I have been performing the Indian Rice Stabbing Illusion of decades now. I have never seen it performed by anyone else, and, likely, I never will. The trick is difficult to perform, risky and more of a stunt than an actual magic trick. These issues conspire against the magician who hopes for a predictable crowd pleaser. Each time I perform this trick I am amazed myself that it even works. I’m relieved that it didn’t go wrong, and I am proud that I have the ingenuity to have made this a signature piece.
I just finished performing it again a couple hours ago. The audience was a group of teens and teachers assembled for a team building conference. I now believe, after several hundred performances, that this simple, primitive stunt is the best metaphor for team building I’ve seen. Every piece of this puzzle tells a story.
When I finished the presentation today, I knew how blessed I have been to have come across this odd phenomenon that Eddie Joseph popularized many decades ago. I’m relieved each time it goes off without a hitch. I love elegant, thought provoking magic. I love this trick.