Tell the age of people (between 1 and 63) from the cards they pick.

An easy prediction trick that you can carry around in your wallet. Just print out the cards. This easy magic trick is quite baffling. The secret, once you know it, is as easy as adding one, two, three..... And this works one hundred percent of the time.

This 'trick' actually is very old but it is still performed even to this day. Usually, the six groups of numbers are written down on six cards referred as the age cards to guess someone's age, provided that the person is not over 63 years of age. Sorry any 64 yrs old or above, but you will just have to lie about your age for this one.

Some traditional

*magic age cards*forgo the numbers 61, 62 and 63 (so that only 29 or 30 numbers per card are required, which are printed in a 5 by 6 pattern, with or without a star in the 30th position). Full-range cards (with 32 numbers printed on each card) are more satisfying.
Here are those 6 cards:

32 33 34 3536 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 | 16 17 18 1920 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 | 08 09 10 1112 13 14 15 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 |

04 05 06 0712 13 14 15 20 21 22 23 28 29 30 31 36 37 38 39 44 45 46 47 52 53 54 55 60 61 62 63 | 02 03 06 0710 11 14 15 18 19 22 23 26 27 30 31 34 35 38 39 42 43 46 47 50 51 54 55 58 59 62 63 | 01 03 05 0709 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 61 63 |

**Here's how the trick looks:**

You place the six cards on the table. Each of these cards has different numbers printed on them. You ask your volunteer to look at the cards and just point to the cards that have their age on them. You can straight away tell them what their age is.

**The Secret**is very easy. You just need to add up the lowest numbers on each card pointed to by the volunteer and these will add up to the volunteer's age. The lowest numbers are always the top left number on each card, so it is a very easy matter to do a quick calculation. For example:

If the age the volunteer select is 22; that number (22) only appears on the following cards:

2. The card with 2 in the upper left hand position (also smallest number printed on it).

3. The card with 4 in the upper left hand position (also smallest number printed on it).

16 + 2 + 4 = 22

Try it out and you'll see how easy this trick is.

You can bring more twist on it. Have a spectator merely think of a family member or friend whose age is between 1 and 63. They must know the age of that person. Point to the individual cards, one at a time and ask, "Is the age of the person that you are thinking about on this card?" After examining all six cards, you tell them the age of the person.

If they say, "No, the age is not on the card", do nothing and go on to the next card. For the cards that they say "Yes!" You must keep a silently remembered, running total, of all of the numbers in the upper left-hand position of those cards. The total sum that you silently arrive at, after they look at all six cards, will be the age of the person, of whom they are thinking.

If they select 61, the number 61 appears on the following cards:

1. The card with 16 in the upper left hand position (smallest number printed on it).

2. The card with 8 in the upper left hand position (smallest number printed on it).

3. The card with 1 in the upper left hand position (smallest number printed on it).

4. The card with 4 in the upper left hand position (smallest number printed on it).

5. The card with 32 in the upper left hand position (smallest number printed on it).

16 + 8 + 1 + 4 + 32 = 61

Of course you don't always have to use people's age. Simply ask them to pick any number below 64 and point to the cards where the number appears. You call the exact number!

(If you do it this way, it's better to get them to write their number on a slip of paper first. This way, when you predict their chosen number, they cannot mess up your trick by claiming it was not their number, as you now have the proof written down).

**NOTE:**If you look at the numbers in the upper left hand corner of each card, you will see that they run in a sequence, if you order them. The sequence is: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32. By adding these numbers together in different combinations (and permutations) you can arrive at any number between 1 and 63. However, you can shuffle or re-arrange the numbers at your wish keeping the numbers of each card same, but remember the lowest number on each card.

There are also 7-cards to predict age from 1-99 (full range)

ReplyDeleteIt's just binary code and I've just realized

ReplyDeleteOh, thanks. I am not conversant about all these codes, etc. I had simply got 7-cards from some internet source I don't recall. These make interesting items for common men like me and children. I'd appreciate if such things are explained to make more such things.....

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