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Paper & Paper Money

Paper folding, paper tearing and tricks with paper money are at the heart of this section. I am fascinated by paper. I consider it one of the most important inventions. You might not see it that way, but paper is a hightech product. Paper machines are pretty much the largest and most complicated manufacturing installations in use by humankind. Paper comes in all shapes and sizes and is ideal for customization with a slogan for your next corporate gig or a personal message. Vanishing a dollar bill or changing it into a hundred dollar bill will always garner respect and admiration. It is human nature.

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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
22 Impossible Cards by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

This is a collection of 22 impossible cards created by Ralf Rudolph. For each card you will get a photo of the finished (cut and folded) card, as well as a template to make the necessary cuts. You will NOT get the folding instructions. This means you have to be familiar with the basic folds to create impossible cards. A good place to start is Complete Guide to Impossible Foldings.

The cards included in this collection are:

  1. 2 Framed Card
  2. 3 Framed Card
  3. 4 Way Trapdoor Card
  4. Celtic Knot
  5. Circlo Cross
  6. Clover Circle
  7. Criss Cross Link
  8. Heart Henge
  9. Hex Box
  10. Latice
  11. Opti Knot
  12. Ribbon
  13. Rounded Link
  14. Simply Squared
  15. Square Knot ...
★★★★★ $12
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Ductam Nguyen
4 Change by Ductam Nguyen

Please note that this video is in Vietnamese. However, even without understanding Vietnamese one can follow the visual explanation to construct the gimmick.

Paper money changes 4 times.

1st edition 2016, length 18 min.

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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
5 Cards by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Five 'impossible' cards with a detailed video explanation and PDF templates.

  • Double Frame
  • Double Pyramid
  • Dynasty
  • E.X.
  • Quadro
1st edition 2019, length 31 min.
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50 Tricks with a Paper Cone by Ravelle-Andree

This ebook includes tricks with ribbons, silks, eggs, cards, tobacco, money, flowers, milk, magic colors and effects such as the Sympathetic Silks, the Cut and Restored Necktie and other routines of comedy magic. This ebook will provide you with many new tricks and allow you to make use of tricks you already have. It also includes instructions on how to properly make the paper cone.

  1. A Domino Trick
  2. 20th Century Ribbons
  3. Ribbon Rings
  4. Card ’N' Silk
  5. 20th Century Silks
  6. Cones Of Color
  7. Silk Monte
  8. Flower Cascade
  9. Rainbow Silks
  10. Magic Welding Ribbon
  11. Dried Milk
  12. Tissue Mickey
  13. Happy Birthday ...
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Gregg Webb
Aether #13: The Little Gift by Gregg Webb

Gregg modifies Jackie Flosso's Bill in Lemon effect to use a matchbox rather than a lemon - much less messy - among other tweaks.

1st edition 2022, PDF 3 pages.

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Alida: Little Winged One by (Benny) Ben Harris
"A cool and animated levitation of a card or dollar bill... EASY TO MAKE!"
My goodness, this little effect created a shit-storm when it was released in 2000! I don't think the attacks had been so brutal since Cosmosis (in the mid 1980s). Anyway, this simple and effective idea was loved by some (see, for example, Richard Kaufman in Genii Magazine), and hated by others (see, for example, Michael Close in Magic Magazine). Ben relishes dividing opinion, and Alida certainly did that.

However, it was also a genuine stepping stone in the thought processes that would eventually lead to Enlightenment: The Ultimate Floating Card - which is way superior. So, controversial...

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Paul Romhany
Almost Impossible Bill to Can by Paul Romhany

Ten years ago Paul Romhany caused a stir in the magic fraternity when he performed his original Impossible Bill To Can routine on national television. He was accused of using stooges because the routine was that impossible. However what magicians did not know was that Paul had worked out a routine that did not use stooges. In 2007 Paul released the exact routine and version he used on the TV show on a DVD and is still available from most magic dealers.

This new version is an alternative Bill To Can routine which in many ways is more practical for most working conditions. This routine is...

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Paul Bruton
Amusing Yourself with Paper and String by Paul Bruton

This is an ebook that will not only amuse you, but it will show you how you can amuse your friends. In dozens of ways, it describes how paper and string can be put to interesting and sometimes astonishing use. If you start at page 1 and work your way to the end of the ebook, you will be rewarded by many hours of enjoyable recreation: but you will not be entirely satisfied until you have tried some of the tricks and puzzles on your friends.

