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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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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...

2005 / 9 / 7
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Francis B. Martineau
Victory Bouquet by Francis B. Martineau

This is a manual of how to make your own flower bouquets. Sure you can buy a beautiful bouquet, but if you want to save some money and do a little home project, this is the right ebook for you. By doing it yourself your bouquet won't look like the standard one every magician seems to use.

1st edition, 1944, New York; 17 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements
  3. Blossoms
  4. Outside leaves or petals (calyx)
  5. Springs
  6. Spring reinforcements
  7. Stems
  8. Stem leaves
  9. Stem wrappings
  10. Folding the blossom
  11. Preparing the stem
  12. Cutting and shaping the spring
  13. Mounting the spring on stem
  14. Fitting the blossom on...
2005 / 9 / 10
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Jean Hugard
Money Magic by Jean Hugard

The manipulation of money is fascinating to everyone and probably always will be. Bills are common, pack small, and easy to borrow. This booklet describes in detail all the important moves, gimmicks and tricks with paper money. Great effects are taught, spanning the impromptu situation to the prepared performance from close-up to parlor or stage. This is a great book with very practical and strong effects.

1st edition, 1937 Max Holden, New York; 62 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 1: Preliminary Preparation
  3. Chapter 2: Sleights, Switches
  4. Chapter 3: Vanishes
  5. Chapter 4: Impromptu Tricks with...
2005 / 12 / 4
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Samuel Berland
Tricks with Paper Cups by Samuel Berland

Although this booklet was written in the 40s, paper cups are still ubiquituous objects. Go to any fast food restaurant and you will find them, or at parties, at the company water cooler, picknicks, fairs a.s.o. This makes paper cups an ideal item for us magicians - great for an impromptu miracle. Sam Berland teaches 25 amazing tricks, from vanishing liquids to appearing silks in cups. Almost any magical effect can be achieved.

You too should know at least one trick with a paper cup for the next discussion at the water cooler.

1st edition 1942; 26 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Liquid Vanishing Cup:...
2006 / 1 / 6
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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.

2006 / 2 / 15
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R. Shane
Impossible Matters by R. Shane

These are two very interesting self-working effects, both based on topological principles. You do not need to learn any math or remember a whole lot to perform these two stunning effects. (These two effects have been taken from Shane's books Automata and Pentalogy.)

Paradoxical Oddities
A packet of cards, the twenty cards making up a royal flush, is given to a spectator to shuffle. The spectator then chooses one of the values (say, for example, Jacks), and the cards mixed so that some are face up and some face down. The packet is further mixed by the spectator, eventually being divided into...

2006 / 6 / 27
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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...

2006 / 8 / 23
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Ron Jaxon
Perpetuity Tube by Ron Jaxon

Effect

The Perpetuity Tube is a perfect follow up for one of Ron's other ebooks called Bill Burner because it uses an objects that's logical to have with a lighter (a small cigar tube). In other words it's a perfect place for the vanished bill to magically (and visually) travel into.

But that's not all you can do with these little tubes. Just about anything that can fit in them can be made to magically and visually appear, vanish or turn into other objects in a very visual manner. Just to give you an idea of the kinds of things you can accomplish with the Perpetuity tubes:

  • A rolled up dollar bill...
2006 / 12 / 1
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Ron Jaxon
Bill Burner Clear by Ron Jaxon

Effect

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...
2006 / 12 / 1
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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...

2008 / 2 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
Lotto Flash Wallet by Stephen Tucker

This is an absolutely incredible transposition of a 'winning' lottery ticket (you say that you had three of the numbers drawn), which is isolated in a wallet and a £10.00 note held in your hands!

Believe it or not it's an even faster transposition than the one you saw the Pendragons do on TV with their 'Metamorphosis' sub-trunk illusion. Best of all it's 100% self-working, but looks like incredible sleight-of-hand or real magic.

  • automatically resets
  • very topical as virtually everyone does the lotto (lottery)
  • you can use any country's lotto ticket and currency
  • comes with Flash Cash...
2008 / 6 / 8
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L. O. Brown
Paper Tearing by L. O. Brown

All you need is a piece of paper and your hands and you can follow along the instructions in this ebook. It is organized into 27 lessons and teaches many wonderful and fun shapes from the anchor to the sword and from the lighthouse to the dove. The goal is to tear and not to cut which means that this material is appropriate for children as well as adults.

Each tear is accompanied by patter to teach many spiritual truths. Although not magic by itself, this material is appropriate to be considered by the gospel magician.

1st edition 1921; 27 pages.

