Performance

To begin, get the loaded tip on your thumb, then announce you will do your most requested effect. Look at an affluent-appearing spectator and say: "This is the trick where I borrow a twenty-dollar bill from someone, and fold it up. When I open the bill, it has turned into a hundred-dollar bill! Then I give the hundred back to the person who lent me the bill! So, the trick is not only entertaining, but profitable as well! Do you have a twenty?"

Once you have the borrowed twenty (and it must be a twenty) look at it, then call out the serial number. Point at a spectator and say, "You! Remember that number! We'll need it later to verify it's the same bill!" Of course, the spectator can't remember that long string of digits, which will bring a laugh. After the laugh, have half the crowd remember the first four numbers, while the other half remembers the final four.

Then, turn to the first person you addressed, call out the first and last letters, and ask him to remember them. This is much better than having someone copy down the number: It speeds up the pace of the effect, and gets the whole group involved.

After the number is noted by both groups, you continue, saying, "The reason it's so important you remember the serial number is because after the twenty turns into the hundred, it will have the same serial number the twenty had! Pretty good, huh? Oh, I know what you're thinking ... you're wondering if that's legal. Well, I checked with the Treasury Department and they said since there won't be a twenty around anymore with that serial number, it's all perfectly legal ... since there is only one bill in circulation with that number, everything is fine!"

Now do the Kozlowski switch as you chat away about how happy the lender will be when he gets back a hundred. I use lines like, "I can't wait to see the look of joy on your face when you make eighty dollars profit," or, "After I give this man the hundred, I'll be happy to do the same for all of you!"

As you unfold the bill, the smile falls from your face as you realize it didn't work. Show the bill around as you comment, "What a bummer! It's not working ... I had a late night last night and I didn't get much sleep. Do you know what this is?"

Most of your spectators will be laughing by now and someone will respond, "A three-dollar bill," or, "A strange bill!"

Regardless of the answer you look at the lender and say, "No. This is your bill. See ... the 'N-T-Y' has dropped off the 'TWENTY' leaving us with a 'TWE' dollar bill!"

This always gets a big laugh as I place the bill on the table. Everyone wants to pick it up and look at it. Do your best during the above actions to keep your tipped thumb behind or beneath the bill.

After everyone has seen the bill and the laughter has died down, pick up the bill, fold it, then place it into your right coat pocket as you say, "Well ... it's been nice meeting all of you. I have to go to another table now!"

Turn to walk away as your right hand is still in your coat pocket. Drop the TWE, then slide off the Thumb Tip, retaining the borrowed bill in Finger Palm. A quick trial will show you how easy this is.

Your right hand comes out of the pocket as you turn back to the spectators and say "No, I wouldn't do that to you! Let me reimburse you."

Grasp the right lapel of your coat with your right hand, using it to pull your coat open. Begin to reach in with your left hand, then glance inside as if you suddenly realize that your wallet is in the other side of your coat. Release the right lapel, then the left hand takes the left lapel, opens the coat and your right hand reaches in. I handle the load this way so the right hand doesn't come out of the coat pocket and go directly to the wallet. By breaking the loading sequence this way, the misdirection works perfectly. If you carry out the actions without hesitation, it looks entirely natural and convinces the spectators your hands are empty.

Load the bill into the wallet and immediately remove it, saying, "Now what did you give me ... a ten?" Most will reply, "No, a twenty!" However, sometimes you'll get the response, "No, it was a hundred!" If you get that answer, point at them, saying in mock surprise, "Don't push it! You don't have anything right now!"

Display the wallet, then open it. But, before you reveal the bill, direct attention to an empty compartment, show it's empty, and say "Bad week!" Then open to the place where the borrowed bill is as you say, "Sometimes I keep a buck or two in here ... What's this? ... It looks like a twenty."

Remove the bill, unfold it, and say, "Does the serial number ..." as you read off the number, "sound familiar to you?" The whole group will respond, "Yes!" You reply, "Then I think this is yours." Hand back the bill. As you place the wallet away say tongue-in-cheek, "And, I'll thank you to keep your mitts out of my wallet in the future!"

You can, of course, change any of the patter to fit your personality. I've given you the routine the way I did it — word-for-word — for so many years. If you don't seem to take yourself seriously, the spectators will laugh along with you.

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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