Proving the Impossible
Presentationally, the thing about this challenge is cleanliness. As the challenge stated, the performer is there just to move things along. That means that the performer needs to make as small a footprint as possible; that's a tough thing to do. On the mechanical side, writers of all sorts -- the traditional way of doing this effect -- run into issues because the performer begins to play a much larger part in the proceedings than the presentation would allow. After all, which sequence is more clean: the spectator picks a ball but isn't allowed to see it, then hands it to the performer who calls out the number; or the spectator picks a ball and announces the number on the ball?
Entries this month covered all the bases: old methods, re-works of old-school mentalism devices... you name it. There was a lot of neat thinking there, certainly. In fact, Alex Hui's solution took the old method and worked backwards with it. Alex thought about the staging and moved this into a large-scale mentalism bit; his solution reflects that. In the end, Alex's solution won me over.
So this month, Alex
Hui wins the prize of a $20
Store Credit from The Trickery. Congratulations, Alex!
Congratulations to everyone who found a solution to this problem! Now, of course, the next challenge awaits!
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