by Jim Rose
most common blindfold is just a regular four
inch wide by ten inch long
piece of satin or velvet
with an elastic band sewn on each side that keeps
the blindfold comfortably tight around the head.
You canít see through straight, but if you
frown and raise
the eyebrows while itís placed
on top of your eyes, you can see very well down your nose.
Another blindfold that can be
used is a regular
bandana. Fold it by rolling two opposite
corners toward each other, leaving a one inch
gap in the middle so you can see through one
Magic stores sell
tricked blindfolds. For example one
mask has two tiny holes that canít be seen by the audience.
When holding this mask, make
sure that no bright
behind you, or it will show through the holes.
Some mediums use a
blanket or sheet for a blindfold,
but in fact they donít want to
be seen. This
pretty much allows them to do something like using
flashlight to read or write messages.
In other cases, mentalists use
put over their
head. The way it
works is by sewing two bags together,
a thick one inside a thin one with one side
unsewn. When putting the bag on, they peel the
thick unsewn layer back leaving them with just the
thin bag that
is easy to see through.
The same principle can be
achieved by using twobags; the thick
one is examined by the audience, and
at the opportune
time, they switch with the second one which
is thin enough to see through. You need
good sleight of hand
for this one.
The bag blindfold is usually
used by performers
who need glasses to see but prefer not to wear
them on stage. The glasses are placed inside the
bag beforehand; the performer puts them on
when his head is inside the bag, and leaves
them there when removing it. Personally, I
like using the blindfolds
given by the airlines. They
A novel approach to the
blindfold act is to put a
your head. Make sure you can see well
through it before using it in public, or those around
you will sense your blindness and have a good
oldtime slapping the bucket around! Normally that
would be okay; there is very little chance of
getting hurt, but since your ears are in
there, the incredible noise could make you
go deaf. In any case this unorthodox
approach could be very good for breaking the
ice, and you have a bucket to put it in!
As for everything else,
practice a few times with
any blindfold so that the routine looks good. Donít
be obvious, since you can see through it, donít
forget to act like you canít!
Remember one thing, with any blindfold, have
your eyes closed before putting it on and when
taking it off. This little trick
psychologically seals the
deal for the audience.