Three Victorian businesses were conned out of $160,000 in cash by two men who sold them a chemical they claimed could duplicate their money. The chemical formula turned out to be bleach, baby powder and hair spray. Suffice it to say, it didn’t duplicate their money. How were they duped?
Police said the men “demonstrated” their claim by placing a $100 note between sheets of black paper, which they described as “special material”, and pouring a liquid substance over the top.
When the sheets of paper were separated, a second $100 note was inside, which the businessmen verified as genuine at the bank.
All it took was a rather pedestrian magic trick. Man, I hate to see these guys’ reaction to seeing a magician tearing up a $20 bill and then making it whole again. They’d probably worship that magician like a god.
You’d think that it would cross their mind that if these people legitimately had a chemical that could not only duplicate money but violate the Law of Conservation of Matter, they wouldn’t need to sell it for $160,000. You’d also think businessmen couldn’t possibly be this gullible.
Then again, I do distinctly remember an episode of Duck Tales involving a ray gun that could duplicate objects, which was then stolen by the Beagle Boys for the purpose of duplicating money. And as everyone knows, if it happened in Duck Tales, it must be true.