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WILL DEXTER

T RY THIS nautical variation of the Chinese

Compass. Take two ten packets of Player's Cigarettes and from each cut the lifebouy bearing the words "Player's Navy Cut" which contains the portrait of the sailor.

Stick the two discs back to back so that the letter "P" in " Player's " on the back disc registers with the "P" on the front disc. Now you have, in effect, a version of the old Chinese compass.

Hold the double-faced disc by the edges between thumb and forefinger of the left hand, with the forefinger over the "P" in " Player's " and the thumb against the "U" in " Cut." By turning the disc in this position the sailor's head on each side is upright.

Change hands, taking the disc again by the edges, but with the right thumb over the "R" in " Player's " and the forefinger over the "A" in " Navy." Now, when the disc is turned the sailor at the back is standing on his head when the disc is turned.

By changing the hold, he can be made to appear lying face down or face up.

A larger version can be made, of course, by using the discs from two 20 packets, but the smaller one lends itself to a further effect. In this, when the disc is handed to the victim to try it for himself, he succeeds in sinking the sailor on the rear disc!

This can be achieved by using a 20 packet as well. From it, cut enough sea and sky (you'll have to join the bits up carefully as you won't cut enough out in one piece) to fill in the lifebouy on a ten packet. Cut out the portrait of the sailor, and fill in the gap with sea and sky. Now glue an unprepared disc behind this one, as above. From a third 10 packet cut the centre part of the lifebuoy, and stick it lightly over the faked disc with wax. Now, when the disc is handed to the victim, the sailor's portrait is slid off between thumb and forefinger, so that when he turns the disc, the back picture shows nothing but sea and sky. He has sunk the unfortunate sailor, together with the two ships in the picture!

This effect inight be done with the larger discs from 20 packets, if you can get hold of one of the old 50 packets, which used to show enough sea and sky to fill in the larger lifebuoy.

Anyway, it makes a change from the Chinese patter, doesn't it?

AN IMPROMPTU TORN NEWSPAPER TEST

EDMUND ROWLAND

T1 HIS IS an impromptu mental effect which can be performed anywhere at any time without any preparation or apparatus at all. All that you require are a borrowed sheet of newspaper (or a page from any fairly large periodical) and an interested spectator.

You begin by tearing the paper into two, then both pieces together to four, again into eight, then into sixteen, and finally into thirty-two pieces. At the same time, you ask for some-one to call out any number less than thirty-two.

The bundle of torn pieces is immediately handed to this person who is asked to count down to the piece which is at that given number. When he has found this freely chosen piece of paper, he is asked to concentrate on what is printed on either side of it.

As he is doing this, you slowly describe it to him in detail!

The explanation is that the " freely chosen " piece of newspaper is forced. This is how it is done in a very clean and natural manner.

Imagine that the sheet of newspaper, before you begin to tear it, is divided into thirty-two equal rectangles. Any one of these can now be made to appear at any given number after tearing if you use the following method of tearing.

This method depends entirely upon your keeping the chosen rectangle amongst the pieces which are held in your right hand after each tear whilst the pieces from the left hand are placed under or on top of them according to this table. It must, of course, be understood that it is only necessary to place the chosen rectangle in one of sixteen possible positions counting from the top, because the other positions, from seventeen to thirty-two can easily be found by turning over the bundle of pieces and counting from what was the bottom).

Required position of the chosen piece of paper: from from the the top bottom

When the Left-hand holds these Nos. of pieces, place them on top of those in the Right-hand. In every other case, place them underneath.

In other words, place the pieces in the Left-hand on top of those in the Right-hand after the—

1

32

0

2

31

1

1st tear

3

30

2

2nd tear

4

29

1+2

1st & 2nd tears

5

28

4

3rd tear

6

27

1+4

1st & 3rd tears

7

26

2 + 4

2nd & 3rd tears

8

25

1+2 + 4

1st, 2nd & 3rd tears

9

24

8

4th tear

10

23

1 + 8

1st & 4th tears

11

22

2 + 8

2nd & 4th tears

12

21

1+2 + 8

1st, 2nd & 4th tears

13

20

4 + 8

3rd & 4th tears

14

19

1+4 + 8

1st, 3rd & 4th tears

15

18

2 + 4 + 8

2nd, 3rd & 4th tears

16

17

1+2+4+8

1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4thtears

You must therefore decide which piece is to be forced before you begin to tear the paper. Any of the rectangles could be used, but from the point of view of learning to do the tearing easily and naturally the best one to force every time is that which is shaded in Figures 1 and 2. This is the piece of paper which is easiest to control, for it is automatically kept amongst the pieces which are retained in the right hand if these are given a quarter turn clockwise after each tear. This movement is shown by the directions and the sequence of the arrows in Figure 1.

1st tear

Each arrow shows the direction of the tear from top to bottom with the pieces held as in 3 so that the chosen piece is always amongst those held in the right hand.

1st tear

Each arrow shows the direction of the tear from top to bottom with the pieces held as in 3 so that the chosen piece is always amongst those held in the right hand.

Using this particular rectangle will mean that the contents of the chosen piece will not always be something, such as part of a headline or a photograph, which is easily memorised by you and quickly identified by the spectator. This is a disadvantage which cannot be avoided, but you ought to be able to get some idea of the contents before you begin the tear (as you are holding up the borrowed newspaper and showing it on both sides to the audience) or even as you are making the first tear.

The given number will also have to be known before you finish the first tear. But as this first tear, with the full sheet of newspaper, will naturally be difficult to do quickly and smoothly, the number need not even be asked for until the tearing is started. It will then be given to you after the paper is torn (once). Anyone trying to remember exactly what you did will tend to remember that the number was given after the paper was torn (completely).

To illustrate the method of tearing more clearly, Figure 2 (a) to (f) show what you would do if the given number was 12 or 21.

(a) After tearing, place the one left-hand piece on top of the right-hand piece.

(b) The chosen piece is now 2nd from the top, or 1st from the bottom. After tearing, place the two left-hand pieces on top of the right-hand pieces.

(c) The chosen piece is now 4th from the top, but still 1st from the bottom. After tearing, place the four left-hand pieces underneath the right-hand pieces.

(d) The chosen piece is still 4th from the top, but is now 5th from the bottom. After tearing place the eight left-hand pieces on top of the right-hand pieces.

(e) The chosen piece is now 12th from the top, but still 5th from the bottom. After tearing, place the sixteen left-hand pieces underneath the right-hand pieces.

(f) The chosen piece is still 12th from the top, but is now 21st from the bottom.

Don't forget to give the right-hand pieces a quarter turn clockwise after each tear.

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