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Topic: $100 Bill switch
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Sep 14, 2001 01:32AM)
I think the bill switch is a very strong piece of magic.



Question: Which version do you use, and why?

:snail:
Message: Posted by: Abacus (Sep 19, 2001 01:19AM)
I’ve never really looked that much into this trick, although I know how the gimmick version works.



I’ve heard that there’s a pure sleight of hand version to this trick as well, anyone know it or where it’s in-print? I think Paul Zennon did this in one of his specials. (I couldn’t see the gimmick)
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Sep 19, 2001 01:25AM)
Abacus,

there are many many versions, some using that "special something", others that do not.



I believe "Murphy's Magic" will be releasing a book soon that deals exclusively on this subject. If you get a chance, be sure and check it out. :nod:
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Sep 19, 2001 08:48PM)
one of the best books on the switch is Mike Koslowski's $100 dollar bill manuscript. Also Larry Jennings and Michael Ammar both have versions in their books. Classic Magic of LJ and Ammar's big green book. In Roger Klause's book, he has some wonderful handlings on the bill switch. Klause's, Koslowski's, and Ammar's book all use a special something. Larry's method is pure sleight of hand. However the best handling and presentation belong to a certain someone with the initials P.C. Can you guess who?



Take care,

Dorian Rhodell :banana:
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Sep 19, 2001 09:40PM)
Hey Dorian,

sounds like "Paul Chosse" to me :nod:

Do I get a prize or what? :yippee:
Message: Posted by: Robin Parker (Oct 1, 2001 04:16PM)
Several have spoken quite well of Paul Chosse and I am interested in what he does. To my misfortune I am not familiar with this individual. Is there any published material on his work?
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Oct 1, 2001 08:08PM)
Number 12 of the Ron Bauer Private studies Series teaches Paul Chosse’s bill switch. Available from most dealers for around $10.
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Oct 1, 2001 10:55PM)
There are two things you should know about the No. 12 notes on Chosses Bar Bill Stunt.

1) You will learn a killer switch.

2) The way it is written is not the way Paul performs the effect.

With Paul’s presentation, this effect is devastating. Hopefully it will appear in print someday.


Take care,
Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Oct 2, 2001 12:27AM)
I have to agree with Dorian on this one.

But then again, ANYTHING Chosse chooses to present is as close to real magic as it will ever get. :nod:
Message: Posted by: Martino (Oct 4, 2001 12:11PM)
There is a very interesting "No gimmick" Bill Switch on the Jarle Lierpoll tape "Pocket Power". That's the one I'm trying to master. All you need to do is have a prefolded bill in the pocket. Or as I have done in the past folded one up when someone has asked me to do a trick and then weren't looking.
Message: Posted by: Mistereis (Oct 4, 2001 05:57PM)
I use the Ammar version frequently at work behind the box office counter.



CUSTOMER: Could you change this $20 bill for me?

MISTEREIS: I’ll certainly try.

(bill switch to a fiver)

CUSTOMER: ........Would you do that again?

MISTEREIS: I’d quit while you’re behind.



_________________

Cheers,



Reis Porter.
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Oct 6, 2001 07:12AM)
Is there really a big difference in Paul’s handling of the switch? I have a few versions that were supposed to be a much better way of presenting it and they really aren’t that much different from the original.
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Oct 6, 2001 11:30PM)
Seeing is believing! But anything Paul presents is awsome. All I can really tell you is that any small difference in Paul’s handling is important, otherwise Paul would not even bother to take the time. :nod:

And by the way Tom, Welcome to the Cafe, it’s great to have you here! :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Oct 7, 2001 11:34AM)
Looks like Toms are making a move on the coveted Steves spot. :lol: :rotf: :lol: :rotf: :lol: :rotf:



Tom 1of3 :rolleyes:



And welcome, Tom :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Oct 9, 2001 10:26AM)
Mr. Brooks was right. Murphy’s will be publishing a bill switch book in the very near future. It is written by my friend John Lovick, who I just spent the weekend with, and he tells me it will be around 400 pages, profusely illustrated, and contain contributions by all the top bill switchers, as well as a few you’ve never seen. I, for one, will be snatching up a copy!

_________________

Scott F. Guinn

Great Scott! It’s Magic!
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Oct 9, 2001 10:23PM)
It's a small world we live in..eh Scott?

