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"Can you afFORD this car?"

A trick performed by magician Jasper Maskelyne (probably invented by Oswald Williams). While Williams held a tray, Maskelyne said: “If the King of Siam bought a motor car, what sort of motor car would the King of Siam buy, if he bought a motor car?” Williams replied: “It would depend on what he could afFORD.” At that moment Williams turns the tray over so that the audience see the words A FORD. While the audience laughs at this play on words, the flat tray instantaneously transforms to a 3D car to give a surprise finish.’

Image credit: The Davenport Collection.

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