I sent a negative review to the company that markets this "trick" (Vanishing, Inc.) and they REFUSED
to publish it. They said my facts were incorrect!! Talk about stacking the deck!! Anyway, there are
several reasons you should seriously consider not buying this. First, it is much too expensive for
what you get(5 envelopes, a paper "gimmick", and an instruction booklet that is VERY poorly done). I
have the yellow envelope version. Believe it or not, you can actually SEE the paper currency, or
whatever you put into the envelope: it is partially translucent! Anyone asked to pick an envelope
with money in it would know which one to pick, no trouble at all!!! Then, the instructions are
terrible, I still have not figured them out. The booklet is filled with artists drawings, no
photographs, which makes it very hard to figure out what goes where. Another thing. You have to use
a special glue to put the gimmick together. They very easily could have provided it, but NO, they do
not. You have to find it. Lastly, and this REALLY got my goat, there are really no instructions on
how to do the routine!! They keep saying you should develop your OWN personal routine. Otherwise, if
you get stumped, watch the original presentation on Fool Us. I think anyone who pays $25 for this is
the real sucker. And one last thing.I have to reconfirm this, but I think that Penn and Teller
really did figure out how this was done, but the magician balked and made them think they had not.
As it is, I will never use this for any of my shows. I suspect that very few people will: at least
until the materials you are given are greatly improved upon. Everything currently provided is of the
cheapest quality: all, I suspect just to save money.
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I like the Bank Nite effect, have performed the tray version for years. As mentioned most Bank Night
tricks use smaller envelopes and folded bills. My main interest in purchasing this version was the
large envelopes and the non-folded or creased bill. I was hoping for some ideas on the scripting,
even though it has been mentioned the patter or presentation was not included; I went ahead and
purchased it anyway. The reason this is so good is the presentation John Archer created, more then
the method. After receiving the Blank Night and reviewing the contents, I can honestly say this is
very much over priced. They could have sold it for less as all the money spent to design and print
the booklet is where all the money was invested in this. They could have simply been put it in an
envelope, and a sheet of instructions and sold it for $5. This version has nothing over the tray
versions or the published standard routines published over the years. They could have at least
included a container of glue for the price charged. I don't recommend this version if you already
have a Bank Night effect you are already useing. If you don't - this version is okay to use.
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The routine is 5-star fun. What you get IS NOT what the video shows. You can do the routine as in
the video, but they do what they can to discourage it.
1) The instructions are in written
format and can be an issue if you learn best via video. You get far better information if you buy
"Further Education" DVD set.
2) There is no discussion forum on penguin for this, no
"watch" no learn". It would be very handy to at least have the teaser video on the download page,
but they don't and I had to get an add-on to my browser to download it.
This is especially
important is the gimmick is fine, but the routine is what is exceptional, and it is like they don't
want you to use the routine that advertises.
3) The envelopes are not marked as in the
video. That is left to you. I imagine for the same reason as before (#3), they don't want you to use
When you try to print on the envelopes, chances are high there will be
errors. There are no extra envelopes for errors. This leaves you with a whole bunch of nothing.
4) There are no links to where you can buy more envelopes that you can gimmick - do they expect
you to buy this over and over again? I am currently looking for suitable colored envelopes online.
If you like this routine I recommend you buy his "Further Education" and not buy this.
Download this teaser since his routine on it (Penn & Teller FU) is more fully worked out.
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It is a very good trick and I would highly recommend this. But as far as the envelopes go, I would
definitely lean more towards getting the blue set rather than the yellow. Just because it has a
lower risk of seeing through the envelopes just slightly, which isn't good for any bank night
But this is an incredible trick.
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