193 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 Mar. 1935
The Jinx (Issue 6)
Theodore Annemann The Impromptu Mind Reader center tear
1935 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 Sep. 1936
The Jinx (Issue 24)
Theodore Annemann Center Tear
Dec. 1936
The Jinx (Issue 27)
The Best Impromptu Mind Reading Trick
1938 898
Joseph Dunninger The Secret with flash paper addition, using a glass of water, credit claim
Related toAlso published here Jan. 1940
The Jinx (Issue 74)
Die Sonne bringt es an den Tag brief explanation of center tear, french translation on page 4 "Dévoilé par le soleil"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 3)
Theodore Annemann Mindreading Publicity Effect center tear presentation as newspaper test
Also published here 1944 37
Joseph Dunninger The Secret with flash paper addition, using a glass of water, credit claim
Also published here 1944 56
Herbert Hood A Mental Test Revamped thought-of card divined via center tear
Also published here 1944 310
Harvey P. Graham Gut Fold center is stolen later with waxed match, instead of a circle he draws a tic tac toe cluster
Apr. 1946 417
Paul Curry Torn Center Billet Improvement
Related toAlso published here Oct. 1947 552
Dai Vernon Message in the Flames center tear handling
Related toVariations 1948/27 149
Dai Vernon Mental Prediction method to predict anything written up via center tear
1948/27 152
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 11
U. F. Grant Fire Reading center tear, center piece sticks to card
Mar. 1949 10
Cliff Lesta Smoke Rays Handling
Inspired by July 1949 13
Al Baker Chapter 2: New Light on the Center Tear introductory comments
Related toAlso published here 1949 10
Al Baker The New Baker Method reading immediately after tearing
Also published here 1949 12
Robert "Bob" J. Gunther Dark Thoughts thoughts on the center tear, reading the piece in the dark
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950)
Victor Jory Jory's Verdict! presentation for center tear
May 1950 810
Bob Somerfeld Centear movie presentation, ruse for tearing the paper
Related to 1951 6
Al Baker Center Tear Tip
Also published here 1951 66
George Schindler Torn Quartet stealing for centers, one bigger paper
Feb. 1952 996
Ray Hyman Concepts Never Die center tear handling
Variations Oct. 1952 1062
Dr. William Weyeneth Ein Zettelzerreisstrick using sticky glue on hand to steal center piece
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 4)
Harlan Tarbell Long Strip Billet Reading
1954/27 214
Irv Weiner Simulated Center Tear
Nov. 1955 141
Jack Yates Thoughts Direct medium reads mind of spectator
Related to 1956 13
Paul Curry Torn Center
Related toAlso published here 1956 210
Tony Corinda (4) A Gem of Mental Magic blindfold and center tear
1958 149
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method II two cards only thought of, see also page 9 for Variation
1959 6
Tony Corinda (2) The Centre Tear (Corinda Variation) in depth instruction
1959 166
Punx, Mier (2) Centre Tear (Punx-Mier Variation)
1959 171
Tony Corinda, Al Koran Centre Tear (One Hand Variation)
Related to 1959 171
Tony Corinda (4) Centre Tear (Corinda's "Backward" Variation) magician's joke
1959 173
Tony Corinda (5) Centre Tear (Preparation of the Billet) (a) Folding
(b) Misdirection for the Circle
1959 174
Tony Corinda (6) Centre Tear (Reading the Billet) when to glimpse
1959 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 195
Tony Corinda, Theodore Annemann The Crossword Puzzle page marked with big X, word in center memorized and page torn
Related to 1959 211
Milbourne Christopher Für Mental-Magier idea for reading the billet, for smokers
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 20 No. 6)
Tom Sellers A Torn Centre Idea tape on note pad
Related to 1960 105
Corvello The Stolen Centre tip, when to read the center
1960 114
Harry Lorayne Tell My Fortune card and word are divined (center tear)
1962 104
Leo Behnke In the Center amount of change is divined, written on paper
1962 14
Al Koran The Torn Centre center tear handling
1968 32
Karl Fulves New Approach Center Tear billet folded into second paper
Mar. 1968 168
Bruce Elliott Center Tear Gag for magicians
Apr. 1968 170
Basic Move 6 center tear, without explanation
June 1968 185
Dai Vernon Mind Reading secret reading after center tear
Also published here 1970 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)
Frederick M. Shields Astro-Sphere / The Perfect Circle instead of Living and Dead Test zodiac divination
Inspired by 1970
Magick (Issue 3)
Jerry Mentzer Center-Steal 'Steal' double sided tape on pad
Related to 1970
Magick (Issue 7)
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 398
