Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Intro

    Here’s a great penetration effect where a pen appears to punch through a dollar bill - the illusion is convincing - but the bill remains intact. You’ll have to minimally alter a bill ahead of time in order to perform the trick, but you’ll find the method clever and the resulting illusion looks great. A plus with this trick is that you can carry the altered bill with you and anytime that you have a pen and a piece of paper, you can perform this trick.

    Effect:
    You fold a dollar bill and a piece of paper in half and place the folded bill inside the paper You take a pen and clearly insert it in-between the folded sides. After you push the pen, it’s seen to punch and come out through the folded piece of paper. You remove the pen and unfold the bill and the paper. The paper has a hole in it where the pen punctured it. The bill, on the other hand, is seen to be whole, there’s no evidence that the pen punctured it.

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    Materials:
    A dollar bill
    A piece of paper. Small notepad paper, about 3.5-inches by 2-inches, works great.
    A pen or pencil
    scissors

    Secret:
    It’s all in how you prepare the bill and puncture the bill and paper, which we’ll explain.

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Preparation/Secret

    Preparation:
    Here’s how you prepare the bill. This you do in secret, before hand, and your spectators don’t know about it.

    Using some scissors, cut a semi-circle along the Federal Reserve imprint. For clarification, please see the image.   

    Your bill is ready to go. Let’s perform some magic.

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Display the Bill

    Bring out the dollar bill, piece of paper and pen. Be careful when displaying the bill that you hold your thumb or finger, whichever is most comfortable for you, over the hole. This hides the secret from your spectators. 

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Fold the Bill

    Fold the dollar bill lengthwise. Make sure that the hole in the bill is in the back. The next step will make this clearer.

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Handling of the Bill

    This shows the location of the hole in the folded bill. You do not open the bill for your spectators when performing the trick. This is strictly for demonstration purposes.

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Perform the Trick

    Fold the paper lengthwise and insert the folded bill inside of the folded paper. As you hold the folded paper and bill, make sure that the hole in the bill is in the back. Take out the a pen and clearly insert it in-between the folded sides of the bill.

    Now here’s the secret. As you push the pen into the bill, allow the pen to exit the inside of the folded bill through the hole. The pen, because of the hole, is not on the outside of the bill and not on the inside. The spectators don’t know this.

    (We're using a letter opener in the photos for demonstration purposes which was easier to photograph. Simply replace the opener in the photos with your pen.)

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Demonstration of the Secret

    This shows how the pen goes through the hole in the back and then out of the bill. Again, this photo is for demonstration purposes.
     

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Show the Pen Punching Through the Bill

    Now continue to push the pen towards the crease at the bottom of the folded paper.

    Push the pen through and clearly show your spectators that the pen has punctured the folded paper, and apparently, the folded dollar bill as well. However, the pen has exited out of the bill at another location that is unknown to the spectators.

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - Remove the Pen

    Remove the pen and unfold the bill and paper. Show that the paper has a hole where the pen went through it And then show that the dollar bill at the crease does not have a hole. The pen has somehow not harmed the folded bill. Maybe it’s magic?

     

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    Easy Magic Trick: Pen Through Bill - The Bill is Fine

    As before, when you display the dollar bill, be careful to place your thumb or finger over the hole so spectators don’t see it

    Thoughts:
    You can perform this one with the premise that paper currency is made from a special paper with special properties and what you’re about to perform is an experiment to show the relative strength of a bill against an ordinary piece of paper. 

    Video Lesson for the Pen Through Bill
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