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lemartini1050
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How far back does the bill to lemon go?

And the version that involves purchasing a gimmick - does anyone know
the name of this magician. And the fee?


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Mac_Stone
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Jarrow was the frist I believe.

Lots of methods with lots of gimmicks with lots of names, do a search and you'll find tons of options.
Bill Hegbli
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The 1st gimmicked was probably a stick, sold for 50 cents, when I entered magic with a 50/50 force deck of cards from E-Z Magic, that was around 1958.

Before that the main work that was available to most magicians was the Tarbell Course, check out that resource. Those in the know, know better then I, but the course was a mail order course before it was pubished in book form. That was in 1926.
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A few days ago I purchased and read The Bill in Lemon book from David Charvet http://charvetmagic.com/catalog/i15.html

I thought it was an excellent book and it had a good overview of some of the most direct methods of the trick as performed by the masters of the past.

Best regards and Happy New Year to all,
Levent (on the beach in Antigua)
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Bill Hegbli
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I believe this would be what is considered a Modern Classic in magic.

You have to remember that paper money is really a new thing.

Coins were the norm in the old days. Remember the $20.00 gold piece.

Then paper currency was made by each bank, then state and finally by the Federal Government when it was established. Currency was backed by actual Gold at Fort Knox Kentucky. They were called Silver Certificates, and this was printed on each Bill. It was said that you could at one time, got to a Federal Bank and actually ask for the Gold Bullion, and they would give it to you in Gold.

Then when inflation and wars hit, it became the 'belief' system, if you believe it is worth a dollar, it is a dollar. Sort of like a promissory note to pay.

That is why the Bill's now have the statement 'Federal Reserve Note' printed on them instead of 'Silver Certificate'. So a Bill is now only a 'Promise to Pay', not actually worth a Dollar in Gold Bullion.

Did you know that there is a version of the 'Bill In Lemon', where you actually burn the Bill up with each performance. You don't need an envelope or anything but a match or a lighter.

I believe Levent suggested the above publication, because I think, again my library is packed away, Emil Jarrow may be inventor of the 'Bill in Lemon' trick.

As you read more and more books on famous magicians, you will find that a lot of these magician acts, met on the road, they would share ideas and converse. That is why many became angry with one another over time as ideas were copied, similar to the movie 'Prestige'.

This is as I understand the Currency in America. I note you are from Canada, nothing was taught to us in school about Canadian Currency and how that came about in your history with England and the United Kingdom.
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Thanks, definitely a long history to the effect.

I also looked into Alexander's version - seems like
an excellent method - it makes an incredible effect
even better.

Martini
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Alexander who?
Pete Biro
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Galli Galli, on The Toast of the Town (Ed Sullivan Show) did the simplest, and one of the best bill in lemon tricks. Of course it was all HIS SELL that made it.
Without giving too much away, he showed an empty envelope and as he did so, he stuck his finger thru it to make a hole. Borrowed the bill and sealed it into the envelope (?) then burned it.
He took a lemon from his pocket, and when it was cut in half, there was the bill.
Literally no gimmicks at all.
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
Bill Hegbli
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Pete, this sounds like the Emil Jarrow method. But you said, he stuck a hole in the envelope, why? That is how I read your sentence.
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He poked a hole so he could show putting the bill in (but it came right out the hole into his under the envelope hand.
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
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I wrote an entire book about the subject about 20 years ago. "The Bill In Lemon Book." Includes a biography of Emil Jarrow and various methods down through the years. Basically, there are only three ways to do the trick. The rest is window dressing. I have a few of the softbound edition available at http://www.charvetmagic.com
Thanks -
David
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I just ordered my copy of The Bill In Lemon Book last week, should be on its way. I really love this trick and look forward to what this book has to offer.
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