Fantastic Egg Game & Illusion

You can count on this trick to make your friends believe you are a math whiz!

How it looks:

Ask your audience to think of a number between 1 and 29. Then tell them to point to each egg that contains their number. Immediately after doing so, you tell them the number they were thinking of!

What you need:

• 1 copy of each of the above 5 eggs, each on a different coloured paper.
• Counter or hard surface
• Paper & pencil (in case you need to do a little math)
• Adult helper

How it works:

As they touch each egg that contains their number, note the number in the middle of that egg (for example, for the green egg it is 8, while for the blue, it is 4). Add the middle numbers together to find out what number they chose.

Example: Suppose your friend chooses 25 as their number. He taps the green, yellow and white eggs, which correspond to the middle numbers 8, 16, and 1. The sum of these numbers is 25.

Fantastic Egg Illusion – Tangram

A tangram is an ancient Chinese “moving piece” puzzle. The traditional tangram is a square shaped puzzle, but we will be using a special tangram shaped like an egg!

How it looks

You can have a lot of fun with this one. Show your friends how to design a few birds using the shapes outlined in the egg.

What you need:

• 1 copy of the egg above
• Scissors
• Adult Helper

How it works:

Cut out the egg above along the six white lines (ask a parent for help if you wish). With the pieces, make as many patterns as you can. Here are a few bird designs to try!

Cut along the white lines and around the egg.


Sources: Adapted from and ” Magic for beginners : your absolute, quintessential, all you wanted to know, complete guide”- Walter B. Gibson, 1999.