2008 / 8 / 2
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Alan Rorrison
Misleading Mislead by Alan Rorrison

The best pen through bill routine you will find!
(If you are interested only in the first penetration phase you can also buy it separately with Real Pen-Etration for much less. You might also want to check out the same effect achieved with different sleights: Driven by Cameron Francis.)

In late 2003 / early 2004 Misleading Mislead stormed into the magic community and quickly gained its self critical acclaim. However the full routine had been trimmed down from a two phase routine to a one phase trick by the company who produced it. Alan was very unhappy about this as all the hard work and tested moves that took...

2008 / 8 / 7
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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...

2009 / 3 / 8
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Alan Rorrison
Real Pen-Etration by Alan Rorrison

Borrow a bill, borrow a pen, fold the bill in half and shove the pen right through the center of the bill and all the way through. Miraculously the bill, after folded open is completely unharmed. No hole can be found.

  • No gimmicks of any kind
  • Everything is borrowed and everything can be returned right after
  • Completely impromptu
  • Extremely visual
This is identical to the first phase of Misleading Mislead. If you want to buy only this first most visual phase then Real Pen-Etration is the right product for you. Otherwise get Misleading Mislead.
2009 / 3 / 12
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Chris Webb & Titanas
The Return of the Big Flap by Chris Webb & Titanas

Imagine you show any bill or banknote of any value and a playing card which is chosen and marked. In full view with no switches instantly the card changes into the bill and the bill into the card. Give the signed card out as a souvenir!

The strength of this effect is in its visual impact. The transformation happens right in front of your eyes.

On this action packed video you will learn to perform this miracle with ease and yet still have a visual killer. Packed with extra handlings, 3 routines and loads of moves so you can create your own routine.

Performance of "Money Transpo"

2009 / 3 / 12
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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...

2009 / 3 / 13
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Mark Strivings
The Dakota Miracle by Mark Strivings

A spectator is asked to take out a $1 Bill. The performer divines the city the bill was printed in and the serial number.

runtime: 15min 31s

2009 / 12 / 9
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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...

2009 / 12 / 28
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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 02: Presentation and Paper Magic by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content

    Presentation

  2. Natural
  3. Comedy
  4. Mysterious

    Paper Magic

  5. The Torn and Restored Paper
  6. The Blotting Pad Mystery
  7. The Phantom Rings
  8. The Torn and Restored Newspaper
  9. Ching Ling Foo's Paper
  10. The Snowstorm

    The History of Magic (part 2)

  11. Magic in the Middle Ages

1st edition 1931; 26 pages.

2010 / 3 / 22
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Scott F. Guinn
The Working Pro's Bill in Lemon by Scott F. Guinn

"THE PERFECT CLOSER!"

This is quite possibly THE SINGLE STRONGEST ROUTINE in Scott's arsenal. A clean, magical, and effective Bill in Lemon routine that is audience tested and approved.

A spectator's dollar bill (verified as the same bill at every step of this process) is identified, such that everyone in the audience knows it is HIS bill. The bill is then openly (no envelopes) burned by the same spectator. Another spectator has been holding a package since before the show started. He brings it forward. The first spectator opens it and removes its contents: some napkins, a lemon, and a...

2010 / 8 / 4
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Michael Skinner
Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper by Michael Skinner

The Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper is a classic sleight-of-hand close-up effect. Skinner's main contribution here is the performance which is humorous and fits his personality. The technique is Nate Leipzig's technique which can also be found in Stars of Magic or Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig.

runtimet 6min 44s

2010 / 12 / 27
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TC Tahoe
TC Tahoe Re-Thinks Vol. 4: Bill Switch by TC Tahoe

Re-Thinks is a new series of eBooks from TC Tahoe.

"When I first started doing stage magic many years ago it was difficult to find or create a solid 5-minute performance piece. Having used a slight variation of T.C's Bill in Tomato routine for 5 years is strong testimony to its impressive entertainment value." - Gregory Wilson

"I cannot believe you can do the bill switch for a crowd of over a thousand people and make it play! Only you TC" - Paul Romhany

"A great series full of practical ideas on familiar magic routines. From razor blades, to salt pours, to vanishing bottles, TC's wonderfully warped mind tweaks...

2011 / 8 / 28
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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,...

2011 / 11 / 1
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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...

2012 / 7 / 15
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Stephen Ablett
The Money Project by Stephen Ablett

This download DVD features six full routines, all about Money.

One Coin Routine (Gimmick)
A coin is produced, then two more. Two of the coins vanish, upon which the last coin turns into a Jumbo with a kicker ending.