Sydney Bergson Non-Center Tear glimpsing content
Also published here 1972 26
Dr. Jacob Daley Daley's Wrinkle For A Good Trick No. 209, spectator divines the card the performer is thinking of, center tear
1972 50
Notoria Improvement No. 469, card and geometric figure divined, cryptic, center tear and key card
1972 131
Grund Griff Nr. 6 center tear, without explanation
Oct. 1973
Intermagic (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Paul Curry Alias Sherlock Holmes center tear presentation, revealing the word by analyzing the burnt paper
1974 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 819
David Douglas For Your Eyes Only ESP symbol and personal information is revealed, method to read torn piece
Magick (Issue 110)
Bascom Jones The Mystic Word on Sid Lorraine and the history of the center tear, Jules Lenier
Magick (Issue 112)
Mogul Mogul center tear idea and reading it with crystal ball
1975 133
Frederick M. Shields The Eyes Have It reading torn piece while removing glasses
Magick (Issue 124)
North Bigbee Center Tear different methods to read the torn piece
Magick (Issue 125)
Robert Schwarz The Mystic Sums of Glossolalia! sum divination
Magick (Issue 126)
Gene Nielsen Centearefinement center tear, routining
Magick (Issue 136)
Gerald Kosky Torn Billet sticking center piece on shirt sleeve
1975 118
Dai Vernon Center Tear - Billet Test
1976 9
Philip T. Goldstein Burnt Offerings assistant reads ashes of a burnt business card and reveals a chosen ESP symbol
1976 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 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 13
Al Mann Gemel's Messages alternative center tear handling, no pre-fold and lengthier questions possible
Also published here 1976 18
Al Mann The Tretology of Dionysus center tear method, four questions can be stolen
1976 19
Al Mann The Mystic Chalice requisite for burning the papers when doing a center tear or other billet routines
1976 19
Marvin Miller Cop-Out! center tear, billet in envelope
Magick (Issue 154)
Jack Bridwell Sun Sign zodiac design for center tear
Magick (Issue 177)
Theodore Annemann Ne Plus Ultra Reading Method reprint from Thayer's "Trick of the Month" club, August 1932
1978 1
Al Mann Nothing More Beyond history of the center tear
1978 3
Al Mann, Al Baker Al Baker's Masterwork on Baker's improvements
Related to 1978 6
Al Mann The Improvisitor impromptu version of Baker's center tear, in depth explanation
Related to 1978 7
Al Mann Flight of the Phoenix different center tear handling
1978 12
, Al Baker The Umbrella Move
Related to 1978 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 14
Richard Osterlind The Ultimate Center Tear
1978 17
Al Mann Another Chapter on the Center Tear on the history of the Center Tear, on Joe Ovette, Annemann, Sid Lorraine
1978 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 12
Al Mann Don Pedro story of Don Pedro from Buenos Aires, witnessing a center tear and ashes on arm routine in 1926
1978 18
Harry G. Franke Window Lights method to read stolen center, matchbook
Magick (Issue 202)
Al Mann The Azonic Rent method for the center tear, based on Mann's "The Azonic Force"
1979 10
Al Mann The Secret of Abonutichus message reading from sealed envelope, like a center tear
Related to 1979 14
Harvey Rosenthal Center Tear dummy center piece added to pieces, see also p. 1197
The Chronicles (Issue 14)
Edmund Rowland Edmund Rowland's Center Tear motivation for writing in center
Also published here
  • Magic Wand, Dec. 1954
The Chronicles (Issue 14)
David (Foote) Drake Watch It! divining an appointment and a time, written down on paper
Magick (Issue 231)
Karrell Fox "Theyduit" Center Tear spectator tears billet himself
Variations 1979 134
Karl Fulves Crystal Clear No. 36, secret one-handed center tear with napkin as it is burned
1979 57
Robert Siepielski X, Y, & Z justification for writing in the middle for a center tear
Magick (Issue 252)
Thomas Alan Waters Center-Tear analysis and handling
Related to 1981
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
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)
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 1 (Close-Up) q&a for one person
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
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
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Thomas Alan Waters Routine No. 3 (Stage) with a bulldog clip
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Thomas Alan Waters Variant Routine (With Dobrin Slate) flap to hide center
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
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.
