This is a variation of Arthur
Emerson's 1983 invention, Pegasus Page. While the
original was never intended to be a mental effect, mentalists
adopted it as one. My version attempts to complete the
transformation of a simple magic trick into a mentalist's dream
come true, and a demonstration of true psychic teleportation- bit
by bit and molecule by molecule.
Effect: A page is torn from a book and placed between two
pieces of cardboard, taped so they hinge like a book. Two more
hinged pieces of cardboard are given to a second spectator. After
a few minutes of concentrating, the mentalist asks Spectator 1 to
open her cardboard folder and see if the page has begun to
disappear. She notes that a tiny corner of the page has vanished.
The other spectator finds the tiny corner of the page within her
You should be able to match the torn corner from Folder 2 to the
page with the missing corner in Folder 1.
The test goes on with the folders closed. This time when they are
opened, about half the page has dematerialized from Folder 1 and
rematerialized in Folder 2.
Once again, you should be able to match the half page from Folder
2 with the half page in Folder 1. The torn edges and the wording
should all match. Also, it should be noted that there is a sort
of mark where you stopped the process before, at the previously
Again the two folders are closed and after some time reopened.
This time the page is completely gone from Folder 1 (except
perhaps for some dust left behind) and is now found in Folder 2.
The page should display "mend" marks where the
"materialization process" was previously halted, both
at the torn corner and the half-way page mark.
It is taken over to the book and verified that it is the same
page that was ripped from the book. Both the page and the book
can be handed out as a souvenir.
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