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Anyone seen this release from Nicholas Einhorn? The ad reads:

"A famous puzzle is brought to life with this simple-to-do and highly entertaining routine which seems to defy logic!

THE FAMOUS PUZZLE...
"Three diners finish their meal. The waiter says the check is $30, so each guest pays $10. Later the waiter realizes the check should only be $25.

To rectify this, the waiter returns a dollar bill to each of the three diners and they give the final $2 to the waiter, as a tip for his honesty.

Now that each diner has been given $1 back, each has paid $9, taking the total paid to $27. Add to that the $2 tip they gave to the waiter and the total is $29.

If the guests originally paid $30, where did the missing dollar go?"

THE ROUTINE
After the above puzzle has been told the magician explains that maybe it would be easier to work out what happens to the final dollar if he uses real money as he tells the story.

That being said he clearly shows $30 and with actions to match the story, the money is re-counted and bizarrely a real one dollar bill is missing!

A final bill is added to once again total $30. The spectators confirm there are definitely $30. Once more the process is repeated and astonishingly the result is the same. A bill disappears!

A true mystery which seems unexplainable and one which they can retell and enjoy long after you have parted.

* IDEAL TO KEEP IN YOUR WALLET FOR THAT 'RIGHT MOMENT'
* 5-SECOND RESET"

Thanks!
Jerry
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I love a good math problem. took me a couple of reads before I could figure it out!
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Is a routine based on a complicated math trick really going to play with modern kids who can't figure out how much change is due from a five without a calculator?
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I think your being a little harsh on the " Kids". We are smarter than you think.

He performed this at the L.A.D.S convention and it went over very well. It really is a nice little routine
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[quote]On 2010-10-17 20:35, Alan Rorrison wrote:
I think your being a little harsh on the " Kids". We are smarter than you think.

Ha, LOL, I went to the supermarket the other day and my total came to $16.45. I gave the girl $21.45 so I'd get a $5 bill back and get rid of some change, WELL, that threw everything out because the till told her to give change for a 20. Everyone had to wait till I explained it to her. Much to the amusement of the 70 year old waiting behind me.
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The last time I checked, 3 + 2 is 5, and 30-5 is 25, so all the money is accounted for...
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If anyone's interested, here's a link to the described Nicholas Einhorn effect:

http://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/c......ar-bill/

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[quote]On 2010-10-18 00:05, takeachance wrote:
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On 2010-10-17 20:35, Alan Rorrison wrote:
I think your being a little harsh on the " Kids". We are smarter than you think.

Ha, LOL, I went to the supermarket the other day and my total came to $16.45. I gave the girl $21.45 so I'd get a $5 bill back and get rid of some change, WELL, that threw everything out because the till told her to give change for a 20. Everyone had to wait till I explained it to her. Much to the amusement of the 70 year old waiting behind me.


LOL, That's funny takeachance- I always pay that way just to see what is going to happen- and..well.... sorry alan- takeachance is right- 99.9% of the time- I have to tell them how much change to give back. Kids today put to much time into electronics, that's not to say they are not smart- it's just that they are not trained properly.

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On 2010-10-17 20:35, Alan Rorrison wrote:
I think your being a little harsh on the " Kids". We are smarter than you think.



Not the ones I deal with. The other day I bought something for $6.77. I handed the kid a 10, two ones and two pennies. He looked at the register when the change came up exactly $5.25 in change, blinked, and then asked in amazement "How'd you do that?"

I can't tell you how many times I've repeated that scene or similar ones.

Its not stupidity. Its ignorance, which is something completely different. You can't learn to do math if they don't make you *do* math. Kids stopped learning to do basic math the day they let calculators into what is (now laughingly) called math class. (There are exceptions but they are rare.)
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Yeah true, but they make up for it in other ways. My 3 year old grandaughter can navigate an i-phone and it's apps a hell of a lot better and faster than me LOL!
I think this will make us old timers look smarter!
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On 2010-10-19 11:02, takeachance wrote:
Yeah true, but they make up for it in other ways. My 3 year old grandaughter can navigate an i-phone and it's apps a hell of a lot better and faster than me LOL!
I think this will make us old timers look smarter!


So the future of America is to lose our creation skills and improve our consumption skills?

I used to wonder whether the US today is Brittan just before the fall of the Empire, or Rome at a similar point.

Now I know... its Rome.
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On 2010-10-19 11:58, Cyberqat wrote:
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On 2010-10-19 11:02, takeachance wrote:
Yeah true, but they make up for it in other ways. My 3 year old grandaughter can navigate an i-phone and it's apps a hell of a lot better and faster than me LOL!
I think this will make us old timers look smarter!


So the future of America is to lose our creation skills and improve our consumption skills?

I used to wonder whether the US today is Brittan just before the fall of the Empire, or Rome at a similar point.

Now I know... its Rome.


I believe that in Britain, the kids also use spell check.
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Here in Taiwan, the kids start doing Algebra in the 6th grade.
Math skills are highly regarded. If you try to do any math based trick here it's pretty hard to fly.

I tried the Micheal Weber socks trick on my wife's cousin, he was 10. He said
"They are still just pairs", and began showing me why I was wrong.

Amazing,
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I am certain Daryl does this and explains it on one of his early lecture videos. Don't know if he ever released it as an effect though, he also explained it using £5 notes for us in the UK.
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I received my copy yesterday. The routine is not complicated and the instructions are very easy. You do make a gimmick, but its simple and VERY devious. This is going to be a very good workers trick. Reset is pretty much instant.

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After reading the above post it is not the same routine as Daryl's
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This puzzle has been around a longggggg time. The version I learned years ago took place at a hotel. This version takes place in a restaurant.

The Daryl version just uses a miscount. This new version seemingly uses a gaff.

Funny, but years ago I made up my own gaff to do this.

You can also perform the puzzle part of this without using any bills at all.
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On 2010-10-20 01:52, rowland wrote:
I am certain Daryl does this and explains it on one of his early lecture videos. Don't know if he ever released it as an effect though, he also explained it using £5 notes for us in the UK.


Inspired by Daryl's original routine 'A Puzzling Bill Vanish' and released with his blessing.
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Just got this and read through it once. I've known the brain teaser for years and always liked it. Yes, it's a gaff, and easy to make. I have not made it up, but this will not be hard to learn. The handling reads very clean and deliberate. If it helps anyone decide, the displays are on the table. That is, you display the bills very cleanly on the table, so your spectators need to be able to see them.

It's really well thought out and I look forward to working on this one.

FWIW, the instructions are very clear with very nice color photos.
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Can this version be demonstrated with UK currency, as we have £1.00 coins, not notes (bills)?

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