Opening Your Envelope

Eventually you are left with only one envelope which, if necessary, is adjusted so that it covers the note. It is the handling of this last envelope which clinches the whole effect.

At this stage, the envelope will be held in the same position as the packet was in Figure 1 (performer's view), although the single envelope will be a little further over the fingers (towards the palm) to cover the note. By dropping and turning the hand the top edge of the envelope is brought downwards, bringing the other side of the envelope towards the audience. It is now a simple matter to bring the forefinger to the front of the envelope and hold it (and the note) clipped between the first and second fingers (Figure 7, performer's view). Alternatively, by moving the left hand to the left of the body, envelope and note can be held as in Figure 6 (audience's view). The positions

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