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Impossible Walk Through Paper Trick
Did you know that a person can walk through an ordinary sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper? Here's how it's done.
Fold the paper in half crosswise. Then, starting from the folded side, cut a 1/2-in. strip at each end. Don't cut the strips off, though. Instead, stop cutting about 1/2 in. short of the opposite side.
Now, cut the folded center between the two strips, so that only the two outside strips are holding the halves together.
Next, beginning on one side, make an odd number of slits in the paper, spacing them about 1/2-in. apart. Start the first slit from the top side, and cut to within 1/2 in. of the bottom; then start the next cut at the bottom, and stop 1/2-in. from the top, and so forth, alternating the cuts as shown by the dotted lines in the illustration.
Now, just unfold the sheet of paper and walk on through the "door" that you've made. Once you understand how to cut the paper, it's fun to try snipping the slits closer together (you'll have to be careful not to let the paper tear) and see just how big a loop you can make, or how small a piece of paper you can walk through.
(Reprinted with permission from BACK HOME Magazine, P.O. Box 370, Mountain Home, N.C. 28758)

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2