I'll be picking up a copy as well (like my library needs another magic book) :rotf:
Message: Posted by: AndiGladwin (Oct 10, 2001 01:04AM)
All being well, I have something in the book :bg: It’s a cute little item that uses the bill switch in a different context to normal and kind of frames it around a complete routine.

I haven’t heard much about the book for awhile, but assume my item hasn’t be cut out for space reasons or anything of that nature. :rolleyes: It sounds like the finished book is going to look fantastic.


--Andi
Message: Posted by: rmorrell (Oct 12, 2001 03:38AM)
Can't wait for the book, and whilst you wait you should check out John Lovick's own handling which can be found in his two sets of 'Skinny' lecture notes (btw these notes for their price and content have to be the best value I have gotten for a while!). I agree when he says its unnecessary to use that special something especially when you only need to hide something so small. So I'm working on his improved version from his second set of notes.
Message: Posted by: RandyWakeman (Oct 17, 2001 08:11PM)
$100 Bill Switch (the History)

The year was 1976; the event was Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic at the Forks Hotel in Cheektowaga, NY. The dates were May 7th and 8th, as Fechter’s was but a two day event back then. That year, I shared a ride to the Forks in a van with Dick Jarrow, Jim Ryan, Phil Willmarth, and Mike Kozlowski. Mike Kozlowski and I split a room at the Sheraton in Buffalo, down the street from the convention.

After closing up the convention on Friday evening, Mike and I still had enough energy left to shoot a few rounds of pool at the Sheraton, though it was past two o’clock in the morning.

A fellow walked by, asked if we were with
“the convention,” and we began talking magic. This man went by the name of Milton, and ran a juggling and magic shop in Connecticut. Later, I learned his full name was Milton Nichols.

Paper money effects intrigued Milton, and we talked along those lines for a short while. Then Milton performed what has now become known as the “$100 Bill Switch.” To say that both Mike and I were completely baffled was an understatement! We had no explanation, and were thrilled to see it. Jim Ryan, whose back was keeping him from a full night’s rest, walked by shortly after our little session had begun. Milton repeated his performance, and Jim gushed “Fooled the h**l out of me!” Jim visited for a bit, then went off to try to salvage some sleep.

I was in a good position to attempt to swap effects with Milton, as I was working professionally at Mr. C’s Magic Lounge in Berwyn, Illinois, and had my full close-up archives with me. I went through the paper money effects I was using at the time: the
“$2 Bill Trick”, Sam Berland’s “Bill Tear,” and even “Hornswoggled” and Jack Chanin’s
“Rip-It.” None of those effects garnered enough interest from Milton to affect a swap. Finally, I performed Duke Stern’s
“Seven Dollar Trick.” That fooled and interested Milton, to the point where he was willing to teach the $100 Bill Switch in exchange for the “Seven Dollar Trick” instruction.

Milton explained that this was not his effect, that he had learned it from a Cossack circus performer (Vlado), and that he would tip the work only with the clear understanding that we would not disseminate the information to any other magicians. I gave my word, and so did Mike Kozlowski.

Unfortunately, Mike not only “showed it around,” but published it quickly through Magic, Inc., of Chicago as “The $100 Bill Switch.” It was from that manuscript that the effect became widely discovered, and the
“rest is history.”


Randy Wakeman
Message: Posted by: Burt Yaroch (Oct 19, 2001 06:22PM)
After months of frustration I finally learned the switch after purchasing Kevin King’s Money Morph Video. He taught the switch rather well and, for me, video was an easier medium to learn the effect.

:bigdance:
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Oct 19, 2001 11:54PM)
Go slow. Jim Lewis of inversion fame does a great bill switch and he does it slow. Going fast arouses suspicion. When that happens the magic is gone.



Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Burt Yaroch (Oct 20, 2001 08:47PM)
Sloooowww. Gotcha. :snail: I have always performed his (Kevin's) switch slowly. I don't believe the method _requires_ a fast switch, he just presented it that way.
Message: Posted by: vernon (Nov 18, 2001 01:53AM)
One of the strongest ’illusions’ around.



I heard in the ’grapevine’ sometime back that one Ricky Jay was in the showers after appearing in a pro-am basketball (or some sort of sport) match and some clever clogs challenged him to change his $100... which Mr Jay did... into a $1 and then just sloped off without changing it back.



