Original Air Date:
October 15, 2010
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C and 4
Word on the street: Subtraction
When you take away objects from a group and then count how many are left.
Max the Magician magically appears on Sesame Street and everyone is excited to see some real magic. First, Max takes one scarf from his pocket and puts it with two other scarves to make three scarves: what was two is now three. Everyone wants to know the secret to the trick. Max refuses to tell, but Chris explains that it was actually just addition. Max's next trick involves making cards disappear one by one. Max can't tell how he did it, but Chris explains that when Max threw away each card, it was subtraction. For the last trick, Max gets Big Bird to help him turn one piece of rope into two pieces of rope. Big Bird figures this one out: Max divided it by cutting it into two pieces. All of Max's tricks were actually math.
Max the Magician is stunned that everyone guessed the secrets of his tricks and leaves to find tricks that no one will ever figure out!