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Routine. The magician, while looking through his wallet for a business card comes across a picture of his ex-wife holding a thousand dollar bill. You know why she's smiling don't you? She's holding a thousand dollar bill. That' s why. I had two bills when we separated, a thousand dollar bill and a one dollar bill. The judge said to split everything down the middle. She got one bill, I got the other. That's why she' s smiling. I don' t know why I'm still hanging onto the picture.

The magician drops the picture on the table. As an afterthought, he flips the picture face down. You don't believe me, do you? Look, I've still got the one dollar bill. At this, the magician reaches into his wallet and removes a one dollar bill to prove his story. He starts to replace the bill and then has an idea. After all, I am a magician...

The magician folds the bill into sixteenths. It changes into a thousand dollar bill which he unfolds. When the curious spectators flip over the tabled picture, the magician' s ex-wife is holding a one dollar bill. And, she is no longer smiling but the spectators are.

Preparation. Since there are many excellent bill switches in print, I will have to assume you are familiar with one. The bill switch was popularized by Mike Kozloski and his Hundred Dollar Bill Switch which works well here. (My favorite method is Jay Marshall's tipless switch.)

I came up with this routine prior to learning Anthony's See Through Switch which will switch the picture for you. For that reason and since many of you don't have picture holders in your wallet, I will describe my original switch in the text of this description. It will be obvious how well Anthony's switch will work in place of the switch provided here.

You must take two pictures, one each with a woman ("your ex-wife") holding a thousand dollar bill and a one dollar bill. At a glance the pictures should appear to be the same. However, upon closer inspection, the bills and the facial expressions will be different.

Assemble a stack of ten or so wallet sized pictures along with two wallet sized calendars. Glue the back of one of the calendars to the back of the thousand dollar picture. This is your double faced gimmick. Now arrange a three card stack from the top down as follows:

Gimmick - $1000 picture face up and calendar face down.

Face up $1 picture.

Face up calendar.

Place three miscellaneous cards face up on top of your stack. The balance of the miscellaneous cards should be placed face up below your stack. Place this whole stack in your wallet along with a one dollar bill.

Performance. Remove the stack of pictures and claim to be looking for a business card or another picture you wish to share with the audience. Act surprised when you come to the picture of your ex-wife. Cut your stack to the top of the packet. As you square the packet, obtain a left little finger break under the top two cards.

Make your comments about why she is smiling in the picture. Make sure the audience gets a good look at the $1000 bill she is holding. Double lift, turning the top two pictures over onto the packet. Deal off the top single picture to the right. It is the newly switched in $1 picture.

I like to toss it to the table face up and then flip it face down. This adds an air of nonchalance which takes the heat off the switch. From a distance and for the limited viewing time, this picture will still pass for the $1000 picture. This also adds some logic to why you are turning the picture face down. As you flip it face down, "If you don't mind, I'm a little tired of looking at that face."

Place the remaining pictures back in your wallet and remove the one dollar bill. Using one of the bill switches discussed above, change the $1 into a $1000. Pause while the effect sinks in. For the humorous climax, reveal the changed picture on the table.

Regurgitations. I have used the bill switch with other items which have resulted in different presentations. One is limited to those of you who live in the south. It uses the artificial confederate money which is available at most tourist stops. Can you believe it? They don't honor this stuff any more. Change it into a bill of equal value.


Using either of the two picture switches you just learned, you can perform the following trick. The basis for this trick lies way back in issue #3 in All Keyed Up. In that effect, the magician claims a key has been found and turned into the front desk (or whatever the place of authority where he's performing). Does it belong to anyone? No? Well it appears to be a Volkswagen key. No ? Well, let me try something. If I squeeze the key, you can see that it changes into a key to a Mercedes Benz. Thankyou.

After a limited response, Well, this may not seem like much to you. But there's a guy out there somewhere who used to drive a Volkswagen and who now drives a Mercedes Benz... and he thinks I'm the world's greatest magician.

As you can see, this is a non-trick. The magician is implying that because he was able to change the key from one type of car to another, the corresponding car also changed. Using the wallet switch you can arrange to have the trick made sligh tly more believable.

Routine. I just bought a brand new sports car. It's Mercedes red, a real mean machine. Would you like to see a picture of it? At this, the magician removes his wallet. He finds a picture of the car, a beat up red pinto. The magician is standing in the picture with the car. The picture is dropped face down on the table.

It came with a key and everything. At this, the magician removes a key from his pocket. It's a Volkswagen key. The audience is obviously disappointed. The magician asks, Well, whatdidyou expect? AMercedes? Hmmm. Let me see what I can do.

The magician picks up the key and rubs it. It changes to a Mercedes key. The picture is turned face up and the car in the picture has also changed into a Mercedes.

The Work. Either of the two switches already explained will accomplish the change of the picture. The change of the key can be done with a Bobo Switch or with a S pellbound type of move. Combining the key change and the picture change is logical and the result is more than the sum of the parts.


Tom Craven has come up with a nice use for the old vanishing leprechaun trick. Mel Stover currently produces this in the form of vanishing pencils

(copyrighted in 1956). The original idea goes back more than a hundred years. Mel Stover has an interesting article covering the principle and several applications in the November/December 1980 issue of Games Magazine. It's an optical illusion where you introduce three pieces of cardboard. When assembled together as one would a jigsaw puzzle, there are seven red pencils and six blue pencils. (Mel's version uses red and blue pencils. Other versions use other objects.) By openly rearranging the same pieces of cardboard, you can reverse the condition, showing six red pencils and seven blue pencils. The puzzle itself is ingenious and someone unfamiliar with it would have to study it for quite a while to see which pencil "changed color."

Tom has combined this puzzle with the old dealer's item Out To Lunch to form a nice close-up piece. Since Out To Lunch is a standard dealer's item, I will assume you are familiar with its workings. If not, refer to Regurgitations for an alternative presentation.

Effect. The magician assembles the pencil puzzle in front of the spectators. "I have some more pencils in this packet." He introduces a stack of cards which resemble business cards, each with blue pencil printed on the face. He has one of these cards initialed on both the front (pencil side) and back. It is placed pencil side down on the table.

The spectators' attention is drawn to the tabled puzzle. The magician rearranges the puzzle, causing a red pencil to vanish and a blue pencil to appear. What happened to the red pencil? Would you turn over the card with the blue pencil which you initialed earlier? It traded places with the blue pencil you initialed. Upon turning it over, the spectators see that the blue pencil has vanished and has been replaced with a red one. The spectator's initials are still intact.

Preparation. You will need to make up the modified Out To Lunch as follows. On the half card (gimmick) you will need a blue pencil showing as shown in figure 1. All the rest of the business card size cards have blue pencils on them. The three pieces which make up the pencil puzzle are in your pocket.

Performance. The working is self-evident. Assemble the puzzle so that the blue pencils outnumber the red. Introduce your modified Out To Lunch packet. Have the blue pencil initialed on the face so that the second card (first whole card) with a red pencil is signed. This of course is the secret to the dealer item and will be obvious to all those familiar


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