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I'm not entirely sure this is the right place, but it seemed the most suitable. Apologies if I'm wrong, in which case, could it be moved to the correct forums?

Long story short, I dabble in magic (the card trick type stuff, not black magic ) and I'm in the process of working a trick in which a spectator would choose a card, only to find it disappears from the deck. Then, I get them to check their wallet/purse, and their card is written on a coin/note.

I'm just concerned that doing so would make the currency unusable - would I be fine doing this?
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Yes, it's very illegal. You will be locked in the Tower and beheaded the following sunrise.
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yes it's fine to write on notes and you often see money with bits of writing on them. I think there's a limit but a name or a few words is fine.
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Yes, it's very illegal. You will be locked in the Tower and beheaded the following sunrise.
Yeah yeah I know there wouldn't be major consequences but I was more concerned that I'd be down a fiver every time I do the trick
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Yup its legal
http://http://www.facebook.com/BankNoteCampaign?sk=wall
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Writing on money is fine, though people might be a bit funny about the idea of you putting your hands in their purse or wallet to plant the note on them.
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(Original post by jardantuan)
I'm not entirely sure this is the right place, but it seemed the most suitable. Apologies if I'm wrong, in which case, could it be moved to the correct forums?

Long story short, I dabble in magic (the card trick type stuff, not black magic ) and I'm in the process of working a trick in which a spectator would choose a card, only to find it disappears from the deck. Then, I get them to check their wallet/purse, and their card is written on a coin/note.

I'm just concerned that doing so would make the currency unusable - would I be fine doing this?
Yes, apparently it's an offence to deface a note under the Currency and Banknotes Act 1928.

I doubt that the note would be refused if it were genuine though - just mark it discreetly ("K♥", for instance).
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Bank clerks regularly write on piles of notes after counting a load off.
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(Original post by Arekkusu)
Writing on money is fine, though people might be a bit funny about the idea of you putting your hands in their purse or wallet to plant the note on them.
That's the bit that needs work haha

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I doubt that the note would be refused if it were genuine though - just mark it discreetly ("K♥", for instance).
Given that I may end up writing a number rather than a face card, would that not count as attempting to alter the value of the note or something like that? I know it wouldn't be a very good attempt if I write it in the middle of the note, but still
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It's permissible, but even if the damage becomes extensive and it's refused by shops then it's not an issue - you simply complete this form and the Bank of England will send you a shiny new note instead! http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/BEMN.pdf
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It's permissible, but even if the damage becomes extensive and it's refused by shops then it's not an issue - you simply complete this form and the Bank of England will send you a shiny new note instead! http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/BEMN.pdf
I think that only applies to notes which are physically damaged or destroyed rather than defaced.

Given that I may end up writing a number rather than a face card, would that not count as attempting to alter the value of the note or something like that? I know it wouldn't be a very good attempt if I write it in the middle of the note, but still :p:
That's more iffy. Section 12 states:

If any person prints or stamps, or by any like means impresses, on any bank note any words, letters or figures, he shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on summary conviction to a penalty...
On that basis, yes, it's illegal. But you see "100" and the like written on notes all the time where they've been marked to keep count, so I don't think anything would happen to you in practice. You could always do it in pencil! :p:
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It's perfectly fine. Have you never received a note with writing on it? Where the shop keeper has scribbled numbers, or names.
I received a note before with a poem written on for Caroline...
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you're IP has been logged, the Beefeaters are coming to get yah!!!
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I think that only applies to notes which are physically damaged or destroyed rather than defaced.
Maybe you're right, but he could just burn half of it and they'd definitely accept it then!
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I work in a shop and I think nothing of taking notes that have been written on, and I think everyone (my managers included) would think I was a bit of an idiot if I attempted to refuse them.

You'll be fine.
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Actually it is, see Section 12:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/...-19/13#IDAPOF4

Penalty for defacing bank notes.

If any person prints or stamps, or by any like means impresses, on any bank note any words, letters or figures, he shall, in respect of each offence, be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding [level 1 on the standard scale].
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(Original post by jardantuan)
I'm not entirely sure this is the right place, but it seemed the most suitable. Apologies if I'm wrong, in which case, could it be moved to the correct forums?

Long story short, I dabble in magic (the card trick type stuff, not black magic ) and I'm in the process of working a trick in which a spectator would choose a card, only to find it disappears from the deck. Then, I get them to check their wallet/purse, and their card is written on a coin/note.

I'm just concerned that doing so would make the currency unusable - would I be fine doing this?
I don't know about anyone else, though I will continue to uphold the standard of excellence taken in producing 'lion cash':

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I took out £2,000 in £5 notes and write a on them "Make Money www.bit.ly/****" in the corner. It actually got hits to an affiliate program I was running.

They couldn't point the finger at me. If the peace officers even approached me about it I'd first laugh at them, and then tell them to prove it wasn't my competitors.

Statues are silly. I don't abide by a single one of them that doesn't cause harm to a person or their property. And seen as money is one giant illusion and is as valuable as the paper it's written on, I'd tell the peace officers I used it as scrap paper because I couldn't find any.

And then laugh again.
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I work in a shop and I think nothing of taking notes that have been written on, and I think everyone (my managers included) would think I was a bit of an idiot if I attempted to refuse them.You'll be fine.
I have a note with “**** the piggs” and the queen smoking a spliff with a beanie hat over her eyes like one of the bad guys off next Friday.. would you accept that?
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