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 Post subject: HUNDY 500
PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:42 pm 
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THE NUTSHELL: It is truly a revolutionary trick that I think every closeup magician should have.

THE REVIEW: Get excited, because this is the first “perfect” trick in this season of the Daily Review. It is truly a revolutionary trick that I think every closeup magician should have. I consider it to be the best non-card trick on the market today. Everything about it is appealing, and I have yet to find something wrong with it that at all hinders the effect. Let me go over why this trick, the Hundy 500, is in the top three of my absolute absolute arsenal.

First, the method is clean, and the effect is as visual as it is impossible. You take five one dollar bills. You hand one out to each of your spectators to examine and then have them returned. You go through the bills one at a time showing the fronts and the backs. As slowly as possible, you square up the five bills and fold them in half. You’re sleeves are rolled up, your hands are shown empty. You revolve the packet of bills once or twice between your fingers, and when after you do, they all become twenties, or hundreds, or any other denomination. You can then go through the bills one at a time. They withstand the same brutal scrutiny as the original bills and there is no trace of the singles. They are simply gone. This drives spectators crazy.

When you are twisting the bills, they see them change into twenties in motion, but they cannot pinpoint a moment when and where the change took place. There are a number of variations in effect, utilizing the same gimmick. The second most popular is probably Slow Burn. This is similar however it is angly, where all angles are covered in Hundy. You can be surrounded by spectators: short children, tall people, people looking over your shoulder, people that are unaffected by any form of misdirection, people inches away from the gimmick itself, people in front, behind and at your sides. All of them will account for the same incredible effect. Many will say that Slow Burn is more visual, because you’re just waving your hand over the bills as they change. However, whenever anything is magically changed, doesn’t it seem like the thing is covered. The cool part about Hundy 500, the part that makes it more visual in my opinion, is that the bills never leave sight. Not even for an instant is the packet covered.

The gimmick is a magician’s best friend. It is so easy to carry around: I have the bills in my wallet and I can perform this anytime. It takes a one-time setup and you are done. The construction does take a little while, but how can I complain about that? If the gimmick should ever wear out, it can be disassembled (no bills wasted) and recreated with fresh bills. The gimmick is self contained in the bills. That means you don’t need anything extra (like a TT) to carry around with you. It is essentially self-working. I don’t think there is anything to this trick that I could call “sleight of hand.” In that sense, I think it is a worthwhile trick for beginners. The gimmick can be made with any currency or no currency. You can use any denomination of bills, foreign bills, slips of paper, coupons, lottery tickets, you name it. This will also give you some room for creativity. Possibly the best part about it is that it uses such an ordinary object: money. This is something that I can pull out anytime, anywhere that will make complete sense to people.

Please read on after I make the following earth-shattering statement: part of the gimmick is not examinable. If you know my reviews, you also know that I rarely recommend gimmicks that cannot be examined, and at the very least nick a couple of points off the score. Hundy 500 is a rare exception. Because the presentation is so well worked, enough of the bills are handed out and examined so thoroughly, and because you really do show the fronts and backs of all the bills, the fact that the gimmick is not completely examinable does not damage the effect at all. Four of the five bills are handed out, and Greg’s presentation prevents that last bill from looking too obvious.

Another potential complaint that I’m also going to disregard is the fact that the bills cannot be borrowed. Even if the presentation did not cover this possible flaw up with a great out, you’d have to be pretty picky to complain about this. But even the pickiest of people (myself included) cannot argue that Gregory Wilson’s out doesn’t do the job.

Getting to the Hundy 500 DVD itself. First of all, twenty-six dollars can be a little intimidating. You think about the price of most other DVD’s (about thirty dollars) and how many more tricks they offer, as opposed to this one (about twenty-six dollars) and how it only provides a single trick. Let me assure you that I use the Hundy 500 bill switch more than I use any of the other tricks taught on most other DVD’s combined. Wilson said that he was originally going to teach it with a bunch of other effects on a general magic video, but later decided that he’d devote a single video to completely cover the trick. It was a good move. Secondly, if you break down the DVD, you’ll find that the price is more than justified.