Should teach those clever clogs not to tick anyone else off...
Message: Posted by: cardguy (Dec 2, 2001 06:19PM)
A wonderful bill switch I have recently discovered allows for two bill changes rather than one and is NOT more difficult to perform.

Effect: You borrow a $20 bill and change it to a $50 dollar bill and then immediately change it to a $100 dollar bill and then immediately change it back to the $20 bill. If you’re interested the effect can be found in David Acer’s "Natural Selections" and in Richard Sander’s "Close-Up Assassin".
Message: Posted by: The Pianoman (Jan 24, 2002 06:38PM)
I too have the Pocket Power video and book by Jarle Lierpoll and his bill switch without TT is very good.
I saw him at a Norewgian MC meeting and he did all the Pocket Power routines and they were great.

Nice guy and I still have the cards he sold me.

Regards The Pianoman
Message: Posted by: Jeff (Mar 3, 2002 09:04AM)
Steve,

I agree with you that Klause's routine, printed in Ammar's Encore 3 is a great application of the bill switch. I have been thinking of other objects to use instead of the cig pack.

The coin purse is a good idea, but like the cig pack, it's not a natural item to be carrying around.

A couple of ideas I have are the breast pocket of your jacket and a cup and saucer (this being my favorite.)

Anyone have other ideas?

Jeff
Message: Posted by: Tricky (Mar 10, 2002 08:53AM)
I have heard that Danny Archers bill switch which I think is called 1-100, uses just sleight of hand.
james
Message: Posted by: Reed McClintock (Mar 12, 2002 01:55PM)
I do a bill switch; my own method. Once it is switched, I place it into the spectators hands and tell them to close their hands-- that I'm going to change the bill into four quarters. They open their hand, nothing happens. I say, "Well, we'll try it again." On the third try I say, "We'll open the bill and see, it worked!"

The bill in their mind never leaves their sight. I justify the folding initially by saying as I start to fold, "Remember the trick where you fold the bill and the head turns over?" They say yes. "Then I won't show you that trick," and I unfold the bill so that it is in the quarter position and hand them back the bill. I talk for a while then go into the effect.
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Apr 18, 2002 06:48AM)
This post is simply to bring the thread to the top as a courtesy to Phonic69. I know it would be easier to simply say “use the search function”, but I knew exactly where to look to find the thread. No hassle in helping!
Message: Posted by: phonic69 (Apr 18, 2002 11:36AM)
Thanks very much, I'll look into the books and references here! And thank you Mumblepeas!
Message: Posted by: Eric Grossman (Apr 18, 2002 01:21PM)
Does anybody know what version, Tom Ogden used on the WGM special?
Message: Posted by: Tony (Apr 18, 2002 01:46PM)
I use Eugene's 21st Century Bill transpostion (I learned at his seminar, also available in his Magical Voyages video #1).

Regards,
Tony
Message: Posted by: Jason Fleming (Apr 18, 2002 03:29PM)
Every now and then while performing magic, somebody will say to me, "hey, can you make a million dollars appear?" with a greedy look in their eye.

Well, I came across a fake $1,000,000 bill that comes in stacks, sometimes found in party supply stores or toy stores.

I carry it just in case I ever get that line in typical heckling smart-aleck fashion. Now my answer is to actually make the $1,000,000 appear!

Oh, I use King's Money Morph.
And I follow his suggestion about where to practice.


:banana:
Message: Posted by: Burt Yaroch (Apr 18, 2002 04:12PM)
The Million dollar bills are also readily available on Ebay.

I also like to have one handy Doc. I usually respond with, "Yea but once I produce a Million dollars I can never change it back, are you sure you want that kinda cash?"

Then just reel 'em in. :lol:
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Apr 18, 2002 06:01PM)
Great ideas guys! The $1,000,000 is a lot cheaper than the miss-made bill and unlike the illogical changing a hundred back to a one, the million-dollar bill can be given away. Keep the buck and you’re ahead of the game!
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Apr 18, 2002 11:40PM)
Thanks so much for the idea. My mismade bill is starting to show wear and tear.

Hey Also, quite a few novelty shops carry fake bills that look real with pictures of Presidents Clinton and Bush. I was thinking of getting one of both to teach some 6th graders kids about presidential administration transistions. Do a normal bill switch while talking about Clinton and end up with Bush.
Message: Posted by: spfranz (Apr 21, 2002 07:38PM)
I ask people if they've ever seen the old trick where you fold the bill up and George turns upside down. Most of the time, they'll say they have. If not, I do it for them.

