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Paper Blendos
by Jim Gerrish

In 2006, when Spellbinder and I were working on his new version of the Lu Brent Growing Hat (see Wizards’ Journal #8) using TyvekŪ paper, I began experimenting with using the no-tear paper for several other paper effects that I thought of as “Paper Blendos.” Tyvek is very tough and durable and can be treated like cloth, but printed on like paper.

The great grand-daddy of this idea was the torn and restored newspaper. The Blendo concept is of separate items merging into one large conglomeration of all the items, but starting with a sheet of newspaper and tearing it into small pieces, then restoring them back to the full-sized newspaper is just a step away from the Paper Blendo.

By 2008, others began putting versions of Paper Blendo effects on the commercial magic market, such as Ton Onosaka's "Check It Out" and Danny Archer's Birthday Banner. My version has always been for the "Do It Yourself" magician, easy enough for Wiz Kids to make and perform, versatile enough to fit into any occasion or theme, and strong enough to want to include it in every performance when possible.

In this e-Book, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki takes you step-by-step through the process of building a Merry Christmas banner, which blends assorted Christmas Cards into the large 2 foot by 4 foot banner shown in the above photo (plus a lot of confetti, if you wish). But when you make your own Paper Blendo, feel free to change the theme to birthdays, Halloween, playing cards, industrial advertising messages, political messages, or whatever you need.

Paper Blendos by Jim Gerrish from James Gerrish on Vimeo.

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