You get a performance section, with many different performances of Hundy 500 done for real people in various situations and environments. Don’t overlook this section as it is one of the most valuable on the tape. First, you get to see the trick performed for people rather than a camera. You get to see how Greg relates to his various spectators, which holds lessons that go beyond this trick alone. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from this section alone. In Santa Monica, three women are caught completely off guard. In Orange County, Greg is surrounded by five or six people and shocks every single one of them. Then he astonishes to Hollywood girls. Surrounded by a bunch of football players in Manhatten Beach, this one gets screams from everybody. Los Angeles, he gets two tough cookies and still knocks their socks off. In East L.A., he’s under the pressure of a group that looks like they are going to mug him. In Newport Beach, Greg gets a kiss (no luck with this yet). Probably the best reactions on the video happen at Venice Beach, and then in Huntington Beach they’re almost just as good. Finally, he impressed a few cops grilling him from all sides in Los Angeles.

Then you learn the trick with Gregory Wilson’s precise teaching and multiple angles to follow. You can change the angles as you watch without ever skipping a beat. He breaks everything down very slowly and thoroughly. I was never left behind, as I have been in the teaching of other DVD’s. There is more detail within this video than ninety percent of the other magic videos that I own. After teaching the construction, he teaches the count (nothing fancy, don’t worry), the angles, and the change itself, he’ll teach you the presentation, which is absolutely key to the trick. His performance has the amusing and fun flavor that makes Greg unique. He also gives you some one-liners and outs that really seal the deal. If you own any of his other videos, you know that you can trust Gregory Wilson to provide. For the revolutionary secret, the thorough explanations, the presentation, the outs, the one-liners, the incredible format, and the great quality, Hundy 500 is sold for an incredibly reasonable price.

Some may say you’re actually paying hundreds when you include the making of the gimmick, but that is ridiculous. 1) You don’t even have to use money (coupons to money, singles to fives, to twenties, to hundreds, whatever), and more importantly 2) you’re not losing money – you can break up the gimmick anytime you want. Like Gregory Wilson says, “Don’t think of it as an expense, think of it as an investment.”

I hope that I have conveyed the message to you. This can make your reputation as a magician. I give it my highest recommendation, and the very rare score of 10.


(Tomorrow’s Review: Double Barrel)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:48 pm 
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Dan speaks the truth...probably my number one effect in my routine (as I've said 100 times over)

If you still need more convincing...which I doubt (dan has spoken)...check out my review I wrote a couple months ago:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/vie ... p?p=155507


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:16 pm 
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now thats a convincer if I ever heard one!
Great review Dan! Once I am out of this moneyless state, I will jump right onto getting this one! :lol:


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cowboy4ever wrote:
now thats a convincer if I ever heard one!
Great review Dan! Once I am out of this moneyless state, I will jump right onto getting this one! :lol:


Its a GOOOOD move.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 9:07 pm 
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Yep, my Numero UNO trick!
EVERYONE CAN RELATE TO $$$!
They don't even know magic is coming and Ka-bam! Unlike some cards or some sponge balls, this effect comes out of nowhere and KILLS! That unexpectancy and just plain coolness of the trick is unlike any trick you will ever perform. Great icebreaker or even closer. You can perform this anywhere b/c everyone knows that money isn't just supposed to multply like that. No joke, get this trick now. You WON'T regret it.

here's my review

http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?t=39650&highlight=hundy+500


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 8:55 am 
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i disagree with the term "revolutionary" as this gimmick and effect can be traced LONG before the Wilson/Sanders era. Heck, even in good ol Stars of Magic, Burt Allerton describes a similar gimmick.

