This is a lavish idea. I thought that it would heighten the effect of the Bill in Lemon, but Harry Riegel tells me he couldn’t see a big difference in audience reaction in comparison to the normal version. Maybe it’s just the way he performs it? Anyway, here is the idea. Try it out and see for yourself.
When you perform the Bill in Lemon, have the prepared lemon (you do the corner switch or Cellini’s method) inside a bottle. That’s the idea. Some liquors are sold in a bottle which encloses a fruit, i.e. peaches or something like that. A piece of fruit the liquor is made of (or tastes like). Pretty well-kown in Europe, at least.
The bottle and lemon must be prepared before. On YouTube are dozens of tutorials on how to remove the bottom of a bottle. You can even consult Amazon for a bottle cutter (Harry told me one of these works pretty well). With that, or the household method, cut off the bottom, place the prepared lemon inside, and glue the bottom in place with the proper glue. Then fill up the bottle with whatever liquor you prefer.
When you do your routine, bring out your bottle and place it in full view. The sight of the lemon inside the bottle is always an attention getter. Then do your vanish, etc. You will have to smash the bottle, cut the lemon open, and remove the bill.
I know, a lot of expense for one effect, but sometimes the performing situation is right for this one. And you have a nice story: you tell them how the fruit gets into the bottle (it grows into the bottle on the tree), but you cannot imagine how that bill grew into the lemon. Think about something interesting to tell.