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
Thomas Alan Waters Concluding Remarks
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Scrypt)
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)
Bascom Jones, Steve Shoemaker The Mystic Word on the death of Ray Hafler, justification idea for center tear by Steve Shoemaker
Magick (Issue 280)
George Moore Psi Surge receiving several bits of information using one center tear
Magick (Issue 283)
David Avadon XYZ variation of the stealing of the center piece, wax
Magick (Issue 285)
Don Camp Word Games piece of newspaper page is torn and word selected, divination by performer
Magick (Issue 287)
Al Mann The Gemel Con! center tear / steal handling
Magick (Issue 295)
Al Mann The Wocus Center-Tear combination CT and Wocus II
1982 8
Gene "Phantini" Grant Phantini's Center Tear Method no steal method
1982 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 13
Henry H. Fields Century 300 handling for center tear for design duplication
Magick (Issue 300)
Juan Tamariz Telepatia Colectiva two routines using the center tear, multiphase routine, combination with pencil reading and fishing
1982 49
Edward Marlo Tears Without Tears instant Reading
1983 158
Edward Marlo Tears Without Tears 2 instant Reading
1983 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)
Center Tear
1983 25
Fredric Kolb The Swedenborg Predictions prediction in bulldog clip
Oct. 1984
Magick (Issue 340)
Robert Cassidy Centerburn burnt paper, bulldog clip protects corner
1984 85
Terry Nosek The Word pile of torn newspaper slips, spectator choses one, folds it in quarters and tears corner off, long word is chosen and revealed, reverse center tear method
Variations Jan. 1985
Magick (Issue 345)
Al Mann Gemel's Message updated version
alternative center tear handling, no pre-fold and lengthier questions possible
Also published here 1985 4
Jeff Busby Introduction with information on center tears
1986 i
Richard Osterlind The Surrounded Slow-Motion Center Tear with credit information
  • The Paper and its Preparation
  • The Mechanics
  • Comments
Variations 1986 1
Richard Osterlind The Routine mindreading with center tear
1986 13
Richard Osterlind Speed Tear with handling variation
1986 16
Barrie Richardson Thunderstruck post-it note
Related to Jan. 1987
Magick (Issue 383)
Charles "Cicardi" Scott The Caliostro Crystal using crystal, center tear handling
Oct. 1987
Magick (Issue 397)
Dennis Marks Spot-o'-Marks handling for center tear, sticky
Dec. 1987
Magick (Issue 399)
Theodore Annemann Gedankenlesen aus der Zeitung center tear presentation as newspaper test
Also published here 1987
Magische Blätter (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Das Stehlen des Mittelstueckes (Centre Steal)
Magische Blätter (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Simon Lovell Centre Tear Tip Divine spectator's name (with tips of handling centre tears)
1989 51
Rudy T. Hunter The CT Tantra presentation for center tear, divination of word using dictionary
Mar. 1989
Magick (Issue 418)
Richard Webster Dust to Dust presentation for center tear
Apr. 1989
Magick (Issue 420)
V. Robert Allen The 'Logical' Center Tear one hand center tear
  • The Variation
  • Use Cheap Paper
  • Don't Pre-Fold Paper
  • The Moves
  • Mark It
  • The Tear
  • The Glimpse
Related to May 1989
Magick (Issue 421)
Rudy T. Hunter Body Double doppelgänger presentation, zodiac sign and question are divined, using Grismer's What's Your Sign?
