Name: Hundy 500 by Gregory Wilson (DVD)
Learning Curve: 30 min – 1 hour (depending upon how long it takes you to make the gaff)
Running Time: N/A
IN A FLASH: Wilson’s routine is the BEST version of the effect out today. Couldn’t ask for more! 9.5/10
- Excellent effect!
- Greg's teaching and performance are excellent. He also teaches you some tips and psychology behind, very useful not only in this routine.
- The DVD production couldn’t be any higher
- 100% angle proof
-Works with all type of currency…
- Pack small and plays huge (fits right into my wallet).
- Instant Reset.
- More expensive than the other effects like it (3-D Cash, Visi-bill, Hypnobill).
- There is a gaff, and if you want to do the effect like Wilson (changes $1s to $100s) you better have $606.00 just lying around.
- One could argue about the change not being as visual as others (get into this more later).
You show 5 $1.00 dollar bills fronts and back very fairly. You stack them. You fold the stack in half and it's a $100 dollar bill. People are amazed at this point. You then open the stack and show ALL of the bills are $100 bills. You can do this completely surrounded and with people looking down and from over your shoulder. After the change you cleanly and fairly show 5 $100 bills, fronts and backs. (NOTE: you do not have to use $1s and $100s, you could use different currency)
Wilson shows you 5 performances of the effect in real world situations, with 5 completely different reactions. I think we all have done what we think is just a knock 'em dead effect and have gotten a totally different reaction from totally different audiences. This is what he shows you. Some people are like 'Cool, now I'll be on my way' and others are more “Holy crap! What the #$%& did you just do? Show me that again, you rock, let me have your baby.” So in terms of reactions, I think this is top-notch stuff. Wilson also shows you multiple ways of presenting the trick and multiple out-liners for all the types of reactions the spectator will give you (Can you do this with my money?, etc)
There is a gaff in this trick that you are required to make…No worries though, Wilson’s teaching on the making the gaff couldn’t be any better. The money you use to make the gaff will not go to waste either because of the way it’s constructed ($606.00 is a lot of money to cough up, if you choose to use hundreds). The gaff goes completely unnoticed in the routine…you show all the bills, front and back! 4 of the 5 bills are completely examinable and can actually be borrowed!
The major question that everyone has about this is if it better than when being compared to Slow-Burn. Slow-Burn is the same effect as Hundy 500 but the bills change as you “wave” your hands over the bill (check out the demo at Penguin Magic). The gimmick in both routines is essentially the same but I think Hundy is a lot better, for many reasons. EVERY move of Hundy 500 is motivated. In Slow-Burn, immediately after the change, you have to fold the bills up and unfold them again (in order to hide the gimmick). Why would you fold the bills again to display them? It doesn't make sense, and causes a lot of suspicion. It has major discrepancies that will make your specs know something funny is going on your specs. "With a wave of my hand the bills change! Here let me show you after I finish folding them."
As nice as Slow Burn looks, you wouldn't have been able to do that color change in all of the situations because of the angles. Wilson’s routine is made for real world situations, you can perform is with people ALL around you in any situation (as long as you have the gaff…duh). So the angles, the handling and motivation for the way the bills are handled (every small detail thought out) are the reasons I feel Hundy 500 is far superior.
Final Score: 9.5/10
Making any gaff is annoying…
Last edited by joeKing on Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:46 pm, edited 2 times in total.