Section Three

More special envelopes - and yet more routines!


Earlier in this book I have described a couple of different types of envelopes which enable you to steal objects secretly from their insides. The Coin Out Envelope (p.5) was, as the title suggests, designed for use with coins, while The Utility Switch Envelope (p.9), is best utilised with cards.

However, I wanted an envelope which would enable me to steal away a folded bank note simply and convincingly, and neither of the above were quite right for that. The normal way is to have a slit across the back of the envelope, but this causes handling problems, in my opinion. I wanted something where I could handle the fake envelope quite cleanly while mixing it with a couple of others, and so I devised the fake I call the Side Steal Envelope. This item was first published in Goodliffe's 'Abracadabra' magazine.

PREPARATION: The envelopes which you need to get to make this up are the small brown manila wage envelopes. They measure approximately 10cm x 7cm and have a gummed flap at one narrow end. Essentially all that is needed is for a neat slit to be made up one of the envelope sides right on the actual envelope crease. My first thought was to just stick a knife in and slit it up. But no matter how hard I tried, and with whatever type of knife, I just could not get an invisible, neat slit.

Part of the problem lies in the design of the envelopes. The ones I have, which I assume are standard, are folded as in Fig. 52. The two side pieces which are folded in are stuck UNDER the front piece, which means you cannot get a knife into the folded seam at the bottom corner where you need it. So, this led me to reconstruct an entire envelope in the way I am now going to describe.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A few of the brown envelopes. 2. A pair of sharp scissors. 3. A knife. 4. Some stick glue such as Pritt. Then proceed as follows:

1. With the knife carefully slit along the base of the envelope. Fig. 53. With the scissors, cut down the front part of the envelope roughly in line with the width of the two folded in side pieces. Fig. 54.

2. Discard the front small piece and turn the piece attached to the flap so that the flap is at the top. Bend the right hand slide piece out flat and then carefully cut exactly up the crease for a length of about 6cm. Fig. 55.

3. Cut straight across at the top of this cutting to remove the unwanted side piece. Fig. 56.

5. Take a second envelope and use the knife to carefully slit down each of the side seams. Fig. 57. Open the front part of the envelope downwards and cut across about 2cm up from the envelope's original bottom crease. Fig. 58.

6. Snip two angled pieces off the corners as in Fig. 59. Fold the little flap thus formed inwards and apply glue as shown.

7. Making sure both the sides flaps of the first envelope piece are opened out flat, attach the second piece onto the front of the first piece, making sure that the bottom edge lines up exactly with the bottom of the original first piece. Fig. 60.

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8. Turn the entire envelope over and apply glue to the opened out side flaps. Fig. 61. Turn the envelope back over again, fold in the side pieces and fold up the front piece so that it sticks to the side pieces to create the envelope. Fig. 62.

If you hold the envelope as in Fig. 63 and bow it open, a spectator can look inside and all will appear normal, yet the side is open ready for your secret use.

THE STEAL: Fold up a bank note into a small square and lower the front of the envelope down so that the spectators can see the right hand sliding the note genuinely into the envelope. Fig. 64. Note the exact position of the left fingers in holding the envelope.

As the right fingers start to push the note down in

side raise the left hand up so that the address side of the envelope is flat facing the audience.

As soon as you reach this position, the right fingers push downwards on the note thus sliding it out of the side opening and behind the left hand holding the envelope. Fig. 65.

The right hand comes out of the envelope and grips it at the point marked 'X' in Fig. 65 and rotates the flap end of the envelope 90 degrees to the left so that the flap ends up pointing upwards. This automatically completes the escape of the folded note from the side of the envelope without the left fingers having to move.

As soon as the note has cleared the slit, the left fingers slide up the back of the envelope so that the envelope covers the note lying on the left fingers, and the envelope is brought to the mouth for you to moisten the gummed flap and stick it down.

The natural movements of twisting the flap upwards and raising it to the mouth actually create the stealing action making it a very deceptive move.

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