I then say that I'm going to show them the new and improved version. Patter lines following what position George is in. At the end of the folds, he's in four different directions. When I unfold it, that's where he is (mismade bill).

Scott
Message: Posted by: Geoff Williams (Apr 22, 2002 01:16PM)
I take the same path as Scott except instead of changing it into a mismade bill the second time around, I turn it into a bill with just the president's portrait upside down. I mention this is the "magicians' version" versus the regular version.

It also gives you a good reason to change it back : "in order to make it spendable again" (which may or may not be true).
Message: Posted by: Bradley Morgan (Apr 25, 2002 10:15PM)
The best is Michael Ammars version. Because you can see the bill the whole time. :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (May 10, 2002 03:54PM)
I have been using Kevin King's method, but instead of changing the $1 to a $100, I ask for a $10 or a $20 and go into my routine talking about how I am experimenting w/magic to become a "wealthier" person. I tell the spectator I will attempt to change their bill into a $100 or whatever they ask for. Their bill turns into a $1 dollar bill as I explain I am still working on it, I will give the $1 back and ask "got another twenty?" (this gets a good laugh and or groan) I will then restore the bill. This way the spectator will beg you to change it back. :bg:
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (May 14, 2002 10:23AM)
[quote]
On 2002-04-18 14:21, sbasscase wrote:
Does anybody know what version, Tom Ogden used on the WGM special?
[/quote]
I believe he used the marketed effect called Quardriflex... it comes with the mismade bill attached so you can't give it out, but you can display it how he did on the show. If you have a copy of the tape watch what he does with the bill and how he handles displaying it. You can get the trick from Hollywood Magic, Hank Lee, etc.
Greg
Message: Posted by: cardguy (May 14, 2002 04:13PM)
I have recently discovered the $1,000,000 bill at my local magic shop. The quality is high, it almost looks like a real bill. I'm going to start using this for my bill switch routine and see what kind of reactions I get. I was told that a local magician uses it by asking to borrow a $10 or $20 bill and changing it to 1 million dollars. When the spectators see the new bill they sometimes want to keep it, which leaves the magician with the money he borrowed! Think about it: the fake 1 million dollar bills cost $1 each, compared to about $10 for a mismade bill. Plus, seeing how novel the 1 million dollar bill is, sometimes spectators don't want you to change it back, which leaves you with some tip money. Pretty cool! :dance:
Message: Posted by: davisjr (May 15, 2002 02:03PM)
Here's an idea that just occurred to me over the weekend while attending party assembly (political). One candidate for county treasurer had a $1,000,000 bill made with her image in place of the president. Also had some printing somewhere that said, "XXX for Treasurer" and some other stuff. Why not find a printer that makes such an animal and have your image and business data and give it out as a business card? People are sure to keep it (hey, it's a million bucks, isn't it?) and will always remember the magic that went with it...

Jon
:)
Message: Posted by: tla (Nov 23, 2002 01:28PM)
[quote]
On 2001-10-09 11:26, Scott F. Guinn wrote:


Murphy’s will be publishing a bill switch book in the very near future. It is written by my friend John Lovick, who I just spent the weekend with, and he tells me it will be around 400 pages, profusely illustrated, and contain contributions by all the top bill switchers, as well as a few you’ve never seen. I, for one, will be snatching up a copy!

_________________

Scott,
Is there any way or place in the Café where users could be notified when this book and other highly anticipated works become available for purchase?
Message: Posted by: vernon (Nov 24, 2002 04:07AM)
Thanks to Randy for the history on the bill switch... Got my instructions from a routine John Cornelius put out at the Blackpool convention soooo many years ago.
I Did it on Greek TV when I was living in Athens and had phone calls from folks asking me to do it to their money. Its one of the best illusions around, close up.
Vernon.
Message: Posted by: Bilwonder (Nov 25, 2002 02:04AM)
I first learned the bill switch from Mike Koslowski's $100 dollar bill manuscript a couple decades ago. It seems a lot of people forget that two versions were taught in the book, the gimmicked and non-gimmicked. It seems to me several "new" versions (i'e.the one in Pocket Power") are just rediscovering what was originally published. I have wondered if "Money Morph" or other "new" ones on the market are significantly different? One that is quite different that I like came before that published by Mike Koslowski is taught on one of Paul Diamonds tapes. You don't need to fold the bill into such a tiny package. The bill only folded into thirds, then into sixths and can be held by the spectator.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Nov 26, 2002 02:22AM)
I belive the best bill switch today is Richard Sanders Visi-Bill. It's very clean and the bill is only folded in quaters, then the miracle happens......

