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Topic: $1,000,000
Message: Posted by: iugefu (May 4, 2008 11:45AM)
If you all wanted to do a GENUINE $1,000,000 bill switch...you can!
Go to your foreign exchange and simply get some of these bills...they are genuine as I said...from Zimbabwe!...where inflation runs at 16,000 %, not kiddin'.
The million dollar note will set you back about $0.20 so can be given away. Have fun.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (May 4, 2008 01:01PM)
That's an interesting idea...Thanks!

Mark. :)

PS - Welcome to the Café!
Message: Posted by: B Hackler (May 4, 2008 03:46PM)
That's a great idea.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (May 4, 2008 05:47PM)
I've been using Turkish money for awhile - same thing.
Message: Posted by: Thomas Kwon (May 11, 2008 07:13PM)
Haha That's smart....
Message: Posted by: dragee (May 13, 2008 02:43PM)
If I get a few of those, maybe I can become a billionaire.
Message: Posted by: iugefu (Jun 18, 2008 08:05AM)
Believe it or not, folks, there is now a $1,000,000,000 (1 Billion Dollar) note in Zimbabwean circulation!!!!! Hyper-inflation coupled with political thug.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jun 18, 2008 07:16PM)
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On 2008-05-04 12:45, iugefu wrote:
If you all wanted to do a GENUINE $1,000,000 bill switch...you can!
Go to your foreign exchange and simply get some of these bills...they are genuine as I said...from Zimbabwe!...where inflation runs at 16,000 %, not kiddin'.
The million dollar note will set you back about $0.20 so can be given away. Have fun.
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Is it the same size as US bills?
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Jul 19, 2008 01:06PM)
No, it's bigger. You have to be careful where you do this, and what reactions you are looking for.

I have performed this effect a few times after I was booked for a charity auction concerning the violence in South Africa. It was a piece tailored to highlight the atrocities in Zimbabwe. When you perform this for people, they do not talk about the amazing change you just performed. It immediately drags the conversation towards Zimbabwe. Great at a charity auction, not so good if you are trying to set a lighthearted mood in your restaurant job. Do be careful where you do this, and please be aware how sensitive people can be about the issue.

On a side note, there's is actually a 50 billion note and soon to be a 100 billion dollar bill. This is the equivalent to approximately $4000.
Message: Posted by: iugefu (Jul 24, 2008 01:06PM)
The 100 billion dollar note is now a reality.
Message: Posted by: honus (Jul 29, 2008 08:06PM)
The 250 million dollar note, courtesy of Wikipedia:

[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/250m-zwd.jpg[/img]

Act quickly: apparently the government is soon to [url=http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ce83725e-5c3d-11dd-9e99-000077b07658.html]lop three to six zeroes off of the currency.[/url]
Message: Posted by: Emerys (Aug 3, 2008 07:49PM)
I can see some great uses for these. Thanks for the tip.
Message: Posted by: Paulo Cabrita (Aug 3, 2008 09:02PM)
Everybody like bills!

Paulo
Message: Posted by: reubend (Aug 6, 2008 12:04PM)
I just picked up a stack of ten Zimbabwean million dollar bills for something like 15 bucks. This was an extraordinary idea! Thanks. If you wanted to, you could grab lesser bills and even use them as 'give-outs' in your shows. Thanks, iugefu!
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Aug 8, 2008 05:07PM)
Do we really consider this a sensitive, appropriate trick?
Message: Posted by: DreadPirate_AJ (Aug 8, 2008 09:21PM)
I think its totally unnecessary. Only magicians know what the move is called, so it's more for your own enjoyment than the spectator's. And unless you develop really good scripting, I'm not sure why you would want to use Zimbabwean money over anther currency on account of their situation. Plus, you never know how someone will react to it, no matter what the script.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Aug 13, 2008 10:38AM)
As one who thinks "political correctness" has run wild and the idea of not doing something for fear of offending someone has reached beyond the ridiculous stage, I say thank you for the idea of using these large denomination bills that can be gotten for cheap. I love it!

Mark. :thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Aug 14, 2008 06:10PM)
I don't think you really quite understand the issue, Mark. I agree Political Correctness has gone mad, but this occurs as people take offence on others behalf on something that really should not be considered sensitive.

However, Zimbabwe is a political hot potato, and it is sensitive. I HAVE PERFORMED THIS EFFECT. You will not get the reaction I believe you are searching for. People are going to discuss the Bill, then Zimbabwe, and it will create a heavy atmosphere among the politically aware in your audience, as they will simply wish to discuss it. They may not be offended, but your job may be made harder. And people still have a tendency to get offended on other people's behalf, and when you run into these people you may find trouble.

Wait a few months, and this problem will hopefully solve itself.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Aug 14, 2008 09:14PM)
:thumbsup:

Mark.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 15, 2008 03:32AM)
If I found someone in the U.S. that could find Zimbabwe on a map, let alone know what it is and what's going on there, I'd fall off my chair.
Message: Posted by: DreadPirate_AJ (Aug 16, 2008 01:52PM)
Chris, you'd be surprised how many kids these days are aware of what's going on in other countries, at least the ones where there is "bad stuff" going on. Young people are trying to be more globally aware these days, or maybe people are just so oversensitive these days, they care about everything...who knows? I personally don't care who I upset, but I'd rather work smarter, not harder.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 16, 2008 02:47PM)
People are WAY TOO oversensitive about almost anything. I once was performing for a table and reached for my glasses and I said, "I'm blind without these."

Yep, the lady said that wasn't funny because her sister was blind. I should have taken a fork and blinded her.

It is good to work smarter. But these days, almost anything you say can offend someone.
Message: Posted by: AntonDreaming (Aug 22, 2008 03:09PM)
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On 2008-08-16 15:47, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
People are WAY TOO oversensitive about almost anything. I once was performing for a table and reached for my glasses and I said, "I'm blind without these."

Yep, the lady said that wasn't funny because her sister was blind. I should have taken a fork and blinded her.

It is good to work smarter. But these days, almost anything you say can offend someone.
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Depending on how bad your vision is, you may have been right! I believe extremely poor vision can mean legal blindness, even if you can still see and make things out.

Just a thought,
Anton
Message: Posted by: Mr Roy (Aug 22, 2008 09:15PM)
I like the idea.
Message: Posted by: reubend (Aug 25, 2008 07:34PM)
I really don't think political correctness should be brought into this trick. I fail to see how it is even relevant...I mean, using overly inflated money isn't harmful to Zimbabwe in any way, shape or form. Unless, of course, there is some new kind of "-ism" (racism, sexism, etc.) revolving around the taking advantage of one's, for lack of a better word, cruddy currency.
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Aug 29, 2008 04:19PM)
It's a highly topical issue, and an interesting item. You produce a billion dollar, and people will be more interested in the note than the trick. That's just how it is.

SOME people may see this rather frivolous piece of magic as taking advantage of a terrible situation.

Am I offended by this? NO! Am I offended on other peoples behalf? NO. But SOME people are, and these SOME people may be hiring me. Why take the risk?
Message: Posted by: CamisBoss (Sep 1, 2008 05:37PM)
Wow, 2.2 million per cent inflation. I can't come up with something clever for that...
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Sep 3, 2008 11:39AM)
Wow, how wide is their adding machine paper???????????????
Message: Posted by: squando (Sep 16, 2008 05:03PM)
I think it is good way to present current events information in a sensitive way. The world needs to know that our economy isn't a wreck (only bad).
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Sep 17, 2008 11:36PM)
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On 2008-09-03 12:39, Pete Biro wrote:
Wow, how wide is their adding machine paper???????????????
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Pete, you're dating yourself!!!
They are now called Calculators! LOL. I remember the adding machines that had 100 keys and weighed about 30 pounds!
Message: Posted by: iugefu (Jan 16, 2009 10:47PM)
Believe it or not, Ladies and Gentlemaen, Zimbabwe now has a
100 TRILLION dollar note....anyone for a bill switch?.could call it "Hyperperinflation" by Mad Bob