168 entries in Paper / Center Tear
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Theodore Annemann Two Mindreading Publicity Effects center tear presentation as newspaper test or living/dead test
Related toAlso published here 1935 The Jinx (Issue 6) 24
Theodore Annemann The Impromptu Mind Reader center tear
1935 Mental Bargain Effects 14
Herbert Hood A Mental Test Revamped thought-of card divined via center tear, see page 172 for variation by William Larsen
Inspired byAlso published here 1936 The Jinx (Issue 24) 151
Theodore Annemann Center Tear
1936 The Jinx (Issue 27) 167
Unknown The Best Impromptu Mind Reading Trick
1938 Greater Magic 898
Joseph Dunninger The Secret with flash paper addition, using a glass of water, credit claim
Related toAlso published here 1940 The Jinx (Issue 74) 495
Unknown Die Sonne bringt es an den Tag brief explanation of center tear, french translation on page 4 "Dévoilé par le soleil"
1943 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 3) 2
Theodore Annemann Mindreading Publicity Effect center tear presentation as newspaper test
Also published here 1944 Practical Mental Effects 37
Joseph Dunninger The Secret with flash paper addition, using a glass of water, credit claim
Also published here 1944 Practical Mental Effects 56
Herbert Hood A Mental Test Revamped thought-of card divined via center tear
Also published here 1944 Practical Mental Effects 310
Harvey P. Graham Gut Fold center is stolen later with waxed match, instead of a circle he draws a tic tac toe cluster
1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 104) 417
Paul Curry Torn Center Billet Improvement
Related toAlso published here 1947 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 137) 552
Dai Vernon Message in the Flames center tear handling
Related toVariations 1948/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 5 149
Dai Vernon Mental Prediction method to predict anything written up via center tear
1948/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 5 152
Al Baker The New Baker Method reading immediately after tearing
1949 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic) 288
Al Baker New Light on the Center Tear describing standard method
Related to 1949 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic) 288
George B. Anderson Torn Center Deluxe apparently failing, spectator has to write the word again, almost the same as Somerfeld's idea
Related toVariations 1949 It Must Be Mindreading 11
U. F. Grant Fire Reading center tear, center piece sticks to card
Mar. 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 5 & 6) 10
Cliff Lesta Smoke Rays Handling
Inspired by July 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 9 & 10) 13
Robert "Bob" J. Gunther Dark Thoughts thoughts on the center tear, reading the piece in the dark
1950 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950) 4
Victor Jory Jory's Verdict! presentation for center tear
1950 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 203) 810
Al Baker Center Tear Tip
1951 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets) 415
Bob Somerfeld Centear movie presentation, ruse for tearing the paper
Related to 1951 Mind Reader's Digest 6
George Schindler Torn Quartet stealing for centers, one bigger paper
1952 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 249) 996
Ray Hyman Concepts Never Die center tear handling
Variations 1952 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 266) 1062
Dr. William Weyeneth Ein Zettelzerreisstrick using sticky glue on hand to steal center piece
1954 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 4) 201
Harlan Tarbell Long Strip Billet Reading
1954/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 6 214
Irv Weiner Simulated Center Tear
1955 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 333) 141
Jack Yates Thoughts Direct medium reads mind of spectator
Related to 1956 Minds in Duplicate 13
Paul Curry Torn Center
Related toAlso published here 1956 The Best in Magic 210
Tony Corinda (4) A Gem of Mental Magic blindfold and center tear
1958 Blindfolds & X-Ray Eyes 149
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method II two cards only thought of, see also page 9 for Variation
1959 Marlo Meets His Match 6
Tony Corinda (2) The Centre Tear (Corinda Variation) in depth instruction
1959 Billets 166
Punx, Mier (2) Centre Tear (Punx-Mier Variation)
1959 Billets 171
Tony Corinda, Al Koran Centre Tear (One Hand Variation)
