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Paul
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It's simply David Britland's Parallax with a dollar bill. The extra fold makes no difference, it is the same effect and method. Parallax was a single jumbo card (an outgrowth of Terri Rogers "Stargate" which used two cards back to back with a hole in the centre).

I used to use Parallax in my restaurant magic a lot in the late eighties. A dollar bill is no improvement and no excuse to charge a higher price.

I never had anyone close their eyes for the routine either.

Paul.
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I have this and am wondering what patter you are using.
I think the patter on the video is just a little to verbose, 'fanciful'--just plain too fantastic.
It mentions trapdoors and Alice In Wonderland( hence the name Wonderland Bill).
What do you say??? I'd like it to come accross as more of a mini-illusion, than just some sort of 'puzzle'.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.

thanks,
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The wonderland bill is not simply parralax and the extra fold does make a difference if handled in such a way that it can. Further credit should go to Neale and not Britland who really just did a variation of Neales seminal work. I have used all three and know Wonderland Bill to look the cleanest.
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This is a Must Have! I purchased mine from Hank Lee, and it is fabulous!
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Here's a clip of Wonderland Bill

http://www.fivefingermagic.com/zwonderland.htm

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In my opinion this is a good puzzle, not a good magic effect.
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I've been using this effect in my strolling work for about a year, and consistently get stunned reactions from spectators. OK it may not be considered a magic trick, but they see something that seems totally impossible. It's ideal for performimg totally surrounded and standing up in a walkaround situation. oh.....and it's a breeze to do. I LOVE it !!!!! There was talk of a book with further ideas...anyone heard anything about it ?
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Hi

Puzzle or Magic Trick?

If you want to have a really good puzzle magic trick with a bill, then try:

PARADOX DOLLAR
This one is a corker! It's a mind-boggling effect that will fool you even though you know the secret. Show four pieces of a dollar bill. They are assembled face down by a spectator to form a complete dollar bill. It's like a small jigsaw puzzle. Now turn the pieces face up and ask the same spectator to assemble the puzzle. When they as assemble it, the picture of George Washington is missing!
The missing piece is taken from an envelope the spectator has been holding. Of course, the fifth piece completes the puzzle. Made from real U.S. Currency -- specially gimmickcd. No sleights; no switches;
A great walk-around item; perfect for bar-work.

Magic Chris
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On 2003-12-25 16:42, Magic Chris wrote:
Hi

Puzzle or Magic Trick?

If you want to have a really good puzzle magic trick with a bill, then try:

PARADOX DOLLAR
This one is a corker! It's a mind-boggling effect that will fool you even though you know the secret. Show four pieces of a dollar bill. They are assembled face down by a spectator to form a complete dollar bill. It's like a small jigsaw puzzle. Now turn the pieces face up and ask the same spectator to assemble the puzzle. When they as assemble it, the picture of George Washington is missing!
The missing piece is taken from an envelope the spectator has been holding. Of course, the fifth piece completes the puzzle. Made from real U.S. Currency -- specially gimmickcd. No sleights; no switches;
A great walk-around item; perfect for bar-work.

Magic Chris
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And here I thought I was Magic Chris;-)

I carry this bill and love it. I say people always wonder what it's like when you die and go to heaven. I say it's just like walking through a door to a different dimension.

I then offer to show them an earthly example and take out the Wonder Bill and perform the effect.

I did it as a magic effect ( I dislike saying trick ) and they thought it was cute. When I changed to a religeous explanation, they get a warm fuzzy feeling and gasp.

Try it that way ( I'm Catholic, so I feel comfortable doing it and actually believe I'm correct ).

Chris


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Anymore ideas? How do you use your wonderland bill?
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Take a playing card out of a wallet and it "smells" like a trick
Take a dollar out of a wallet (even with a cut in it) and you have a logical flow to the presentation.

Why does everyone have to paint this as a puzzle? Because it IS self working and simple? Because it doesn't require a sleight or double lift?

I took this out sheepishly at a New years party and downplayed it (influenced by all these posts) and each person said "Do it with me..Do it with me).

Don't present (belittle) it as a puzzle. I made that mistake at first. Afterwards I did it in response to "hey show me some magic" and it came across as such.

Stop worrying that it has to have some complicated patter or mystical presentation. It's FUN and Lay people Love it.
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As they say, don't run if you aren't being chased.

This is a fantastic magical effect. They can look at the dollar and not figure it out, if you make it a magical experience for them!
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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The faster you fold and unfold the bill, the better the effect looks. Smile
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This effect lends itself very well to a patter about the "Twilight Zone" People can relate to that as most people have seen the show and get a kick mout of the theme music and a good Serling impression. If you do it that way, keep it light and funny. Doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee......
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I thin the key between puzzle and magic, in this case, is creating that MOMENT of magic. WHEN does the spectator pass through the bill? How can you convey this is happening in their imagination? Then it is magic. Just folding and unfolding a bill and having a different side show IS a puzzle.
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Thanks, Group!!!
I did this New Years night, played it down and did it for a group of my friends--and to my buddies wife.

