Magician’s empty prediction on Smile FM

WHEN Larry Soffer made the bold claim that he could predict the Cape Argus’s front page, it was clearly going to be a tough ask.

While the magician had successfully pulled off the trick on TV shows, such as 3 Talk, and other radio stations, he was visibly nervous when he walked into the offices of Smile FM yesterday morning.

Magician Larry Soffer, second from left, handed a reporter from the Cape Argus a sealed envelope and SmileFM presenter Bobby Brown, far right. Credit: INLSA/Wille Law

Soffer, pictured, said he had scribbled down his prediction for Thursday’s paper on Wednesday afternoon, placed it inside two envelopes and then locked it away in a metal box.

The box had then been handed over to morning show host Eloise Pretorius. “I kept it with me all day, and even slept with it under my pillow,” she said.

Soffer has been performing magic tricks on Smile 90.4FM for the whole week, ranging from simple card reveals to levitating office supplies.

The prediction was his grand finale, but it didn’t seem to go as planned.

When he started to unlock the box, roping in a volunteer to tear open the envelopes, there was noth- ing inside.

“Maybe it’s fallen out,” he suggested, dropping a rolled-up piece of paper on the ground.

After unfurling it, he revealed that the Cape Argus’s headline was scribbled on it.

“Guptas are my friends,” he read out, the correct headline.