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Topic: Help With Paper to Dollar Bills Effect
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 16, 2010 02:17PM)
There is an effect (easy to do) in which four or five pieces of paper in the shape of dollar bills (many people uses store coupons instead of blank pieces of paper) are folded in half, tapped and then opened revealing that they have turned into real dollar bills. The effect I am thinking of is the poor man's version - not the fancy version that was marketed as "Slow Burn" by the creator of "Fiber Optics."

I know the workings of the effect and would like to build it, but do not know how to offset one part of the "special section" from the other. Can the effect be found somewhere in a publication? I want to make the trick, but I want to do it correctly.

Any help would be appreciated.
Message: Posted by: jim ferguson (Oct 16, 2010 06:30PM)
Hi Peter. It sounds like you're after Pat Page's Easy Money. Most dealers should have it or be able to get hold of it for you. jim
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Oct 16, 2010 06:50PM)
Really, Many people?

I thought it was original when I posted it a while back.

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 16, 2010 07:40PM)
Mary,

It depends on how long ago you posted your post.

The earliest someone (the late Steve Yowe) showed it to me using coupons was back in the Fall of 2002.

So, if you were doing the effect with coupons before then, it may very well be your original idea.

I had no idea who originated it.

Jim, thanks for answering my question and pointing me in the right direction.

Peter Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Oct 16, 2010 07:59PM)
DOH!

That predates my post. I wasn't on the Café then.

Oh well, I still like the idea and it plays very well.

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: John Long (Oct 16, 2010 10:42PM)
The effect is in Bill Severn's Complete Book of Magic, and his Magic w/Coins & Bills, under the name Traveling Millionaire.

But the issue of construction, may not be addressed, but require some trial and error on your part
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 16, 2010 11:56PM)
Pat Page's Easy Money was improved with a very slight change in the fold by Fred Kaps, who did it with paper pieces clipped from a magazine. If that version was good enough for Kaps, it's good enough for me. Frankly, I think all the newer versions are primarily made for magician vs. magician.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Oct 17, 2010 12:33AM)
I use Easy Money regularly for Parlor size and larger performance and it is great. It is clean enough from any distance and allows for showing both sides in a very fair fashion. Coupons to Cash gets a good reaction in this economy (from Kids and Adults).

I have tried one of the newer models and It was not as practical to make or use. I like that Easy Money "plays up" at chest height.

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Oct 17, 2010 12:52AM)
In my opinion, "Extreme Burn" takes this effect to a new level It's not about impressing magicians, it's about a foolproof, super visual way to do the effect. I have performed it many hundreds of times for laymen, and it is bullet proof.

I can't argue that Fred Kaps' version of "Easy Money" is great. I was doing "Easy Money" many years ago,and it is great.

I'm just saying that as time has gone by, some artists have come up with improved handlings of the effect that Patrick Page created and they are more visual and easier to perform.

Though I didn't know him, I think Fred Kaps might agree.


Cheers!
Sammy
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 17, 2010 01:15AM)
Fred may well have like the newer methods... but it was his reason and presentation that made so much sense.
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Oct 17, 2010 01:31AM)
Great point, Pete.

I would have loved to be exposed to his thinking. I never got to see him perform this. It would have been great.
I bet it was a real learning experience!

Sammy
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 17, 2010 08:55AM)
Thank you all for weighing in on this.

I appreciate all of your thoughts, comments and suggestions.

Peter Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 17, 2010 11:14AM)
Basically Fred brought out bits of bill-sized pieces of paper and casually showed them on both sides, saying something like, "With all the thieves and pickpockets in Europe I don't like to show my money, so I bring these out... and when I want to buy something, I change them into whatever money I need." As he said that the paper bits became real currency. It was his charming way of speaking and casual handling that worked so well.
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 17, 2010 05:23PM)
I did an internet search for Patrick Page and was sad to learn that he passed away in London on February 15, 2010, at the age of 81.

