You can't change the bills back. So there's that. Kinda a problem plotwise, and the only
suggestion they give in the tutorial is that you literally reach into your pocket to "find" the $1
bills there. Am I the only one who sees that as a problem? You were supposed to CHANGE the bills
into other bills. Not make the first ones disappear, then a new stack appear, then the old stack
reappear elsewhere. It's confusing (logically/plotwise) for anyone to suddenly pull out the four $1
bills, leaving you ending with eight bills out in view all at once.
There's also no plot /
cause and effect suggestions offered anywhere. It's just straight up "watch me do a random thing."
I ultimately like this trick -- but only because I came up with a really workable plot for use in a
silent video on Instagram. Which, in my view, is really what this trick is best for: Insta.
A few comments on the supposed benefits of this method, which are that there are no gimmicks,
and the bills can be examined at the end. I personally do not see those as benefits at all.
Whenever I do bill changes using gimmicks, I directly state "these look like real bills, but they're
trick bills, they have special shifting ink." The audience thinks I'm lying (because I sort of am)
and concludes the bills are real, all without ever being allowed to examine them (because I've
admitted they're trick bills). They still leave baffled and amazed. So, to me personally, there's
zero benefit to having examinable bills.
As for the fact that there's no gimmick, fine.
I'll give you that one. But that doesn't mean no preparation. You cannot do this trick on the
spot/command without at least some preparation, so there's little benefit to not having a gimmick
here. In my personal view.
I'm slightly disappointed in the claim that you can do this
with borrowed bills. In every demonstration video showing bills being borrowed, the spectator has
four pre-creased, very crisp $1 bills all ready to go. Coincidence? Maybe. But do note that you
pretty much need that. Makes way more sense to me to just have my own bills/paper than to have to
worry about whether their bills will be good enough to use, or to have to worry about setting up
their bills in the right positions vis-a-vis the "non-gimmick preparation" work.
Nick is a
very good teacher. He also seems like a really awesome, genuine guy! I think there's room to make
the tutorial even better by scripting it out first (or just doing multiple takes) so you don't
publish a final product where you forget to mention something until later, or try something for the
first time ever on camera, etc. I don't mean this to be overfly critical, though. It really wasn't
a major problem or anything -- again, this was a really, really good tutorial! -- just pointing out
a small way to improve for next time.
Overall, I would recommend buying this (despite the
low-ish rating I gave it), but only if it's because you like the way that moment when the
TRANSFORMATION happens, and then only if you have your own creative idea for how to use that "move"
in a way that gives the trick a plot whereby you won't have to change the bills back to the original
stack, and then only if you have a creative cause-and-effect element idea in mind (esp one that will
give you justification for turning over the stack).
I actually am very excited to try out
an idea I had for all of that for use on Insta, so in one sense I'm very satisfied with my purchase!
But I don't think everyone will be able to make that same use of it, hence the 3-star rating (really
more of a 2.5).
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I am very impressed by this effect. I own Extreme Burn and performed the hell out of that for years,
and I suspected similar handling when I watched the teaser. But I was intrigued by a bill change
with no gimmick. I'm glad I bought this.
Nick Locapo's instructions was honest, detailed
and thorough as always. The angles are very solid on this, there are multiple handling variations
that allow you to borrow bills (and have it still look natural) and to also clean up in different
ways, standing or seated. I may even suggest going into your inside right jacket pocket to pull out
the singles at the end, I think it may look even more impossible. But haven't field tested that yet,
so take that with a grain of magic dust.
No difficult sleights, just a detailed order that
must be followed. I do think the get ready looks a little more sure-fire than Extreme Burn's get
ready, which I always found a tad finicky.
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Very practical, easy transition to and from, a real WOW !!!!
I HAVE PURCHASED MANY MONEY CHANGE TRICKS OVER THE YEARS AND UP TO NOW I HAVE NEVER BEEN TOTALY
HAPPY.THE MAIN PROBLEM IN MY MIND HAS ALWAYS BEEN HAVING TO MAKE A GIMMIC. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT REAL
CHANGE IS THEIR REALY IS NO GIMMIC WHICH HELPS TO SIMPLIFY EVERY THING. I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING FOR
AN HOUR OR SO AND I AM ALREADY GETTING CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO PERFORM WITH AN ORDIENCE .JUAN PABLO IS
TRULY GIFTED.I WILL BE SEEKING OUT MORE OF HIS WORK. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MENTION WHAT A FINE
MAGICIAN IT WAS THAT DEMONSTRA
TED REAL CHANGE. HE MADE IT VERY EAST TO UNDERSTAND.WHITHOUT
DOUBT ONE OF THE BEST PIECES OF MAGIC I HAVE PURCHASED GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY.
First, the method is very clever and is well taught here. One of the pluses is that no gimmicks are
involved. . With practice, this can be very deceptive. It does take practise though. There are a
lot of opportunities where something could flash.
The negatives are that you can’t change them
back to 1’s. But then again, why would anyone want 100s to go back to 1s. So that’s a minor
negative. And the idea of producing the 1s again in the end, i would just avoid doing that.
Especially when the effect should be about transforming 1’s to 100’s.
And the reset is not that
bad, but it’s a little cumbersome compared to the ‘reset’ for something like extreme burn.
with ending clean, it’s a little better than extreme burn. You can hand out all of the hundreds to
be examined, but you’d have to reach into your pocket for your wallet for your hands to be
completely clean as well.
Overall, great visual effect.
What can I say...
I love it imagine ask your spectator for 4 $1bills and change it to 4 $100
bills which they can examine and the change is super slow great job Juan keep the good work.
muy bueno pablo excelente
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