Reading Minds

Pick a number from 1 to 10.
Multiply that number by 9.
If there are two digits in that number, add the two
of them together.
Subtract 5 from this number.
Correspond that number to its position in the
alphabet. (1 is A; 2 is B; etc.)
Think of the name of a country in Europe that
starts with this letter.
Use the last letter of that country’s name to choose
a large land animal.
Use the last letter of that animal’s name to think of
a colour.
Hey, guess what?
There’s no such thing as orange
kangaroos in Denmark.
Mind reading
Try this mind reading game on a friend. Ask him or her to follow these instructions
(cautioning them to keep their answers in their head):
1. pick a number between 1 and 9;
2. subtract 5;
3. multiply by 3;
4. square the number (multiply by the same number);
5. add the digits until you get a single digit (for example, say your number was 64:
64 = 6 + 4 = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1);
6. if the number is less than 5, add 5; otherwise subtract 4;
7. multiply by 2;
8. subtract 6;
9. relate the number you now have with a letter in the alphabet where 1 = A, 2 = B,
3 = C and so on;
10. pick the name of a country that begins with that letter;
11. use the second letter of the country and think of an animal that begins with that
12. think of the colour of the animal.
When your friend has done all this, tell him or her that they're thinking about a grey
elephant from Denmark and watch the surprise in their face as they realise you've
successfully predicated the outcome.