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Now You See It… and Now You Don’t… Lost and NOT Found!

100-dollar-billMagicians Only.  What was the most expensive magic prop you lost and how did you lose it?

Today I put my Extreme Burn setup ($20’s to $100’s) inside my right pants pocket.  When I was taking my car keys out of that same pocket I accidentally pulled one of the twenties out and it fluttered to the ground.  I congratulated myself for catching my mistake… until I got home and realized that the nicely folded stack of four one-hundred dollar bills must have taken a ride with that twenty and perhaps bounced under the car.  I took a quick ride back but four hundred dollars does not last long on a city street.  Feeling REALLY stupid.

I just hope whoever finds it can really use it.

“OMG… that looks like a hundred dollar bill!
Wait there are TWO?  There are THREE…

OMG… There are FOUR!!!!”

Thinking of that moment kind of makes me Smile!

Make me feel better… What did you lose and how did you lose it?

Paul Gertner is nationally recognized speaker and corporate magician, whose honors include multiple Tonight Show appearances, performing at a presidential inauguration, and winning three international competitions. He can be hired as a trade show magician or keynote presenter. For more information, visit


Posted in Magicians Only on May 27, 2015 by Paul Gertner.

10 Responses to Now You See It… and Now You Don’t… Lost and NOT Found!

  1. Peter: May 28, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I’ve never lost any magic equipment of value but I did have my entire sound system, about $3000 worth, stolen out of my van, in my driveway.

  2. Paul Gertner: May 28, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Peter, Yes I’ve heard horror stories over the years of magicians having their entire act stolen from a car. Del Ray used to only stay in motel so he could back up his car to the door and bring his more valuable props inside easily. Of course he also had to bring them into the hotel room to recharge the batteries.

  3. Dana Fleming: May 28, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Spent a locking 1.35 for 50 cents once. About 20 years ago when it was a really expensive prop.

  4. Paul Gertner: May 28, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Dana, I’m sure I’ve spent a few coins in my time but never that one. Ouch!

  5. Will Vasser: May 28, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Paul: I’m not sure I’m getting the name right, I’m thinking it’s called The Final Answer sold by Bob Kohler. It was a gimmick used for bill to lemon. However it was literally a Sharpie that loaded the bill into the lemon. It cost $300.00 bucks! What happen was it was a sharpe so I was using it to have cards signed etc. I used it about twice I think for the bill effect. I forgot that I was using it and someone that I did an ambitious card for walk off with it!! Lessons learned ! Expensive lesson!,

  6. Paul Gertner: May 28, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Will I can see how that could happen so easily. Those props that look normal fool us sometimes.

  7. chris: May 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I löst my extreme burn Setup with 50s on a Cruise Shop along with my anti gravity eisenhower flipper and spend my cigarette Through coin gimmick At the bakery

  8. Paul Gertner: May 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Chris…..Ouch! Hopefully not all in the same day! So I’m not the only one.

  9. Kurt: May 29, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I’ve lost them twice!!!!!!
    Also my Mullica Wallet out of my back pocket…..twice!!!!!…..yikes

  10. Paul Gertner: May 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Kurt, Twice? Did you make up a third set? If I lose it again I might just bag the trick.

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