and it is much easier than other methods mentioned,,
vinny
Message: Posted by: magic hands (Nov 26, 2002 06:40AM)
Visi-Bill is very good except you need the newer US bills with the large numbers or the effect is not as pronunced..
Don
Message: Posted by: MAGICTOM (Dec 2, 2002 08:07AM)
So far, the best bill switch I have used is
Money Morph (Kevin Kings)I love it, the bill stays in full view of the spectator the entire time, (so they think) and it has never failed me.. excellent trick! I have not seen too many other versions of the bill switch, but find it almost impossible to improve on the version mentioned above..
Take it easy
Tom
Message: Posted by: Sneakers (Dec 5, 2002 05:04AM)
I must admit that I've only scanned through this rather long thread, however I don't believe that I saw anyone actually mention the David Regal $100 bill switch from his 2nd video ("More Tricks! The Magic of David Regal"). His routine is called "The Origami Bill."

An extremely clean routine and mostly easy handling where you can make the first switch during the off-beat but are still able to switch back while everyone is burning you. He makes use of the "out to lunch" principle to show that you only have one bill and completely empty hands. On the switch back, he invites the audience to closely watch the bill while he uses a Baker billet switch-like move.

All very clean and (as David would be...) extremely entertaining. If you haven't seen David Regal's 3 videos -- get 'em. They're GREAT!
Message: Posted by: BillParky (Dec 6, 2002 12:16PM)
All of these posts seem to refer to the $100 bill switch. U.S bills are all the same size and colour so when folded are difficult or impossible to tell apart. Can the bill switch routines work on British currency notes which are different sizes and colour for each denomination?

Bill :bigdance:
Message: Posted by: Sneakers (Dec 6, 2002 03:41PM)
Hi Bill,

I had the same thought for Australian currency -- in fact I was just discussing the topic with a friend the other day. I bet it could be done, however specifically the handling I just noted from David Regal would not allow it.

The switch back to the original bill using the Baker billet switch move could do it but it'd be tough to get away with that twice in the same routine.

Ahh... the price we pay (pun intended!) for living outside of the USA...
Message: Posted by: Reed McClintock (Dec 6, 2002 03:54PM)
Steve dushek (spelling)also has a really nice piece of magic called dollar punch put out years ago. it is worth taking a peek at. I like this routine personally and think it is one of the finer bits of magic as far as bill swithes go. it has all of the most appropriate motivations and some very cool stuff happens.
cheers :wow:
Message: Posted by: houdini (Dec 7, 2002 12:19AM)
After changing $1 to $100, has anyone ever asked you why you would want to change it back?
Message: Posted by: MAGICTOM (Dec 12, 2002 07:30AM)
Hey Bill,
to answer your question, YES you can use money morph by Kevin King with any color currency.. In fact, for clarity kevin teaches the effect with 2 peices of flurescent colored paper.. I thought that was pretty cool in itself, so I cut out some dollar size peices of paper at work, one bright yellow, and one bright pink.. LOTS OF CONTRAST! and practiced with it.. I got kind of risky and thought I would try it out on a co-worker with the colored paper instead of bills.. and you know what? they didnt have a clue! it had the same amount of impact and mystery, it worked great, AND WORKS UNBELIEVABLY GREAT WITH THE SAME COLOR BILLS!
Good luck
hope this helps
Tom :)
Message: Posted by: miracle (Dec 14, 2002 02:42AM)
Did anyone comment on Hypno-Bill?
http://members.chello.at/brainshifter/hypnobill/billg.wmv

The effect is very visual, but may not suitable for quite some countries, as most do not have same sized bank note in different value/color.
Message: Posted by: magician81 (Dec 14, 2002 04:54AM)
Well, you can do some trimming.
Message: Posted by: miracle (Dec 14, 2002 06:19AM)
Yeah, that's what I'm going to do :nose:
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 15, 2002 06:55PM)
After seeing Johnny Paul do the bill switch... and NOT KNOWING WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED... I figure the sleight of hand is the best.

