Originally posted by Scott Chenow:
Must be a signed bill, otherwise why do it? Make it look impossible! And remember to think it through, every magician does this, so do it better!
While I agree with you that some might feel that way, I also feel that if everything is done in the open and clean... that is the bill is borrowed... the corner is torn off... and handed to the spectator (without a switch or even a chance of a switch) then the remainder of the bill destroyed (again very openly, cleanly and without the chance of us having switched it) I don't think it needs to be signed.
With the "Anywhere Bill" a bill is borrowed, the corner is ripped off, in fact you can begin the tear and have it completed by the spectator... they keep the corner that either you or they just tore off, you could then hand the remainder to someone else for them to destroy, burn shred or whatever... (Yes! you could hand the actual bill that the corner was just torn off of) yet when you introduce your lemon/orange etc. (which by the way could be out in plain sight from the start and not handled by you at all) the larger portion of the bill will be reproduced - restored and the serial numbers will match as will the torn edges.
This effect is all done very openly in fact we have a line in our routine where we say, well begin by recording the serial number but we dont have anything to write with or to write on (as we say this we show both sides of our hands one of which if holding the borrowed bill which also demonstrates that we are not holding any extra pieces (which we are not) the bill doesnt have to be placed into an envelope or any other apparatus
Jack Gaylin one of our local heroes in magic; in fact Jack is one of the few guys that came into our shop that I would ask for his autograph. Jack says this is the best bill to impossible location that he has ever seen, because it is so clean, and so well thought out. He said he wished he would have thought of it himself 50 or 60 years ago. Jack is now 73 and every bit the magic enthusiast he was 50 or 60 years ago, and there are times when I wish he would have thought of it too.
So while I agree a signed bill/card or anything, can be good, as it serves to prove there were no switches a signature may only necessary when the actions themselves arent strong enough to prove you only used one bill/card or whatever.
Ken BTW - We are starting works on our new "Anywhere Bill Book" a collection of ideas sent in by "anywhere Bill" users... so if you have the effect and want to include your thoughts in the book, email them to me or mail them to Ken Driscoll, 8138 Dundalk Ave. Baltimore, Md. 21222 all those that have ideas selected for the book will recieve a free signed copy as well they will receive full credit for their entry