Variations Jan. 1990
Magick (Issue 434)
Tom Fitzgerald Stick 'em Up center tear handling, post-it
Feb. 1990
Magick (Issue 435)
Rich Bloch Time-X setting watch on time spectator secretly wrote on post-it note
May 1991
Magick (Issue 455)
Charles Reynolds Snap Shot light comes from pendulum, name is revealed, FISM flash
Nov. 1991
Magick (Issue 463)
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)
Al Mann Mann-erism spectator tears billet
Feb. 1992
Magick (Issue 467)
Tony Madden Stolen Thoughts center tear handling, stealing center with wax on coat sleeve
Nov. 1992
Magick (Issue 481)
Karl Fulves Mental Lock envelope and billet system for reading, center tear by openly cutting off corners of envelopes
Rigmarole (Issue 2)
Al Mann Twin Tear two center tears with newspaper sheet
Inspired by
  • "Gemel's Messages" in "Mental-Ettes" 1978
1994 7
Ted Lesley Dissertation on the Center Tear on the presentation of the center tear and billet reading, with several anecdotes
1994 93
John Riggs The Center Scissor Steal center tear handling, for stealing the piece
1995 68
Patrik Kuffs Hands of Time two spectators select same time, using watch
Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 6)
Dave Arch Double Divination zodiac sheet for Center Tear and with mnemonic aid for Grismer's "What's Your Sign?"
Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 10)
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 117
Jamy Ian Swiss Free Association after playing a game of "free association" with spectator, performer can know what shapes and word spectator wrote on a piece of paper, full presentation and much detail on the scripting
Also published here 1997
Labyrinth (Issue 7)
Jamy Ian Swiss Center Tear finesse to make the glimpse of the pieces more subtle
Inspired by 1997
Labyrinth (Issue 7)
Max Holden Center Tear credit information, Joseph Ovette
Also published here
  • Linking Ring 9/1946
1998 172
Paul Alberstat No Sleight Centre Tear
Inspired by Feb. 1998 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 24
Barrie Richardson Center Shtick post-it note
Related to 1999 184
Simon Lovell Center Tear
2000 178
Paul Curry Center Tear Handling
Inspired byRelated to 2001 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 215
Jack Avis Off-centre tear
2002 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)
Al Baker New Light on the Center Tear introductory comments on standard method
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic)
Al Baker The New Baker Method reading immediately after tearing
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic)
Al Baker Center Tear Tip
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Pet Secrets)
Al Baker Center Tear Handling
Also published here
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 40 No. 1, Mar 1941
2003 663
Robert Cassidy Principium 4 "Varying your methods keeps you one step ahead of the dilettantes.", method to read center tear piece
2004 61
Robert Cassidy Spellbilleted information of two numbered and destroyed billets is divined
2004 140
Barrie Richardson Business Card Center Tear
Also published here
  • Club 71, Winter 1998
2005 251
Barrie Richardson Post-It Note Center Tear
Related toAlso published here
  • Club 71, Halloween 1999
2005 256
Andrew Baroch Off-Center Tear with tweezers
Nov. 2007
Genii (Vol. 70 No. 11)
Axel Hecklau Der Center Tear divination of a famous person, structure and handling of center tear
2008 24
Jamy Ian Swiss Free Association two geometric shapes and a word are divined
Also published here 2012 41
Karrell Fox Center Tear Glimpse
2012 43
Jamy Ian Swiss Acidus Quadraticus Probabilis four things written in four quadrants of a billet are divined
Related to 2012 49
Richard Osterlind, Alberto de Figueiredo Center Tear
Inspired by 2013 33
Robert Cassidy The Rainbow Pad pad for the one hand center tear, how and when to read center
Related to 2013 166
Colin McLeod Billet Ballet... thoughts on using billets, justification
  • The Center Tear
  • Billet Peeks in General...
2014 136
Michael Murray Why Write Down a Thought? thoughts on using billets, justification
2014 126
Luke Jermay Old Faithful center tear handling
Mar. 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 3)
Jorge "The Jack" Garcia No Read Center Tear password is divined
2015 67
Christoph Borer Center Tear Handling with two billets
2016 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 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 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)
Paul Vigil Center Tear Presentation as a follow-up to previous routine
2017 24
Center Tear reading in process of tearing
2017 51
Al Koran Center Tear von Al Koran
2018 57
Jamy Ian Swiss Free Association two geometric shapes and a word are divined
Also published here 2018 39
Karrell Fox Center Tear Glimpse
2018 41
Asi Wind 3-D Telepathy three spectators write on billets, one chosen and content divined, then other two divined
2019 1
Asi Wind Obtaining Information
  • Center Tears
  • Peeks
  • Billet Switches
  • Peek Wallets
  • Impression Devices
  • Apps
  • Playing Cards
  • Research
2021 18
Dai Vernon Mind Reading secret reading after center tear
Also published here 2022 65