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Topic: Mysterious puzzle of the missing dollar bill
Message: Posted by: lukecloughmagic (Mar 7, 2011 05:58AM)
I was wondering has anyone here got any experience of performing Nicholas Einhorns trick "mysterious puzzle of the missing dollar bill".

He performed it at a convention last year and personally I loved it so ended up buying it, and have performed it a few times to people and got quite good reactions. Does anyone else around here perform it and if so how do you find it goes down?
Message: Posted by: mcharisse (Mar 8, 2011 04:58PM)
I, too, get good reactions, especially from more "thoughtful" spectators. They appreciate the interaction of the puzzle and the trick.

Marc Charisse
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (May 11, 2011 08:15AM)
This effect always gets a great reaction. I performed this effect at a college for a group of mathematics professors and not a single one of them could figure out the puzzle. Then once I performed the effect, they were floored! I personally hold a Ph.D. in an unrelated field, but I changed the patter to suit: "I have a Ph.D. and even I cannot figure out where the last dollar goes - but all I know is that everytime I show this to people, it costs me a dollar..."

Another thing to try: Carry all the necessary $1 bills on you, and if you are performing for a bigger group of people, you can borrow two $5 bills and a $10 bill. This always gets them on their toes because as Marc said: there is interaction, you are borrowing their money, there is a puzzle involved and in the end, money disappears. I usually do not borrow any bills but I have found that when you do, it really drives home the fact that (at least in their minds) this was completely "impromptu."
Message: Posted by: Scott Horn (Feb 6, 2013 09:49AM)
I love this kind of effect. It is a familiar story to many, and it engages the brain. I worked Daryls routine but could never get the false count down smoothly. Is this version significantly different or the same basic structure: gaffed bills, false count, story?
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (May 9, 2019 10:31AM)
[quote]On Feb 6, 2013, Scott Horn wrote:
I love this kind of effect. It is a familiar story to many, and it engages the brain. I worked Daryls routine but could never get the false count down smoothly. Is this version significantly different or the same basic structure: gaffed bills, false count, story? [/quote]

there are still false counts but you place bills on the table and due to a really clever gaff you can cleanly show all of the bills that add up to $30
Message: Posted by: Christo (May 15, 2019 12:17PM)
I love this and get great reactons from the 'thinking crowd'. It's certainly not a bar trick - it's good for after dinner but well before everyone is into the brandies. Nobody here uses $ bills and it can't be done with €uro notes but that isn't a problem - people simply relate to the story. The gaff isn't difficult to make and the total investment isn't great in monetary terms. Well worth the trouble to make up and get down pat.

C :)