(Close Window)
Topic: This is why I love bill switches
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jun 26, 2013 12:30PM)
Its amazing how much this simple effect slays laymen. There is no limit to what one can accomplish. While watching America's Got Talent the other night I watched a young lad make the audience and judges dizzy with a nice little close up effect using a simple bill change. I posted the link below. WHy arn't more of you Americans on here applying to this show? They're looking for more magicians this year. Go make yourself famous (if you're not already). One good effect and you're set.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-DEbvgPnoU
Message: Posted by: motown (Jun 26, 2013 08:40PM)
More of a bill to.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Jun 28, 2013 04:21AM)
Thanks for posting that. He's 16? He's going to have a great life!
Message: Posted by: RobFromNZ (Jun 28, 2013 06:01AM)
Well presented...didn't seem nervous at all
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jun 28, 2013 08:32AM)
He found a nice middle ground between "confident" and "modest" which was nice. He came off as very likable. Not to mention I agree that he was very smooth.
Message: Posted by: nautimike (Jun 28, 2013 10:18AM)
That was a great trick. I've been thinking about practicing the bill to Lemon as taught by Mark Willson, but this one looks harder to figure out. Plus, I'd like to make better use of the flash bills sitting on my shelf. Where can I learn this trick?

Thanks,

Mike
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jul 2, 2013 10:20PM)
[quote]
On 2013-06-26 21:40, motown wrote:
More of a bill to.
[/quote]
yes, in terms of the effect seen by the audience. The method to accomplish this, however, could be that of some simple bill switches, but I don't see when he made the primary switch; maybe the camera was not on him during that time. None the less, it does suggest a nice way to do a nice bill-to-impossible-location that appears out of the magicians hands.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Jul 5, 2013 09:44PM)
Looks like he"s going place"s
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jul 6, 2013 05:09AM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-02 23:20, John Long wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-06-26 21:40, motown wrote:
More of a bill to.
[/quote]
yes, in terms of the effect seen by the audience. The method to accomplish this, however, could be that of some simple bill switches, but I don't see when he made the primary switch; maybe the camera was not on him during that time. None the less, it does suggest a nice way to do a nice bill-to-impossible-location that appears out of the magicians hands.
[/quote]

He makes a switch to a flash bill when the cameras off of him. It really gets my imagination percolating. Instant bill switch to flash bill and duplicate literally anywhere. Patter about bar codes being like DNA and fingerprints and BAM. I just love it. So simple. So deceptive. Now to figure out his initial switch. Doubt it was the "Kozlowski bill change" as it seems he couldn't have done the folds in that split second.
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jul 6, 2013 11:05PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-06 06:09, TheMag1cian wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-07-02 23:20, John Long wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-06-26 21:40, motown wrote:
More of a bill to.
[/quote]
yes, in terms of the effect seen by the audience. The method to accomplish this, however, could be that of some simple bill switches, but I don't see when he made the primary switch; maybe the camera was not on him during that time. None the less, it does suggest a nice way to do a nice bill-to-impossible-location that appears out of the magicians hands.
[/quote]

He makes a switch to a flash bill when the cameras off of him. It really gets my imagination percolating. Instant bill switch to flash bill and duplicate literally anywhere. Patter about bar codes being like DNA and fingerprints and BAM. I just love it. So simple. So deceptive. Now to figure out his initial switch. Doubt it was the "Kozlowski bill change" as it seems he couldn't have done the folds in that split second.
[/quote]

I don't want to get into re-engineering this effect, but I was alluding to
something more than a switch to a flash bill. . To wit; the bill that is displayed very soon after the bill is "donated"(0:50), and before Howard S reads off the SN, seems to already have the serial number that was recorded (the vid is a little blurred, but at 0:50 seems to have the SN that was recorded), also, note that I don't think he is touching the bag after the SN is read off(or even after getting the bill).

I don't think he is doing anything new here, but at the same time, I don't know when/how he did the move I'm alluding to. It is a very nice effect, good structure, the patter helps, and doing it in the judges hands helps a lot, but I would guess that this is pretty standard stuff to many on the Café. It certainly shows how impressive this plot can be w/o a lemon, or an expensive gimmick. It motivates me to develop my own bill to impossible location for my parlor shows.

John
Message: Posted by: dduane (Jul 9, 2013 10:21PM)
From what is seen on the video it looks almost impossible. I would love to see it in person or without him being off camera at any time. It has got me thinking of a way that it could be done without switching the bill (except for flash paper). And there's the JP switch that is fast.

Dennis
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Jul 9, 2013 10:49PM)
Beautifully performed.

Ray
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jul 13, 2013 09:04PM)
Dennis:
what is the JP switch?

A "bold switch" happens very fast, and could play well with some of the other props that are in play.

I'm of the opinion that the bag of chips was not touched once it was given to the spectator (which happens very early, before the serial # is read). Yet, regardless of what he did, I really like the idea of handing the sealed bag to the spectator at the start of the effect (even before the bill is obtained from the spectator), and then not touching it again. It appears very (magician's )"hands off", and I think it could play very nicely in a parlor setting. I like this so much that I just added this to my play list for my next show. Now I have to start working out the details and the bits of business.

John
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jul 15, 2013 12:08PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-13 22:04, John Long wrote:
Dennis:
what is the JP switch?

A "bold switch" happens very fast, and could play well with some of the other props that are in play.

I'm of the opinion that the bag of chips was not touched once it was given to the spectator (which happens very early, before the serial # is read). Yet, regardless of what he did, I really like the idea of handing the sealed bag to the spectator at the start of the effect (even before the bill is obtained from the spectator), and then not touching it again. It appears very (magician's )"hands off", and I think it could play very nicely in a parlor setting. I like this so much that I just added this to my play list for my next show. Now I have to start working out the details and the bits of business.

