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Paul Harris....spectator's name appears on bill....I think Blaine did it once. Does anybody remember or know this? It seems that no one ever discusses this effect. I updated it, which really seemed to add to the effect, and use to use it all the time. Got great reactions, but it became THE trick everyone constantly requested...and it really isn't an "on request" effect. So, I quit for about a year and now it seems as if I've lost the "magic" as far as this trick is concerned. I would love to discuss it with anyone familiar with it. Anybody, please. Even if you don't know the effect but are familiar with B s**tches (The letters omitted rhyme with 'wubble you' and 'my') or similar illusions, please get in touch with me. As you can see, I'm kind of desperate.
Any help's appreciated,
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I learned it from paul Harris' art of astonishment books. I forget which volume but it is an extremely useful resource if you havnt checked it out already.
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I do this effect. And I love it.

I didn't have the same problem where my spectators started to come back and request it again and again, but I could see how that could happen.

Whenever I have an effect like that, which can't be repeated, but that restraunt clients tend to request again, I use this concept:
When you hand the bill to the spectator, tell them to hold onto it and if they come back, you'll do something even more impressive with their now SIGNED bill.

This way, when they come back they request a DIFFERENT trick, and you are free to do any kind of bill trick (so long as you don't have to switch it out for some reason, but there is plenty of magic like this)

but if you're more worried about a stale presentation, feel free to PM me. I still do this effect and really like it.
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If you take mfled's suggestions about telling them to hold onto the bill and when they come back you will do something even more impressive then you can follow it up with Daniel Garcia's Fraud. Just make another bill with their signature and have it set up for fraud. In the end, they will have a bill with their signature on it, and a relocation of the seal.
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A question about how people prepare for this effect: does anyone try to make it so the spectator's actual signature appears onto the bill? To me, that always seemed like the logical presentation, but it would obviously be a much more involved preparation. If you don't do it that way, does anyone ever mention that it's not their signature?
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This is in the 2nd book just to let you all know.
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No one I have done the effect for has ever EVER said, "Hey that is not my signature!" But then again that is just me.

Remember that magic is happening. You are the one that creates the context, so create it as their name, NOT their signature.

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When you perform it, don't even say it is their signature, just that it is their name.
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