Mystic Mosaic
By Professor Spellbinder

Effect:

A round or square tray is shown, along with a plastic bag of multi-colored ceramic and stained glass tiles.

The tiles are mixed and spread out onto the tray. Several spectators place their hands on the edge of the tray (that’s why a circular one works best) and the tray and their hands are covered with a tablecloth.

The Wizard leads them in a mystic chant, and at the end, the tablecloth is removed. It is seen that the tiles have arranged themselves in a pattern, but still just a jumble of tiles.

From a set of design cards, or a Tarot deck, a design is randomly selected by a spectator. The spectators' hands are placed on the edges of the tray and it is covered once again. This time, when the chanting ends, the tiles have arranged themselves as shown in the picture below, matching the design that was visualized by the spectators. A complex design like the one shown below could be imagined by several different spectators, each thinking of one of the parts. The mystery of the complete design could then be the subject of a further divination.

The tiles in the tray are solidly grouted in place and the tray may be used for further divination purposes. Other design possibilities can lend themselves to directional divinations- finding lost objects, or answering questions in ouija-board style. The article explores alternate methods for this. Sources for materials used are also given in the article.

WJ12-09

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