Magic Nook Magic
Power of Money
by Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki & Professor Spellbinder
Qua-Fiki and I collaborated in
developing a variation of the Ring, Watch & Wallet
trick that is performed as a playlet with an audience
helper taking the role of the robber. Qua-Fiki's version
brings new life to this 1930 (at least!) effect of Oswald
Rae. I mostly contributed research and history and wrote
up Qua-Fiki's mean, clean routine.
What makes this routine different from
all the others is the absence of complicated or expensive
gimmicks. It can be performed practically impromptu with
an ordinary wallet, watch and ring. Throw in a greasy
lunch bag, a goofy disguise and a banana and you are all
set to act out a little playlet with a spectator from the
audience, whom you prompt through his lines.
It is the spectator who plays the role
of the robber, who gets to remove your wallet from your
pocket, who takes your money from the wallet (there goes
the trick wallet idea!), who takes the watch off your
wrist after checking to make sure you don't have any more
watches hidden on your person (there goes the duplicate
watch idea!), and who takes the ring off your finger and
drops it in the paper lunch bag all by himself (there
goes a whole lot of other clever getaways for the ring!).
And it is the spectator who tears up the
lunch bag looking for the stuff he dropped into it just
moments ago. But like all the other versions of the
effect, you end up with the ring on your finger, the
watch on your wrist, and when the spectator opens your
wallet a second time - all of your money is back in
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