  • a Penny Puzzle
  • The Paper Ladder
  • The Palm Tree
  • A Point About A Circle
  • The New Square
  • The Five Squares Again
  • Quartering Three-Quarters
  • Splitting Up...
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Devin Knight
Around the Square by Devin Knight

A new and novel paper effect! Do not confuse this with the old Squircle effect. Although similar, this is a greatly improved version. A double sheet of newspaper is shown on both sides. It is folded into quarters and a small 2" square is cut from a folded corner. (In the original Squircle, a double sheet of newspaper is folded in half and a semicircle is cut out.) The 2" square is unfolded showing it is actually a 4" inch square.

The double sheet of newspaper is partly unfolded. Instead of the expected rectangular shape, the audience sees a semicircle! (You cannot do this with the old Squircle.)...

★★★★★ $10
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Baster by MAG

This video is in Vietnamese with an English interpreter translating.

A playing card visually turns into a bill. Very easy to do when you have the gimmick in your hand.

1st edition 2016, length 18 min

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Samuel Berland
Berland's Bill Tear Secrets by Samuel Berland

Perhaps the best torn and restored bill effect the magical world has ever seen.

A magical inspiration that comes once in a blue moon. A sensation of the I.B.M. and S.A.M. conventions. After you've read the following effect, you'll say it's impossible. And so will your audience, when they see you perform this bill tear.

Effect: The performer reaches into his wallet and removes a dollar bill. To preclude the possibility of exchange or duplicates, the performer requests someone in the audience to mark the bill in any manner they wish. His hands are carefully shown to be empty. There is no...

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Ron Jaxon
Bill Burner Clear by Ron Jaxon


A borrowed and signed bill is wrapped around a clear cigarette lighter and held in place with a rubber band. The magician is able to cause the bill to vanish from or appear back on the lighter at will. The vanished bill can appear anywhere the magician chooses.

What makes this effect so stunning is the fact that it's done with a clear lighter. When the bill vanishes they can see right through it so there's no way the bill can be somehow hidden under or in the lighter. The magicians hands are also completely empty.

  • Very easy to do.
  • A very visual and impossible vanish.
  • The natural...
★★★★ $7.50
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Unknown Mentalist
Bill S Kill by Unknown Mentalist

If you already own PsyConText or purchase along with this, you can get this ebook for half price.

The performer hands out a bunch of dollar bills to the participant. On each dollar bill is written a different word which represents something which money cannot buy. Also, on each dollar bill is written a different playing card.

After giving out the bill stack, the performer does not need to touch the dollar bills again. The participant chooses any dollar bill randomly while the performer is looking away. And yet the performer divines accurately the special word written on that particular dollar bill....

★★★★★ $12
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Ken de Courcy
Blue Spotitis and Other Oddities by Ken de Courcy

It is a children's is a great magic is a mystifying series of magic is SPOTITIS!

Do you remember the simple origami fold called "the salt cellar"? Well, Ken de Courcy in this manuscript teaches you how to use that simple fold for performing wonderful magic tricks. Ken says:

"In the 1956 edition of Robert Harbin's "Paper Magic" (beautifully illustrated by Rolf Harris) you will find an easily-made paper model titled "The Salt Cellar...Magic Colour Changer".

It's a paper-fold that goes back many years; in fact, in 1948, Ernie Kob marketed an amusing use...

★★★★★ $7
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Borrowed Bill in Balloon by Supreme-Magic-Company

Five reputation maker routines. This is one of the cleverest effects we have seen and capable of being used in many different ways. As a note in balloon. As a smashing prediction. As a clever and colourful "Just Chance" routine with three balloons, etc.

You'll thrill to the simplicity of the method. And the cunning of it. Listen to the details of the first effect ... and the others are equally convincing, equally baffling.

Note in Balloon. An inflated balloon is shown and placed to one side. A dollar bill of any value you prefer is borrowed from a member of the audience who himself notes...

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Arthur Setterington
Bottled Bill by Arthur Setterington

A borrowed and signed bill vanishes from a spectator's hands and it is found in a bottle with a screw cap, that was inside a sealed envelope.

An Arthur Setterington original that's a sensation ... clean, easy, visual magic that has impact.

The magician draws attention to a stapled envelope hanging from two clips in a nicely lacquered wood and metal skeleton frame, in complete isolation. He requests the loan of a bill a $1, $5, $10, $100 - a £1, £5, £50 - it doesn't make any difference. A spectator is asked to note the number on the bill or he can place any identifying mark he wishes...

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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Braided Bill Collection by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Get two of Ralf's incredible and impossible bill braids.

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Brick Tilley
Bug House by Brick Tilley

A streamlined version of Ray Grismer's Shorty Routine.

