CASH COW by Wayne Rogers.


CASH COW by Wayne Rogers Thanks for the Contribution Wayne! 



The performer explains that not very long ago, checks were the most common way of sending money by post, or paying bills. Now days more and more payments and money transfers are made by direct credit, and organisations like Paypal.

A check always took some days to clear, so he decides to see if that system can be sped up with a little magic. The performer takes out a blank check and makes it out to himself for a sum of $50.00. The check is placed in an envelope and given to a member of the audience to sit on.


While everyone waits, the performer goes on to play a game with three spectators who come on stage to take part. From his wallet Mr Magic removes 4 envelopes and offers each helper a free choice of any envelope. He is to receive whatever is left over at the end. The three each take an envelope and are given a chance to trade with the performer. Eventually they each settle on an envelope, open it and find a business card as a gift. The performer opens the envelope left for him and finds a $50.00 bill.

After the helpers leave the stage, the performer remembers the check another audience member is sitting on. The spectator opens the envelope himself finds the check has been replaced by a crisp $50.00 bill.



You require 5 pay envelopes, 4 x business cards, 2 x $50.00 bills, a Himber Wallet and an end opening Letter size double switching envelope that can be handled by the spectator. The Automatic 2-Way Prediction Envelope, which is my own design, is available from Stevens Magic.


Also from Stevens I use the Magnetic Himber Wallet, although any Himber Wallet will do.


On one side of your Himber place an envelope containing a $50.00 bill. On the other side place 4 matching envelopes each containing a business card. Full working details on how to construct an Automatic 2-Way Prediction Envelope are in the published book. Place a $50.00 bill behind the secret divider and tuck in the flap. In the front compartment place a blank cheque.


Use your own patter. Show the envelope and blank check, make the check out to yourself, drop it in the envelope and pull up the flap. Do not seal, but fold the flap closed and have the spectator sit on the envelope. The workings of the envelope do everything for you, and will switch to the money automatically.

Have three spectators join you on stage. Open the wallet to the 4 envelope side and use the wallet as a tray while each spectator chooses an envelope, leaving one for you. Offer each person the chance to swap their envelope with the last one left on the wallet. When everyone is done switching, slide the remaining envelope into the pocket of the wallet but keep it in view. With a regular Himber Wallet I like to give a final count down 3 . . 2 . . 1 . . time’s up! On the final words I snap the wallet shut then immediately allow it to open to the other side where the envelope with the money is showing.


The spectators are asked to open their envelopes and see what they hold. Each one will find one of your business cards. As they start to do this, remove the money envelope and hold it out at you finger tips and explain that you tried to give this one away, but no one wanted it. The hand holding the open wallet extends and the empty envelopes are returned on top and placed aside. You open your envelope to reveal the money.

The spectators return to their seats. The person sitting on the envelope opens it and finds the other $50.00 bill. The check has been cashed. You take the envelope, drop the bill back inside and place it in your pocket. The routine is over.


When using the magnetic wallet I do not close it after my count down. I ask the spectators to open their envelopes and gesture towards them with my down stage arm. As the arm momentarily hides the wallet, a simple finger movement closes it and allows it to drop straight open again. The magnetic feature of the wallet makes the change in an instant. The envelope showing is now the one with the money.

With the Automatic 2-Way Prediction Envelope I often start with the flap out and use the blank check to hold the two parts of the envelope separate. This is explained fully under ALTERNATIVE HANDLING on page 13 of the envelope book published by Stevens Magic.

Wayne Rogers November 2013

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