posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 09:03 PM
I have been "performing" this trick for decades. It used to be a lot of fun and amaze a lot of people. Rather than just the single addition though
I would always throw in a few extra adds and subtracts (making sure to not confuse myself in the process lmao) to keep people even more amazed and
HOWEVER... Over the years the trick has been proving less and less successful as time passes. Not because people don't get it, or aren't amazed..
it's that they CAN'T get it. People have been so dummed down, and passed through school with little effort, that for most people it is impossible
to even do this rudimentary math in their heads and therefore they always end up with the wrong answer. Then I have to start all over with "OK, what
number did you pick? Ok, that doubled is such and such, add 16 is such and such" and so on until they see what their correct answer should have
been. Totally ruins the trick.