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Reach into your right coat pocket and get the tip onto your right thumb for the Kozlowski switch. (It's worn throughout the routine and won't get in the way.) Then, pick up the folded jumbo bill so when you come out of the pocket the folded jumbo bill is hidden behind the fingers of the right hand, with the mini-bill projecting from the fingertips, the face of the mini-bill toward the spectators.

Once the mini-bill has been displayed, fold it into thirds, then push it behind the jumbo bill, which you immediately snap open by getting your right fingers into the fold and popping the lower half upward. In a continuing action pull the accordion pleats to the right, expanding the jumbo bill completely. The left thumb goes behind the lower edge of the left side of the bill and holds the folded mini-bill flat, displaying empty hands.

Fold the jumbo bill until it is the proper size for the Kozlowski switch, then continue with the transformation, changing the jumbo into a genuine bill. Your hands are obviously empty at the end of the change.

You will have to experiment with the size of your copies and the folding of the bills to do my routine with a clean change in your hands. It took me just a few minutes to work out the correct size and folds for my set of bills, using the enlargement and reduction capabilities of a good copier.

By the way, with the arrival of digital color copiers, you can make exceptionally convincing-looking bills of any size and color, making this routine ideal for magicians anywhere in the world. It's a great visual "quickie."

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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