Presidents Day is one of those themed holidays that easily lends itself to magic tricks.
After all, the two most famous American presidents, Washington and Lincoln, appear on U.S. paper money and coins.
The likeness of Lincoln is on the penny and five-dollar bill, and Washington is on the quarter and the $1 bill.
Any of the tricks in our shop listed below will help you perform some magic with presidential-themed money.
And we know that the most important part of any trick is the presentation.
So here are some fascinating facts that you can add to your storyline when performing a money trick:
- The $1 bill design has remained unchanged since 1963.
Most banknotes get redesigned when they have a lot of counterfeits in circulation. Since the dollar bill is rarely counterfeited, the US government doesn’t see a need to give the bill a preventive redesign. Also, Section 116 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act prohibits spending money to redesign the $1 note.
- There are more $100 bills than $1 bills in circulation.
In 2018, there were 12.4 billion $1 bills in circulation, according to the Federal Reserve. Surprisingly, there were one billion more $100 bills- about 13.4 billion!
- It costs 5.6 cents to print a $1 bill.
The $1 bill is the cheapest paper currency to print, while the $100 bill is the most expensive, at 13.2 cents per bill.
- How heavy is money?
There are about 454 bills to a pound of cash, no matter what denomination.
- How durable is money?
It might be easy to rip a $1 bill in half, but simply wearing it out is actually difficult. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing states that you would have to fold a bill back and forth 4,000 times before it would tear. A one dollar bill does wear out, though, in an average of 5.8 years of normal circulation.
- Your house may literally be made of money.
When paper money becomes too worn and is removed from circulation, most of it is destroyed. However, The Fed sometimes sells shredded bills to companies that use them in building materials. Recycled currency may be in the shingles on your roof or the insulation in your walls!
- Think twice before discarding a mutilated, torn or even incomplete dollar bill as worthless.
If you have at least 50% of the bill remaining, along with sufficient remnants of any security feature, you might be able to redeem a bill for its value by submitting your bill to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
- There is a tiny owl hidden on the $1 bill.
The owl has long been a symbol of wisdom and intuition.
Perhaps that is what the engraver intended when he secretly included a tiny owl in the design.
The owl is nesting in the curved decoration around the upper right hand "1" digit on the face of the bill.
You'll definitely have to use a magnifying glass, but look REALLY closely in the top left of the curve and you'll see the teeny tiny owl!
- There is also a smiling ghost.
If the owl isn't enough, take a look at the back of the bill.
You'll definitely have to use a magnifying glass again, but look at the pyramid, focusing on the middle brick on the fourth row up from the bottom.
Sure looks like a happy ghost, locked for eternity in the pyramid!
- And a smiling George Washington.And if you were not convinced that there was a smiling ghost, how about a smiling George Washington?
Using an ordinary $1 bill and this simple origami folding move, you can make the stern portrait of George Washington turn into a smiling Washington.
Click to see how!