Iffîe ¿Magazine of Close-up¿Magic cVol:3N§6cFER1977
This is my handling of a method devised by Sam Berland. If desired the note may be a borrowed one and signed by the spectator from whom it is borrowed.
You will require a portion of an imitation note, nearly half, which is folded in half twice making a square packet which is concealed at the base of the fingers in the left hand, with the folded corner (the corner at which there are no edges) at the position shown in (Fig.l).
Taking the note with the right hand put it in the left covering the fake as you display it, and then retake it with the right at the same time stealing the fake gripping it between the right . third and fourth fingers at the corner diagonally opposite the folded one. This grip allows the note to be handled casually as it is smoothed out and twisted end for end. The right second, third and fourth fingers can be curled inwards towards the palm further concealing the fake and enabling the note to be handled openly and freely. At the end of the movements, (the purpose of which is to let the spectators see that the hands are holding only the note), the right thumb should be towards the end of the note which is pointing towards the audience (Fig.2).
The note is now folded in half taking the inner end over towards the other end and under the right thumb. The left hand now creases the fold, and as it does so the right first and second fingertips press on the fake holding it against the underside of the note enabling the right third and fourth fingers to release their grip on it.
Fold the note once more by taking the folded edge over to meet the ends squarely and crease the new fold.
Both hands now hold the note, thumbs above and fingers beneath (Fig.3). The dotted lines indicate the position of the fake which is held square with the third and fourth fingers of both hands. The folded corner of the fake is indicated by X.
The first and second fingers of both hands are now brought from beneath the note and pressing down on the outer end fold it in half trapping the fake within. Up to this point it has been necessary to keep the outer end of the note dipped down slightly to keep the fake hidden, but now the hands move their general position bringing the back of the hands towards the audience who now see the folded packet 'flat on'.
Crease this last fold sharply and give the packet a quarter turn bringing this folded edge to the left side. Re-open the packet at the centre which will open out one fold of the fake leaving it with one fold and hidden from the audience behind the note (Fig.4). The right fingers now bend the end of the packet it is holding forwards and round folding it in half, thus bringing the fake to the outside of the packet and into view of the audience for the first time who will accept what they see as the genuine note.
Using both thumbs open the fake only which will leave the folded note behind the fake and held with the left thumb (Fig.5).
The right hand now tears the fake in half with a downwards action, and puts the half it is holding under the left fingers and onto the other half of the fake with the newly torn edges together. The pieces are now neatly squared and in so doing the packet is turned end for end.
Hold the packet between the fingers underneath and the thumbs above. Fold it just above the halfway line bringing the fake pieces outside the note leaving the edges staggered (Fig.6). Re-open the fake pieces leaving the folded note held hidden from the audience behind the fake (Fig.7). Aided by the right hand the left turns the packet over bringing the note to the audience side of the fake where it is covered with the left fingers. The right hand tears the fake as before, and puis the portion it is holding under the left thumb on top of the rest of the fake, again with newly torn edges together. The right hand now takes the packet and turns it over.
Give the packet a quarter turn to the right. The index fingers pushing the outer end of the packet upwards and over inwards folding it just above the halfway line trapping the note inside the fake. The position is now as in (Fig.6) again, but the packet is of course smaller.
The packet is re-opened, but this time at legist one layer of the fake is left beneath the left thumb (Fig.8). Turn packet over and tear fake in half putting pieces in right hand under the left thumb. Turn packet over bringing the layer that was left under the left thumb back into that position. This layer is now opened and folded back round the torn pieces trapping them within. The folded note is now immediately under the left thumb with the torn pieces of the fake in a neat parcel beneath. The note is now unfolded and shown to be completely restored. During this operation the fake pieces beneath can be folded in half once again making a still smaller parcel which can be passed from hand to hand beneath the note as the creases are being smoothed out. It is important that all the folds should be made neatly and each one well creased, and also that the torn pieces be kept neatly squared. The staggered edges created by not folding the packet exactly in half enables the note to be opened more easily to show its restoration.
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