Hello everyone! It’s April, so time for some tricks! Technically it’s past April Fool’s Day, but these aren’t the prank kind of tricks anyway – just a few quick fun things for a happy start to the week.

**Trick 1: **Quickly guessing the number! (from thoughtco.com)

Pick a 3-digit number where all the digits are the same (like 777).

Add those digits. Divide your original number by this sum. Did you get…..37? You did!

Warning: You can probably only do this trick once before people catch on. Or you could go fancy and do a similar trick with a 9-digit number. In that case instead of 37 you’ll get 12345679 which I admit both surprises and delights me.

**Trick 2:** Elaborate guessing the number! (from our own blog)

Pick a 3-digit number, like 360. For this the first and last digit have to be different.

Now reverse the digits (063), and subtract the smaller number from the larger (leaving 297).

Take that new number, reverse its digits, and add those two together (297 and 792). I got 1089 when I did that but the cool thing is, so did you! Even if you started with a different number!!!

**Trick 3:** Guessing your age (from our notes for one of our classes.)

Pick the number of days a week that you like to go out. Now double this number. Add 5, and then multiply by 50. You’ll have a pretty big number now, but you’ll need to make it even bigger.

If you have already had your birthday this calendar year, add 1773. If you have not had a birthday this calendar year, add 1772.

Finally, subtract the four-digit year that you were born.

You’ll end up with a three-digit number: The first digit of this was your original number (i.e. how many times you want to go out a week). The second two digits are your age!!! Pretty neat huh? The only catch with this is that this trick changes every year – you’ll have to add a diferent amount if you try it in 2024.

Happy trickstering!