Fortunately, he included the effect "Easy Money" in his DVD
"Secret Seminars of Magic" Volume 4 which a number of dealers carry for only
$12.50. So, now I know where I can locate both the effect and Mr. Page's handling of it.

Thanks again to everyone for all of your help.

Peter Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 17, 2010 06:12PM)
I don't know if Pat include the Kaps "DIFFERENCE" IN THE FOLD on the DVD. If not, you just offset it 1/2 inch at the ends (makes it easier to do the needed move).

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Posted: Oct 17, 2010 7:19pm
I think I found out in the FAQ section. Sorry if I'm in the wrong thread.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Oct 17, 2010 07:00PM)
It also helps to curl the innermost bill ends outward from each other so they open to the right place easily.

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: motown (Oct 17, 2010 08:40PM)
Easy Money is also taught on one of Ammar's East to Master Money Miracles Dvds.
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 18, 2010 06:28PM)
Thanks Motown.

I actually own all three Michael Ammar "Easy to Master Money Miracle" DVDs.

So, I'll check it out on the Ammar DVD first.

Peter Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Oct 22, 2010 09:09AM)
Fun Inc. has come out with a DVD by John Lovick teaching Pat Pages Easy Money routine. I seen this video and it is better then the Pat Page DVD, as it is still kind of confusing to understand when Pat discribes it.
http://www.funinc.com/xcart/product.php?productid=18747&cat=0&page=1

Fred Kaps version is occasionally sold by Steven's Magic. It was discribed in an extra sheet in his lecture notes sold by Ken Brooke years ago. It is still available from Magic Inc. with the bills trick for $7.95, and a lot of other Kaps gems.
http://www.magicinc.net/kapslecturebook.aspx

If you want just the Fred Kaps Easy Money effect, it is also available from Magic Inc. for $9.95.
http://www.magicinc.net/easymoney.aspx
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 22, 2010 05:48PM)
Thank you very much for all of that information.

Peter Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 22, 2010 06:17PM)
SO... what did you [b]DECIDE[/b]
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Oct 22, 2010 07:38PM)
Well, Pete I was all set to buy the Patrick Page DVD until Magic Café member "motown" told me that Michael Ammar teaches it on his "Easy to Master Money Miracle" DVD Number 3. I was excited to hear that because I already own that DVD. After learning this, I watched that portion of the DVD and thought that the decription and handling as well as the instructions on how to construct the effect were all quite good. So, I plan on constructing the effect as soon as I have some spare time.

Thanks for asking and thanks to everyone for their help.

Peter Cuddihy
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 23, 2010 12:57AM)
Sounds good. Let us know how you do with it.
Message: Posted by: motown (Oct 24, 2010 09:06PM)
Peter,

glad I could help. There's so much great stuff on those DVDs it's easy to forget.
Message: Posted by: Ken Rabalais (Oct 27, 2010 10:33AM)
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On 2010-10-17 20:00, Mary Mowder wrote:
It also helps to curl the innermost bill ends outward from each other so they open to the right place easily.

- Mary Mowder
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Thank you to Mary for this tip, I will try it.

"I don't know if Pat include the Kaps "DIFFERENCE" IN THE FOLD on the DVD. If not, you just offset it 1/2 inch at the ends (makes it easier to do the needed move).

And thanks to you too Mr. Biro, I will also see how this works for me.


It seems like an afterthought now but the Bill Severn book that contains 'The Traveling Millionaire' is 'Magic Money." It looks pretty well explained and illustrated.

And thanks to all for a good thread, as usual, very good reading.
Message: Posted by: Howard Hamburg (Nov 2, 2010 12:10AM)
I saw kaps once bring out a himber wallet,show it empty,close it,slap it,open it and the paper pieces were there.he removed these,changed them to bills and then put them back into the wallet.a perfect little playlet.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Nov 2, 2010 10:08AM)
Nobody did things that made sense better than Kaps. (nice to see you here Howard).