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Magic trick - Magician's banknote

Magician's banknote

  • Object:

    Magic trick

  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    mid 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Palfreyman

  • Museum number:

    S.190-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Magician's banknote, used in stage conjuring tricks by the illusionist Ben Taylor.

A popular stage conjuring trick involves the production of objects from empty containers, hats, or, apparently, out of thin air. Banknotes are a favour item for production, and many magicians use their own novelty money, printed with photographs and jokes.

Physical description

Novelty banknote used in stage conjuring tricks. On one side, printed in black and white, a photograph of the illusionist Ben Taylor wearing a fez, centre, with, at top, the words 'THIS CERTIFICATE IS NOT WORTH A CENT / THE UNTIED SLATES OF ANNEMANN'; on the reverse, printed in green, two circles to left and right of a central blank space, the left hand circle containing a sketch of the cup and ball trick with the words 'CUPTUM BALLUM / A FIRST MAGICAL MYSTERY', and below the circle the words 'GREAT SECRETS', the right hand circle containing a sketch of the Indian rope trick with the words 'HINDUS ROPEUS', and below the circle the words 'OF MAGIC', with, at top edge, the words 'FASCINATING ENTERTAINMENT' and, at lower edge, the words 'MAGIC MONEY'.

Place of Origin

USA (made)

Date

mid 20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm, Width: 31 cm

Descriptive line

Magician's banknote, used in stage conjuring tricks by the illusionist Ben Taylor

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Magic

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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