Baffling Bill Braid - Folding Money Fooling

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Postby Guest » 02/01/07 11:11 AM

Richard,

Have you been able to master the folding procedure for the "Baffling Bill Braid" from Robert Neale' book? In your introduction you mention your difficulty with this same item.

I stopped in to H&R Books in Houston last week and Richard Hatch showed me how to do it (and he folded one of my bills)so I know that it can be done.

But I STILL can't get it! I am really close sometimes but my attempts usually end up with a small fit of rage and a crumpled up (fake) bill. I haven't yet moved up to real bills.

Any chance of a short video clip? If not I will persevere..eventually I will get there.

Great book by the way.

Take care,

Tim Brown
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Postby Ian Kendall » 02/01/07 11:38 AM

The Bill Braid is not as hard as people first think. Bob Neale asked me not to make a video of it as he plans to do one himself one day. There is, however, a speeded up video of me folding one at www.virtualmagicshow.com/stuff

The trouble is that, although it _is_ possible to braid the bill from the instructions in the book, it's only after you have finished three or four that everything will make sense to you. You have a huge advantage in that you have a bill for reference - looking at that will greatly aid the learning process.

There are two _really_ important points that are subtley mentioned in the book; the bottom of the bill is in the same orientation as the top, but it has rotated 360 degrees. Secondly, keep the folds loose during the braiding - that will make things a lot easier.

The bottom line is that you can get so far by reading the book - up till the second part of the braid - and then it's a case of looking at your reference bill and seeing which bit goes where.

Hope that helps.

Take care, Ian
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Postby Guest » 02/01/07 12:13 PM

Thanks Ian...I actually managed to get one folded but it was quite by accident. I've been close on several other occasions but my patience usually runs out and I must take a rest. I haven't had so much frustrating fun in a long time!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/01/07 02:34 PM

It's by far the toughest thing in the book, and we had the text vetted by both Sam Randlett and Earle Oakes, two experts in the field. I could never fold it, and I've watched people do it--there's just this point where you have a crazy mass of twisted strips and then it all flattens out into the final product. Good luck, I say to all.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 02/01/07 03:25 PM

The knack is to keep an eye on all the strips as they get messed up!

Once you know that a particular strand goes under another, and with a particular side up, it becomes easier. That's why it's useful to have a reference bill. The biggest error, and one that causes the most frustration, is to twist the bottom three times instead of two. Once that happens there's only backwards to go.

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