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I have just looked at an effect in Carneycopia where the bill is folded and out pops half dollars. It is a wonderful plot, and I love it, right up to the end where the bill changes. This is where I have a problem, as I am from the uk, I cant do it as there is a difference in colour with the notes, and so the illusion is quite terrible, when they switch.

Anyone any tips on this? Also this applies for me when I do the bill switch. As I fold into 16ths and therefore expose the bill to be changed into if there is a slight overlap it spoils the effect as the colour difference is seen. How do I get around this also?

All tips and advice would be appreciated.
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I have exactly the same problem. I have seen this performed and it is a beutiful trick (sorry to rub it in), I suppose we will have to wait for someone to come up with an alternative. Thanks for the post though, it's got me thinking about it again.
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I don't know the effect you are talking about, but my first thought is why not go to a money exchange bureau and buy the actual bill or bills? Try to find a bureau that doesn't have any exchange fee.

Or is this perhaps a too easy solution?
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Use a gaff, or try making the switch when the bill is larger -- e.g., folded into eighths. In my opinion, a larger fold in the bill allows a faster switch. (You may send me a private message for references.)

Pete Biro posted earlier about crumpling the bill for a visually cool switch.
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The bill should be different when the 1st unfold is made this is part of the magic.

It sounds like you are not doing the original handling.
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A good bet would be to wait until your audience assumes the routine has reached its end.

Let us assume your bill is folded into eighths. Use it to flip over a few of the now tabled coins.

As you do this, steal another banknote which is folded identically. (For sake of explanation, this second bill hidden where you can get at it easily.)

It is a now simple matter to switch the first bill with the second using switches explained by J. Hilliard, T. Annemann, or L. Jennings.
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Again with the folding of the bills... what is it with most folks... a compulsion? In a word... STOP
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I had assumed that Eddy's original post was asking for help on a routine where coins pop from folded bills. I can think of material from Bobo, Milbourne Christopher, and Milton Kort that allows coins to appear from folded bills.

Folding a bill in this context is meaningful as it reduces the size of the folding money, and creates a small packet from which a coin appears. The appearance of a large coin from a small packet creates a stir. Further folding can create further merriment through repetition and the resulting smaller cover with each fold -- similar to the end effect of Andrus' Miser's Miracle.

Following on Mr. Andrus' example, I grant that tearing the bill may be more startling, and the coins could continue to appear from within the smaller and smaller pieces.

Eddy wanted suggestions for a bill switch. Going the torn bill route, it makes sense to end the routine by restoring the bill -- which should be borrowed and signed.

This then, is the new way. Folding is to be done no longer.

So have at it lads, tear your bills into a succession of smaller pieces and produce the coins from within them. When finished, restore the bill.
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