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Math Magic Tricks

Whether you are a parent or teacher trying to get children interested in math, showing them these tricks can help them become more engaged and curious about what else they can do with math.

Here are 19 simple but incredibly useful tricks to introduce to your students or children.

Multiplying With 6 |

Take any even number and multiply it by 6. You will notice that the last digit of the product is the same as the number that was multiplied by 6. What’s even more remarkable is that the first digit (tens place) of the product will be half of the second digit (the ones place). Example: 6 (×) 8 = 484 is half of 8 |

Adding Large Numbers |

This is one of the most useful ways to add large numbers. In fact, it’s a fairly common technique in math curriculums globally. For those who are unfamiliar, the secret is to make each number a multiple of 10. Let’s dive right into an example. Imagine you are trying to add 536 and 389. The sum is 925. Introducing an easier, more magical way to add the two numbers together: Round each number up to a multiple of 10 536 becomes 540, and 389 becomes 390Add them together 540 + 390 = 930Figure out how much you added to each number to round it up to a multiple of 10. 540 − 536 = 4 and 390 − 389 = 1Add the results together 4 + 1 = 5Subtract step 4 from step 2 930 − 5 = 925The answer is 925. |

Always Count on 7 |

This is a magic trick that never fails ⏤ the final answer is always 7. Start by having your child select a number between 1 and 10 Let’s assume they picked the number 9Add 5 to the number 9 + 5 = 14Add 2 to the result 14 + 2 = 16Subtract the number in step 1 (9) 16 − 9 = 7The answer is always 7. |

Guessing Age & Shoe Size |

You easily guess any child’s age using the following simple math magic trick: Have them write their age on a piece of paper Let’s say the child wrote down 11Multiply it by 20 11 (×) 20 = 220Add today’s date (if it is the 23rd day of the month, the number should be 23) 220 + 23 = 243Multiply the result by 5 243 (×) 5 = 1215Tell them to add their shoe size to the result (for example, the child’s shoe size is 6) 1215 + 6 = 1,221Multiply today’s date 5 times and subtract it from the result 1221 − (23 (×) 5) = 1,220 − 115 = 1,106The first two digits are the child’s age (11) and the remaining two digits are their shoe size (06) – 1,106. Now that is magical! |

The Answer is 15 |

Here’s another amazing math trick that never fails to dazzle. Pick any whole number For example, 13Multiply it by 3 13 (×) 3 = 39Add 45 39 + 45 = 84Double the result 84 (×) 2 = 168Divide the result by 6 168 / 6 = 28Subtract the original number from the result 28 − 13 = 15The answer is 15. |

The Answer is 37 |

This next math trick will blow your child’s mind: Think of a three-digit number that has the same sequence of numbers as 555, 888, etc. Today, let’s pick 333Add up the three digits 3 + 3 + 3 = 9Divide the sum into the original number 333 / 9 = 37The answer will always be 37. |

The Answer is 8 |

Here’s a neat math magic trick that will have your child returning to the number 8:Pick a two-digit number 45 Subtract 1 from the number 45 – 1 = 44Multiply the difference by 344 (×) 3 = 132Add 12 to the product132 + 12 = 144Divide the sum by 3 144 / 3 = 48Add 5 to the quotient 48 + 5 = 53Subtract the original number from the sum 53 − 45 = 8Hence, the answer will always be the number 8. |

The 11 Rule |

There are many multiplication math magic tricks, but this one will allow your child to multiply any two-digit number with 11. Think of any two-digit number For example, 21Add the two individual digits together 2 + 1 = 3Place the sum between the two digits of your original number: Original number = 21. Sum = 3 Final answer = 231 The byproduct of 21 and 11 is indeed 231.Bonus 11 Rule! What if the sum of the original numbers equals a 2-digit number? Then what do you do? Read more to find out. Let’s take another example. If the original number = 68, then the sum of 6+8=14. 14 is a two-digit number. (What you DON’T do is place the 14 between 6 and 8 like this ⏤ 6 – 8+1 4 – 7 4 8 And just to make sure the rule of 11 still works, the byproduct of 68 (×) 11 = 748 |

Multiplying Large Numbers |

We’ve found a way to teach children how to quickly multiply large numbers. However, this one only works if one of the numbers is even. For this example, we’re going to use 20 (×) 700. Follow the steps below: Divide the even number in half 20 / 2 = 10Double the second number 700 (×) 2 = 1,400Multiply the results from step 1 and step 2 10 (×) 1,400 = 14,000The answer to 20 (×) 700 is 14,000. |

