The Magical Way to Learn Mathematics

Helper Cards

Grade level: 3-8
Difficulty level: Easy

  • The magician sets aside two cards from a shuffled deck and calls them the helper cards.
  • A volunteer chooses a number from 1 to 10 and takes that number of cards from the remaining deck.
  • The magician shows the cards to the volunteer one at a time and ask him/her to memorize the card corresponding to their favorite number.
  • The magician puts all but the helper cards in a single stack.
  • The helper cards are revealed and the magician uses them to determine the position of the volunteer's card in the stack.

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