Figure Four

You may criss-cross two of these Band-Aids over each eye, as shown in Figure Six, to make it appear that sight is totally impossible. This is my preference.

There are two reasons why I am partial to the use of these Band-Aids: First, you bring them out of the standard box still secured in their original paper wrappers and have a spectator remove the wrapping. Second, there seems to be an almost universal belief that Band-Aids stick tightly and there is always pain when they are removed. When you have the volunteer remove not only the wrapper, but the plastic backing of the Band-Aid, the spectators will see how sticky it is and no one will doubt that the bandages are stuck firmly to your face. Later, when you remove them, you can squirm and go through all manner of painful contortions to make it seem even more dramatic. The effect becomes even more impossible in the aftermath as you pound home that the Band-Aids were keeping your eyes absolutely blocked shut.

FIGURE FIVE FIGURE SIX

I usually place the Band-Aids over my eyes myself, and then have the spectator press them down firmly as each is attached. This insures that they are placed in precisely the right places. Actually, after there is one over each eye (if you use the crisscross method) the spectators will have to hand you the other two. In this case you merely guide their hands in putting them on. And, remember, you only need to be able to see out of one eye.

I feel that the Band-Aid idea alone is enough to be very convincing. I don't feel you need any dough, coins, gauze pads, or the like. You'll also find this fits the bill from a practical performing standpoint: you don't have to carry around extra coins, tape, gauze pads, scissors, and the rest. In addition, you don't have to worry where you're going to stick the cut pieces of tape before you do the effect. You won't have to worry about the tape getting stuck to itself delaying the effect or even necessitating cutting a new piece — if that should happen with a Band-Aid, just toss it away and have the spectator remove another from the box. And, finally, your audience will be more convinced that a Band-Aid fresh from the wrapper is less likely to be gimmicked than a bunch of tape, coins, and the rest.

With the Band-Aids criss-crossed over each eye and the Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold tightly in place and minutely inspected by assistants from the audience, there won't be one person in a thousand who will believe you can still see.

You can now proceed with any effect or routine that you have in mind. But, please remember that all of the above is not really necessary if the use of the blindfold is secondary to the effect. The secret of the Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold is so subtle that it is extremely convincing.

In April of 1987,1 used the Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold along with this method of sealing my eyes for a newspaper interview. The interview turned out to be a full newspaper page. The photos below were taken by the reporter and show me with the first set of Band-Aids over my eyes, and with the blindfold on. During the interview I got an "impression" of an object I simply passed my hands over and read a newspaper headline by simply passing my hands over the print, as shown in the photos.

The point of these photos is not self-advertising or bragging, but to show you how convincing this method of sealing the eyes is (and the shot shows only the first two Band-Aids on) and the angles from which you can still see while wearing the Apex Stainless Steel Blindfold.

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