The format of the Money DVD is quite a bit different than Jay's earlier ITBTHC DVD. ITBTHC was a
introduction to coins starting with individual sleights such as palms and vanishes. Money is pure
magic tricks. These are hard hitting illusions with paper money.
Degree of Difficulty
Beginner. But don't let that put you off if your an intermediate to advanced mage as they are
strong effects. The difficulty is in the presentation. A creative presentation is going to make
these tricks appear to be miracles. A good presentation is going to hide the flaws, dirty work and
gimmicks associate with your money magic.
Jay Noblezada is one of the
best instructors I've seen. He is thorough and his pace is slow. He gives you many different
handlings and variations. He makes this DVD engaging and fun to watch.
Quantity of Effects
You're going to get a lot of material on this DVD - a total of 16 effects. I'm not sure I
would classify any of these effects as a "routine." My definition of a routine is a multiphase trick
or lengthy presentation of an effect. With the exception of Cornered, these tricks are quick and
hard hitting. Only 12 of these are tricks - 2 are gags and 2 are puzzles.
marketing this as four effects. The other material are bonus effects. I think I would have been
happy with the four effects so the bonus material is just icing on the cake. Penguin sells a few of
these effects as instant downloads so this DVD is a more cost effective method of purchasing a
variety of money magic than forking out $10 per trick.
Quality of Effects
From jaw dropping to ho-hum. The four "showcase" effects are very strong. Among the bonus
effects, Psychic Steal and Haunted Bill are my favorites so I'll review these tricks:
and One Transpo is an in-the-spectators-hand effect. It uses a gimmicked bill which is easy to
construct. The spectator is holding the $1 while the mage holds the $5. The mage waves the
bill and it visibly transforms into the $1. The spectator is surprised to find they are now
holding the $1.
Two Dollar Window is my favorite so far. This trick relies on another
brilliant, yet easy to construct gimmick. The mage show the front and backs of two $1 bills. The
mage hypnotizes the spectators as he/she folds the two bills into a small packet. Without skipping a
beat the mage unfolds the packet. In place of two $1 bills there is now a single $2 bill in
it's place. You show the bill front and back and you look extremely clean at this point. This is
going to be the opener I utilize to grab attention in an impromptu setting.
Cornered is a
creative torn and restored bill by Joshua Jay. Joshua provides the teaching and does a great job. He
provides some interesting variations that would astonish. This is my first Joshua Jay trick and I
would certainly purchase more of his materials in the future.
Alpha Cash is a rework on
Patrick Page's classic Easy Money. There are a number of variations of this effect on the market.
Extreme Burn, Heiny 500, Hundy 500, Prophet, et. al. If you're buying this DVD just for Alpha Cash
then you would be happier with one of the others. After watching the other versions, Heiny 500 is my
favorite. The count is more natural than Alpha Cash and the change is more startling.
being said, Alpha Cash is still a strong effect. The plot is simple; you count out five $1
bills. A quick flip of the wrist and the change to $20s. I haven't performed this one yet. The
downsides are the strange count, it is very angle sensitive and very dirty. Plus, if you follow
Jay's presentation, someone might walk away with your $100.
At the end of the DVD, Jay
shows an alternate presentation of Alpha Cash using ordinary paper instead of $1's. It's a fun
bit to watch Jay pay for his restaurant bill with worthless paper - only to shake it into real money
for the dumbfounded waiter.
Psychic Steal is the best of the bonus material. It is a dandy
little feat of mentalism. Nothing new or groundbreaking but Jay's handling of the revelation is
novel. Borrow a dollar bill and divine the serial number. Like most mentalism, it's 2% sleight of
hand and 98% acting.
The Haunted Dollar Bill is another Penguin instant download that made
it onto this DVD collection. I loved the Haunted Deck! I had almost added it's brother, the Haunted
Bill to my shopping card many, many times. The method is be easily discovered if you're not careful
with the lighting and clothing selection. Almost self-working, the real skill comes in camoflaging
the method and coming up with a scary story. I'm thinking about to to a coin shop and purchasing an
old (but not too rare) bill to add to the mystique. In the right situation (Halloween party) this is
going to freak your friends.
Joke the Ripper and George Smiles are not tricks at all.
Amusing diversions at best. George Smile might be fun to teach your kids - making George Washington
smile and frown via a little optical illusion.
Insta Cash is a little ditty that use two
credit cards. Showing front and back of each card cleanly (sort of), you shake a bill from between
the two cards. Insta Cash teaches you a nice little sleight that could come in useful with credit
cards and playing cards.
Torn and Restore Bill has you tearing out George Washington's
head, eating the head and spitting it back onto the bill. When Jay demo'ed it on the street it
looked great one time and really bad another time. I think any kind of close examination by a
non-drunk spectator is going to reveal the method.
is high! Noblezada makes the hippest magic DVDs out there. It's tough to completely comment because
I haven't receive the physical media yet. This review is based on the downloadable version so I
can't comment on the menuing system yet as the download version plays like a video tape. The music
is catchy but a little repetitive.
For someone who doesn't have a lot of money tricks in
their toolbox, this is a great value. Two Dollar Window is an over-exposed effect but it is a killer
effect so don't over look this gem. This trick is permanently replacing the Greed gimmick in my
wallet. Pull out this little $2 wonder and you're going to instantly establish yourself as a
real magician on the spot in every circumstance.