1st edition 2017, 4 pages.

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Billy West
Capers with Papers by Billy West

Something different for your magic show! A paper tearing routine with patter in rhyme. Very easy to do. You will have an original act in your program.

A paper-tearing routine makes an entertaining contrast in a magical act, especially when the program is lengthy as in the case of many programs for children. The following paper tears are not offered as original material. The routine and Patter-to-Rhyme is. The paper tears are well known and many performers may be already acquainted with them, but for the benefit of those who are not, the manuscript offers simple directions and suggestions...

★★★★★ $5
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Card Sculptures by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Seven fascinating and beautiful sculptures you can create from playing cards. "4 Way Card Henge" is out of this world - an incredible 3D sculpture made from a single playing card. All of these sculptures look impossible to make without gluing, but there are no secret cuts and and no glue is used. You merely cut and fold the card(s) the way Ralf teaches you in detail in the video. For the models that need more than a simple cut you will also receive PDF cutting templates.

  • 4 Way Card Henge
  • Card Fan
  • Checker Card
  • Circle
  • Inside Out Card
  • Knot Link
  • Looped

1st edition 2019, length 46:52

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Jack Chanin
Center Tear Bill by Jack Chanin

One of the best impromptu tricks ever invented for an unprepared dollar bill, invented by the late Jack Chanin. Long off the market. This charming bit of magic is almost forgotten today. This sold in the 70s for $10.00. According to Dollar Times that would be over $60 in today's dollars.

You show an unprepared dollar bill and fold it into quarters. At the folded corner of the bill you tear off a section, as shown on the cover photo. The audience plainly sees the missing section. Placing the small torn piece into your mouth, you blow it at the bill. Instantly, the bill is restored, pulled...

★★★★★ $6
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Ron Jaxon
Change for a Dollar by Ron Jaxon

This effect is hard to describe. It's a very unusual version of the classic mismade bill in which the bill is folded in half then you cause the crease in the bill to move to a different edge. When the bill is unfolded you have a very unusual looking bill. Fold it in quarters and move the new crease to another edge and the bill looks even more unusual. Then you return everything back to normal and return the bill to it's owner.

You really should watch the demo video below to get the full effect. The demo video runs through the entire routine very quickly to keep the video short but you can...

★★★★★ $10
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Cameron Francis
Cheque This! A mini act that fits in your pocket by Cameron Francis
"Great trick!" - John Guastaferro

"Want a mini act in your pocket? Look no further! Pure, unadulterated Francis!" - Dave Forrest

"This is a fantastic and self-contained routine with a BORROWED bill, the ending caught me! I never saw it coming!" - Gary Jones

An incredible mini-act that fits in your pocket. Four phases of knock-out magic that you can do anytime, anywhere!

Phase 1
A five dollar bill is borrowed and signed. The magician claims he will make the bill vanish. He then says he might not be able to bring the bill back and in that case, would the spectator accept a cheque? At this...

★★★★★ $10
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Complete Guide to Impossible Foldings by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

In this video you will learn folding techniques on how to make your own impossible folded cards and banknotes.

[Note: This compilation overlaps with Ralf Rudolph's earlier series of impossible foldings (1-6). There are some new things here and not everything from the six volumes is taught here, but there is a good amount of overlap.]

You will learn:

  • Trabdoor Fold
  • Trabdoor "E" Fold
  • "V" Fold
  • Inside-out Banknote Variation
  • Real Impossible Fold
  • Braided Banknotes
  • Hypercards
  • Shrinking Banknote
  • Linking Cards
  • and more...
Learn to make the perfect souvenir. Make some great impossible objects out of normal playing cards and even borrowed banknotes.

1st edition 2016, length 1 hour 24 min.


★★★★ $7
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Peter Pellikaan
Dollar Cards by Peter PellikaanFour cards change faces and backs and then change into paper money.

1st edition 2011, video 6:34

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Peter Pellikaan
Dollar Care by Peter Pellikaan

Show four bills of paper money from both sides and change them into four aces, which you again show from both sides, in a flash.

1st edition 2021, length 1 min 49s.

$15 $10
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Cameron Francis
Driven by Cameron Francis

Impromptu Pen Through Bill (compare to Misleading Mislead or Real Pen-Etration by Alan Rorrison)

"Cracking direct approach to the routine. Almost as good as mine....Ok, it IS as good as mine!" -- Alan Rorrison, creator of Misleading Misled

"Highly recommended!" -- Jeff Pierce

"...absolutely brilliant! Looks fantastic and totally clean." -- Chris Congreave

"I've worked on countless versions of the Pencil Thru Bill plot over the past 20 years and I can honestly say that Cameron's is the very best!" -- Iain Moran

"I have a few versions of pen thru bill both gimmicked and ungimmicked, this is one of the cleanest impromptu...

