ARIOCH predicts headlines
The entire crowd gasped in awe Saturday night when the prediction made by ARIOCH was revealed and proved to be completely accurate.
For the finale of his dinner theater show at Aromas Del Sur, ARIOCH opened the large security envelope that had been on display in the window of the Ephrata Review since it was signed and sealed.
Photographer Stan Hall, who signed the prediction back on Nov. 21, unlocked the glass case and verified that it had not been touched the whole time it was on display. He also verified his signature, and that of editor Andy Fasnacht, proving that it was indeed the same envelope isolated nearly two weeks ago.
A volunteer was chosen when two people from the audience cut a deck of cards to prevent any cheating, and the lady with the high card — the ace of diamonds — read the headlines from the day’s edition of the Lancaster Newspaper and the Wall Street Journal. Both headlines dealt with U.S. unemployment. The Lancaster paper read, "Surprising Drop in U.S. Unemployment," and the Wall Street Journal read, "Jobless Rate Nears Three-Year Low."
The crowd edged forward in their seats as the volunteer helped ARIOCH unfold the large sheet of paper that held the prediction; they had waited two weeks to see if he really could see into the future, and their amazement grew as the paper unfolded.
At the top of the paper was written, "Lancaster New Era" in black magic marker. Underneath was written, "Unexpected Drop in American Unemployment (Below 9%)." Further down, underneath "Wall Street Journal," were the words "Jobless Rate Nearing Three-Year Low." Only two words, "Unexpected" and "American," were different. ARIOCH had done the impossible once again — he had accurately predicted two different newspaper headlines two weeks in advance.
However, he wasn’t finished. ARIOCH also had a prediction for the upcoming edition of the Ephrata Review, but he admitted it was actually wishful thinking on his part. It read, "Handsome Magician Amazes Crowd!"
The crowd enjoyed the joke but burst into applause when the last fold of the paper was opened, revealing the words, "P.S. — Your card was the ace of diamonds."
The incredible prediction capped off an entire evening of eye-popping illusions and exciting escapes. ARIOCH levitated an audience member, escaped from a straitjacket and cut himself in half, among countless other feats, but the headline prediction generated the most public interest.
Therefore, ARIOCH has given the prediction, the envelope and the newspapers to the Ephrata Review to display in their window so that those who read about the feat but couldn’t attend the show can see for themselves that once again ARIOCH has made the impossible possible. More ARIOCH, page A15