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Turk
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Hello, All.

I was given a very nice quickie puzzle/effect a couple of year ago. It is a puzzle made up of the parts of two dollar bills cut in certain ways and then glued together (front to back) in such a way so that when the "heads" side of the bill is uppermost, all five pieces are necessarily required to re-assemble the bill, but, when the pieces are turned over ("tails-side" uppermost), only four pieces are required to re-assemble the bill--and the "head portion" piece of the bill is not needed.

Conversely, if the bill pieces are first re-assembled showing the "tails side" up, only four bill pieces are required. But then, if those four pieces are turned over ("heads-side" up), then there is a square hole in the center of the bill that can only be filled in using a 5th piece of bill (i.e., the "George Washington's head" piece).

I have seen templates for this for phony giant size $1,000,000.00 "bills" but I have not been able to find a template for regular size bills (i.e., genuine US dollar bills).

I suppose that I could use my existing puzzle "bill" pieces as a template but I'd prefer to use a template of the cut-out pieces if such was readily available.

Does anyone know of a source for any such template?

Thanks for any information n this regard. And, if you deem it more appropriate to privately convey any such information, please send me a PM.

Mike

P.S. Does anyone know of the name of this puzzle and when it first appeared in print? I half-way surmise that this puzzle might not have first appeared in any magic book but may have first appeared in a topological puzzle book...and then some clever magician-person saw its potential and adapted it to dollar bills.
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Aaron Moring
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I know that Lewis Carroll had used it in some of his puzzles, so it dates at least back that far. Anybody else?
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Turk
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On 2011-10-24 17:36, Aaron Moring wrote:
I know that Lewis Carroll had used it in some of his puzzles, so it dates at least back that far. Anybody else?
Aaron


Aaron,

Are you indicating the "Alice in Wonderland" Lewis Carrol? If so, WOW!
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Neznarf
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Staples has a laser cutter that can cut a sheet of bills to make them mismade. (so I hear)
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The bill you describe is called the "Paradox Bill". The basis for the effect is discussed in the chapters on "Geometrical Vanishes" in Martin Gardner's book: Mathematics Magic and Mystery, published in 1956. The application of this principle to the dollar bill was made by Jerry Somerdin, but I don't know the date. I remember seeing one of his bills around 30 years ago. Search for Paradox Bill in some of the larger brick and mortar magic shops; you may still be able to find one. Here's a link: http://www.fantasmamagic.com/shopping/pr......rod=2156
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