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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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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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Dave Arch
The Scissors Race by Dave Arch

A little friendly competition between audience members might be just what's needed to add a piece of variety to your show. As two contestants compete in a paper cutting race, the magic starts to happen. Both the contestants and the audience are surprised by the unexpected outcome. Ultimately it ends in a tie. Truly there must be magic in the air.

In addition . . . Dave has added as a bonus another non-magical competition that he used for over a decade to decide who would be given his Giant Balloon Reindeer.

1st edition 2019, 2 pages.

2019 / 2 / 16
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Paul Hallas
Inkubators by Paul Hallas

Blank pieces of paper become dollar bills then one of these becomes a $10 bill. There is also a bonus routine with a new take on the classic Twisting the Aces plot.

1st edition 2015, 4 pages.

2015 / 3 / 1
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Tom Bowyer & T. A. Whitney
The Repeat Bill Trick by Tom Bowyer & T. A. Whitney

Even the most jaded audience will sit up and take notice when effects with real money are performed. Here's an entertaining story about a shopaholic who continues to spend (real) money, but somehow manages to leave the store with the same amount of cash she started with.

This is a time-tested routine that's made even better by using genuine currency (which you supply) while you follow these illustrated instructions. But that's not all. You also get additional presentation ideas, plus a template for constructing your own Repeat Bills outfit with whatever denomination of currency you wish. ...

2020 / 1 / 27
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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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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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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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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...

2014 / 9 / 25
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Impossible Foldings Volume 2 (Part 1) by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

This time Ralf teaches you how to make impossible looking cards. With a few simple cuts and folds you can make beautiful objects which you can hand out as presents or keep for yourself. Once you know the basic method you can start to create your own variations and combine different cuts and folds into new creative designs. Also remember that while Ralf uses playing cards you can do the same designs with many other paper products, be they business cards, bank notes, designer paper, craft paper, etc.

The four impossible cards taught are:

  • Basic Fold: Here you will learn one of the basic folds...
2014 / 11 / 22
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Impossible Foldings Volume 2 (Part 2) by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Six more impossible cards taught are:

  • Circled: A particularly beautiful and super easy fold.
  • P'linked
  • Holed
  • Hyper Variation
  • Ezy Fold
  • Interlocked
(Templates are included in a PDF you download from your digital shelf.)

1st edition 2014, length 25 min

2014 / 11 / 22
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Percy Abbott
Paper Magic by Percy Abbott

If you already have Bag-o-Trix you have this book. Although Percy Abbott put his name on the book, UF Grant said many of the ideas were his. This dispute later resulted in UF Grant leaving the Abbott company. There are over forty of the most unusual, unique and amazing new tricks that can be worked with paper. This is a new and untouched field. Paper tricks are easy to carry and are most effective. A few of the outstanding effects are:

  • The performer makes a paper fir tree - and then actually climbs it
  • A cabinet is made from paper - shown empty - and a girl crashes through it from apparently nowhere
  • A paper bag escape...
2015 / 6 / 2
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Vin Carey
Paper Tearing Act by Vin Carey

Tear paper to a shipwreck story producing a ship's wheel with girls and skeletons. The second phase of the act is a torn and restored paper routine. Includes patter and the folding/tearing instructions. Please note that the patter would not be appropriate anymore for today's audience.

13 pages

2015 / 6 / 14
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Ravelle-Andree
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 ...
2015 / 8 / 17
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Dave Arch
Paper Paradox by Dave Arch

Have you ever seen the paper puzzle where you try and find a hidden message or picture without tearing or ripping the folded paper? If not, you can see it here:

You'll be taken step-by-step in this instructional video as you learn to make The Paper Paradox (without any complicated origami folds) for your own fun (and/or marketing). You'll also receive an MSWord template for customizing to your own message (download from the digital shelf). Prospects sure keep this puzzle longer and show it to more people than any business card.

1st edition 2018, length 6 min 30 s.

2018 / 11 / 12
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Robert J. Gunther & A. Sydney Fleischman
The Blue Bug by Robert J. Gunther & A. Sydney Fleischman

A manual of sorcery with cigarette papers. No matter whether you're a magician, a mentalist, or land somewhere in between, there's something for you in this brilliant ebook. Intimate, indetectable, close-up magic giving the appearing of great skill but requiring a minimum of sleight of hand. Over a dozen illustrations and a score of effects and methods.