Related to 1959 Billets 171
Tony Corinda (4) Centre Tear (Corinda's "Backward" Variation) magician's joke
1959 Billets 173
Tony Corinda (5) Centre Tear (Preparation of the Billet) (a) Folding
(b) Misdirection for the Circle
1959 Billets 174
Tony Corinda (6) Centre Tear (Reading the Billet) when to glimpse
1959 Billets 175
Al Koran "Inexplicable" spectator writes city on a billet and a clipped with a bulldog clip, several more billets are introduced, when touched with a cigarette they vanish, except one on which the same city is noted as on the spectator's billet
1959 Billets 195
Tony Corinda, Theodore Annemann The Crossword Puzzle page marked with big X, word in center memorized and page torn
Related to 1959 Book Tests 211
Milbourne Christopher Für Mental-Magier idea for reading the billet, for smokers
1959 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 20 No. 6) 881
Tom Sellers A Torn Centre Idea tape on note pad
Related to 1960 Magic of the Mind 105
Corvello The Stolen Centre tip, when to read the center
1960 Magic of the Mind 114
Harry Lorayne Tell My Fortune card and word are divined (center tear)
1962 Close-up Card Magic 104
Leo Behnke In the Center amount of change is divined, written on paper
1962 Entertaining Close Up 14
Al Koran The Torn Centre center tear handling
1967 Al Koran's Professional Presentations 32
Karl Fulves New Approach Center Tear billet folded into second paper
Mar. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 5) 168
Bruce Elliott Center Tear Gag for magicians
Apr. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 6) 170
Unknown Basic Move 6 center tear, without explanation
June 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 8) 185
Dai Vernon Mind Reading secret reading after center tear
1970 Expanded Lecture Notes 16
Robert "Bob" J. Gunther Dark Side of the Room living and dead test, one piece of paper, handling for Center Tear, apparently in the dark
Variations 1970 Magick (Issue 2) 9
Frederick M. Shields Astro-Sphere / The Perfect Circle instead of Living and Dead Test zodiac divination
Inspired by 1970 Magick (Issue 3) 14
Jerry Mentzer Center-Steal 'Steal' double sided tape on pad
Related to 1970 Magick (Issue 7) 32
Joseph K. Schmidt Center Tear spectator writes card in center of square paper, cut into four pieces and puzzled together so a center section is missing, can be presented as pseudo center tear, see p. 527 for comment by L. Vosburgh Lyons
Inspired by Feb. 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4) 398
Sydney Bergson Non-Center Tear glimpsing content
Also published here 1972 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 7 26
Unknown Grund Griff Nr. 6 center tear, without explanation
Oct. 1973 Intermagic (Vol. 1 No. 2) 30
Paul Curry Alias Sherlock Holmes center tear presentation, revealing the word by analyzing the burnt paper
1974 Paul Curry Presents 75
Karl Fulves Mind Echo spectator writes memory on slip of paper which is torn and burnt, medium in other room divines it
Nov. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 1) 819
David Douglas For Your Eyes Only ESP symbol and personal information is revealed, method to read torn piece
1974 Magick (Issue 110) 547
Bascom Jones The Mystic Word on Sid Lorraine and the history of the center tear, Jules Lenier
1974 Magick (Issue 112) 560
Mogul Mogul center tear idea and reading it with crystal ball
1975 The Magic of Francis Carlyle 133
Frederick M. Shields The Eyes Have It reading torn piece while removing glasses
1975 Magick (Issue 124) 618
North Bigbee Center Tear different methods to read the torn piece
1975 Magick (Issue 125) 623
Robert Schwarz The Mystic Sums of Glossolalia! sum divination
1975 Magick (Issue 126) 627
Gene Nielsen Centearefinement center tear, routining
1975 Magick (Issue 136) 678
Dai Vernon Center Tear - Billet Test
1976 The First California Lecture 9
Philip T. Goldstein Burnt Offerings assistant reads ashes of a burnt business card and reveals a chosen ESP symbol
1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 7
Philip T. Goldstein Tephramantic Brainwave card written on a piece of paper and burnt, ashes rubbed on an envelope and the name of the card appears, inside the envelope is a deck with the chosen card reversed, wax swami
1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 8
