Introduction: 30 Second Tenner Trick

This is a classic folding trick with a Bank of England 10 pound note. The video should show everything clearly enough, it provides a few seconds of amusement.

It works by splitting the mouth into two sections, which can be distorted by changing the viewing angle. In this example the creasing goes through the centre of HM's eyes and nose, so these don't distort very much. However the mouth does shift from upturned to downturned as the viewing angle changes.

Filming insight here


And if anyone is interested, these bank notes feature a holographic emblem, watermarks, interweaved metallic-strip, and high-quality printing - they're rather hard to forge.


poofrabbit (author)2012-05-21

LOL that is amusing! You have to love a little optical illusion!

cool knex13 (author)2011-02-16

lol that is cool

k-n-e-x(leaved ibls) (author)2010-12-31


Millawi Legend (author)2010-07-24

Money Money Money, Always funny, In a rich mans world :)

lemonie (author)Millawi Legend2010-07-24



berlin86 (author)2010-07-18

heh focus pocus:) nice-nice, do you have more in your arcenal?

lemonie (author)berlin862010-07-18

I'm fairly limited, but as hands go I like the matches:


SnapFitPieces(: (author)2010-02-19

 ....... in a rich mans world

RavingMadStudios (author)2010-02-17

This is a great trick. I've been amusing innocent bystanders with it since I saw this video last week. It works beautifully with US $5 and $20 notes.

Now I just need to adapt the effect to a much larger scale and use it as a backdrop piece for a play. Maybe a Greek tragedy - as the play goes on, the giant "face of the gods" gets less and less amused....

lemonie (author)RavingMadStudios2010-02-17

I like the backdrop idea.


RavingMadStudios (author)lemonie2010-02-17

I think it has the potential for epic coolness. Now I just have to convince someone to put on a suitable play and let me design the set.

lemonie (author)RavingMadStudios2010-02-17

You could do it with fabric - a very slow stretch, it would be subtle indeed, but it would be noticed - I like the idea more now!


RavingMadStudios (author)lemonie2010-02-17

That's a very good idea.

knex_mepalm (author)2010-02-03

Nice the australian one is sometimes holographic, but its printed on plastic...will it work?

lemonie (author)knex_mepalm2010-02-03

If the face is the same, and you can get the creases through the eyes and mouth in the same way it should work.(?)


knex_mepalm (author)lemonie2010-02-04

 It works and its freaky

lemonie (author)knex_mepalm2010-02-04

Cool, who's head is on the note?


knex_mepalm (author)lemonie2010-02-04

 Y.M.Q.E T.2nd

lemonie (author)knex_mepalm2010-02-04

Well, yes. But they do have an other side.


oscarthompson (author)2009-09-19

wow!, does this trick only work with the notes in england. like i have. Could it work on amercian money, just wandering

lemonie (author)oscarthompson2009-09-19

If you've got the same type of portrait it'll work. The centres of the eyes need to be vertically-aligned with the corners of the mouth, and the look pretty much face-on. L

Kaiven (author)2009-09-14

LOL!!! That is one of the BEASTEST money tricks I have ever seen!

zascecs (author)2009-09-13

She's happy! she's sad. she's Happy!!! she's sad...

rimar2000 (author)2009-09-12

Very good, this can be applied to many moneys. Thanks, Lemonie.

lemonie (author)rimar20002009-09-12

It's in the face - you need the corners of the mouth in-line with the centres of the eyes. Charles Darwin is on the reverse but he's about 30o off "profile" so can't work.


Joe Martin (author)2009-09-12

Brilliant lemonie, I forget how this was done!

lemonie (author)Joe Martin2009-09-12

You can usually amuse someone with this - it's free & easy.


(OK you do need a note...)

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