The Bill in Kiwi has served me well over the years, but the main point is that it doesnt really matter what it is that you do, rather HOW you do it.
I'm not looking to "blow people's minds" I'm looking to entertain them.
I can say for sure that the other fruits dont seem to play as well if given the same handling as the bill in kiwi but its due to the fact that size and color make a huge difference in the execution of any gaze crossing. So, the kiwi fruit is better suited for this. It also seems more magical in a sense that the position of the bill is centered in such a way.
I perform the Bill in Kiwi effect with a much simpler means than Cloutier uses and also change up these means based on the conditions I'm working in.
I have Three different handlings and all are much simpler to execute than any sleeving or topiting, plus they play bigger due to the routining that encompasses the effect.
I love Carl Cloutier's work and he's a master, but some of us just need have things dumbed down a bit!