Who created this patter for vanishing bill?

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Postby James » 08/07/11 10:09 PM

I've seen a handful of magicians use the following patter when they vanish a large denomination bill. Was wondering if anyone gets credit for it and if it's published anywhere...

Magician borrows a $20 bill and vanishes it. Then, throughout the rest of the show, whenever he refers to the spectators vanished bill, he lowers the denomination. goes something like this...

"I'll get back to Jack's $10 bill in a moment..." Then after a couple of minutes "Remember, Jack lent me a $5 bill..." and so on.

Does anyone get credit for this?

Thanks.

James
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 08/08/11 03:50 AM

it would be preposterous for anyone to claim to have originated this or any other narrative that is barely at any remove from common sense/intuition. the quip is a natural consequence of borrowing a bill from an audience member, and as such it's equally incapable of being a genuine innovation, much less an innovation singularly attributable to a particular person. by contrast, methods for vanishing/transposing the bills have clear demarcations, before and after having been invented.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 08/08/11 09:40 AM

James wrote:I've seen a handful of magicians use the following patter when they vanish a large denomination bill. Was wondering if anyone gets credit for it and if it's published anywhere...

Magician borrows a $20 bill and vanishes it. Then, throughout the rest of the show, whenever he refers to the spectators vanished bill, he lowers the denomination. goes something like this...

"I'll get back to Jack's $10 bill in a moment..." Then after a couple of minutes "Remember, Jack lent me a $5 bill..." and so on.

Does anyone get credit for this?

Thanks.

James


You mean first published reference?
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Postby James » 08/08/11 09:27 PM

Yes, Jonathan. Or if never published, did someone come up with the patter and everyone just borrowed/stole it from him?

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