Illustrated by Bob Gunther, former Disney animator, the moves are cleanly and clearly depicted, as if the authors were teaching them to you over drinks at their favorite watering hole.

Partial contents:

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Basic...
2019 / 10 / 13
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MAG
Money Wanted by MAG

This video is in Vietnamese with an interpreter translating the instructions to English.

The signed selected card is lost in the deck. You take the bill and throw the bill onto the deck, visually the bill disappears. You go through the deck to find the selected card which has fused with the bill. You can then give the card to the spectator for examination.

1st edition 2016, length 18min

2016 / 9 / 29
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MAG
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

2016 / 10 / 26
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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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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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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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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph
Pocket Riser by Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

You may have seen something similar in a stage version from Martin Lewis. Ralf got his inspiration from Martin's effect and worked out a pocket version of it that uses a sticky note pad.

Effect: Draw a wrong prediction of a playing card on a sticky note pad. The chosen card rises out of the same picture. Give it away as an impossible souvenir.

1st edition 2014, length 28 min 26 sec.

2014 / 11 / 3
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Eric Hawkesworth
The Legend of the Willow Pattern by Eric Hawkesworth

This charming act tells the story of the Willow Pattern plate design and the performer first shows how two sheets of ordinary newspaper have been glued together and pleated to make the basic paper fold. A variety of different figures is then produced by fanning, folding and twisting the pleated paper strip to illustrate the story of the Willow Pattern legend; they include a giant fan, double fan, bridge, pagoda door, sun, boat of dreams and twin stars. With a little practice, each figure flows into the next with almost magical effect and the complete routine is a good example of stage origami. ...

2017 / 11 / 25
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P. K. Ilango
The Madras Paper Repeat Climax by P. K. Ilango

Effect: A quarter-size piece of newspaper is torn into six pieces. Two pieces are discarded. When the pieces are counted, there are again six pieces. This time four pieces are discarded. When remaining pieces are counted, there are again six pieces of paper. This time five pieces of paper are discarded. Now only one piece of paper is left in the hand. Suddenly the one piece of paper becomes a fully-restored paper.

1st edition 1987, 8 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, PDF 9 pages.

2017 / 12 / 4
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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
The Bank Note in Lemon Trick Plus by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

A borrowed bank note, of any denomination, is marked with the initials of the owner, and wrapped in a handkerchief. A borrowed and examined lemon is placed under a tumbler. The bank note is commanded to leave the handkerchief, and is found inside the lemon.

1st edition 1983, 8 pages; 1st digital edition 2018, 7 pages.

2018 / 7 / 12
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Dave Arch
Paper Folding Formula by Dave Arch

Although this principle has been used to create multiple routines, the formula for creating those routines has not been widely revealed. In its generic form, a piece of paper with multiple pictures, letters, numbers, or words is folded in half multiple times widthwise or lengthwise as determined by the volunteer. After the spectator cuts around the perimeter of the folded packet to form a stack of individual squares, some will be face up in the stack and some face down. As unbelievable as it seems, due to the formula, the magician has complete control over which pieces end up in the face up...

2019 / 2 / 13
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Howard A. Adams
The Chinaman's Paper Caper by Howard A. Adams

A prize winning paper folding and cutting routine with only a double sheet of newspaper and a pair of scissors.

The routine utilizes all the paper producing a whole succession of objects while you are telling an amusing story. In the introduction Ken de Courcy writes:

THE CHINAMAN'S PAPER CAPER is a most satisfying trick. To begin with, it is unusual because it utilises all of the paper. Second, it requires just one 'double' sheet of newspaper, and a pair of scissors. Third, in case you think our enthusiasm has run riot, it has already won two awards in America; "The Magic Dungeon Academy Trophy for...

2019 / 8 / 20
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Supreme-Magic-Company
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...

2020 / 4 / 21
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Ralph Mayer
Short Changed by Ralph Mayer

A terrific audience participation effect about a famous carnival and con artist swindle. Audiences love tricks with money. They also love to learn about swindles and cons, in order to protect themselves. This effect provides both: entertainment and a lesson.

In this clever routine, you demonstrate how easy it is to swindle the victim out of $10 for a $1 purchase. Not just a trick, but an actual scam that fleeces thousands of people every day. Don't you be one of them!

And, only in this updated edition, we supply camera-ready master images of stage bills that you can use for the effect....

2021 / 5 / 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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