Bamboozlers: Eight of Hearts

An impossible folding paper trick.

The Bet:

Present a double-sheet of newspaper to your audience. Wager that the smartest or strongest person there could not fold the piece of paper in half a total of eight times. The paper must stay folded on its own accord.

Anyone attempting to contradict you will soon discover that it is impossible to fold any piece of paper exactly in half eight times. No matter how large or small it is amazingly impossible to do.

Presenting your spectators with a double-sheet of newspaper will give them a glimmer of hope. Most will be able to fold it in half seven times, but the eighth fold will not hold.

Many people in America consider the number seven to be lucky. Did you know that in China the number eight is considered to be lucky? Did you also know that it is bad luck to be superstitious?

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