One Coin Routine (Impromptu)
An anytime, anywhere one-coin routine including productions, transpositions, vanishes, penetrations and with numerous endings to choose from.

Three Coins Routine
Three coins are produced, followed by a three-fly routine, a coin swallowing routine of which they all vanish and then has several different endings.

Shopping Spree
Five banknotes...

2012 / 7 / 29
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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...

2012 / 8 / 28
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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.)...

2012 / 9 / 11
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Shawn Evans
Mimic Money Methods: The Magic of Bill Gaffing by Shawn Evans

This one-of-a-kind ebook reveals the various methods for gaffing Mimic Bills to create unique magical effects --- transformations, restorations, transportations and mentalist tricks.

Just as the card worker can create card miracles by secretly having one duplicate card in the deck, the close-up performer can create magic wonders by employing a matching dollar bill (as verified by the serial numbers).

Terms: Mimic Money is a set of two bills consisting of a slave bill that is gaffed to match the serial numbers on a master bill in order to create magical effects.

This ebook contains...

2012 / 11 / 16
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Kannon
Serial Flasher by Kannon

Serial Flasher is a demonstration of how a method and effect can become a training wheel for real skills. It's a look at the Serial Divination effect as vehicle for your own development.

The manuscript details the handling and routining for three currencies UK (arguably the quickest and cleanest) and US and EURO banknotes.

NOTE: This an effect designed and constructed to achieve a greater personal goal, and as such there are easier ways to divine a serial. But if you can look beyond merely revealing some numbers printed on a piece of paper this essay and lesson may be for you.

Additionally...

2012 / 12 / 31
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Ravi Mayar
R.C.M. (Real Counterfeit Money) by Ravi Mayar

A superb in your face money change! Ask the spectator if they have seen your Real Counterfeit Money. Show them a copy of a bill then right in front of them ink the bill into REAL MONEY with your bare hands.

2013 / 3 / 17
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Devin Knight
Repeat Bill in Lemon Effect (Version 1) by Devin Knight
"REPEAT BILL IN LEMON is simply PURE SIMPLE GENIUS and to think that 2 years ago I invested $250 dollars in Doug Malloy's THE LEMON GAME. I paid less than $10 for Devin's method and I can do it twice!" - Carl de Rome, Norway
Here is something that Devin Knight kept under wraps for more than 25 years. Imagine doing the bill in lemon with a borrowed bill and immediately repeating it with two lemons that have been in full view on the table at all times. The lemons are NOT concealed in a bag. Both lemons can be examined before the effect begins and there is NO SWITCHING of the lemons. No fancy...
2013 / 5 / 10
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Messing with NCR Paper by (Benny) Ben Harris

Magic and science mix to create amazing possibilities with this special paper!

NCR paper is the carbonless paper used to make up receipt and invoice books. It allows impressions to be made on several sheets without the use of carbon paper. And, just like the chemically reactive magic that people have created with ATM paper and Frixion pens, NCR paper also has potential for magical use.

The author established it's use back in 1989 with an excited fax to Jeff Busby. (This document is included from the Harris archives.)

Ben then teaches two routines with the special paper. The first involves...

2013 / 7 / 4
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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...

2013 / 10 / 21
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Devin Knight
Paper Folding Stories for Magicians by Devin Knight

Clever paper-folding stories have always been popular with magicians. Such well-known magicians as Gene Anderson, Jay Marshall, Karrell Fox, Tommy Windsor and others have all featured paper-folding stories in their acts.

Devin Knight has always loved clever paper-folding effects. In this ebook, he has compiled four of his favorite paper-folding effects. He learned all four of these when he was a child and has used them for his entire performing career.

"Even though I'm a mentalist, I am a sucker for origami and puzzle effects. Devin has compiled a great collection of storytelling magic, using nothing more than...
2014 / 5 / 26
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Ken de Courcy
Blue Spotitis and Other Oddities by Ken de Courcy

It is a children's game...it is a great magic trick...it is a mystifying series of magic tricks...it 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...

2014 / 7 / 1
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Mike Kempner
Magnetic Money by Mike Kempner

This effect can only be done one-on-one with a willing spectator, because the spectator has to close their eyes at a crucial moment. If they peek they will see how it is done. It uses an old bar bet type of trick that is done with a bill and a coin and turns it into a magic effect.

How would you like to be able to magnetize currency? Well, now, you can create the illusion of doing so in just one second. With Magnetic Money by mentalist Mike Kempner, you will be able to instantly (in a matter of one second) demonstrate to your spectator that you are able to magnetize currency, and the best...

2014 / 7 / 21
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