By Professor Spellbinder
Based on an idea proposed by Dr.
Steve Murray (docsteve at The Magic Café)
Four people are asked to select
one of the four elements, earth, air, fire, water. As each
chooses, he or she writes down the choice on the front of a
sealed envelope. The last remaining envelope is designated the
"Spirit" element and is hung on a ribbon for later use.
The Tattwa symbols pictured above are also
used in the routine.
Each person also writes a random
number from 1 to 1000, and a date from among the past ten years.
On opening each envelope it is discovered that each envelope
contains a newspaper clipping from the chosen date, and that each
element represents a natural disaster; earthquake, hurricane,
wildfire, flood. In each disaster, the news story states the
number of people killed- the same as the number chosen by each
Before opening the fifth
"Spirit" envelope, a die is rolled to select a random
number from 1 to 6. This matches the exact number of victims
found in a news clipping of a current story in today's paper
about a murderer with a troubled spirit.
Note: The routine as written
requires two assistants, but methods of cutting out one of the
assistants are discussed.
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