In the last issue I presented "The Human Printing Press." I thought "The Human Eraser" would be the perfect follow-up. This is a neat little itan I which can be adapted to fit in several different routines. In effect, the magician actually becomes a human eraser. Someone can write something on a piece of paper and the magician can then use (any) one of his fingers to erase what was written. Afterward, everything can be examined.
Even if you decide not to use it, at least read the method through so that you'll be able to use it for other effects later. To accomplish the effect, all you need is a piece of paper, a pencil or pen, and a bottle of rubber cement. The writing instrument can be anything that isn't too sharp and doesn't offer too much resistance. Otherwise, it will scrape the rubber cement off the paper and we'll all look silly. To illustrate how it works, place an even coating of rubber cement on the piece of paper. A business card is ideal for this use. When the coat dries it will be invisible. Now take a pen and gently write something across the paper«, You must allow the ink to dry or you'll have a mess when you try to erase it. Once it has dried, take your finger and rub the whole coated area as if your finger was an eraser. You must rub the whole area so that there won't be any clues to the method left when you're finished. It will appear as if everything was being erased by an eraser. Even the
little rubber specks are identical in I appearance to those produced by an eraser. I When you have completely removed all of I the rubber cement, the writing will have disappeared as well. Now everything can be passed for examination.
Obviously, you can use this close-up by writing down a prediction and then changing your mind. You reach for an eraser and find you don't have one. You then erase what's on the card or paper by magic. If you wish, you can even use a borrowed finger. (I personally have had several offered by members of the audience in the past.)
This use is fine but I prefer a more elaborate version. I use it as an updated close-up version of Norman Ashworth8s "Before Your Eyes" from the classic Aimemann's Practical Mental Effects. Instead of slates you'll use your business card so that you can leave than with it» (Also, you'll notice that I didn't dumny up ny illustrations like the ones in the Annemann book. If you erase his first slate, you don't get his second slate. Apparently, the spaces between the words vanish when the slate is erased.)
In effect, the magician removes his business card and places it blank side down on the table. He says that there is a prediction on the other side. He has a card selected and replaced in the deck. "Let's see how well I did on my prediction." The spectator turns over the card and sees an incomplete prediction. Jjj
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