maths magic numbers

 

Maths Trick 1

STEP 1
Ask a friend to write down a number (any number with more than 3 digits will do, but to save time and effort you might suggest a maximum of 8 digits).
Example: 83 972 105

STEP 2
Ask them to add the digits.
Example: 8+3+9+7+2+1+0+5 = 35      

STEP 3
Ask them to subtract this number from the original one.
Example: 83 972 105 – 35 = 83 972 070

STEP 4
Ask them to select any digit from this new number and strike it out, without showing you.
Example: 83 972 070      

STEP 5
Ask them to add the remaining digits and write down the answer they get.
Example: 8+3+9+7+0+7+0 = 34

STEP 6
Ask them to tell you the number they get (34) and you will tell them which number they struck out.


SOLUTION
The way you do this is to subtract the number they give you from the next multiple of 9. The answer you get is the number they struck out.
Example: The next multiple of 9 here is 36 (9 x 4 =36)
36 – 34 = 2 and there you have your answer, easy isn’t it!

Note: If the number they give you after step 5 is a  multiple of 9, there are two possible answers  then you simply tell them that this time they crossed out either a 9 or a zero.


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