Memorizing Pi |

Are your children having trouble remembering the first seven digits of the number Pi? Ask them to write down “How I wish I could calculate Pi” and count the letters in each word. The result will be 3.141592. |

Always the Same Two-digit Single Numbers |

In this simple trick, you will always end up with the same two-digit numbers. Start by thinking of any two-digit number We’ll use 19 for this exampleDouble one of the digits1 (×) 2 = 2Add 5 to the product2 + 5 = 7Multiply the product by 5 7 (×) 5 = 35Add the other number to the product 35 + 9 = 44Subtract 4 from the sum 44 − 4 = 40Subtract 21 from the difference 41 − 21 = 19Notice you have the exact two-digit number you started with! Isn’t that cool?! |

Contains the Digits 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 |

Following the steps below will result in a number that contains the digits 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8: Pick a number between 1 and 6 Let’s assume you picked 3Multiply the number by 9 3 (×) 9 = 27Multiply the product by 111 27 (×) 111 = 2997Multiply that product by 1001 2997 (×) 1,001 = 2,999,997Divide the product by 7 2,999,997 / 7 = 428,571As you can see, the answer contains the digits 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8. |

The Answer is 2 |

Here’s a cool magical math trick where the answer is always going to be 2: Pick any number Let’s assume it is 9Multiply it by 3 9 (×) 3 = 27Add the result by 6 27 + 6 = 33Divide the result by 3 33 / 3 = 11Subtract the result from the original number 11 − 9 = 2These steps will always return to 2. |

The Answer is 1,089 |

We’ve seen math magic tricks that get us 2, 7, 8, 15, and 37 consistently, but what about a large number like 1,089? Follow the steps below: Think of any three-digit number For example, 482Arrange the digits from highest to lowest 842Subtract the result by the number in reverse 842 − 248 = 594Reverse the number that is the difference The reverse of 594 is 495Then add that number to the result 594 + 495 = 1,089Amazingly, you get 1,089 every single time. Try it with other three-digit numbers. |

Multiplying Multiples of 5 in Your Head |

This trick allows you to mentally calculate multiples of 5. The secret is realizing that 5 is half of 10. Here’s how it works: Multiply the number you’re trying to multiply by 5 with by 10 For example, if you try to multiply 24 by 5, you would first multiple 24 by 10, which is 240. That is easy, right?!Divide the product by 2 240 / 2 = 120As you can see, the answer is 120, which is what you get when you multiply 24 by 5. |

Creating the 9 Times Tables With Your Fingers |

Learning the multiples of 9 can be tons of fun for your child, especially if they use their fingers. Here’s how: Extend both your arms and fingers in front of you with your palms facing down ⏤ starting from the left, each finger is a number from 1 to 10 If, for example, you want to multiply 4 (×) 9, you would fold the fourth (pointer) finger downCount the fingers on each side of the folded finger. There will be 3 on the left and 6 on the right side of the folded fingerThis means the answer is 36. It works every time! |

Subtracting From 1,000 |

You can teach children to subtract large numbers from 1000 quite simply. Let’s use 1000 − 645 as an example: Subtract each digit from 9 apart from the digit in the ones place. 9 − 6 = 3 and 9 − 4 = 5Always subtract the digit in the ones place from 10 10 − 5 = 5Put the results together to find the answer 355This means 1,000 − 645 = 355. |

A Magic Way to Find a Percentage |

Trying to find 30% of 500? Here’s an easy way to do it: Divide both numbers 10 30 / 10 = 3 and 500 / 10 = 50Multiply the two quotients 3 (×) 50 = 150 30% of 500 is 150. That is pretty cool! |

Multiplication by 4 |

Here’s a trick to quickly multiply numbers by 4: If you have this problem: ___ (×) 4 = ___. For example 8 (×) 4 = ___ Take the number you’re multiplying by 4 and double it For example, If the number is 8, then 8 (×) 2 = 16 or 8 + 8 = 16Double that sum again to find the answer 16 + 16 = 36 Therefore, 8 (×) 4 = 36 |

Math magic tricks are a fun way to show children how to do math equations quickly and easily. By turning math into a game, you’ll teach your child to practice and think about math as fun! They will be dying to test out these tricks for themselves with other numbers to see if they really work! The beauty is that these tricks can make even your most math-reluctant children and students math-curious. |