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Dance of Shiva book by Docc Hilford
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Imagine this: you ask someone to think of a line from their favorite poem. Something you could not possibly know. They write the sentence across the center of their business card. They fold it and drop it on the table. You pick it up, tighten the creases, and place it in their palm. Actions that take less than five seconds. The folded card never leaves their view.

In that brief time, you have read the entire sentence right in front of the spectator! After revealing the secret information, the card can be opened, checked, and even shown to the spectator!

You don't have to tear up the paper in order to get the information like a Center Tear. You only use the single billet! There isn't any switching.

The Dance of Shiva delivers the information to you as fast as you can read it, but keeps it in view for as long as you need. No quick glances. The same billet is always in view. You use only your hands and the paper or card. You don't shield the card at any time. The Dance of Shiva can be used to answer questions, duplicate designs, in word tests with actual book pages, with playing cards, maps or about any creative mental effect where secret information is needed.

It doesn't seem possible, but The Dance of Shiva does exactly that. The Dance of Shiva has these important features:

  • No special props; you're always ready.
  • It can be done surrounded or standing.
  • There is no need for a dummy or duplicate billet.
  • No need to openly tear the billet apart to get the information as in the Center tear.
  • No tilting or squeezing of the billet - not a peek!
  • The folded billet never leaves the sight of the sitter.
  • The information is read in front of the sitter, not on your lap or behind something.
  • No windows cut in the card; it can be THEIR business card.
  • There is no switching.
  • The information is in front of you, so you do not have to read quickly.
  • You are absolutely clean before and after the effect.
  • It takes less than 5 seconds to reveal the writing.
  • The method can be repeated for the same audience!
  • The written information is in the center of the card as it logically should be.
  • When writing, the sitter has complete freedom to handle the card.
  • Unlike anything previously invented by anyone, REALLY!
  • Plus 16 additional original effects and handling tips.
  • Easy to do - but reserved for real professionals.

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You need to know exactly what you're getting here, so I will point out where the ad copy is misleading. There is a claim that you don't have to "tear up" the prediction in order to gain the information. Perhaps it is the word "up" that makes the marketer believe this to be a true statement, because you absolutely DO have to tear it.

As a result, the assertion that you "end clean", is not true. You can not hand the billet back to the spectator, because it not has a tear in it.

Yes, this tear is supposed to be surreptitious, which means it must be done silently. This seems like a bit of a challenge.

I will concede that the mechanics of the handling are well thought out, and reasonably well-illustrated and explained. However, if you're already comfortable doing peeks and center tears, I don't know if this is really any better. At least with a center tear, the billet has been (supposedly) destroyed; with this technique, you're holding the billet the entire time, so a spectator seems more likely to think that at some point during the routine, you were able to sneak a peek undetected.

I don't think I would ever use this, but it warrants a decent rating because some good original thinking went into it. Some may find it worthwhile.
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