★★★★ $12
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Alan Rorrison
Evolution by Alan Rorrison

An offbeat effect, the head of a stick man that's drawn on a signed business card moves across the paper to another location. Effects where a drawing changes are always crowd pleasers. This one requires a flame from a cigarette lighter.

The principle, which was entirely new to me, is ingenious and allows you to create all kinds of variations. The underlying principle essentially allows you to vanish a drawing or piece of drawing at will. You can even draw in several colors. I already have a few ideas that I will explore. You will need an item that is readily available in any stationary shop...

★★★★ $12
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Bao Ninh
Fast Change by Bao Ninh

Please note that this video is in Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Change a playing card into a bill, or a bill into another bill.

"Fast change is visual, easy to do and fun to perform. All the ingredients for a great effect." - Shaun Dunn

"Looks really good." - Rick Lax

1st edition 2016, length 21 min.

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Karrell Fox
Final Edition by Karrell Fox

The ultimate in a torn and restored newspaper because here the torn pieces really vanish. Audience gets the restored sheet!

Karrell Fox is a real pro, veteran of years of shows of all kinds - nobody can match him in experience. When he develops a trick, its good.

Effect: Magician displays a double page from a full size daily newspaper. This is then folded and torn several times until the packet of torn newspaper is about four inches square. The magician then shakes the packet of torn pieces into a completely restored double page and the torn pieces have vanished. The restored sheet is...

★★★★ $9.95
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Chris Webb
Flash: paper to money by Chris Webb

Flash by Chris Webb is a visual bill change; it's 100% self-contained and easy to do.

You show a blank piece of paper and, in a flash, it changes right in front of your eyes into real money, a lottery ticket or anything else you want to make your gimmick turn into!

Once your gimmick is set-up then you are good to go. Flash is extremely simple and effective. A gimmick is very easy to make yourself. Chris Webb shares the detail of how to make your gimmick in this video. This download video also includes a method where you can hand everything out to a spectator for examination at the end of...

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Ken Muller
Fold Cup by Ken Muller

An ingenious alternative to a Chop Cup where the 'cup' is constructed "on the fly" from a magazine sheet while spectators make paper balls, or crumple dollar bills. No gimmicks! The trickery is built into the cup itself and undetectable. There are moves not possible with a standard Chop Cup and ends with a transport to a spectator's hand who keeps the cup and ball. No difficult sleights or handling as the Fold Cup does its thing automatically. But, the special techniques taught moves the astonishment far above a traditional Chop Cup approach.

There are many suggested Effects with special...

★★★★ $10
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Adolfo Cerceda & William King
Folding Money plus Make Money Selling Money by Adolfo Cerceda & William King

Money always fascinates in magic. Learn quickly how to make dozens of objects from a dollar bill. Also how to sell such material. Profusely illustrated.

  • About The Author
  • How To Make A Square From A Bill
  • The Picture Frame
  • The Bow Tie
  • How To Make The Finger Ring
  • The Box
  • The Flapping Bird
  • Frame With Doors
  • The Peacock
  • The Frog
  • Santa's Boot
  • Making Money Selling Money
  • The Ad Campaign
  • To The Reader
  • A List Of Paper Folding Books
1st edition 1963, 46 pages; PDF 52 pages.
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Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant
Foolzum Newspaper Tear Revisited by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

A full size sheet of newspaper is handed for examination; both the magician and a spectator sign their names on the front of the newspaper. Without adding anything, the newspaper is openly and deliberately torn-up with the audience plainly seeing the signatures being torn.

After the newspaper is torn into small pieces, the magician blows on the pieces. The rough edges of the paper are seen to get smooth, and upon opening the newspaper out, it is restored. But wait, only half the paper is there. The other half falls to the floor.

The audience thinks they are the torn pieces. The packet...

★★★★ $6
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Framing Washington by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

This is similar to Framing the Queen except you do it with a one dollar bill.

A dollar bill is shown from both sides. Performer tears out two small rectangles from the inside of the bill. One of these rectangular tear-outs has its center removed to create a little frame, which is freely shown. Magician folds this little frame over the center beam of the larger bill frame and eventually the little frame clearly hangs from the center beam of the larger frame. How did it get on there?

Note that it is not easy to prepare the gimmick. It is much easier to do this with a playing card. With a bill it will require...

