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A double page is taken from a newspaper, torn into sixteen pieces, and handed to a spectator who is asked to count them into a heap on the table, and to stop whenever he wishes.
When this has been done, he is asked to deal the pieces into two alternate heaps, and to take the top piece from each heap, and holding one in each hand, crush them into balls. He then drops one of the balls.
The performer takes the dropped ball, and hands it to another spectator, asking them to read out any headline which may appear on the paper.
An envelope which has been in full view during the whole of the proceedings, is handed to a spectator, and he takes from it a paper on which is written the identical headline.
The beauty of this effect is that everything is done by the spectators, and there is no switch of pieces of paper, nothing is added, and nothing is taken away.
I have played around with the basic principle used in this effect, and have found it most useful. Incidentally, it was also used in a card effect in the first issue of Pabular. The effect is: "Spectator Magician" by Tony Faro. The date of the issue is Sept. 1974.
In this prediction a headline is selected beforehand. It is best if there is a large advertisement or photograph on the other side of the paper, to avoid any confusion on the part of the spectator. If this is not possible, small print can be used, as you ask for a headline.
The double page used should be extracted from a newspaper, apparently at random. The news sheet is torn into sixteen pieces with the selected headline finishing at the bottom.
To illustrate the method (1) shows the double sheet ready for tearing down the centre with the headline selection at the bottom right of the left hand page next to the fold and indicated by X. After tearing in half the right hand piece goes in front of the prediction sheet and the two halves are turned so that the prediction is at the right upper corner (2). The pieces are folded and torn in half and the left hand pieces go in front of the right and the package turned bringing the prediction to the bottom right as in (3).
The pieces are torn in half again and the pieces containing prediction placed behind the others.
After the fourth and final tear the pieces in the right hand containing the headline are turned over and placed under those in the left hand.
In handing the torn pieces to the assisting spectator, the papers are turned over so that the headline is the top piece, but the spectator cannot see it because he is looking at the other side of the pap en
He is asked to put the pieces one at a time, in a heap on the table, and to stop whenever he wishes (The headline is now at the bottom). He is asked to pick up the pieces and to deal them into two heaps, and to take the top pieces, one in each hand, and to crush them into balls.
He drops one of the balls. This is "conjurer's choice". If he drops the headline, all well and good. If not, ask him to open the ball which he has retained. The effect is then brought to a successful conclusion.
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