What You Need:
- A sheet of blank paper, folded into thirds
- 3 pencils
- 3 friends
- Tear the paper neatly along the folds so that you have three sheets of equal size. The smaller sheets may seem identical, but actually the center sheet is ragged on two sides, while the end sheets are ragged only on one side. No one will notice this, but you will see it is an important difference, which will help you succeed with this trick!
- Hand the center sheet and a pencil to someone in your audience. Ask them to write any number and to fold the sheet into thirds. Tell the participant to concentrate on their number.
- Hand the remaining sheets and pencils to two other audience members. Ask them to write numbers and to fold the sheets into thirds.
- Collect the papers and scramble them.
- Pull out the first volunteers sheet. You’ll know it’s theirs because it’s the only sheet with two ragged edges. Hold up the sheet and ask the volunteer if it is their number, and they will be amazed that you picked the right one!