The Lemon And The Dollar

By Conrad Bush

Bolder and more direct methods seem to be the rule of the day and in this case the rule seems to be a good one. The more complicated an effect gets, the harder it is to handle. Mr. Bush has reduced the old and true classic to a concise method that does not confuse at any time and leaves a profound impression.

Passing three lemons into the audience, the performer asks that one be selected and held, the other two being tossed back. The performer requests the loan of a dollar bill, the serial number of which is taken down by another person, and then the performer tears off one corner which he hands to the owner as a means of still further identification. The dollar bill is now vanished. The spectator takes the lemon from his pocket, cuts it open and finds therein a bill. Serial numbers all check and the owner of the bill has the corner that matches perfectly. What could be more convincing in the eyes of the audience?

Lemons should be used that are different from each other to the extent that they can be mentally identified as one, two and three. Bemove the stem pip from the lemon at the stem and with a sharp instrument such as an ice pick, insert it at this spot making a hole large enough to receive a rolled up bill. The bills are rolled as follows: Fold to half its own width, then in half lengthwise and then roll into a tight roll. Bill will not be over three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter and about one and five-sixteenths of an inch in length. The bills should be neither too new nor too old and first the serial numbers of each should be written down and a corner torn from each. Be careful to keep each corner with its own number.

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