Mystical Mathematical Mind Reader

1. Think of a two-digit number.

2. Add the two digits of your number together.

3. Subtract this sum from your original two-digit number and then concentrate on your answer picture.

4. After concentrating on the picture for a while click the button below.

Read My Mind

Is this the picture you had in mind?

Now that's what you call mind reading!

Was it just a coincidence or is there a mathematical explanation?

Click the button below for another go.

Try again

This Mystical Mathematical Mind Reader is based on The Flash Mind Reader by Andy Naughton.

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Elle King, UK

Sunday, September 9, 2018

"I have the explanation for this. Everytime you add the digits together and subtract them from the original number, it's a multiple of 3, 6 and 9. And if you look closely, everything in the 3, 6 and 9 times tables are the same symbol."

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