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Money Comes & Goes by Rick Lax (Instant Download)

The most engaging bank-night we've ever seen. Using raw cash, it creates BRILLIANT tension, playing on psychology every step of the way. START LEARNING INSTANTLY.
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A "bank-night" style trick is one where a magician tries to influence spectators into making choices that have lower value, typically from among 4+ options, leaving the option(s) with the highest value for the magician.

Most bank-nights use envelopes as the "choices", and each envelope hides some amount of money. After all the choices are made, there is a "big reveal" at the end. That in itself is fine, except the process of choosing between seemingly similar envelopes is ultimately random and boring. But historically, it's been a sacrifice magicians have made because the pay-off is usually worth it.

Rick Lax's trick Money Comes & Goes is brilliant because it takes everything good about bank-night and ALSO turns what was a boring and random process into a FUN, TENSE and ENGAGING experience. In addition to having a big reveal at the end, EACH AND EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY is a psychological duel between the magician and the spectator, resulting in TONS of hilarious exchanges making it more fun to BE a spectator, and also more fun to WATCH the spectator. The volunteer is fighting their urge to choose large denominations and to ignore the "influence" given by the magician.

In addition to all of that, Rick's surprise signature ending to the trick solves the problem ALL bank-night effects share, which is the question of "how to make the spectator feel like a winner?"

1. Works with ANY currency, no matter the material or size. The denominations do not have to be the same size. They don't even have to be the same currency. You could turn it into an international money mystery, just as easily as a baseball card caper.

2. Easy to perform, and doesn't require any sleight-of-hand.

3. Extremely engaging and highly polished, while also being easy to adapt to your personality and venue.

4. Rick's been performing this for years, polishing it into the masterpiece it is today. Taught in great detail, with every step shown multiple times.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 27th, 2019
I'm puzzled as to how this trick could have been rated so highly. To begin with, the demo is worse than misleading--it is virtually fraudulent. It seems clear that the selection is made from all the bills placed randomly on the table. "You take out the bills from an envelope. Some of them say 'win' on the back, some of them say 'lose'. So you turn them over, mix them around and then the spectator decides which bills they want and which bills they want you to have." The video seems to support this--it looks as though the bills are spread out on the table and the subject is making a free choice from among them. All of this is a lie. The bills are presented in pairs, unmixed, and the subject is required to choose one. The trick is amazingly easy to figure out, when you see the full performance. Moreover, under certain conditions, one is forced to finish with a magician's choice, always a weak move. (Lax mentions one of the contingencies that might present problems, but there is a second as well. This is when the subject consistently choses the smaller denomination.) I realize that it is common practice in these demos to not show the entire performance, which is, of course, a clue that the trick is not as good as they're making it look, but I did not think that Penguin would stoop to downright deception.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2019
I was familiar with the proncipal that is the basis for the trick, but I don't think I would have ever thought to use it for this type of trick. I heard Gene Anderson say that many magicians stop thinking too early. Well Rick Lax can't be accused of that. He twists old methods into different plots and creates something new. This is another great submission to the craft of magic from Mr. Lax.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2019
First off, great clear and easy to follow instructions from Rick.
I knew this principal from gold dust by Paul Gordon, but wanted to learn the extra layers and Workings, which are slightly different.
This will go into a show I am working on with a Gypsy theme.
Thanks Rick again for pushing the envelope, I am exited to work this , and I will work this with something that I will discuss in the forum, so buy this and we can chat there 👌
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 27th, 2019
It’s a lame and long procedure. There are many better options already available. Look for Doug Dyment’s material.
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I’d give this 6 stars if I could! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2019
Rick Lax has done it again! Money Comes and Goes is absolutely fantastic!

I love that Rick has such a kind way about him that he’s taken a trick that could leave a sour taste in the spectator’s mouth, and he’s turned it into a positive and unforgettably magical experience - even though the spectator didn’t take home any of the money! (Thank you for that, Rick)

There are no gimmicks involved. No magnets or flaps or pulls. Everything involved in the trick is on the table. No switches or ditches. Absolutely no sleight of hand. Yet this trick is mind-blowing! And the kicker ending is incredibly powerful. And I need to note that so many times, when a prediction effect like this is done, the magician pulls out the envelope and has the prediction just written down, I immediately think,”Oh, so I really didn’t have a choice did I?”

But Rick’s cleverly crafted letter and patter totally take that thought right out of your head because he’s caused everyone to really think about how many outcomes there could have been if you’d have made different choices. It’s ingenious! I’m going to use this psychology on other prediction effects I do. It’s that good!

This is my favorite download of the year! Thank you, Rick, for another well crafted gem of a trick!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2019
Great use of the "spectator makes all the choices" force! Why is this great? Because with no moves involved you focus on your presentation and have TONS of FUN and by-play with your spectators! This is all about something people care about, MONEY, in a fun game. I really like how Rick takes the sting out of the spectators always losing the game in Bank Night.

You'll recognize the principle of this self-working effect in Paul Gordon's Head to Head Poker. John Carey and others have effects utilizing this principle. Rick's version is packed with fun and entertainment!

Highly Recommended!
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Fred gave Rick Lax 5 stars? OMG! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2019
I'm not usually a fan of Rick Lax, and I am not a big fan of Bank Night, so I expected this to be the same. Surprise!

This is easy to make up, easy to perform, and while they don't win any money the spectator is not left standing there as a loser.

This can be done with any currency and any 2 denominations. The bills are labeled with stickers so they can be spent at any time. This is fun to perform, good entertainment value, and leaves people happy. What more could you want?
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Absolutely Brilliant! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2019
Wow! Rick has done an amazing job here! He's taken the Bank Night routine to the next level by removing all the negatives & adding positives. His handling is simple and out in the open for all to see how "fair" every choice is made. You can make this up in minutes & begin frying people's minds. This is a Killer routine for a bargain price! Highly recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 25th, 2019
This is a fun effect. Like most of Rick's effects, it's built on a classic foundation, so those familiar with a lot of "magical techniques" might not be fooled by the method. However, there is still a great deal of value here in the way Rick presents the psychology and presentation of the trick, which I greatly appreciate. In that way, this is an effect for both beginner and experienced magicians.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 25th, 2019
This effect is an absolute shocker. It takes the Bank Night principle and makes you forget that any other form of Bank Night is worth doing. I will admit that I'm a big fan of Rick Lax, and this effect is just another reason why. He doesn't just soften the disappointment of losing, he turns the disappoint into a positive feeling, and then he throws in a killer ending.
The instructional video is close to perfect. After watching it you're basically ready to go. You may want to watch it several times in order to steal some of Rick's lines. They really should have a 6 star rating.
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