A spectator signs a dollar bill, then loans it to the magician who places it in the center of a small silk handkerchief and rubber bands it.

The magician puts the silk bundle into a glass and covers the glass with a metal tube.

A second glass is placed into a second metal tube, located at a distance from the first.

After a few magic words, the magician lifts the first tube, the glass under it is empty. The second tube is lifted. The second glass now has a handkerchief over it, rubber banded in place. The magician lifts the handkerchief and the folded bill is seen inside the glass.

Handing the glass to the spectator, the rubber band and handkerchief are removed, the bill is taken out of the glass. It is the same signed bill, none the worst for having magically travelled through space and time.

Ickle Pickle Products' 'Jumping Signed Bill' is one solution to a subtle technical problem that has bedeviled stage magicians for quite some time: how can a borrowed object, seen until the last moment in one place, suddenly appear in another place and immediately be examined.

I'm not talking about Card In Wallet or Bill In Lemon or Coin In Box. All of these reappearances in an 'impossible' location employ vanishes that are somewhat foggy and rely on directing the audience's attention away from the events taking place.

There is another class of borrowed object transposition that aspires to a more definite change of place. A good example is Okito's Tea Canister Mystery where a tea canister containing a borrowed object disappears from under one opened ended cylinder to suddenly reappear under another. The point being that until the last moment, the object is in one place, then suddenly it is in another place.

Ickle Pickle's solution to the technical issues involved are clever and while logic is abandoned in dealing with the second glass (which must be turned mouth down before being placed in the second tube) and the state of the rubber band and silk (which are over the mouth of the second glass rather than around the bill proper,) the overall effect is pretty good.

Frankly I doubt if the spectators will pay any great attention to these discrepancies, since their attention is on the signed bill which does, somehow, disappear from one place and immediately appear at a distance in a second place.

The props included with the Jumping Signed Bill include two nine inch (22.9 cm) silk handkerchiefs, rubber bands, two glasses, two spun aluminum tubes 5 inches tall by 3-1/2 inches (12.7 x 8.9 cm) in diameter, various gaffs and detailed instructions for both setup and performance.

It isn't obvious how the effect works until the instructions are read with props in hand, but once the working is clear it is, as I said, quite ingenious and trouble free.

The props themselves are well made, although decorating the two metal tubes so they are distinctly different would no doubt improve the spectator's appreciation of the effect.

Jumping Signed Bill is a neat feature for formal close-up and small platform work. Properly presented what happens to the signed bill seems absolutely impossible, which is of course what this type of change of location effect aspires to.

'The Jumping Signed Bill Trick,' Ickle Pickle Products
$ 55 US

Ickle Pickle Nickel
From Ickle Pickle Magic

A cute, visually stunning coin quickie.

A nickel is placed on the table. With a sudden whack from the magician, the nickel is seen to shrink in size - visibly turning into a miniature nickel.

All necessary props are provided - special nickel, miniature nickel, and gimmicked cover which does all the work for you.

No skill required.

Price: $5.50 ppd.

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