Metroplex Math Circle’s first ever Special Presentation was a great success! Over 330 people attended Dr. Arthur Benjamin’s presentation which demonstrated amazing feats of mental calculation.
Dr. Benjamin amazed the crowd with his ability to multiply and square 4 and 5 digit numbers in his head. But unlike other magicians, because Dr. Benjamin’s “tricks” are based on mathematics he is willing to show the crowd his secrets. One of the many things that Dr. Benjamin taught was the ability to quickly find the day of the week a person will celebrate their birthday in the past, present or future.
After his formal presentation, Dr. Benjamin took questions from the audience and gave informative and entertaining responses. One such question led to a rare singing performance of a song about Pi! After the performance, Dr. Benjamin was extremely generous with his time signing autographs and talking with the students.
Attendees had high praise for Dr. Benjamin and his performance, including:
“This was FANTASTIC! I have always wanted to know how to figure out what day of the week a birthday was on. Now I can do that and square a 2 digit number in my head! I will be bugging friends with that parlor trick for a while….I am worse than the kids LOL Emma and Olivia couldn’t go to sleep they were still so excited from the presentation.”
“Our whole family attended and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation an Encore would be wonderful!”
“My family enjoyed Dr. Benjamin tremendously. We could have listened to him all night. Thank you so much for having him at Mathcircle. It was truly a night to remember.”
“My husband and daughter attended last night and really enjoyed the presentation. Thanks to all who worked to put it together!!”
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