. You will be amazed at how startling this trick can be!

So this is what I say when I perform this trick: "I've been working on developing my mindreading skills, and I'd like to try something out on you. Would you secretly choose a number and remember that number? It can be any number at all, but you might want to make it a one or two digit number, as I'm going to ask you to do some basic math with it. Got your number in your mind? Great. Now multiply that number by 2. Now add 8 to the new number. Got it? Okay, now divide that number in half. Got a new number? Good. Now subtract your original number from that. This is your secret number. Now, I want you to count down to your secret number in the alphabet. If your secret number is 1, then your letter is A. If it's 2, your letter is B and so on. Do you have your letter? Good. Now, think of a country in Europe that begins with that letter. Got it? Now go to the next letter in the alphabet, and think of the name of a large animal that starts with that letter. Concentrate... wait a minute, I don't think there are any gray elephants in Denmark!"

And incredibly, your spectator was thinking of the number 4, Denmark, and elephant!

Here's How It Works:

The beauty of this trick is that it actually works itself. That's right! It's a purely mathematical trick. No matter what number the person initially chooses, the mathematics of doubling the number, adding 8 to it, cutting it in half and subtracting the initial number forces the resulting number to always be "4". Thus, when the person counts on the alphabet to the number 4, it corresponds to the letter "D". There is only one country in Europe that starts with the letter D, and that's Denmark. The next letter is E, and 95% of the time, people will think of an elephant. If the person chooses emu or another animal, you are still naming the correct number and the country, and two out of three is still really impressive!

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More Easy Mind Reading Tricks You Can Do

Want to amaze your friends? Here are some tried-and-true, foolproof, inexpensive and easy pocket magic tricks that you can do. Great for kids, too! These tricks, and more, are available from my online magic shop,

Brainwave Deck - Turn Their Secret Card Upside Down - An easy to do, no skill required card trick that will amaze your friends!

Watch me amaze my friend Dirk with the Brainwave Deck magic trick. And this is a trick you can do, too, even if you've never done a magic trick before.

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    • orange3 lm profile image

      orange3 lm 

      6 years ago

      Cool! I always know it's a trick, but it's fun to believe that it really is magic :)

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      6 years ago

      Cute trick. I get fooled so easily by these things. I really enjoyed the TV programme where the masked magician revealed the tricks behind the magic acts. Fun.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing; some people are really good at performing this way.

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens! Great job

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      6 years ago

      OK, you got me! I am very impressed. I love watching a talented magician and I don't normally care how the trick is done - I just love being entertained! And this was entertaining.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Cool trick!

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      najem lm 

      6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I did not know that you can learn mindreading in such a short time :)

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      6 years ago

      I just love watching people doing some tricks. But I guess it would be much interesting if I'd do it myself one day.

    • Inthepresentati1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Clever putting the elephant at the top of the lens

    • GuitarForLife LM profile image

      GuitarForLife LM 

      6 years ago

      cool, now I just need someone to try it out on

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      6 years ago

      Great trick I'll have to try out! Still trying to find the time to play with a magic kit we got so i could entertain the grandkids, but they sure made it look easy at the store in Universal Studios! :-)

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      6 years ago

      This is a cool trick. I think I saw Max Maven do this on television in the 90's.

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      6 years ago

      Sounds like a fun idea to try!

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      6 years ago

      Great fun. Thank you for publishing this lens. You have shown how large the wizard of Oz really is.

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      6 years ago

      Will try this on my kids tomorrow.

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Ah! Number two son just got here and I did the mind reading trick on him. Got him! (I never get them, they always get me. Score one for mom!)

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Reminds me when my oldest was little and did magic tricks for his grandparents. He's grown now and would enjoy this!

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      6 years ago

      Gotta love good mind-reading tricks. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Fun and clever. Thanks for sharing the math and logic behind this "magic" trick. I might just try it at a party for fun.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      6 years ago

      That's fun! I am going to be a big hit with the nieces and nephews. :)


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