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SWITCH - Unfolding The $100 Bill Change by John Lovick - Book
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Few objects that magicians conjure with stir the imagination the way proper currency does. Money never goes out of style. Imagine being able to increase a dollar's value a hundred-fold. In the 1970s, a handful of American magicians encountered an Eastern European circus performer named Vlado, who stunned them all by doing just that! Vlado never published his revolutionary bill change, but variations quickly spread throughout the world of magic. Today it is a close-up standard, known as the $100 Bill Switch.

For three decades, magicians have been exploring new and different applications of this versatile technique. Changing $1 into $100 is only one of countless possibilities. The switch can be combined with items like the mis-made bill, used for transpositions, torn and restored routines, bill to impossible location effects, and much, much more. SWITCH collects the best work on this subject from magicians around the world. In addition to a thorough description of the original handling, more than twenty variations are meticulously taught using hundreds of crystal-clear line drawings. Some variations use a thumbtip and others don't, some use fewer folds, and one uses no folds at all! There are instantaneous and visual transformations, multiple switches, a one-handed change, palm-up handlings, and more.

In addition, SWITCH contains over 60 complete routines as well as sleights, subtleties, utility moves (such as bill productions and vanishes), a definitive history of the bill switch, performance theory, presentation ideas, and several routines that don't even involve money. Plus, for the very first time, Vlado, the inventor of the $100 Bill Switch, emerges from the shadows to tell his own story in a revealing interview.

SWITCH is not just a book of close-up magic - a majority of these items can be performed in a cabaret or stage setting. This is probably the largest single volume in magic literature devoted to one principle. Thirty years after its remarkable arrival, SWITCH brings the bill change up to date and into the future!



  • The original handling of the $100 Bill Switch - as performed by the inventor - described for the very first time.
  • More than twenty variations - some use a thumbtip and others don't, some use fewer folds, and one uses no folds at all!
  • Instantaneous changes, multiple switches, palm-up handlings, a one-handed change, bill productions & vanishes, visual transformations, and more.
  • Sleights, subtleties, utility moves, performance theory, presentation ideas, etc.
  • More than 60 close-up and stand-up routines, each described in meticulous detail with over 700 illustrations. The routines include Transpositions, Bill-to-Impossible-Location plots, Torn & Restored effects, and several routines that don't even involve money.

David Acer -- Jon Allen -- Michael Ammar
Danny Archer -- Gaetan Bloom -- Marc DeSouza
Dan Garrett -- Bill Goldman -- Dave Gripenwaldt
David Harkey -- Richard Hatch -- Roger Klause
Mike Kozlowski -- Gary Kurtz --  Bill Malone
Jay Marshall -- Max Maven -- Steve Mayhew
Robert E. Neale -- Andrew J. Pinard -- David Regal
Marvyn Roy -- Richard Sanders -- Jay Sankey
Jim Sisti --     Jamy Ian Swiss -- Vladimir Vladimirov
Michael Weber -- Gregory Wilson -- Scotty York

Pages 346

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This book was amazing. I literally knew almost nothing about bill magic. It's been on my mind for a long time and I finally got it this year for Christmas. When I first started reading it, I really liked the way it was written from the start. Tim Trono and John Lovick as well as everyone who contributed are all great. It;s funny and they really do a great job and hooking the reader
As for the material goes, the stuff really varies. I found that I might not actually perform most of the stuff, but I will definitely take account a lot of it. I might work on some things and change them up to fit my personal preference, and you might too. There are a ton of great subtelties that I never considered before. Some stuff that you see but never realise before is in here too. Like how to hold a bill the right way, how to turn it the right way, how to hide it etc.
The teaching in here was pretty top notch. It was simply laid out into 2 columns per page which made it look a lot nicer to read and sort of inspires you to read it all. John is a great teacher and everything is in as much detail as you need.
All in all, I highly recommend this book to anybody hoping to start in bill magic. There is a TON of excellent material in here that I'm sure you will love as much as I did. It was a fun read and a really smooth read.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 28th, 2012
I LOVE this book! When I first saw it, I couldn't believe such a large book had been dedicated to "one" trick. After reading a glowing review shortly after it was published, I figured it was worth a look; since I had a bill switch in my show and figured it could only improve. Now this is one of my favorite magic books in my library! Nothing is left out of this book! History, routines and various means of performing the bill switch are all in this book - and more! This isn't just a magic book you can use as reference for handling and routines. This is an interesting read from cover to cover! Think you know the bill switch?! Think again! Whether you've been performing it for years or are thinking of performing it in any capacity - this book is for you!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2014
Good book albeit largely repetitive. A worthy study if you are new to bill switching, however, it is far from complete. There are dozens and dozens of bill switch presentations that aren't in the book, including my three favorites, but there are plenty of variations (including a bunch by Gregory Wilson) to keep you busy. Often an incredibly boring read, but a good resource none the less.
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