nitial Thoughts: I have to admit that I was hesitant about buying this because I had heard that you
have to cut up bills. Anyway, I had the money, and decided to give it a try. Boy was I lucky!
Teaching: Daniel Garcia is probably one of my favorite teachers next to Eric Jones and Jay
Sankey. He speaks very clear and does mention everything you will need to know. There was only one
thing I found that I didn't like. When he was discussing the making of the gimmick, about two-thirds
of the way into it, he says something like, "Oh, and if you have a (I forget what he called it, but
it was a paper trimmer, where you run the blade down the side of the paper and it cuts it perfectly)
it will make cutting these bills easy, so you know you won't mess up." I would have liked it if he
had mentioned that before hand. Minor issue.
The Gimmick: The gimmick obviously involves
cutting up bills. Many reviewers have said that you have to cut the bill precisely in order for it
to come out right. Well, that is true as with anything, I mean, you'd have to be blind or
crossed-eyed (no offense) to not cut the bill correctly. If you are like one-eighth of an inch off,
don't worry about it. Once you have the gimmicked bill set, I strongly recommend, as Daniel does, to
practice the effect until the bill is fully warn in. It will be kinda stiff at first, but practicing
will help that. Also, just because the bill is gimmicked, doesn't mean that the fifty-cent piece is
not examinable at the end. It sure is! There are visual aids throughout the teaching as well.
The Reactions: Basically, when performed correctly, it kills. What I mean by correctly is, by
being slow and letting the effect sink in. As with any effect, if you look nervous when performing
this, you will screw up and expose the trick.
Q: How much will the
gimmick cost me?
A: If you make it right the first time, seven dollars. If you are like me
however, and would like to save as much money as you can, you can photocopy the bills that you need
and use those. Works good for me and I'm sure it would work good for you too.
Q: How are
A: Not bad, not good. You can't have anyone in back of you while performing the
Q: Any specific lighting conditions needed?
A: Yes, you want to perform this
in a somewhat dim area. Bars are great. Don't perform this while the sun is beating on you. Can't
say much more or it may lead to exposure.
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greed is by far the most visual affect i have ever done, but it isn't as good as daniel gracia seems
to make it. don't get me wrong, daniel is great and i love his tricks, but you cannot achieve the
same effect he gets. the gimmick is extremely hard to make and the 20 dollar bill nowadays(in USA)
isn't the same color as a ten and makes the trick even harder. i get good reactions, but the
gimmick, which i worked hard on and took my time, is sloppy. i recomend getting greed, but take
your time...i repeat take your time when making it.
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I really like Greed. You can carry it in your wallet and with a very simple preset you can perform
it almost impromptu. The effect is very powerful and visual.
The down side is you have to
make your own gimmick (not that difficult) but you must get OLD bills or the gimmick doesn't work
right. The new bills are all different colors and designs so it won't work right. I had to dig
around for the right bills to build the gimmick, but Garcia's step by step instructions makes this
pretty easy for most detailed oriented people.
I think the DVD is dated and a new chapter
should be added about the new bills to help clarify for those users who may not realize the bills
have changed so drastically. Other than that, it's something I have performed a lot and it always
gets a great reaction!
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I really wanted to like this, and I do, it is just not for me though. i don't know why, I just don't
like it when I perform it. Watching garcia do it is like real magic. me, not so much. You have to
build your own gimmick and I can't seem to get it right no matter how many times I try. I would have
gladly paid a bit more for a quality gimmick to come with it.
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Greed is great. so visual, and so easy(with practice). I never leave home without out. constructing
the gimmick is hard to get perfect, so take your time. I must warn you though(not to give anything
away) that it doesn't just cost x amount of money, it costs x+10 for reasons you will no if you buy
the dvd. but don't let that stop you from buying. it is defiantly worth the money. Add to cart.
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Daniel Garcia has some of the craziest ideas for magic effects, and he never fails or disappoints
with any of his creations. Greed is incredibly beautiful to watch and just as fun perform the
effect. Each phase builds up higher and higher from the phases before it, and you're guaranteed to
watch the spectators hit the floor with each clean and magical pass changing the denomination, so
incredibly clean that it really does look like real magic. And if that wasnt enough, once you get
towards the end and someone asks you to turn it into a $50 dollar bill, you just shake the bill
at your finger tips and it changes into a .50 cent piece that NEVER FAILS to get screams of
astonishment and pure, unaltered spectator reactions from witnessing the impossible, only to be
told, Now dont be Greedy! I love this effect, and if you are a fan of Daniel Garcia or just love
magic effects with dollar bills, then this effect is for you and your spectators will love you for
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This trick is really, really good. To us magicians it's really neat to watch it performed but it
absolutely blows laymen out of the water. SOOO visual and stunning. Don't listen to the reviews that
talk bad about it because of color of the bills. That doesn't matter. Just slide your hand over a
little more for the 10 and 20.
The only downside is it is slightly angle sensitive b/c
people cannot be being you or beside you.
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Greed is an outstanding, visual, multiple phase bill change that will astound both laymen and
magicians. The included DVD features Daniel Garcia doing a perfect job of explaining in full detail
everything required to perform Greed like a professional. The first time I performed this for some
people, their jaws just about hit the floor. The eye-popping visual changes from the one dollar
bill to the five, ten, and twenty only built the anticipation and greed for the twenty to change
into a fifty. Delivering that final line of dont get greedy and producing the 50 cent piece was
extremely satisfying. Greed comes with my highest recommendations.
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Okay, so getting the hang of the trick takes about an hour of practice. If you are already good
with a little bit of sleight of hand, then you can cut that time down to about 30-45 minutes. Don't
get me wrong though, the sleight of hand is really not that complicated in this trick. Otherwise,
the reactions you will receive are excellent. As of this evening, I took this trick with me to
dinner and made a dollar bill float using an ITR. I then gave the dollar bill as a "tip" to the
waitress. I waited about 10 minutes and then asked if the waitress would like to see another trick.
I asked for the dollar bill back and then performed Greed. Her reaction, as well as those of the
table next to us, were absolutely worthwhile. Visual and easy to work through, I would recommend
this particular trick to anyone, from beginner like myself, to pro.
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This is a great trick for any magician. It's angle friendly and can be simply carried in your
wallet. Daniel Garcia is one of the best teachers i have found and he doesn't disappoint. He teaches
you how to make the gimmick and adds in some humor to give you a good chuckle.
So if your
looking for a great trick that will fool anyone, then look no further.
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