Ghost Catcher

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How to catch a spirit with a scarf.

by steve lodefink

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Photograph by Sam Murphy

You say you don’t believe in ghosts? Well, my little brother didn’t either — that is, until I showed him how I could catch one in a handkerchief, and he watched with his own eyes as it struggled to escape.

The secret to the illusion is amazingly simple: sewn into the hem of the scarf is an L-shaped wire with a little kink in one end. After strategically folding the scarf, pressing down on one end of the wire makes the other end lift, causing the scarf ...

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