How to Do the Mind Control Trick. Use a special property of the number nine
to wow people with your psychic skills. You will need Volunteer Good memory and flair
for acting. Step 1. Tell a story to explain why you are able to
read minds. Step 2. Tell your volunteer to think of a number between
1 and 10, but not to say the number out loud. Step 3. Have your volunteer multiply their number
by 9. As they do the math, remind them not to reveal
their answers to you. Step 4. Instruct the volunteer to add the digits in
the product together. The sum of the digits of any number, 1 through
10, that’s been multiplied by 9 will add up to 9. Step 5. Tell your volunteer to subtract 5 from the
new number, which you know to be 9. When they subtract 5 from their number, the
answer, of course, is 4. Step 6. Have your volunteer choose a letter of the
alphabet. Tell them to use the number in their head,
and find its corresponding letter when 1 equals A, 2 equals B, through 26 equaling Z. Since their number is 4, they should now be
thinking of the letter D. Step 7. Have your volunteer think of a country that
begins with their letter, and then to think of a mammal whose name begins with the second
letter in the country’s name. Most people will pick Denmark, and although
there are other mammals that begin with E, most people will pick elephant. Have a contingency plan in case they didn’t
pick Denmark or elephant. The second letter of Dominican Republic, for
example, is O. Ox and otter are good backup guesses. The elk is the only other common mammal starting
with E. And there’s always jaguar for the smart aleck who picks Djibouti! Step 8. Have your volunteer pick a color that their
animal is associated with. Since they’re probably thinking of an elephant,
the color will be gray. Step 9. Look at your volunteer and say, “Are you thinking
of a gray elephant in Denmark?” Enjoy their look of surprise and amazement! Did you know African elephants are the world’s
largest living land mammals.




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