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owner fits the torn corner and acknowledges that. Having the spectator find the bill when performer has never been close is just too divine, and anyone with as much as one brain will be suspicious and be sure that it can't be the same bill.

For a vanish I might suggest a! method I sold several years ago in connection with a cigarette trick. An envelope with slit in back is used. About three quarters of an inch is torn from the end of bill. Then this piece is pasted along the inside edge of the envelope on the flap side so that it appears to be a bill inside with part showing. The flap is turned down and the envelope put in the inside pocket. When ready to get rid of the bill it is held in right fingers folded up a number of times while the left hand brings out the envelope with fingers on back and the thumb on flap side. Right fingers lift back flap and insert the bill behind the piece showing and at this moment performer turns slightly to the right so that the piece can be seen. The fingers have pushed the bill through the slit into the left fingers behind and this hand goes to pocket for a match. Left hand lights match and sets fire to bottom of the envelope while right holds it at top with flap still open and the decoy showing. Just before the flame gets too near for comfort the flap is turned down and the envelope dropped onto a dish. The performer's hands are unmistakably empty and the illusion created is perfect although at no time is the bill seen to be burning. Now the lemon is tosseed up and cut open. Personally, I think this version by Mr. Bush will be found hard to better.


In effect this is practically the same as has been done before, but the method is far advanced in simplicity and safety is the important feature. The performer at no time has a loose needle in his mouth, which is absolutely empty at the start and will stand a physician's examination, and there is no secret loading of the inevitable threaded packet.

For personal use I have found Crowley "No. 4 Sharps" a practical size. From magicdom's largest supply house (Wool-worth) obtain a large spool of white linen thread. Have the center of this spool bored out making a hole about five-eights of an inch in diameter at the center. Cover one end with a piece of gummed paper or duplicate label.

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