Transpo Note

With the Leveridge Envelope made up in a standard brown manila envelope (size 6" x 3.5"), bank notes can be most effectively used and the following examples show the type of effects that are possible. First a strong transposition effect.

EFFECT: An envelope is shown empty, sealed and given to a member of the audience to look after. The magician then borrows a £10 note and a spectator writes down the serial number for later verification. The note is then slipped into a pay envelope and set on fire. As soon as it is burnt, the spectator looking after the originally empty envelope is asked to tear it open, and inside he finds the borrowed note whose number is checked.

REQUIREMENTS: 1. A Leveridge Envelope. 2. A £10 note. 3. A small pay envelope. 4. A box of matches. 5. An ashtray. 6. A letter opener. 7. A pen. 8. A small notepad.

PREPARATION: Memorise the last three digits of the serial number on the £10 note, and then put it into the Leveridge Envelope, actually licking and sealing the flap over the visible part of the note as shown in Fig. 17.

The envelope is on your table, along with the ashtray, pen, pad and letter opener. The small pay envelope has a slit across the width of the address side and is on your table, address side down. The matches are in your left jacket pocket.

PRESENTATION: Pick up the Leveridge Envelope and casually show it empty. Because the lower flap is stuck down, it can be handled like a normal letter envelope with no loose flaps to worry about. You remark that you are going to seal the empty envelope and give it to someone to look after. You now seal the envelope as follows.

The left hand holds the left side of the envelope, the second, third and little fingers on the address side, the thumb and index finger on the flap side. The address side is towards the audience. The right hand holds open the loose flap as you raise it to your mouth to lick the gum round the edge. Fig. 18.

As soon as it is licked sufficiently, the right hand bends down the flap and the left index finger pulls down on the top unstuck part of the lower flap.




Fig. 19

Fig. 20

Right hand (removed for clarity) tucks loose flap under lower flap

Fig. 20

Fig. 19. This enables the right hand to tuck the loose flap under the other flap and press it down so that it sticks.

As soon as the loose flap has gone under the lower flap, the left index finger stops pulling down on the unstuck part of the lower flap, and can flatten it out again.

The result is shown in Fig. 20. The lower flap which was already partially stuck down is now the new top flap and appears to have just been sealed.

The envelope is now given to a spectator to put in his pocket. If the unstuck part of the upper flap worries you, you can openly bend it back and lick it, saying that you obviously did not lick it enough the first time, and stick it down. All of the above phase should be performed without fuss, because you are supposed to be simply sealing an empty envelope.

You now borrow a £10 note and hand the spectator the pad and pen to write down the last three digits of the serial number. To help (?), you call out the three numbers, miscalling those on the lent note for those on the £10 in the envelope held by the spectator. Done casually and without making a big attempt to hide the real serial number, which is too small to be seen anyway unless you are very close, this procedure will appear quite fair.

With the number written down, you retrieve the pad and pen, leaving the sheet of paper with the number on for the spectator. Alternatively, you can give the spectator one of your business cards to write on, so that afterwards he can keep the card.

You now fold up the £10 note into a small square and put it into the pay envelope, the note going through the slit and remaining covered by the left fingers. Raise the hand and lick the pay envelope's flap, the note and slit in the envelope being shielded by the back of the left fingers, and seal the envelope. The right hand takes it and the left hand, with its note concealed, goes to the left jacket pocket for the matches.

The note is left in the pocket, the matches are brought out and the envelope duly burned in the ashtray. The spectator who is minding the envelope, is asked now to remove it from his pocket. He is handed the letter opener, which encourages him to slit it open at the top edge, although this is not over important, and he can reach inside and remove the £10 note himself. Because of the way the envelope is sealed, there is no faking visible and you can retrieve it while the serial number is being checked and proved to be correct.

That is the bare bones of the presentation, I feel it should be left to the individual performer to decide on his own particular routine, and indeed there are a number of excellent routines available.

One small point to mention here is that I think it is perhaps a good idea to fold the £10 note to be placed in the Leveridge Envelope in the same way that you will later fold the borrowed one, and to then unfold it and slip it into the envelope. The reason is simply that if the spectator receives back as his borrowed note one that has obviously never been folded as he thought he saw you do during the trick, it will take away a lot of the mystery. If however, his returned note is creased as if previously folded, it will probably lead him to wonder how on earth you managed to get it into the envelope while it was in his pocket!

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