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The â&#x;­Wallet Himber Book


WORKS BY HARRY LORAYNE BOOKS Close-Up Card Magic • Personal Secrets • My Favorite Card Tricks Deck-Sterity • Best Of Bill-Fooled The Hundred Dollar Book • Dingle’s Deceptions Reputation-Makers • The Great Divide • Tarbell #7 Rim Shots • Afterthoughts • The Epitome Location The Magic Book • Finger Fantasies • Card Animations The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel • Quantum Leaps Best of Friends, Volume I • Best of Friends, Volume II Star Quality • Trend Setters • Doug Edwards Packs A Wallop The Himber Wallet Book How To Develop A Super-Power Memory Secrets of Mind Power • Instant Mind Power Miracle Math • Memory Isometrics Course Mental Magnetism Course • Good Memory–Good Student! Good Memory–Successful Student! • The Memory Book Remembering People (The Key to Success) The Page-A-Minute Memory Book • Memory Makes Money Super Memory–Super Student The MEMORY POWER Package (as seen on national television) Monthly magic magazine: APOCALYPSE VIDEOS Stars of Magic • Magic Video #2 • L&L Publishing Video Series


The Himber Wallet Book

All You Ever Wanted To Know About The Himber Wallet—And More by HARRY LORAYNE illustrated by ROBERT LORAYNE design & layout by ANDREW J. PINARD

published by L&L Publishing


Š Copyright 1998 by Harry Lorayne, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, which are now known or to be invented, without the written permission of the author. Design & Layout by Andrew J. Pinard


For RICHARD HIMBER— he was a friend.


Contents Foreword ................................................................................................................................. xi Handling The Himber Wallet .............................................................................. xv

I Any Bill Vanish .................................................................................................................. 3 Instant Money ..................................................................................................................... 7 Bill-Fooled Bet ................................................................................................................ 12 Money Talks .................................................................................................................... 15 Any Number ..................................................................................................................... 19 Check It Out ..................................................................................................................... 25 Five Star Miracle ........................................................................................................... 27 Straddle Faro Chainsaw ............................................................................................................................. 32 Interlude ................................................................................................................................. 34 I’ll Tell Your Fortune ................................................................................................. 35 Maybe Twice ................................................................................................................... 40 Cut And Restored Ribbon ....................................................................................... 43 Which Is Where?............................................................................................................ 48 Emergency Wallet ........................................................................................................ 55

II ESPecially for Bill-Fooled ....................................................................................... 63 DoublESP ........................................................................................................................... 65 Interlude ................................................................................................................................. 70 Second Impression ........................................................................................................ 71

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Choice And Chance ..................................................................................................... 76 Charlier Shuffle School Of Eventuality ................................................................................................ 82 Do As I Do ......................................................................................................................... 85 Imagination ........................................................................................................................ 89 Magician’s-Choice Force Angle Fold.......................................................................................................................... 92 Currency Exchange ..................................................................................................... 96 Oh, So Simple Currency Exchange ................................................................... 99 Interlude .............................................................................................................................. 101

III Mind Probe..................................................................................................................... 105 Stud Poker Prediction ............................................................................................. 107 My Word! ........................................................................................................................ 111 Your Word! ..................................................................................................................... 115 Bill Divin(Ation) ......................................................................................................... 119 The HW Book Test .................................................................................................. 123 Isn’t That Amazing!? ................................................................................................. 129 Interlude .............................................................................................................................. 133 Simple And Silly, But Okay ................................................................................. 134 Think Of A Number ................................................................................................ 139 Count-Revertable Aces .......................................................................................... 143 Special Object ............................................................................................................... 149 Not-So-Special Object ............................................................................................ 152 Better Than A Clipboard ...................................................................................... 154 Interlude .............................................................................................................................. 157

IV Wide And Free............................................................................................................. 161 To A Startling End .................................................................................................... 164 Reverse Faro Ending


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Polaroid Money ........................................................................................................... 169 Lucky Seven .................................................................................................................. 173 Signed, Torn, Restored ........................................................................................... 178 For A Really Free Choice ..................................................................................... 182 Luciforce .......................................................................................................................... 189 Interlude .............................................................................................................................. 192 Poker Thing ................................................................................................................... 193 Slitsville ............................................................................................................................ 196 Wild Jokers ..................................................................................................................... 199 Basic Signed Card to Wallet................................................................................ 203 Entre Nous...................................................................................................................... 205 Flip To Clip ................................................................................................................... 210 Clips Trip ........................................................................................................................ 217 Sum Prediction And Book Test ........................................................................ 220 Last Word .......................................................................................................................... 225


