Easy Just Chance

EFFECT: Having shown three letter envelopes to be empty, the magician removes a £10 from his wallet and inserts it into one of the envelopes. He says that he is going to give two spectators the chance to win the £10 note by guessing correctly which envelope contains the bank note.

The envelopes are quickly mixed behind the performer's back and then put out on the table. Two spectators each have a completely free choice of envelope, the one they choose is the one they receive. On opening the envelopes, the two chosen by the spectators are found to be empty, the one left for the magician contains the note.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. Three Leveridge Envelopes (6" x 3.5"). 2. Three £10 notes which look reasonably alike (i.e. do not have two brand new ones and one obviously creased one).

PREPARATION: Put a £10 note into two of the envelopes and then set the flaps to open onto the fake side. The third envelope is set to open onto the genuine side, and the remaining £10 note is in your wallet.

Lay the empty third envelope on your table, flap side down, topmost flap on the left. Place the other two envelopes on top of it, also flap side down and also with the top flap on the left.

PRESENTATION: You say that you are going to give two lucky people the chance to win some money. You take out your wallet and remove the £10, laying it on the table. Put your wallet away.

Your left hand now goes to the pile of envelopes and picks up the top one in the following way. With the back of the hand uppermost, your left thumb goes to the middle of the right long edge and the fingers rest on the back of the envelope. The thumb slips under the top envelope of the pile and lifts the right edge upwards, turning it over from right to left. The thumb continues to hold the lower flap in place and the right fingers pull open the upper flap to show the 'inside' empty. The right fingers then push the flap shut, the left hand rotates the envelope over end for end towards you so that it is address side up, and the right hand places it down to the right of the table. The upper flap will now be on the right.

Repeat these moves with the other two envelopes until you have a pile again on the right of your table. This sequence should be done swiftly and casually - remember these envelopes are not supposed to be anything other than normal letter envelopes, so you must attempt to treat them accordingly. A little practice will lead to achieving this aim.

Pick up the £10 note with the right hand, then with the left hand pick up the top envelope as follows:-this time the hand is back up but the thumb slips under the left long edge of the envelope and with the fingers on the address side it is rotated flap side up by twisting the left wrist. This handling ensures that the left thumb is holding the lower loose flap in place.

The right hand pulls open the upper flap and slips the £10 into the envelope pocket, this being genuinely the real pocket, and then closes the flap. Be careful that the left thumb does not allow the flap it is holding to move. Remember that it would normally be stuck down.

The right hand now picks up the second envelope, the thumb slipping under the left long side and turning the envelope over left to right, and this is slipped under the one held in the left hand. The last envelope is picked up in the same way and put under the other two.

You now pass the envelopes behind your back, turning them over end for end so that they are flap side down as you do so. You say that you are going to mix them up so that the spectators can have no idea which one contains the £10 note. In reality, all you do is to switch the two flaps of the bottom most envelope of your flap side down pile. This means that all the envelopes are now set to show empty.

After making suitable mixing noises (!), bring the envelopes out and lay them in a row on your table address side up. You can now build up the effect, stressing the fairness of choice your two spectators will have.

Two spectators indicate an envelope each and the two chosen ones are pushed forward. The remaining envelope is yours, and you pull it back towards yourself.

Now comes the final stage of the trick, and it is very important that the handling is followed exactly. The position is that each envelope contains a £10 note, and each one is set so that it will open to empty. You are now going to show the two chosen ones empty, and that yours contains the £10, using actions which will look as identical as possible.

Pick up the envelope chosen by the first spectator by slipping the left thumb under the right long side of the envelope and lifting it, turning the flap side towards yourself. The address side should now be flat towards the audience.

The right index finger pulls back the top flap with a snap to the right and your left hand is lowered to show the inside of the envelope to be empty. You commiserate with the spectator, close the envelope and lay it aside, flaps underneath. Repeat the moves for the other chosen envelope.

With the other two envelopes empty, it stands to reason that yours will contain the £10 note, so tension is relaxed slightly. You pick up your envelope by slipping your left thumb under the left hand side and rotating the flaps towards you. Your right index finger then slips under the right hand flap and pulls it out and open to the right, the envelope being lowered to show the note inside.

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