Plastic Currency and Magic
its arrival, plastic has proliferated every aspect of our lives and now
set to find a place in our wallets too if latest reports about it being
and tested by various authorities around the world are anything to go
by.Already issued in Australia, the Uk will be using polymer notes from
Somehow we are so used to seeing paper money that the very thought of it being replaced by polymer seems bizarre and unrealistic but concerned authorities have backed this decision with sound logic and reasoning.
According to them, plastic would not only lend durability to the currency note but will also make it eco friendly.
An added advantage is that of difficulty in counterfeiting, meaning less work for the police.
But what does this move spell for the various
segments of society, especially magicians who rely on paper currency for an
entire repertoire of tricks? Can Plastic Currency and Magic be a good mix??
Some of the organizations that would be directly impacted with this shift are –
Crime agency’s counterfeiting department – For them the introduction of plastic currency is nothing short of a blessing from heavens above because it will render detection and eventual busting of counterfeit market a reality.
Given its attributes a plastic currency note will be much difficult to replicate and even if someone does manage to make a copy it is highly likely to be caught in security checks.
Cash machine – True though it is that the machine’s configuration would need to be altered in order to accept cash in this new form, overall the industry is not expected to be affected at all.
In fact, much more emphasis needs to be put into coordinating with other departments and agencies so as to ensure smooth transition and functioning.
Collectors – Although they themselves expect to be left untouched, collectors foresee a mammoth change in the system ensuing the switch over.
While an avid collector would be immediately obsessed with the idea of procuring one for his collection, the actual impact is likely to felt five decades later.
New contract – New appearance means a new deal and a totally different machine and contract would be given to someone who enjoys a strong presence and is trustworthy enough to be able to fulfill the deal on time.
What about the magicians?
Well, the pretty, secure and water resistant card does change a lot of things for magicians since it is too stiff, unable to rip and fold easily will need to be dealt with.
Thus the onus is on the magician to re-invent and improvise on old tricks in such a way that plastic money will be involved and the transition is smooth.
Once the bag of tricks has
been established, even magicians claim that these are much easier to clean and
handle thus rendering them perfectly suitable as accessories for magic shows. Well we jolly well hope so that Plastic Money and Magic will be a great Mix!!