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The best way to understand this is to try it. Write down the numbers noted in our example. Starting with the top row and working your way down, choose one number from each row, cross it out and write it down to generate a new four-digit number. Each chosen number is written to the right of the previous one. That's your first four-digit number and it is probably different from the one given in our example.

In the same manner choose four more numbers to construct a second four-digit number under the first. Four numbers remain from the original sum. In performance David simply says, "That leaves us with just four numbers." He calls them out, from top to bottom, and quickly writes them down as the final line. If you now total your new sum, you'll find that it adds up to 15,251 as well.

In performance, keep the presentation brisk and make the calculations openly and clearly. If you enjoy performing the routine, the audience will enjoy watching it. Add Infinitum has another curious property, one from which it derives its title. Having constructed a new set of numbers you can use exactly the same method to arrive at yet another prediction ad infinitum. The audience can rearrange the numbers a second time and once again your gift of mathematical prophecy will prove 100% accurate. It can be repeated again and again, ad infinitum, ad nauseum as it were!

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