Business Card Center Tear

Coloring Book Magic Trick Revealed

The classic center tear can be a powerful weapon for discovering written information. The best demonstration I ever saw was done by Eddie Fields in a Chicago bar in the 1970s. He treated the folded slip with complete indifference as he ripped it up quickly, and casually dropped the pieces into an ashtray. He then lit a cigarette and went on to reveal my thoughts. There was no fumbling, no apparent opportunity to look at the paper and no nervous patter while stalling for time. In recent years...