

magicman02 Veteran user 321 Posts 
I have a question regarding the classic 37 effect. I do it all the time, but lately I think I been doing it wrong. Do you tell someone to think of a ODD number between 150 but use different digits OR do you tell them to just think of a number between 150 and use different digits? Do you emphasize the ODD factor at all?

sludge Special user milton keynes, england 529 Posts 
Reread Banacheks Psychological Subtleties, it tells you there.

Pit Boss Special user 538 Posts 
I always thought it was "think of any 2 digit number between 1 and 50, both digits must be odd and both different from each other." Is this correct?

magicman02 Veteran user 321 Posts 
I cant find my banachek book to check out the proper presentation, but I think Pit Boss you are right.

chicagoman Regular user 110 Posts 
Pit Boss, you got it but magicman, there are subtleties than just giving out those instructions. Think about it. You don't want them to think there is something in those instructions. Make it seem like it's a test and you're working together.

landmark Inner circle within a triangle 4808 Posts 
Some people feel that it helps if you add, "Both different digits, for example, it can't be 11." The thinking is that this tends to keep away answers in the teens. Experiment, thoughit depends on the kind of person you're dealing with.
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Clinton Wayne Regular user 148 Posts 
Sounds like mathemagic to me..run clinton run LEL ! Is there a simple number one that has a semilar effect on a layman ?

fudge New user 34 Posts 
A few little helpers for this, I use, 2 different odd digits, so you cannot have 11 but you could have 15, but rememeber any number between one and FIFTY (EMPHASISE HERE  PUSHES THEM SLIGHTLY TOWARDS THAT END)

DanielLove Loyal user UK 265 Posts 
Do people really still use this?
Its the sort of thing you get in circular office emails. I don't think it's really going to fool all that many people. Maybe a good example of how we all make similar choices, but not as an effect in itself. 
DoctorAmazo Special user Florida 643 Posts 
I do it with TWO people (and three slips of paper). I ask the first to "write down a number between zero and fifty. Both digits are odd, but not the same number...so you couldn't use 11 or 33. Now make sure I can't see it." (That's the exact wording I use.) I then look at them as if scanning their "brainwaves" and write "35", then cross it out and write "37" in the upper half of my paper.
Then I tell the other person "I want you to write down a number between 50 and 100, but make your digits even and not the same". I go thru the same prediction routine and write "68" near the bottom of my paper. I put my paper face down and say "OK, I'm committed. Let's see what you wrote." I then reveal my predictions. I have ALWAYS gotten at least one correct...usually both. Sometimes the first is 35 or sometimes the second is 86, but you can blow this off with "Ah, that was my first guess" or "I got the digits, just not the order." You are virtually guaranteed to have 2 miracles, or one miracle and a semimiracle. I used to miss occasionally using just "37". But the odds of both failing are really small, using the language I use. I would credit this approach but I don't remember where I picked it up. Sankey, Harlan, or Maven, I think... 
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