A very detailed description of how Tony Corinda performs his legendary center tear. The effect is as simple and baffling as: The spectator is invited to think of a word and write it on a slip of paper. The paper is burnt and from the ashes, the mentalist reads the chosen word.
This is Number 1 of "Corinda's Selected Effects". From the introduction:
There are lots of versions of the Centre Tear (or "Torn Centre") and some of them are good - others deplorable. This is not so much a "variation" as a "routine". It is the exact handling that I use and is the result of continuous performance. Because of this, many of the snags and possible errors have been eliminated. I should mention that, although there may appear to be many details, there are none that could be called superfluous.
~1950; PDF 7 pages.
word count: 2244 which is equivalent to 8 standard pages of text