THE MAN WITH THE
The magician asks anaudience member to loan him areasonably new $1 bill. Themagician has the audience member wrap the bill in a piece of foil thenplace it into an envelope. Theenvelope is signed and then given toa second spectator. This spectator is asked to stand up and hold theenvelope high above their head.The magician puts on his patentedX-RAY spectacles and proceeds tostare at the envelope. He writessomething down on a pad of paper.Next he reveals to the audience thathe was able to see into theenvelope, past the foil and read thenumbers on the bill. He is able tooffer with 79% certainty that it isindeed a $1 bill. As an afterthoughthe reveals the serial number on thebill (revealed in a funny way).
Using a version of thedouble-lift with envelopes, thespectator’s original bill is switchedout for a second bill that themagician knows the serial number for.
To perform this effectyou’ll need the following items inaddition to the bill you borrow froman audience member:
A relatively new and clean $1bill
6 coin envelopes
2 large pieces of cardboard towrite on
2 pieces of foil
One pair of X-Ray specs (or reasonable facsimile)
1. Using the magic marker, writethe serial number of the bill onone of the large pieces of cardboard – writing the digitsin reverse order. If the serialnumber is 5695495, you’dwrite 5945965 (you’ll see whyin a moment).2. Cut two pieces of foil intorectangles 5 ½ inches by 3inches and fold them in half into folders.3. Fold the bill in half with theback on the outside and placeit into a foil folder.