Guess Your Age Trick - Revealed

My mom asked me to explain to her this "miraculous" trick she received by email and was shocked to discover is capable to expose her age.


Try it - it will guess your age as well:

  • What is your favorite day of the week? For Monday - pick number 1, for Tuesday - 2, Wednesday - 3, Thursday - 4, ..., Sunday - 7.

  • Multiply the number you got above by 50.

  • Add to the result 44.

  • Multiply it by 200.

  • If you already had your birthday this year, add to your number 109. If you did not have your birthday this year, add 108.

  • Deduct the year you were born from the resulting number.


Look at the long result. Here is the trick:
First digit of this number is your favorite day of the week.
Last two (or one) digits of this number is ... your age!



This trick expires at the end of 2009. And it is much easier than is sounds.
Here is explanation how it works:

  • You pick number N, where 1 <= N <= 7

  • 50 x N

  • 50 x N + 44

  • 200 x (50 x N + 44) = 10,000 x N + 8,800

  • 10,000 x N = N0,000 (where N is the digit corresponding to your favorite day of the week)

  • If it is 2009, most probably your birthday this year already passed. Add 109 to the number above. You got: N0,000 + 8,800 + 109 = N8,909

  • Look at the resulting number: N8,909
    See how the first digit is exactly the digit your picked at the beginning. Anything you pick N to be (from 1 to 7), it will be the first digit of the resulting number. Here is the first part of the trick.

  • Now, remember that if you take 2009 and deduct the year you were born, you get your age. If you take 3009 or 8009 and deduct the year you were born, the last digits will still show you age. When you deduct your age from the number you got above - N8,909 - the last two digits are still showing your age. This is the second part of the trick for you.

  • Now you are ready to play the trick on anyone around you.


But beware: if your grandma is lucky to be older than 99, and you want to play this trick on her, you will need to change it a bit. You will need 3 last digits, and not two. Right now for a 100 year old person who was born in 1909, you take N8,909 and deduct 1,909, you get N7,000. Last three digits will of course compliment your grandma, but won't do the trick. You need this 000 be 100. So, add one more step: (7) and ask her to add 100 to the resulting number that she got.



Why the trick expires in 2009? Because in 2010 you would need to add 110/109 instead of 109/108 in the step before last. You need your "magic" resulting number (N8,909) to end with the current calendar year digits, be it 09 or 10.



But for the next two weeks you don't need to worry about it. Just copy the steps above and spook your friends and relatives at the Holiday party.

16 comments:

  1. Many thanks to Gary R. for pointing out my mistake in a 100 year old grandma math. It is fixed now. Please never ever hesitate to tell me when I am wrong. We are all just playing around with math here.

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  2. I was doing this and was bummed when it did not come up with my correct age, then I read that you said it expires in 2009! Of course it didn't work. I tried it with the 2010 numbers and, of course, it worked fine. =)

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  3. I read that it expires in 2009 last, and it said I am 7,423! I tried it with the 2010 numbers and it worked great! I can't wait to show of my "talent"!

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    1. Well currently it is 5:43 pm in Tracy California 95391. It is a Wednesday, on the 20th of November. It is 2013, so this trick dose not work for me because it is not 2009 any more. In fact it is almost 2014..... the world has not ended yet. o_o

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  4. What are the 2012 numbers Amber K?

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  5. it doesn't even work! i am 14 and the age was 11. and there was a 9 in the middle of my answer!

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    1. Look carefully at the trick details - I published it a few years ago and in the middle of the description it says: "This trick expires at the end of 2009"

      Why the trick expires in 2009? Because in 2010 you need to add 110/109 instead of 109/108 in the step before last. You need your "magic" resulting number (N8,909) to end with the current calendar year digits, be it 09 or 10.

      Check out other puzzles and stories - most of them work universally, anytime and anywhere.

      Thanks for playing!

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  6. This doesn't work. I tried it and i looked at the last 2 digits of that long number but it didn't say my age. I did what they said. Didn't work


    - DayleLucy101

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  7. My mom asked me to explain to her this "miraculous" help me with math trick she received by email and was shocked to discover is capable to expose her age.

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  8. It said I was 7 and I'm 11 but I guess that was the age I was in 2009 ;/

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  9. I love these "I will guess your AGE" tricks... it seems so uncredible and still it works each time :) The one above is good. I have another one that I made into a youtube video to share with everyone. You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtOYJ2NgsZ4

    Let me know what you think and whether you have more of these. I love them!
    Best, Chris

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  11. hey guys , this is just a rip off

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