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Hi, I was wondering who invented a trick, and I do not know what it is called.

The trick starts off with two bills, which are the same value, and a pair of scissors.
The magician lets the spectator examine the bill, and scissors. The magician takes the bill, and places them together, and takes the scissors, and cuts through the center of the bills. The two bills are actually cut in half, but then the magician opens up the bills, and they are restored.

I was wondering who invented the trick, or a different variation.

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The trick is one of many variants commonly referred to as "Clippo".

Clippo can be traced back to a method created by Joseph J. Kolar. He first released it in 1929 for a trick called "Kolar's Magic Shears" that was marketed by Thayer's and advertised in the Sphinx magazine.

In 1939, Will De Seive made some changes to Kolar's trick and renamed it "Clippo". The name stuck (no pun intended), and eventually grew to identify not only an effect, but the method as well.

Since then, variations have popped up everywhere in magic and mentalism. The method has been used with currency, ribbons, envelopes, newspaper columns, and more. It even appears in books for the lay public like Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

It's a versatile and wonderfully ingenious principle.
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Thank you very much. I do know the method, and was wondering if this method is the one that we are talking about. I will pm you the "secret" if it is the one that we are talking about.
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You may not be thinking of the clippo method, there is another arguably superior method that Richard Himber came up with in the early 60's.
I'll describe one version of it. Show two bills, opened up, not folded over, and slide them into an envelope with a large window just big enough to hold them.
With everyone watching the bills through the window, cut all the way through the envelope. hold the portions of envelope far apart. Bring them back together
.then reach in and pull out the bills, completely restored. the entire process is completely visible through the window. Can be done close up and surrounded.
Can be d one without the envelope. It is possible to hand out the bills if that is desired. Is this the one you are thinking of?
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Peter Pit is, to my knowledge, the inventor of the effect.
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I guess that in some instances, it really depends upon whatever method you are referring to?

However, I agree with Craig's statement above.

The version sold by Davenports, London in the 1930's was also the Will De Seive version. However, a further ending was added whereby the strips of paper became loops. These could then be linked; in a similar fashion to the Afghan Bands. I think this addition was added by 'Laurie' - an illustrator for the Davenports books during that era - (Laurie also released some of his own titles).

I also seem to remember Ken Brooke saying that he'd been fooled by a version shown to him by Johnny Paul. I've never seen this version advertised or performed - and it may have been that the bills were simply torn, not cut.
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