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Anything that has illusion as an integral part gets the attention of Joey Pipia. I've NEVER created, nor made counterfeit money. Never. But I sure do enjoy the notion.
Examples have been found of actual counterfeit coins dating back to 600 BC. That's literally about the time the first money appeared.
Counterfeiting is sometimes called, “the second oldest profession”. According to Wikipedia, prostitution being called the “the oldest profession,” can be traced only to word world I. Apparently before that we were all vying for that title.
Fake money is something that happens in modern times, too. Counterfeiting is an international problem with a guilty verdict landing you in prison between 7 years in Singapore to life in China. And you never know where the next fakes are coming from.
According the US government, the largest counterfeiting operation is the world was uncovered in 2016 in Lima, Peru. This Vice News youtube video details that operation and even takes a daring look undercover at what happened. Over 3 million plays of that video. I guess I'm not the only one fascinated by counterfeiting.
I particularly like this because so many of my tools are in this: a hair dryer, a razor knife, copiers, rulers. So much of what I do is to create a reality for my audience, and I really can't tell you the lengths I go with this one exception: my lengths are legal, and don't involve sirens, or motorcycle police.
Whether you work in an small office and your employer cashes your check for you, or you are cashing your pay check at the bank yourself, the money you get may be counterfeit. The bummer for anyone with such cash is that the bank will confiscate your dough. That's right, your money is taken away, and you don't get reimbursed. Not funny, I know.
Don't take my word for it, but according Wikipedia, counterfeit money creates these three problems:
Companies are not reimbursed for counterfeits.
Increase in prices (of goods and services) due to more money getting circulated in the economy.
Decrease in the acceptability (satisfactoriness) of money.