Lou Gao Silver Certificate

EFFECT: The hands are seen to be empty except for a dollar bill. The bill is folded until it is one-eighth its regular size, and it is held at the very fingertips. After talking about the bill's value in silver, the bill instantly and visibly changes into a silver dollar.

COMMENTS: Lou Gallo knows what good magic should look like, and how important it is for magic to be simple, direct and yet powerful. Lou has been doing magic in the Buffalo, New York area for years; and doing bar magic with friends like Eddie Fechter has given him a keen understanding of the Art.

The method and effect might at first seem simplistic, but Lou assures me that if s a guaranteed knockout for laymen, and thaf s enough for me!

PROCEDURES: You can go into this routine in a number of different ways. Beginning with a silver dollar classic palmed in the right hand, either take a bill of your own to be examined, or borrow a bill from a spectator.

Personally, I believe it would be a good idea to begin with an old pure silver dollar and use an old silver certificate bill. This is a form of dollar bill used over 20 years ago which had printed on the face the fact that it was worth the equivalent of one dollar in silver on demand. This isn't necessary, but it would make for an interesting conversation piece and if s a natural lead-in for this routine. Also, you could change the bill to the silver dollar and quit (or use the coin in an effect),but if you borrow the bill an extra step will be involved. IH explain this later.

'There was a time when a dollar was worth a certain amount of silver, and tfiat silver was redeemable on demand to anyone who owned one of these silver certificates. Those days are gone." As this is said the silver dollar is dropped to the fingertips. The bill is taken by the left hand which places it directly on top of the coin. Gesture with both hands showing them 'empty7 except for the bill. As you are talking you can hold the bill by its narrow ends and snap it once or twice. If you like you may transfer the coin from one hand to the other during this snapping process, and thereby be able to show each hand as being empty (FIG. 1, underview).

Hold the bill and coin as in FIGS. 4 and 5.

■ The bill is held at the left fingertips with as much of it showing as possible. The majority of the coin is concealed by the left fingers.

"For di.r-ipU:, if I wanted to, I could reach right into tliat bill and remove all the silver I isuiHtrdj"

Hold the bill at the narrow ends with the face toward the spectator. The bill is held by the thumb and middle finger of each hand, which allows a clear view of both hands. The coin is on your side of the bill where it is clipped between the thumb and middle finger of the left hand.

Fold the bill in half and crease it with the right fingers. This fold should go forward, leaving the coin covered. "But I've discovered that since I'm a magician 1 can do almost anything I'd like."

Again, fold the bill in half once more (FIGS. 2 and 3). At this point the coin will have to be moved from hand to hand behind the bill as you make sure the bill is well creased. End up with the coin held behind the bill by the left hand.

Fold the bill in half once again by folding the upper half down and forward. The bill should be one-eighth its regular size after the three folds. You will need to be careful here because the silver dollar is larger than the bill at this point

Hold the bill and coin as in FIGS. 4 and 5.

■ The bill is held at the left fingertips with as much of it showing as possible. The majority of the coin is concealed by the left fingers.

"For di.r-ipU:, if I wanted to, I could reach right into tliat bill and remove all the silver I isuiHtrdj"

As this is said the right hand comes over and contacts the right side of the folded bill. (FIG. 6).

This causes the to forward, over the left fingers, and into a right fingerpalm.

At the same instant, the right fingers and thumb take the right side of the silver dollar held in the left hand. The left hand moves away to reveal the silver dollar held by the right fingertips.

FIG. 7 shows this action taking place. Ifs important that you realize that the right hand moves over to pivot the bill into the finger palm, and the left hand immediately moves away to show the change has taken place. This is a surprisingly effective and visual change (FIG. 8).

At this point you may end if it's your bill, or you may change the coin back to a bill by any one of a number of spellbound moves. The folded bill will make the change back fairly simple if you think about it. Some people may decide to reproduce the bill in some other location, such as a purse frame.

If rehearsed this routine would be very strong for laymen. But rehearsals are necess '.ry. The vie wers must not suspect that anythingelse is in the hands other than the bill. For this reason you should not become involved in over proving. Fold the bill with a comfortable, relaxed attitude and the transformation into a silver dollar will carry quite an impact.

David Williamson

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