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Shortchange Trick

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Shortchange Trick refers to the trick in which the performer apparently demonstrates how a con artist shortchanges unsuspecting marks, by counting the bills and then showing money has disappeared. Popular versions include George Starke's Hornswoggled and Bert Allerton's Bamboozle. See the $11 Bill Trick for versions of that trick with a Shortchange Theme.


  • Hornswoggled: The Smash Finish (George Starke): Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. 2 No. 11 (April 1945, pp. 111-112).
  • Shorty: A Baffling Short Change Routine: Ray Grismer, 1978; 1981 (with props).
  • The Magician and the Flim-Flam Femme: Larry White, 1999 (with props).

Sleight-of-Hand Bill Steals