Al Mann The Center Tear Controversy on the history of the first publishing of the center tear, includes Baker, Thompson, Loraine, Dunninger, Sunshine, plus other takes on the center tear, The Sans Tear Center Method (Annemann), The Unseen Tear (Ron Baillie) and Sealed and Torn Messages (Al Mann)
Related to 1976 Mental-Ettes 13
Al Mann Gemel's Messages alternative center tear handling, no pre-fold and lengthier questions possible
1976 Mental-Ettes 18
Al Mann The Tretology of Dionysus center tear method, four questions can be stolen
1976 Mental-Ettes 19
Al Mann The Mystic Chalice requisite for burning the papers when doing a center tear or other billet routines
1976 Mental-Ettes 19
Marvin Miller Cop-Out! center tear, billet in envelope
1976 Magick (Issue 154) 768
Jack Bridwell Sun Sign zodiac design for center tear
1977 Magick (Issue 177) 882
Theodore Annemann Ne Plus Ultra Reading Method reprint from Thayer's "Trick of the Month" club, August 1932
1978 The Apodosis 1
Al Mann Nothing More Beyond history of the center tear
1978 The Apodosis 3
Al Mann, Al Baker Al Baker's Masterwork on Baker's improvements
Related to 1978 The Apodosis 6
Al Mann The Improvisitor impromptu version of Baker's center tear, in depth explanation
Related to 1978 The Apodosis 7
Al Mann Flight of the Phoenix different center tear handling
1978 The Apodosis 12
Unknown, Al Baker The Umbrella Move
Related to 1978 The Apodosis 13
Al Mann Through the Magic Door coincidence, spectator and performer select the same word from a newspaper, center tear with marked word in a newspaper
1978 The Apodosis 14
Richard Osterlind The Ultimate Center Tear
1978 The Apodosis 17
Al Mann Another Chapter on the Center Tear on the history of the Center Tear, on Joe Ovette, Annemann, Sid Lorraine
1978 The Tesseract 12
Al Mann What is it? letter from Sid Lorraine to Al Mann about the history of the Center Tear, comments by Mann and xerox of Lorraine's notes from 1928, copy of the manuscript "What is it?" by Joseph Ovette from 1931
1978 The Tesseract 12
Al Mann Don Pedro story of Don Pedro from Buenos Aires, witnessing a center tear and ashes on arm routine in 1926
1978 The Tesseract 18
Harry G. Franke Window Lights method to read stolen center, matchbook
1978 Magick (Issue 202) 1009
Al Mann The Azonic Rent method for the center tear, based on Mann's "The Azonic Force"
1979 Acidus Plus 10
Al Mann The Secret of Abonutichus message reading from sealed envelope, like a center tear
Related to 1979 Acidus Plus 14
Harvey Rosenthal Center Tear dummy center piece added to pieces, see also p. 1197
1979 The Chronicles (Issue 14) 1195
Edmund Rowland Edmund Rowland's Center Tear motivation for writing in center
Also published here
  • Magic Wand, Dec. 1954
1979 The Chronicles (Issue 14) 1197
David (Foote) Drake Watch It! divining an appointment and a time, written down on paper
1979 Magick (Issue 231) 1153
Karrell Fox "Theyduit" Center Tear spectator tears billet himself
1979 Another Book 134
Karl Fulves Crystal Clear No. 36, secret one-handed center tear with napkin as it is burned
1979 Self-Working Mental Magic 57
Robert Siepielski X, Y, & Z justification for writing in the middle for a center tear
1980 Magick (Issue 252) 1258
Thomas Alan Waters Center-Tear analysis and handling
Related to 1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 166
Thomas Alan Waters, Jack Avis The Occultear secretly tearing the center
  • Writing Materials
  • The Area of Writings
  • The Fold
  • The Tear
Related to 1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 171
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 1 (Close-Up) q&a for one person
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 174
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 2 (Close-Up) handling variation
Related to
  • C. L. Boarde's "Question and Answer, Variation C" in "Mainly Mental, Vol. One" p.78
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 175
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 3 (Stage) with a bulldog clip
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 177
Thomas Alan Waters Variant Routine (With Dobrin Slate) flap to hide center
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 178
Thomas Alan Waters Triton a red, white, and blue billet are in a bulldog clip, which select a category each, aspectator selects one of three categories and choses a word from that category, which he writes down, the word is predicted on one of the three billets
Inspired by
  • Jack Avis' "Chronokinesis" in Peter Warlock's "Pentagram", Vol. 8, No. 4. P. 25.
