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Topic: Paradox Dollar
Message: Posted by: MagicPresident (Jan 11, 2003 02:24PM)
Anybody have any ideas on how to use this
in a magic effect?
Message: Posted by: Vincenzo (Jan 11, 2003 02:26PM)
What is the Paradox dollar?
Message: Posted by: Dan Watkins (Jan 11, 2003 02:38PM)
Let me guess, it is a dollar, yet it is not a dollar. Hmmmmmm...
Message: Posted by: MagicPresident (Jan 11, 2003 02:48PM)
It is sold as a puzzle. You show a dollar
bill cut into 4 irregular pieces. You assemble the pieces to form a dollar bill
(face down). You collect the pieces hand
them to the spectator face up and ask him
to assemble them. When he does, there is a
piece missing that would be George's face.
The 5th piece hidden until now completes
the puzzle.
Message: Posted by: Vincenzo (Jan 11, 2003 04:09PM)
You could do it as a "you can't do as I do therefore I'm magic" thing.
You could claim to have made the extra peice that you need vanish.
You could make a bunch of cards that have peices of a dollar bill glued to them and force the card that has georges face on it. Then assemble the puzzle and suddenly realize you did it upside down. You then pass the peices to the spec and the peice of the dollar bill that they had "freely" chosen is missing.
I think I saw something like the paradox bill in a math book somewhere.
Message: Posted by: Maestro (Jan 11, 2003 04:29PM)
On 2003-01-11 17:09, Vincenzo wrote:
You could do it as a "you can't do as I do therefore I'm magic" thing.

You would have to be a little careful if you presented it this way to avoid coming off like you are "showing off" or being arrogant. It could work though.
Message: Posted by: dlhoyt (Jan 14, 2003 10:59PM)
On 2003-01-11 15:24, MagicPresident wrote:
Anybody have any ideas on how to use this
in a magic effect?
I made one up from a "celebrity" dollar that had Bill Clinton's portrait in place of Washington. Show the front of the bill with the 5 pieces making up the dollar. Turn the pieces over and have them assemble the bill. Make a political comment about Clinton leaving Washington. Not much magic, but entertaining to Republicans. Seriously, I've thought about Paradox Bill and all I can come up with are puzzle type effects. I'd be interested in any magical uses also.

Dale Hoyt
Message: Posted by: marcjh (Apr 11, 2020 01:41PM)
Reviving a very old thread.
I have been intrigued by the Paradox effects for awhile and own a number of them (including Where's Tom by Harry Anderson which a a Paradox bill)

I was wondering if anyone has instructions on how to make your own Paradox dollar. I have experimented, but can't get a great fit, and I am not sure if I am using the best materials.
Any help would be most appreciated.

(I would also like to make a Paradox card, but I do not have access to The Chronicles, until this Covid-19 pandemic gets better. Any instructions on that would also be appreciated.)
Message: Posted by: John Long (Apr 18, 2020 09:28PM)
This sounds like an effect that goes by different names:


Business Card Paradox on Meir Yedid's website

Wheres George by from wizard's Journal

Message: Posted by: Maxyedid (Jun 21, 2020 04:34AM)
Where is is possible to obtain a paradox dollar?
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 24, 2020 11:38AM)
Here's a start: https://www.martinsmagic.com/allmagic/money/paradox-dollar-by-jerry-somerdin/

Here's a version you could use today: https://quirkologyblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/jennieprint.pdf
Message: Posted by: Maxyedid (Jun 28, 2020 11:51AM)
Thank you Jonathan Townsend