Never liked the TT method.

I then developed what I call the BILLION DOLLAR BILL SWITCH.

Setup: Gigantic magnet in rear trouser pocket. Bill folded to about 1x1 inch with large steel paper clip on it in right sleeve (or finger palm).

Borrow a bill, fold and attach paper clip (clip needed for weight and...)

With borrowed, clipped bill on left palm, do switch, sleeving in right sleeve. Put hands palm-to-palm and rotate so when opened RH is palm up.

Let spectator take bill and open. Meanwhile, unsleeve bill and get into left finger palm.

Have bill switched to refolded and clipped. (Make sure clip on same as on other bill).

With LH (orig. bill palmed) grip the visible bill by the clip, holding it vertically.

Now, do Channing Pollock dove vanish in tails, actually tossing bill back and let magnet grab it, and you TOSS UP the original bill into air spinning it. Toss to loaner and say, "Catch."

That was very brief description... it will fry some brains... timing and choreagraphy are important. :spinningcoin:
Message: Posted by: bigchuck (Jan 1, 2003 11:48AM)
I am only familiar with a couple variations of the switch, but I like the kevin king money morph method for the simple reason that there is a constant rhythm and that makes 'the move' even more difficult to detect and that is what makes it seem impossible.
Message: Posted by: Just4Fun (Jan 3, 2003 05:17PM)
Following the advice in this thread I got some 1,000,000 bills on ebay - 10 bucks for 100! Now I encourage the spectator to keep the 1,000,000 and make almost a buck everytime. What a deal! hehe
Message: Posted by: Alpen (Jan 4, 2003 02:27AM)
Pete... was that the one that was in Virtual Foolery?





Alpen
Message: Posted by: Bema (Jan 5, 2003 08:55PM)
I heard in the ’grapevine’ sometime back that one Ricky Jay was in the showers after appearing in a pro-am basketball (or some sort of sport) match and some clever clogs challenged him to change his $100... which Mr Jay did... into a $1 and then just sloped off without changing it back.

Somehow, the thought of Ricky Jay (a) playing basketball, and (b) doing magic in the showers....isn't very appealing.



Should teach those clever clogs not to tick anyone else off...
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jan 6, 2003 09:37AM)
I think Richard Sanders has a great routine that's motivated with his double-switch. You borrow a one and turn it to a 20. Then you turn it to a 50. You ask if the spectator would like to keep going and they say yes and it changes back to a 1.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Jun 17, 2003 04:14PM)
Hello, friends. I've done a lot of research on the subject regarding the most effective bill switch methods available. I began by picking up and studying Ammar's tape and King's tape and eventually Klause and Koslowski's work. Originally, I learned to perform it with a gimmick but eventually refined it to the point where it only got in the way so I excluded it.

I now do a bare handed bill switch which is comprised of a combination of Klause and Koslowski's work with a few embelishments and subtleties of my own. The bill stays in plain site the entire time and is merely held at the fingertips. I've performed this effect for magicians as well as lay audiences as close as 6 inches from their faces and they never see the switch actually occur.

I've even had a debate with Michael Ammar himself at a personal workshop one day and he happens to be one of my biggest influences in magic. He believes that a gimmick is essential and I believe otherwise. After showing each other our performances and being equally impressed by one another, we came to the conclusion that it was best left up to the magician and his comfort level.

These days I prefer to work with the mismade bills because I've actually lost a folded $20 going in and out of my pockets while I was performing. Also, I get so sick of people telling me to change their bills to a larger denomination. Those who bill switch out there will know exactly what I mean.
Message: Posted by: DreamBig (Jun 18, 2003 07:51PM)
[quote]
On 2003-06-17 17:14, rmendez wrote:
Also, I get so sick of people telling me to change their bills to a larger denomination. Those who bill switch out there will know exactly what I mean.
[/quote]

People still ask me not to change their bill inside out again so they can keep it as a souvineer, but a lot less so than to a larger denomination. But they still ask!
Message: Posted by: MagicbyCarlo (May 8, 2009 10:51PM)
[quote]
On 2001-10-17 21:11, RandyWakeman wrote:
$100 Bill Switch (the History)

The year was 1976; the event was Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic at the Forks Hotel in Cheektowaga, NY. The dates were May 7th and 8th, as Fechter’s was but a two day event back then. That year, I shared a ride to the Forks in a van with Dick Jarrow, Jim Ryan, Phil Willmarth, and Mike Kozlowski. Mike Kozlowski and I split a room at the Sheraton in Buffalo, down the street from the convention.