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 178
Thomas Alan Waters Concluding Remarks
1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 179
Thomas Alan Waters Geometear two objects are written on two pieces of paper, one is selected and the word divined
Related to 1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt) 184
Bascom Jones, Steve Shoemaker The Mystic Word on the death of Ray Hafler, justification idea for center tear by Steve Shoemaker
1981 Magick (Issue 280) 1400
George Moore Psi Surge receiving several bits of information using one center tear
1981 Magick (Issue 283) 1412
David Avadon XYZ variation of the stealing of the center piece, wax
1981 Magick (Issue 285) 1422
Don Camp Word Games piece of newspaper page is torn and word selected, divination by performer
1981 Magick (Issue 287) 1433
Al Mann The Gemel Con! center tear / steal handling
1981 Magick (Issue 295) 1471
Al Mann The Wocus Center-Tear combination CT and Wocus II
1982 The Wocus Legacy 8
Gene "Phantini" Grant Phantini's Center Tear Method no steal method
1982 The Knight's Gambit 13
Al Mann, Ron Baillie Baillie's Gem with perforated cards, stealing part of billet
Inspired by
  • "The Secret Center-Tear" in Ron Baillie's "Universal Mind"
1982 Of Gifts and Talents 13
Henry H. Fields Century 300 handling for center tear for design duplication
1982 Magick (Issue 300) 1497
Juan Tamariz Telepatia Colectiva two routines using the center tear, multiphase routine, combination with pencil reading and fishing
1982 Magia Potagia — Volume II 49
Edward Marlo Tears Without Tears instant Reading
1983 Marlo without Tears 158
Edward Marlo Tears Without Tears 2 instant Reading
1983 Marlo without Tears 312
Thomas Alan Waters, Tony Corinda, Tom Sellers Dubbook x is marked somewhere in the book, then a page is torn and again a x drawn on it, two words are divined, one by telepathy and one by clairvoyance
Inspired by 1983 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Mindscript 1: The Book Test) 373
Unknown Center Tear
1983 Baker's Capers 25
Fredric Kolb The Swedenborg Predictions prediction in bulldog clip
Oct. 1984 Magick (Issue 340) 1697
Robert Cassidy Centerburn burnt paper, bulldog clip protects corner
1984 The Art of Mentalism 85
Jeff Busby Introduction with information on center tears
1986 The Surrounded Slow-Motion Center Tear i
Richard Osterlind The Surrounded Slow-Motion Center Tear with credit information
  • The Paper and its Preparation
  • The Mechanics
  • Comments
Variations 1986 The Surrounded Slow-Motion Center Tear 1
Richard Osterlind The Routine mindreading with center tear
1986 The Surrounded Slow-Motion Center Tear 13
Richard Osterlind Speed Tear with handling variation
1986 The Surrounded Slow-Motion Center Tear 16
Simon Lovell Centre Tear Tip Divine spectator's name (with tips of handling centre tears)
1989 Close Up Magic To Tapdance To 51
Rudolf Braunmüller Aufsitzer & Bierwetten collection of bar bets
  • Verschiedene Wetten
    • Die dreifache Gemeinheit (drinking shot glass under hat without touching)
    • Für Trinkfeste (drinking three beers faster than someone else three shot glasses)
    • Beantwortungs-Wetten
    • Münzenwetten
    • Eine Pokerwette (cards taken openly from face-up deck, yet spectator loses)
    • Die nächste Karte, die ich umdrehe, ist Ihre! (Circus Card trick)
  • Zauberer-Wetten (for magicians)
    • Der Center Tear
    • Der Münzenschnipper
    • Mental-Farbwürfel
    • Der Faro-Mischkünstler
June 1991 Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 2) 79
Karl Fulves Mental Lock envelope and billet system for reading, center tear by openly cutting off corners of envelopes
1993 Rigmarole (Issue 2) 17
Al Mann Twin Tear two center tears with newspaper sheet
Inspired by
  • "Gemel's Messages" in "Mental-Ettes" 1978
1994 Challenges 7
Ted Lesley Dissertation on the Center Tear on the presentation of the center tear and billet reading, with several anecdotes
1994 Paramiracles 93
John Riggs The Center Scissor Steal center tear handling, for stealing the piece
1995 The Magic of John Riggs 68
Patrik Kuffs Hands of Time two spectators select same time, using watch
1995 Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 6) 110
Dave Arch Double Divination zodiac sheet for Center Tear and with mnemonic aid for Grismer's "What's Your Sign?"