John
[/quote]

This is why I adore the Café. It feels nice to have posted a video that inspires and gets the cognitive faculties percolating. Regarding the effect, the bag of chips was indeed not touched (just tampered with beforehand). He goes no where near it. The only part Im lost on is the initial switch. Then does he not do a Kozlowski (while folding) to obtain the flash bill? Either way..Killer routine. Im liking the magicians on Americas Got Talent this year.
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jul 16, 2013 03:38PM)
[quote]

This is why I adore the Café. It feels nice to have posted a video that inspires and gets the cognitive faculties percolating.
[/quote]

Agreed. Reading the posts on the MC have helped me find good books & dvd's to get started in magic, and now for routine ideas that I intend to put in my next show.

To that end, I was reading a book that I purchased earlier this year(Great Scott it's Magic; The Trilogy). Right after buying the book, I put the "Magic Jump Rope" into my senior home show(although Scott Guinn intended it as a children's effect, I found that it played well for the seniors). I put an augmented version of his "Water Monte" (I show all cups upside down at beginning, and added a "kicker) into my very next senior show. So guess what I just read 2 days ago in this same book.

1) The routine is almost completely "hands-off" on the part of the magician
2) the SN of the borrowed bill is written onto a dry-erase board by a spectator (and the magi doesn't touch the bill during this phase, nor after this phase)
3) An audience member burns the bill, out in the open, as he verifies the SN
4) A spectator opens a box that was given to them BEFORE the start of the show, and finds a lemon inside, which the spectator cuts open, and the spectator reads the SN of the bill found inside the lemon (the magic is touching nothing). The SN matches the one recorded earlier.

This is almost the identical plot, but this routine has less Magi handling (he only touches the bill briefly right at the beginning), and the spectator is allowed to burn the bill (and can see the SN up to its bitter end).

John
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Jul 16, 2013 10:23PM)
All I'll say is Max Krause.....
Message: Posted by: Merc Man (Jul 20, 2013 03:15AM)
I don't even care how, or where, his switches occurred.

What I am more interested in is the fact that with guys this age coming into magic, the art form that we all love so dearly, is in safe hands for many years to come.

That was an impeccable, professional performance - from a young lad that I hope we hear a lot more about! :applause:
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jul 21, 2013 08:33PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-20 04:15, Merc Man wrote:
I don't even care how, or where, his switches occurred.

What I am more interested in is the fact that with guys this age coming into magic, the art form that we all love so dearly, is in safe hands for many years to come.

That was an impeccable, professional performance - from a young lad that I hope we hear a lot more about! :applause:
[/quote]

Agreed. 100%.
Message: Posted by: Romano911 (Jul 22, 2013 11:23AM)
Agreed as well, I really enjoyed that. Thanks for posting the vid.
Message: Posted by: dduane (Jul 23, 2013 07:44PM)
Ditto - Thanks for posting it. I am going to workout a version for my act. I do a SN prediction, but I like the candy bag reveal.
Message: Posted by: asgar (Aug 5, 2013 07:07PM)
Can anyone help me with a bill switch where I can switch the spectator's bill twice and at the end change it back?I am probably gonna need a much larger tt.Micheal Vincent did this beautifully in one of his video.
Message: Posted by: John Long (Aug 19, 2013 11:05AM)
Asgar:

If by 2 switches you mean switched out then switched in, I don't see a need for any special TT's.

If your routine is more complicated, you could consider using multiple TTs, or non TT methods, such as a "bold switch".

John
Message: Posted by: John C (Feb 7, 2017 10:23AM)
[quote]On Jul 2, 2013, John Long wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-06-26 21:40, motown wrote:
More of a bill to.
[/quote]
yes, in terms of the effect seen by the audience. The method to accomplish this, however, could be that of some simple bill switches, but I don't see when he made the primary switch; maybe the camera was not on him during that time. None the less, it does suggest a nice way to do a nice bill-to-impossible-location that appears out of the magicians hands. [/quote]

I wrote down the serial number immediately after he borrowed the bill. Seemed the same. I can't see where he made the switch either.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Feb 7, 2017 03:47PM)
Excellent presentation and performance despite the heavy editing. I perform similar transposition effects with borrowed bills using John Lovick's preferred handling with Clarity Box on the platform and The Light close-up. I ALWAYS have the bill signed big and bold with a Sharpie marker for visibility and impossibility. Serial numbers are questionable but a signature removes all doubt in my opinion. The name on the bill transforms into my own before the revelation is made. Of course this cannot be performed "hands off" but the memory of the illusion remains the same in the minds of the spectators and they are left with their own bill as a souvenir 😝🎩
Message: Posted by: John Long (Feb 9, 2017 09:31PM)
So which is Lovick's preferred handling? Is it in Switch?
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Feb 14, 2017 02:56AM)
Yes. A video performance and explanation can also be found on Reel Magic Quarterly Volume 1.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Feb 16, 2017 06:57PM)
Chris Randall just a did a performance and exp in TNT (Tuesday
Night Tricks) @ reel magic.
Message: Posted by: dduane (Mar 3, 2017 01:37PM)
Earlier I posted that you could use a JP switch to avoid folding. Just to clarify, that's the Juan Pablo switch. He has a video on it as does Doug McKenzie's Juan Hundred Dollar Bill Switch video. I love this switch, and have worked out a way without a TT - and using a borrowed bill. The original version requires a somewhat prepared bill to work.