Fun family entertainment for wizards of all ages.
Paper Hat Tears
Make your own Paper Hat Tear:
For each hat you will need twice the amount of tissue paper needed for the hat. One set to make the hat and the other to tear up when performing the trick.
Make your pattern from heavy wrapping paoer. Cut a half circle of heavy wrapping paper to use as a pattern for a wide shallow cone hat. The size and percentage of the circle will determine the shape and size of the hat.
Lay the pattern on the tissue paper and lightly outline it in pencil.
Cut the tissue paper along the outline.
Use a little rubber cement or glue stick to make a half inch overlapping edge.
Yse rubber cement or glue stick to trim your hat with different colored bands, paper flowers, or feathers.
When the hats are completely dry fold them up into a narrow strip. Use an accordion pleat to fold the strip into the smallest bundle you can
Attach the folded hat to the pieces of paper of the same color that you are going to tear up and you are ready to perform.
Do not tell the audience what you are going to do. The restored hat should come as a complete surprise to them.
Palm the folded hat in one hand and show the pieces of paper to the audience.
Tear the papers into pieces. Make sure that at least one piece is big enough to wrap the others in.
Keep turning the packet as if you are still folding it and exchange it for the palmed hat. Now you have the hat at your fingertips and have palmed the torn scraps.
Reach into your pocket for some invisible Magic Dust and leave the scraps in your pocket. Or you can use double side tape to attach them to the hat itself as a pompon or flower.
Slowly open the folded hat, spread it out and hold it up so that everyone can see what it is.
Finish by putting the paper hat on the head or on the head of your volunteer helper.