How to Do the Ripping Newspaper Magic Trick

By C.K. Adams

Magicians practice the art of illusion, mixing the boundaries between what your eye can and cannot see. The ripped newspaper trick is a simple trick that requires no elaborate sound effects or hidden pockets on your sleeves. However, this magic trick impresses every audience if performed correctly. To master the trick, practice the illusion multiple times before performing in front of a willing family member.

Pick up two newspapers and pull out the same page from each. You want the page to have a pressed crease down the center. Fold one of the pages into a small square before performing the trick.

Hold up the unfolded newspaper with two hands. How you hold the newspaper is the key to this trick. You want to hold the small folded piece of newspaper behind the unfolded newspaper with your right hand's thumb while your other fingers are placed together around the front. Hold the edge of the newspaper taut and set your fingers the same way.

Show one side of the newspaper to the audience, then show the other side by moving your hands deliberately to conceal the small square. As you turn the paper around, push the small square into the four fingers of your left hand so that it is concealed in front of the unfolded newspaper as you turn it around and hold up the other side. Practice this maneuver in front of a mirror until you can turn the newspaper around seamlessly.

Rip up the newspaper while concealing the folded newspaper in one hand. Once finished showing how the newspaper is ripped up, mash into a ball and squeeze together in your hands until compact and small. Hold up the mashed ball of newspaper again to the audience.

Close your hands again and squeeze the newspaper inside, moving the restored newspaper against your palm. Begin unfolding the restored newspaper by holding the mashed ripped newspaper against your palm and slowly unfolding each part of the newspaper. Hold up the newspaper and turn around the same as you did before, carefully concealing the ripped pieces against your four fingers.

About the Author

C.K. Adams has worked in the newspaper and publishing field since 2003. Specializing in literature, education, crafts and science, she contributes to the University of Florida's fiction collective and "Tea Magazine." Adams earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida.