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Topic: The Vault - Which Money Card? - Danny Urbanus (a Magic Portal review)
Message: Posted by: canaday (Sep 25, 2020 06:22PM)
The Vault - Which Money Card? - Danny Urbanus

The Hype:
Danny Urbanus shares his take on the 3 Card Monte.

You will learn a routine you can use on your social media as well as in real life situations. Clear, direct, visual and strong. Four words that not only describe this routine but all of Danny' repertoire.

Pure sleight of hand and moderately easy to do (advanced beginner level).

17 minutes of detailed video instructions that include the table version and an in-the-hands version (you need one participant)


Also included on this download


This is Danny's original approach to doing a Monte effect with just one card that he rips into three pieces. Worth the price of the download just for the bonus,

My Take:
Like a lot of you I first cut my card magic teeth on doing packet tricks. My gods were Phil Goldstein, Nick Trost and Emerson and West. The tricks were usually fairly simple to perform, packed a big punch and quite often featured specially printed cards.I still have a few of these in my magic drawer and no longer have any idea how to do them. After a while, the young magic lovers told me that they didn't care for packet tricks. They would usually use just a straight deck. The more I worked with cards, the more this made good sense to me. Why carry a pocket full of gaff cards when you could accomplish a miracle using regular cards. Well, Danny Urbanis has come up with a great packet trick using cards I know you already have. Regular cards, no gaffs. And this routine kills.

This is the third release from Danny and each one is brilliant. Boderica allows you to do a rising card routine on the fly and Lazy Man's Penetration is one of the more impressive rubber band routines that I have see. (By the way, both of these are also available from your Murphy's dealer). So when I saw this new routine was available I jumped on it.

Which Money Card? is Danny's take on the monte theme. There are zero gaffs involved and a set of the needed cards can be assembled from the extra cards in your drawer. There are no difficult moves but this is about the most visual eye candy that I have seen in a monte. The first phase alone had me playing with it quite a while. When the jokers instantly turn into the Queens is startling. What is even more startling is how easily this is done, almost self working. This can be done slowly or rapidly. (I prefer doing it a little faster but both ways are quite deceptive).

After the initial handling, he shows a version that is done in the hands of your spectator. The moves are mostly the same, any variations are minor. The idea of having your spectator do some of the work for you makes it, I feel, more deceptive and powerful. I also like the idea of letting the spectator replace the card at the end.

You are given a bonus file where the monte is done with a single card torn into four pieces. He uses an ace for the instruction and it seems as if this is the best choice for the visual aspect of this variation. This is a nice bonus but I happen to like the version with the full cards better. The face cards make a better display than the quarter cards which have almost no design. I am sure this would be a great routine for a lot of you but I will stick with my choice.

This is about the best non-gaffed monte routine that I have seen. It is very visual and both fun and easy to do. I like to carry a packet trick or two in my pocket when I go out. This will be one of them. Recommended.
Message: Posted by: Aljaz Son (Nov 17, 2020 11:23AM)
Dear Canaday,

Thank you for your post and review. Can't believe we missed it. :)

We agree here at AllJazz Originals, that Danny is a real gem and all his offerings so far have been borderline genius.

Would you mind posting a short version of this review on our website?

Thank you again for your kind attention.
Kind regards
Aljaz Son
AllJazz Originals