Foreword R

ichard Himber has been dead for over thirty years at the time of this writing. During the last fifteen years of his life he called me every morning at about two or three o’clock; that is, in the middle of the night! He surely was the last of the “characters.” He was either hated or loved—rarely any in-betweens. I loved him. I’ve written some anecdotes and truisms about him in Apocalypse. I’ll sprinkle a few of those throughout the book, just so you can get to know the man a little better. The most popular, most widely used (and copied) “magic” wallet today and for years is and has been the Himber Wallet. When Dick originally produced it, he asked me to come up with, invent, some effects or routines utilizing the wallet’s unique capabilities, and to write a treatise (his word) on the wallet and those effects and routines. I did just that. The “treatise” was (is) called, BEST OF BILLFOOLED, and the production was simply terrible! Yet it was, I believe and have been told, an important contribution to magic. And parts of it have been ripped off through the years—my words, with no credit given. The original has become a collectors’ item; I don’t have a complete original copy myself. Himber’s preface, in part, said, “Harry Lorayne is a New Yorker whose life has been linked with magic as long as I can recollect. Without question, he is one of the top men in cards.” (No one, including Dick, claimed that he could write!) He goes on to say that he showed me a couple of his effects with the wallet, that I got excited about it, and that I came up with some terrific ideas for it, and so forth. I did get excited about it, I did come up with some effect ideas, and that’s why I wrote BEST OF BILL-FOOLED. (The “jump,” the play on words from billfold to bill-fooled was Dick’s.)

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Years passed, and the Himber Wallet became more and more popular. So Dick wanted a follow-up item. He came up with the Trick-A-Rette Case, which was exactly the same as the wallet except that the original half pocket became a cigarette case that could hold eight to ten cigarettes. Well, again, he asked me to devise some effects and routines. I did. (You have to understand that Dick had done quite a few favors for me.) And, again, he asked me to write a book about the case and the effects. In 1963, THE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOOK became available to magicians of the world. It consisted of effects with cigarettes plus some of the excellent routines from BEST OF BILLFOOLED plus some new ideas. The production was better than it had been for the first book, but it was still pretty bad. It, too, became a collectors’ item. People have been paying as much as $400 or more for “clean” copies. The Trick-A-Rette Case didn’t make it. I haven’t seen one in years. It was too thick, people were smoking less, and so on. But the original Himber Wallet has become a standard. Okay. After much coaxing and even pleading from magicians all over the world and all through the years, here’s what I’ve done. I’ve taken the best of the ideas, effects, routines from both original books. I’ve eliminated the cigarette effects. And, my original thought was to re-write everything, since I’m a much, much, better writer now than I was all those years ago. But . . . I decided to do only some editing. I think, perhaps, the comparison should exist. Oh, I’ll clear up and clean up some of the really bad writing, of course, particularly where I feel the teaching is affected by that bad writing. I’ll also add illustrations. I’ll put some (not all) of my “new” remarks between parentheses so that you’ll know they’re new. So this will be a sort of annotated, up-to-date, combined and enlarged (much enlarged) version of both books—by the original author. I’ve come up with some (in my opinion) excellent ideas for the wallet since the two early books. Those, of course, are being written in full, now. I think you’ll see the difference as you read, I’ve also col-


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lected some marvelous ideas from contributors which, of course, are also being written now. I have no intention of making this an encyclopedia; I’ll include only the effects, routines, ideas that I think are worthwhile. Quite frankly, I would have stolen any good effects, but I couldn’t—they’d already been stolen from me! Enjoy. HARRY LORAYNE


Handling the Himber Wallet Y

ou bought this book, so you probably know the capabilities, working, and operation of the Himber Wallet. It may, however, be wrong for me to make that assumption. You may have purchased this book and the wallet at the same time. Different people are manufacturing and selling Himber Wallets, so they’re not all made exactly alike. I’ll teach the wallet handlings based on the wallet I’m holding in my hand as I write. If your wallet is a bit different, all you have to do is change my instructions to fit, which is easy to do. Let’s also get the terminology straight. When you open the wallet there’s a half pocket on the left panel, perhaps marked “Cards”; some may say, “Cards and Stamps,” some aren’t marked at all. On the right panel there’s a long perpendicular pocket marked, “Bills,” or, again, it may not be marked at all. Dick Himber’s original did not have a flap. That was my idea, suggested by the use of a pen, pencil or wand to force the spectator to open the wallet the way you wanted it to open. Now, some performers have a problem with the flap. An astute layman might notice that the flap is not in the same place after you’ve secretly turned over the wallet. (Of course, if the flap starts on the bottom at the outer end, you can turn the wallet end for end then side for side, or vice versa, and the flap would still be on bottom, but at the inner end. Try it, and see. It’s an extra turn, but that may work for you.) A pencil, pen or wand placed into the wallet to force a spectator to open to that side serves the same purpose. (This will be mentioned in the text wherever I feel it warrants a mention.) The pencil must protrude from an end (crossing the horizontal binding near the outer end) in order for the idea to work. I’ll use a flapped wallet only for early illustrations because that may make it easier for you to understand the way the wallet is facing. So,

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