# Fun Math Tricks

*Kids not feeling the math lately.* How about some fun math tricks to help them see how cool math really is!

We all appreciate a good ol' magic trick, especially the kids. You might even be a little surprised to see their eagerness and excitement to learn math magic tricks.

## Fun Math Trick #1

**Telephone Number Mix-Up**

- Ask a volunteer to think of a 7-digit number: it could be a phone number or any other 7-digit number they want to come up with. They can tell you the number.

- Have them write their 7-digit number down on a sheet of paper.

- After they write their number down on the paper, you will then announce to your spectators,

*"I'm going to now make a prediction and write it down on this piece of paper and at the end of the trick, I'll uncover my prediction."*

- You will then, write down your prediction on a different piece of paper without letting them see it and turn it face down. Your prediction will be disclosed at the end of the trick for the grand finale!

- Next, have them mix up the digits in their 7-digit number in any way they'd like and write that number down on the paper.

**Example:**

Original number: **9 2 8 4 1 2 0**

Mixed up number: **2 0 2 1 9 4 8**

- Have them
*subtract* the smaller of the two numbers from the larger one:

**9 2 8 4 1 2 0 - ****2 0 2 1 9 4 8 =**

**7 2 6 2 1 7 2**

- Now have them add up the digits in the difference they got from subtracting the two numbers:

**7 + 2 + 6 + 2 + 1 + 7 + 2 = 27**

*Now for the cool part!*

- Have the person use the sum they just got in the previous step
*(for this example, ***27***)* and starting from the number 1, count clockwise around the circle, landing on the next picture as they count around the circle.

Print Circle here

**** *** Important *****

They should begin their count starting on the picture below:

- After counting clockwise around the circle, they'll always end up on the picture that you predicted - the black star shown below!

## Fun Math Trick #2

Coming Soon...

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