Summary: This is the best trick of its kind. I have both this and slow burn and I perform slow burn only if I am not surrounded. You have to admit the change in slow burn is second to none...hundy can't compete with the transformation. If surrounded, do hundy. It really is that simple. Buy both, then you have two methods of changing bills. Actually if you have one, and a video of the other being performed, you can figure out how to do the other. so just get one.
on a side note, I rarely do this effect, I don't know why.


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david_a_whitehead wrote:
i disagree with the term "revolutionary" as this gimmick and effect can be traced LONG before the Wilson/Sanders era. Heck, even in good ol Stars of Magic, Burt Allerton describes a similar gimmick.

Summary: This is the best trick of its kind. I have both this and slow burn and I perform slow burn only if I am not surrounded. You have to admit the change in slow burn is second to none...hundy can't compete with the transformation. If surrounded, do hundy. It really is that simple. Buy both, then you have two methods of changing bills. Actually if you have one, and a video of the other being performed, you can figure out how to do the other. so just get one.
on a side note, I rarely do this effect, I don't know why.


the gimmick is not revolutionary. the trick is.

And by the way, if you buy slow burn, you may have the gimmick but you will not be able to reproduce Hundy 500 based on the demo video.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:12 am 
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the demo video sucks. it doesnt even show what the trick is supposed to look like. just a bunch of pointless reactions. however, there are demos out there (im not going to name places) where you can see hundy being performed and thus you will be able to figure out how it is done using a slow burn gimmick. and i still disagree about the trick being 'revolutionary'. greg wilson took a concept and reworked it...same as he did for 3/4 across and a lot of other tricks. dont get me wrong...it is an awesome trick...and one i recommend.


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david_a_whitehead wrote:
the demo video sucks. it doesnt even show what the trick is supposed to look like. just a bunch of pointless reactions. however, there are demos out there (im not going to name places) where you can see hundy being performed and thus you will be able to figure out how it is done using a slow burn gimmick. and i still disagree about the trick being 'revolutionary'. greg wilson took a concept and reworked it...same as he did for 3/4 across and a lot of other tricks. dont get me wrong...it is an awesome trick...and one i recommend.


why would you recommend it if you dont even use it?


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i dont use it because it goes against my performing character. I am more a mentalist/mental magician, so there is no place for this type of effect in my current repertoire. It wouldn't fit with my other routines. However, for the true 'magicians' out there, this effect is visual and great. And that is why I recommend it. heck, i can recommend a ton of magic tricks to people that I don't use. i think that is beside the point. Your repertoire should consist of effects that suit YOU. there are effects that you yourself don't perform but you would still recommend to others. this is all I am going to say on the matter.


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david_a_whitehead wrote:
i disagree with the term "revolutionary" as this gimmick and effect can be traced LONG before the Wilson/Sanders era. Heck, even in good ol Stars of Magic, Burt Allerton describes a similar gimmick.


...I think it is now impossible to release something that is COMPLETELY new and original, someone has thought of or published it before you ever conceived it.

It is important to recognize those who created these effects, but no one ever said Hundy 500 was a completely original idea...maybe by revolutionary he meant the routine was created in such away that made it that way...but saying "HE DID NOT CREATE THE EFFECT...SO-AND-SO DID" is besides the point, we should focus more on what amazes and entertains the audience (or like you said, fits out character). I'm not saying that we should forget crediting people and such (don't want to pull and ID), but I think Wilson's routine as a whole is something that is revolutionart for its type of effect...

Just my 2 cents (please don't take it the wrong way :? )


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I will probably buy this and I have an idea for it that might work. You take some 'winning ' Lottery tickets and instead of going to recieve the money you just transform the tickets into 20s


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they gotta be the same size...


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Dam, I was just coming in here to ask what syxx6 just answered.

Do they have to be exactly the same size?
I'm based in the UK and all our notes are different sizes. I think I'd be convinced to buy this if I could do it with UK money but someone elses currency would reduce the interest of the audience.
Any way around this?


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If they are only slightly different you shouldnt have a problem.


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