The Dollar Bill In The Cigarette

EFFECT:

1 -- A package of cigarettes.

Take box of cigarettes. Remove all cigarettes but two. Place these two at one end of box and place prepared cigarette next to them toward inside of box.

Place box of cigarettes in pocket.

To Perform:

Come forward to audience.

"I should like to borrow a hundred-dollar bill. The gentleman sitting over there says he would, too. Or a fifty-dollar bill — a twenty — a ten — a five — or who has a dollar? Just a dollar bill. Ah, here is a gentleman who trusts me. Thank you, sir."

Take dollar bill from gentleman. Be sure that it is not too old or too new and resembles the bill you have in cigarette. Should it be too old, say:

"It might fall apart. I need a sturdy, youthful bill."

"That is a brand new one and I might soil it. Give me one that has seen service. I want a bill with experience."

Holding bill in full sight, go back toward the stage. Suddenly stop as if a thought occurred to you and say:

"Pardon me, sir, but would you mind just copying down the number on your bill. As you are the owner of it, you would, no doubt, like to identify it again later. Just write the last three digits — 7, 6, 4 — and the letter A."

Assume that those were the numbers on the bill you placed in the cigarette. Whatever those numbers are, call them out to the spectator to mark down. Audience and owner of bill believe that you are actually reading off the numbers from borrowed bill while in reality you are giving the numbers on the bill in the prepared cigarette.

Keep the dollar bill in plain sight. Bring out package of cigarettes from your pocket. Hold box so that cigarettes slide over to right side of box and hand to spectator so that prepared cigarette is nearest him. As a rule, spectator takes this cigarette when you offer the box to him.

"That's fine. You have selected a cigarette for me, sir."

Take cigarette from him and place it in your mouth.

Ask spectator to take another for himself. If he did not take the prepared cigarette for you the first time, merely let him keep the first one, and you select the prepared one for yourself.

"Have one yourself, sir, and we'll have just a little smoke between friends."

Replace cigarette box in pocket.

Go back to stage. While your back is turned, get Pull in left hand, closing your fingers over it. Hold dollar bill up in right hand all the time.

Now turn and face audience.

Spread out dollar bill, holding it between hands.

"It is said that if a person folds a dollar bill and then puts it in his pocket, when he takes it out again, he finds his money in creases."

Fold bill over and crease it down. Continue folding and rolling it a little so that it can be easily tucked into Cigarette Pull. Place bill in Pull under cover of hands and release Pull.

"However, in folding money so many times, it certainly makes it look small — in fact, so small "

Open left hand and show bill has vanished.

"That it is quite invisible. This. of course, isn't difficult to do because most anyone can get rid of money. Now, the production of money is more difficult."

Take box of matches from pocket and light the cigarette which has been in your mouth ever since the spectator selected it from the box you offered him. Replace matches.

"I guess that's why many fellows light up a cigarette and try to imagine they are rich. But not so good with this cigarette. It doesn't seem to smoke so well."

Take cigarette from mouth and look at it.

"As we say jokingly, one to another, 'It would make a poor artist as it doesn't draw so well."

Break open cigarette and show bill inside.

"There seems to be a cause back of effects."

Unfold dollar bill.

"There is money in cigarettes."

Look at number on bill.

"Ah, sir, I believe it is your dollar. The number is 7, 6, 4, A. Is that correct, sir? I shall let you have the bill so that you can check up for yourself."

Return bill to owner, and have him identify it.

"It is your bill. Fine. Lucky I decided to smoke or you may never have got your bill back -- or I might say your greenback."

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