The Magic Gopher Magic Trick
June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018
The magic gopher is a magic trick that can be done with symbols or cards and will amaze all of your friends once you perfect it. This trick is actually quite simple but it takes a little bit of work to put the magic gopher props together. You will need three decks of cards or multiple index cards to draw symbols on. You will need some card stock paper and a computer and printer, or you can draw the magic gopher charts if you are talented and like to do that sort of thing.
Your magic gopher symbols can be anything you want them to be, but you should have about five or six different symbols in mind. Draw these symbols on your index cards. Alternately you can simply use playing cards. Your magic gopher charts will have the numbers 0 through 99 each next to one of your chosen symbols. You will want five or six charts to go with your five or six symbols. This is easiest if done on a computer, but you can certainly hand draw magic gopher the charts. Either way they should be on card paper paper just for durability.
Now, ask your friend to choose a two digit number, or any number between 10 and 99. Now they will take those two digits and add them together. For example, if your friend chose 12, he would add 1 and 2 for a total of 3. Next tell him to take the new number and subtract it from the original number, so 12 minus 3 equals 9. Now, show him one of your charts and tell him to look at and memorize the symbol next to his new number, in the case of the example he would look at the symbol next to the number 9. Tell him to memorize that symbol and then remove the chart. You, the magic gopher, will then magically read your friend's mind and tell him what the symbol was on the chart that he looked at by showing him the coordinating card. Give this trick a try for yourself to see how it works. Do a search on the internet for magic gopher and you should find the magic gopher magic trick to try.
Do you want to know how the magic gopher trick works? It is really simple. No matter what two digit combination your friend chooses, the final result will be either 0 or a multiple of 9. So all of those number need the same symbol next to them. It does not matter which symbol it is, as long as those numbers have it. You will also want to mix that symbol throughout your chart on other numbers, too, and the remaining symbols can be mixed up among the remaining numbers. Make as many magic gopher charts as you have symbols.
You can either mark the cards or stack them in an order in which you know what card goes with which chart and you will always be able to be the magic gopher and guess which symbol is next to the number your friends come up with!