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I was wondering what "reason" or motivation some of you may use with your spectators for folding up a $1 into a small packet and then unfolding it to change it into $100 (or whatever denomination). I like the effect but it doesn't seem to make sense why a magician would have to do all the folding and unfolding just to change one bill into another.
Any ideas would be most welcomed.
Many thanks!
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Motivation is usually based around the specific effect you're trying to present. People use the origami concept all the time to set up the mismade bill, for instance. Another effect might involve tearing a corner off, and then saying "Want to see the tear go to the other side?" and then fold the bill over as a gag, before moving into Jay Sankey's trick based on this theme. Speaking of which, if you just want lots of ideas, get thee to Sankey and/or John Lovick's Switch (which happens to have a few Sankey items in there).

Keep in mind that you're on the verge of the fallacy of deep motivation with this one. If you have a coin in your hand, you close a fist around it, and then open it to show a new coin, then the most important question probably isn't going to be why you needed to make a fist, but rather if the coin has truly changed (ie: is that a trick coin?). Yeah, closing the coin into a fist might make sense if you're going to bend it or morph it, but for a change, it's probably enough to just do it, without bothering to explain why, and just make sure everything else about the trick is deceptive. With the change, play up the fact that it never leaves view (this you can be assertive about) and that your hands are empty before and after (this, perhaps less so). Do those two things as you execute the technique competently, and you'll likely have done enough to convince them that everything was legit.
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Hi Burnaby Kid,
Many thanks for your well thought out and helpful response. I do have the Sanky Switch on one if his DVD's and will review it again (I'm quite sure it's on the "Best of Sanky"). I appreciate the time you took to send your suggestions. I spend a lot of time on the road and as I mull over my effects, that's when some of the best ideas play out.
Best wishes,
Bob L.
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Burnaby makes some great points. The best way you can motivate your actions is to come up with your own reasons.

One of the best ways to arrive at these solutions is to analyze your effets. Take a look at the overall effect, then take a look at how you currently present it (or even how you eventually want to present it). Figure out which parts of the effect and which parts of the presentation are essential for your audience to understand what you are doing and/or what is going on. Keep those parts and eliminate the un-necessary parts, and use the essential parts of the effects/presentations to come up with new ideas. Sometimes it might take a while for ideas to come to you, but eventually they will. If this sounds confusing, please let me know and I will clarify.

For example: When you perform a Mis-Made Bill, do you do it in your hands, or do you allow the spectator to hold the bill before revealing the change? The origami idea is very popular because it makes sense. There are other themes which would also work, such as folding a bill to create some neat object (think how you fold a dollar to make George smile) and it goes horribly wrong, or showing the work of a ring of blundering counterfeiters, and possibly even an inside-out type of presentation. Some of these plot ideas can be re-worded or variated to work with a $100 Bill Switch (or any type of bill change effect).

I hope these suggestions help, and at the very least, help motivate you toward your goal.
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I do the old 'turn George upside down' fold, and when they are trying, get what you need for the mismade effect.
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One of the reasons many have worked on more open bill changes, like this one Smile
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For doing a $1 to $100, I generally tell them
- that I found a way to double my money, fold it in half <groan>
- or that someone showed me how to make it look like I have lots of money... the trick is, can I unfold it, and still have it look like a lot of money

If you are doing a mismade bill, the upside down George is a way, but you could look in Switch, for other motivations
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I use in corporate walk-around events etc. a Piece of Paper that is same size as our 20&50 dollar bills which are coloured.

I ask the people if they were presented with 1 of these when entering the venue,some times they have the companies name on them! as they have special qualities-

The transformation of this white piece of Paper in 4 folds to a $20 green or Blue Bill is visually as good as magic can get , this sets up the next effect also with lots of oohs & aahs as the lay audience always love money effects & shows your credentials early with lots of fun & skill etc. motivation for the people watching good magic

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I am liking more and more the idea of money to paper. It seems to be more flexible. I really like the möbius and not very difficult although I think you can get away with less finesse with a tt switch
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I have been working on a patter where I ask if the spectators know about Origami,the ancient art of paper folding. I borrow a ten or twenty and go into the classic folding and wind up "making" an origami block or a paving brick or something stupid. I see they are unimpressed so I unfold the bill to "make" a origami one dollar bill, which I give to them. My thought is that I can return the bill later in bill in orange effect or something else. The spectator wind up one dollar in the black after all is said and done.
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