Whitleigh Community Primary School, Lancaster Gardens, Whitleigh, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 4AA

Tel: 01752 706383

Main Contact: Lisa Richards


Chair of Governors: John Bale

Whitleigh Community Primary School

Children at the heart of the school - School at the heart of community

11th March 2022

You will need 10 coins to make a pyramid as shown in the picture above.


Now the “trick” as you explain it to your friends is to invert this pyramid in only three moves, moving only one coin at a time. They can only move three coins total. Unless they have seen this before, they will be pretty stumped. You will then show them in three easy moves.


One: Switch the bottom-left coin to the 2nd from the top row on the right side.

Two: Move the bottom-right coin again to the 2nd from the top row on the right side.

Three: Move the top coin to the center of the bottom.