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Does anyone have this item. If so can you tell me if it is worth the money. I was thinking of using it with "Side Swiped" by Simon Aronson.

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Profile of RangeCowboy
I have Switcheroo.
Do I like it and recommend it - on balance yes, as an alternative to palming.

If there is a downside it is that the item to be switched has to physically be brought to switcheroo, usually a breast pocket and left there for an instant.

So for example you would place a prediction in a small manilla pay envelope the size of a playing card or smaller and place it visibly sticking out of the breast pocket of a suit. (strange? why not leave it on a table? maybe you are table-hopping..) and then later, by fetching it you switch it for the hidden envelope.

Or switch one or more playing cards in a similar fashion.

You can do the same by sleight of hand but in some respects this allows a totally clean pair of hands. The breast pocket is of course not 'clean'

You can do a I-place-it-in-my-breast-pocket then change your mind, instant switch and give the switched out contents to a spectator but the circumstances need to be right.
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I have heard already some magicains say they are using the switch-a-roo with the Side Swiped trick. Personally, I do not think it is necessary for this particular trick due to the handling structure. I think it might be just another case of magicians running when not yet being chased.
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I hear the gimmick is not constructed all that well. Is this true or what is the case?
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Profile of Jones
The build quality of the item is good enough, in fact it is made of sturdier material than it needed to be. However, I found the gimmick to be much bigger than it needed to be. Therefore the problem, if there is one, lies in the design rather than the construction, but this is just an opinion.

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The main reason why I didn't use my Switcharoo is because I didn't like putting things into my breast pocket in order to switch them. I couldn't find or create a routine that had logical use for it.

It also was a bit too bulky.
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This is a very bulky accessory. And forget wearing a light coloured shirt as the grey shows through.

A great concept, but I cannot understand why a lighter/thinner plastic was not used for production purposes. It would have made it much more versatile and user friendly.
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I have purchased the switcheroo. Dissapointed Smile
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I too was disappointed. Bulky, unnecessarily so. I just think it draws more attention that you are "up" to something when using it. A Himber Wallet works better in some cases. I really don't ever use mine, a shame too, I paid $25.00 for it!
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Profile of Evan
In a word... it STINKS. I'm sorry, but I should have bought a book/video on some tricks that I will actually use. I was very disappointed. Smile
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Profile of RawVoodoo
I have to agree with the majority here. I got this a long while back and it sat and sat till I sold it. I don't wear a suit jacket and it was just too prominent in my shirt. So incredibly bulky. Some of the things you can do with it are nice but it's just too darn unwieldy. Like said earlier in this thread did it really have to have walls 1/4 inch thick?
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Profile of 1908
Do not buy it!Another one vote! Smile
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Profile of rgranville
I was given one, and I then gave it away, for the reasons mentioned above. It's large, has to be used in a shirt pocket, and doesn't accomplish anything you can't do just as easily on your own.
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This is a truely a horrible piece of equipment - stay clear! It is huge, and a modest amount of sleight of hand will achieve the same effect.

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Don't buy it........ I paid $40 for mine Smile
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The manufacturing of Switch*a*roo was with the intent to sell the concept at minimal cost. Because of this, the now-owners of this device chose to utilize already existing means to produce the item. The item has a few flaws from the original, one of which is its thick wall. Unfortunately, when you sell rights to an item such as this, it is at the mercy of the owners to reproduce the item to specs. If the specs aren't followed, you get a thick wall.

But I don't think it takes away the value of what it can do. Earl Nelson and Mike Close have both found it useful in their performing. And if you haven't explored the 'remote switch' you may have missed out on probably the slickest part of this device.
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It is a fantastic device. It's been missed by many because folks thought they could use a packet effect and secretly switch it out without any moves.

Well, this is one of the best devices out there.
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Profile of magicfish
Mike Close uses it.
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Profile of sardini
Agreed. I used this all the time when it first came out. Unfortunately, dress standards change, suits are made with lighter fabrics, and it started to look like I had a brick in my pocket. It's too bad they couldn't redesign this with lighter plastic, fiberglass, etc. and make it thinner/smaller.
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I can see from the this string, hobbist or Amateurs don't like it or use, because they do not see the potential. Or wear proper clothing for the trick.

Experienced real magicians see the advantage to this device.
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