★★★★★ $18
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Fred Kaps
Fred Kaps' Currency by Fred Kaps

Edward Victor's 11 Card Trick done with Dollar Bills.

The details and inner working of this routine have been kept secret since the days of Fred Kaps; before then it was only divulged to a handful of very close friends, and occasionally discussed by Fred Kaps with serious performers. Subsequently the original routine has been independently developed, changed and adapted by Trevor Lewis, Mike Caveney, Peter Pit, Ger Copper and other well-known performers to suit their own individual styles.

The transcript of the manuscript in Fred Kaps' handwriting has only been very slightly edited. It is substantially the routine Fred always presented,...

★★★★★ $15
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Daniel Garcia
Greed by Daniel Garcia

"The most visual bill change I have ever seen!" - Bob Kohler

The original extremely visual bill change that causes a $1 bill to visibly change four times while just waving your hand in front of it! Imagine a $1 bill changing to a $5 bill...Then with a second wave it changes to a $10 bill... then to a $20 bill! A great effect already but... one final wave changes the $20 bill to a 50 cent piece!

Suitable for restaurant work and cabaret.

1st edition 2003; 10 pages.

★★★★ $15
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Brick Tilley
Gypsy Switch by Brick Tilley

A shortened, up-to-date version of the 11 Dollar Bill Short Change routine. As a finish, the bills are sealed in an envelope. Upon opening, the envelope is found to contain pieces of newspaper. Here is a demo of the count only:

1st edition 2019, PDF 4 pages + 2 videos

★★★★★ $10
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Devin Knight
Hat-A-Rama by Devin Knight

Is it a toilet plunger, a vase, a Beanie cap, or a Safari Hat? It's Hat-A-Rama! It's an updated comical blend of Trouble-Wit and Chapeaugraphy that is destined to become an instant kid show classic. It's a must if you work for children. This effect normally sells for $40 from magic dealers. Devin shows you how to make it up for a fraction of that, and easily make replacements when the effect wears out.

Bring a child up to help and say, "We need a special hat and a magic wand". From then on it's NON-STOP laughter. Magician brings out what appears to be a toilet plunger and places it on the...

★★★ $4
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Harry Houdini
Houdini's Paper Magic by Harry Houdini

Paper is a fascinating product. Being the son of a paper maker (my father worked many years for a paper manufacturer) I developed early on a fondness to paper. And Houdini's Paper Magic is all about paper. Tricks with paper, paper folding, paper tearing, and paper puzzles. It seems today paper folding was replaced by balloon modeling. I have only seen once an act entirely based on paper tearing. Maybe this ebook version of Houdini's Paper Magic inspires one to build an act around paper. This book is definitely a good start. The Modern Conjurer has also an excellent chapter on paper folding.

Paul Fleming wrote:

The title...

★★★★★ $4
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Brick Tilley
How Time Flies by Brick Tilley

A dollar bill to impossible location effect that incorporates the timeless Buddha Money Papers. The noted bill vanishes from the papers only to reappear inside a pocket watch case that has been in full view the entire time.

Included here possibly for the first time is the fool-proof method for preparing two bills so that they bear the same serial numbers. This is not the inferior dodge of erasing the last digits on the bill. These bills utilize the entire serial number.

1st edition 2021, PDF 4 pages, video 1 min 12 s.

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Tom Frame
Hypercase by Tom Frame

Make yourself this impossible looking card case. Additionally Tom teaches you wonderful tricks with it.

"Amazing. A twist that no one saw coming!" - Ben Harris
  • Card to Hypercase: A participant selects a card which is then lost in the deck. The performer displays the closed, empty hypercase and stands it upright on its short edge on the table, with its interior facing the crowd. He riffles the deck behind the hypercase, causing it to fall forward onto the table. He declares that the participant's card is no longer in the deck. He spreads the deck face up on the table. The participant doesn't see...
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Impossi-Bill Braid-3+1 by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Years ago Robert E. Neale came up with his method on how the make an impossible gift out of a borrowed banknote using three strips and a few folds. Now it's time to bring this idea to the next level by using four strips! This makes the braided bill look even more impossible then before!

  1. You could use almost any borrowed banknote or paper. (It does not work with Euros.)
  2. Totaly impromptu.
  3. No glue or hidden cuts. Make this impossible object right under the nose of the audience. Even if they look very close, they can't rebuild it.
Note: The folding technique of Robert E. Neale's version is totally different...
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Impossi-Bill Braid-3+2 by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

If you want the latest and most impossible bill braid then this is it. Not three, not four, but five strands are braided together.

1st edition 2018, length 13:14 min

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