This effect can take advantage of a popular movie many in
your audience will have seen, "National Treasure." In
that movie, mystic Masonic symbols found on the dollar bill are
used in the plot, so people may be receptive to the idea that the
bill also contains secret spells in the "Malthusian"
To demonstrate his spellbinding skills, the Witch or Wizard
offers a simple demonstration. First, he has a Muggle volunteer
demonstrate his dexterity by catching a crumpled up dollar bill.
Then he asks the Muggle to smooth out the dollar bill and to read
aloud the words on the bottom of the bill. Of course, they are
"ONE DOLLAR." That is a spell, claims the Wizard.
He tells the Muggle to read the words backwards, saying them
aloud to help him in this task: "RAL-LOD E-NO." In the
ancient Malthusian tongue, that means "WEAKEN ME,"
explains the Wizard. The Wizard "proves" it with a
little test that you'll have to read inside the article.
"I could leave you in this weakened state," says
the Wizard, "but your wife (mother) might not like it, so
look on the front of the dollar bill. There you will find the
words 'LEGAL TENDER.' Just say them backwards, 'RED-NET LAG-EL.'
In the Malthusian tongue, that means 'RESTORE MY STRENGTH.' Now
the Muggle is able to accomplish the task of strength the Wizard
The Wizard then follows up with a second demonstration of the
'weakness' spell. Once again,he proves the spell's power to take
away the Muggle's strength and the power of the counter spell to
restore his stength. The details of this test are also explained
in the article.
"I feel I owe you something for
participating in my demonstration," says the Wizard. "I
shall place this dollar bill into an envelope for you to take
home with you to remind you of the two spells you learned here
The Wizard seals the envelope and gives it to
the Muggle. At some point the Muggle will tear open the envelope
and will find only a piece of paper the size of a dollar bill and
on the paper is written "By now, the spell I said to make
you think this paper was a real dollar bill will have worn off
and you can see at last the true power of magic spells! Thanks
for helping me!" Of course it is signed with your Wizard
name and if you are seeking other Wizard work, will have your
contact information on it as well.