1996 Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 10) 130
Karl Fulves 12 Have Died "The Impromptu Bullet Catch"
spectator writes "bullet" on paper, folded and torn up and tossed (or shot) on performer, performer has piece with spectator's writing in mouth, with two more variations posed as problems
1997 The Fine Print (Issue 5) 117
Max Holden Center Tear credit information, Joseph Ovette
Also published here
  • Linking Ring 9/1946
1998 The Fine Print (Issue 7) 172
Paul Alberstat No Sleight Centre Tear
Inspired by Feb. 1998 Mind & Magic Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 8) 13
Jas Jakutsch For the Visually Impaired (Or Just to be Safe) when you can not read the center, either because of poor eyesight or bad handwriting
1999 Completely Mental — Vol. 1 24
Barrie Richardson Center Shtick post-it note
Related to
  • "Lightning Centre Tear" (Barrie Richardson, Club 71, Winter 1998)
1999 Theater of the Mind 184
Simon Lovell Center Tear
2000 Son of Simon Says! 178
Paul Curry Center Tear Handling
Inspired byRelated to 2001 Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond 264
Tony Bartolotta Jigsaw Puzzle clear plastic bag with torn colored paper pieces, three spectators take three paper pieces and write word, number and picture, pieces torn up and mixed with the rest, performer reaches in and locates the right pieces that combine to the spectators's writing
Related to 2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 6) 215
Jack Avis Off-centre tear
2002 Ahead of the Pack 267
Juan Tamariz Collective Telepathy divination of name written on a billet, whole audience divines the name
  • First Routine
  • Second Routine
Oct. 2002 Genii (Vol. 65 No. 10) 52
Al Baker Center Tear Handling
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magazines) 663
Robert Cassidy Principium 4 "Varying your methods keeps you one step ahead of the dilettantes.", method to read center tear piece
2004 The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy 61
Robert Cassidy Spellbilleted information of two numbered and destroyed billets is divined
2004 The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy 140
Barrie Richardson Business Card Center Tear
Also published here
  • Club 71, Winter 1998
2005 Act Two 251
Barrie Richardson Post-It Note Center Tear
Also published here
  • Club 71, Halloween 1999
2005 Act Two 256
Andrew Baroch Off-Center Tear with tweezers
Nov. 2007 Genii (Vol. 70 No. 11) 25
Axel Hecklau Der Center Tear divination of a famous person, structure and handling of center tear
2008 "Details" 24
Jamy Ian Swiss Free Association two geometric shapes and a word are divined
Also published here 2012 Dichotomies 41
Karrell Fox Center Tear Glimpse
2012 Dichotomies 43
Jamy Ian Swiss Acidus Quadraticus Probabilis four things written in four quadrants of a billet are divined
Related to 2012 Dichotomies 49
Richard Osterlind, Alberto de Figueiredo Center Tear
Inspired by 2013 Magia Demente 33
Robert Cassidy The Rainbow Pad pad for the one hand center tear, how and when to read center
Related to 2013 The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy — Volume 2: Fundamentals 166
Colin McLeod Billet Ballet... thoughts on using billets, justification
  • The Center Tear
  • Billet Peeks in General...
2014 Divine 136
Michael Murray Why Write Down a Thought? thoughts on using billets, justification
2014 A Piece Of My Mind 126
Luke Jermay Old Faithful center tear handling
Mar. 2014 Genii (Vol. 77 No. 3) 52
Jorge "The Jack" Garcia No Read Center Tear password is divined
2015 7 Mysteries of Mentalism 67
Christoph Borer Center Tear Handling with two billets
2016 21 134
Andy (The Jerx) The Miracle Worker Divine word written on billet - presentation involves magician eating and tasting the billet to sense the word
2016 The Jerx 93
Andy (The Jerx) Shutterlock Divine words written on billet - presentation involves taking a group photo of spectators imagining reacting to the words they wrote
2016 The Jerx 97
Jim Steinmeyer The Second City
  • Conjuring
three spectators write down cities on billets, two billets are torn up, in the end all cities are divined, a stooge does a center tear
Inspired by
  • "Sheer Information" (R. Macaire, New Invocation)
June 2016 Genii (Vol. 79 No. 6) 24
Paul Vigil Center Tear Presentation as a follow-up to previous routine
2017 The Doors of Deception 24
Unknown Center Tear reading in process of tearing
2017 Hojas Sueltas 51
Al Koran Center Tear von Al Koran
2018 Mentale Notizen 57
Jamy Ian Swiss Free Association two geometric shapes and a word are divined
Also published here 2018 A Visit to England 39
Karrell Fox Center Tear Glimpse
2018 A Visit to England 41
Asi Wind 3-D Telepathy three spectators write on billets, one chosen and content divined, then other two divined
2019 Paper Work 1
Asi Wind Obtaining Information
  • Center Tears
  • Peeks
  • Billet Switches
  • Peek Wallets
  • Impression Devices
  • Apps
  • Playing Cards
  • Research
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