She was floored and wanted me to do it again. I did it over. Again she was stunned. All I said was how did you go climb through that door???

She said, 'now that was magic'.

Thanks for all the tips I really do appreciate it!

take care,

Jay
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I have Somerdin's Paradox Dollar (which is another Gardner topological trick) and will make my own Wonderland Bill from Britland's parallax.

Here's a routine idea I'm "kicking around":

You can make a dollar "bar bet" that someone can't reassemble a simple 4 piece puzzle of a very familar object. "I'll even give you a couple of hints". Assemble the paradox dollar's back side, "See, here's my 1st hint, it should be easy, no?"
They lay their dollar bet out, as you quickly flip the puzzle dollar pieces face up. You even turn their wagered bill face side up, for them as a "reference" for this difficult task.
Now, they reassemble the Paradox Dollar's face side - discovering only a hole where George's face should be!
You explain that George was a mystical, top level Mason, (refer to the Bill's Pyramid symbol) and one of their closely guarded secrets was the discovery of a trans-dimensional Black Hole that the Masonic Masters could dissappear into at will. "That" you explain, "is where George is now."
You discovered their secret after finding a special dollar bill in an abandonded Masonic Lodge. They accidently left behind a nearly intact dollar that still has a working Black Hole Trap Door in it (the puzzle dollar's porthole, you explain, had already "shattered" & "broke" the dollar). You show how holding the door open, and looking thru the hole, they can see YOU looking back thru the door, from the other dimension. You flip over the bill, showing the back, demonstrating how, "on my side of the other dimension I am holding the door open the other way, and looking thru at you from the back side."
You offer (for another dollar? Smile) to take him thru the the secret Masonic Porthole door, into the other dimension. Now, have them hold the door tightly, and either COVER THE BILL with a napkin or hank, or ask them TO CLOSE THEIR EYES. Explain that the journey can be very disconcerting (and the Masons will be very upset to have their secret revealed).
When finished, they open their eyes as you give a "howdy neighbor" kind of patter when looking at them thru the opening of the now flipped bill in their hand.
I think having the folding bit be INVISIBLE will GREATLY add to the mystery. You make into MORE than a puzzle.

ANOTHER IMPROMPTU COVERED TRICK: I use a cover when doing the Gardner rubber band escape off their finger. My patter for this would be about describing the popular, century old Spirit Cabinet Escape effect . The two fingers (or their finger and a pencil) represent the medium and the strapping post (or volunteer), the band being the rope tie (or volunteer's jacket), and the covering-up being the cabinet door closing (or lights dimming). The band flies out of the cabinet, like the rope or volunteer's jacket.
Or try some instructive psychobabble about how our perceived problems (the band on their finger) weight us down. They stay attached to us by our own attitudes (their other hand's finger capping their banned finger). I explain how this is complicated by projecting our own problems onto other things, situations, or people, outside ourselves (the pencil I double wind the band on). It all takes place, hidden in the unconscious (cover the fingers with a napkin), and it is in the hidden unconsonscious that it gets resolved (the pencil is removed - or better yet, disappears w/ a pull) and the band drops off their still capped finger from underneath the cover.
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I've love this effect, this is how I have performed it.

Have the person standing directly in front of you holding the bill close to their body, have then close their eyes. Quickly fold the bill then step around behind them at the same time lightly blowing on their neck. Retake the bill from behind the spectator and have them open their eyes.

This should create a sureal feeling of traveling thru the bill for the spectator.

give it a try and LMK.

Jeff Pierce

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I use "The Wonderland Bill" all the time and it plays very well. For high-tech types, it's a puzzle, but for artists and many women, it comes across as very magical and totally impossible.

Having seen most of the versions out there, I believe that Wonderland Bill is a real advance. I do it in full view and very slowly, and I have had people scream. Unlike many magic tricks, you can repeat it immediately with a slight variation whcih is included in the video.

The video explains everything and comes with a pre-made bill you can use right away or keep as a template.

One of the reasons I think this is so strong is that when I frist started doing it, I had no idea how it worked! I just did it, with the attitude of "I don't know how it works, either!" and it went over really well.

The fact that's a real dollar bill also helps take the heat off. There is so much symbolism and implied trust in the US currency that people rarely ask to examine the bill - although they certainly could.

I especially like the "door" or "gateway" symbolism, which makes it a good opener for strolling, having them enter into a magical world with you. I follow it with "B'Wave," and this combination plays very nicely. I like tricks like this that have a different "look and feel" from what people expect magicians to do.

To me, it's worth every penny, because I carry it with me and do it all the time.

Hope this helps,

Eric Henning
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I think the grandmother of the trick (she would have killed me for that one) was the late Terri Rogers, and her Stargate. Robert Neale has a similar effect and credited her in his video "Celebration of sides"
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