Sunday, December 24, 2006


It seems that over the past few weeks I've encountered a number of people that enjoy math or mathematical puzzles. I have always found math to be extremely interesting. Mathematics gives order to our world. Mathematics and/or science play a big part in many magic effects. Math also has some interesting oddities. Here's one of my favorites: We all know that 1 x 1=1. Most know that 11 x 11=121. Did you know that 111 x 111=12321, and that with four ones, 1111 x 1111=1234321? You've probably guessed that 11111 x 11111=123454321. It works all the way up to 111,111,111 x 111,111,111=12,345,678,987,654,321.

Here's a link to a neat math trick. Try it a few times and you'll figure it out. I've used it as an over the phone kind of mentalism effect and even done it for a small group. I can even see having a spectator end by choosing their circled number from a deck of cards or some other favorite method. Another way to demonstrate the magic of math.

Oh, and a here's favorite T-shirt saying, "There are only 10 kinds of people in the world; those that understand binary, and those that don't."


1 comment:

Abner's Girl said...

Hi Jon,
Saw your comment on my friend, Princess Christa's site. I noticed you are an air traffic controller, my Dad was. He is retired now, but he was the youngest controller in Canada to check out in the tower. He was just 19. He worked the centre in Gander Newfoundland, which at that time was the busiest. It was the crossroads of the world and they have all the oceanic traffic and of course way back in the 60's everyone had to stop there to refuel. Even Elvis stopped on his way back from Germany! Later he designed systems for the radar equipment and now he is retired and loving having all that time to spend with my mom!
Hope you had a nice Chritmas!
Still Amazed by His GRACE!