Magic Tricks Revealed: How To Make Them Think Of A Gray Elephant

Published: 15th March 2010
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If you love doing simple magic psychic tricks that are so simple they are impossible to mess up, you've come to the right place. This is a classic trick that has been around as long as I can remember. (And I've been around a while!). It works great on adults, kids, anybody who can add and subtract simple numbers. You can even set this up for a David Blaine style "reveal" at the end.

Here's the basic trick. I'll ask you to do the same things you'll ask the people your playing the trick on to do, so you can see how it works. First, think of a number between one and ten. After that, take the number, and multiply it by nine. If it's a two digit number, add them together. Now subtract five. Got it?

Now you take the number and match it with the corresponding letter of the alphabet, with A=1, B=2, etc. Got it? Great. Now think of a country in Europe that starts with that letter. Got it? Ok, now go forward in the alphabet one letter. Got it? Now think of a circus animal that begins with that letter. OK? What color is that animal? OK, right now there is a high probability that you are thinking of a gray elephant from Denmark, right?

This works for the strange fact that whatever number you start with, you always end up with four. If you try this with all the numbers, one through nine, you'll see you always end with four. As long as you specific a country from Europe, most people will pick Denmark. And as long as you go up one more letter (E), most people will pick elephant, and then obviously gray.

There are a bunch of different ways you can reveal this trick. They best way is to actually write "Gray Elephant From Denmark" on a piece of paper, fold it up, and give it to the person you are playing the trick on. Then have them tell you their answer, and have them take out the folded up piece of paper out of their pocket and read it out loud.

This is a really great trick to do at parties when you choose one person to do the trick on, and have everybody else watch. Unless the person knows this trick, and is purposely trying to throw you off, they will almost always end up with a gray elephant from Denmark. This works really well with kids, and you can have them decide as a group on the math, and the country, and the animal, etc., before having them unfold the magic sheet of paper. Have fun with this.


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