Novel Revelation Of A Selected Word

By Corinda

Originality in Presentation will always add to an effect. Method is unimportant compared with dramatic presentation. A superb trick poorly presented will not receive half the ovation that a weak trick will get—if dressed up with showmanship. This is another method of revealing a chosen word. It is quite useless knowing fifty ways to force a word—unless you know some good ways to reveal that knowledge. Your aim should be to learn fifty ways to reveal a word and one way to force it!

A page is torn from a magazine or a book, a number is forced and the word which corresponds with that number is found. You are not supposed to know the number. The page is now mounted on a simple stand—something like a large Billet Stand as described in Step Six. The page is left open wide, hanging from one or two clips. You tell the spectator to imagine that his word, whatever it may be, is written on a slip of paper and then dropped into a glass of water. You take a match and set the page alight—it burns

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falling in ashes with the exception of one small circle of paper. At that point it seems to be fireproof—and when the slip is examined, right in the middle is found the chosen word!

This effect cannot be performed with a large sheet of paper as there is nothing left to support the small fireproofed area. Alternative to the stand, is an ashtray, fold the sheet in half and open out again so that it can be made to stand upright in the tray. If the ash is not disturbed during the burning, the unburnt section hangs in position and stands out clearly to be seen.

To prepare, wet about an inch of the paper which surrounds the force word using a fire-proofing solution like Potassium Alum dissolved in water. Reading through this myself I find it is one of those effects that looks a bit weak when written on paper—but having done it to try it out, I can assure you that it is well worth knowing.

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