After closing up the convention on Friday evening, Mike and I still had enough energy left to shoot a few rounds of pool at the Sheraton, though it was past two o’clock in the morning.

A fellow walked by, asked if we were with
“the convention,” and we began talking magic. This man went by the name of Milton, and ran a juggling and magic shop in Connecticut. Later, I learned his full name was Milton Nichols.

Paper money effects intrigued Milton, and we talked along those lines for a short while. Then Milton performed what has now become known as the “$100 Bill Switch.” To say that both Mike and I were completely baffled was an understatement! We had no explanation, and were thrilled to see it. Jim Ryan, whose back was keeping him from a full night’s rest, walked by shortly after our little session had begun. Milton repeated his performance, and Jim gushed “Fooled the h**l out of me!” Jim visited for a bit, then went off to try to salvage some sleep.

I was in a good position to attempt to swap effects with Milton, as I was working professionally at Mr. C’s Magic Lounge in Berwyn, Illinois, and had my full close-up archives with me. I went through the paper money effects I was using at the time: the
“$2 Bill Trick”, Sam Berland’s “Bill Tear,” and even “Hornswoggled” and Jack Chanin’s
“Rip-It.” None of those effects garnered enough interest from Milton to affect a swap. Finally, I performed Duke Stern’s
“Seven Dollar Trick.” That fooled and interested Milton, to the point where he was willing to teach the $100 Bill Switch in exchange for the “Seven Dollar Trick” instruction.

Milton explained that this was not his effect, that he had learned it from a Cossack circus performer (Vlado), and that he would tip the work only with the clear understanding that we would not disseminate the information to any other magicians. I gave my word, and so did Mike Kozlowski.

Unfortunately, Mike not only “showed it around,” but published it quickly through Magic, Inc., of Chicago as “The $100 Bill Switch.” It was from that manuscript that the effect became widely discovered, and the
“rest is history.”


Randy Wakeman
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Wow. So the Kozloski $100 Bill Switch was really the Vlado bill switch. Randy, have you ever written this up for a publication?
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (May 10, 2009 11:44AM)
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On 2002-05-10 16:54, Tony Chapparo wrote:
I have been using Kevin King's method, but instead of changing the $1 to a $100, I ask for a $10 or a $20 and go into my routine talking about how I am experimenting w/magic to become a "wealthier" person. I tell the spectator I will attempt to change their bill into a $100 or whatever they ask for. Their bill turns into a $1 dollar bill as I explain I am still working on it, I will give the $1 back and ask "got another twenty?" (this gets a good laugh and or groan) I will then restore the bill. This way the spectator will beg you to change it back. :bg:
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That' funny !
Message: Posted by: funsway (May 12, 2009 09:25AM)
When I was younger and 'foolisher' and credit cards were not yet invented, I used to carry a $500 bill on trips in a little pouch on a chain around my neck. Unfortunately, the government 'vanished' this denomination and everyone would think it fake if you had one. I think $2 bills are still available though.
Message: Posted by: manal (May 13, 2009 12:15AM)
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On 2009-05-08 23:51, MagicbyCarlo wrote:
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On 2001-10-17 21:11, RandyWakeman wrote:
$100 Bill Switch (the History)

The year was 1976; the event was Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic at the Forks Hotel in Cheektowaga, NY. The dates were May 7th and 8th, as Fechter’s was but a two day event back then. That year, I shared a ride to the Forks in a van with Dick Jarrow, Jim Ryan, Phil Willmarth, and Mike Kozlowski. Mike Kozlowski and I split a room at the Sheraton in Buffalo, down the street from the convention.

After closing up the convention on Friday evening, Mike and I still had enough energy left to shoot a few rounds of pool at the Sheraton, though it was past two o’clock in the morning.

A fellow walked by, asked if we were with
“the convention,” and we began talking magic. This man went by the name of Milton, and ran a juggling and magic shop in Connecticut. Later, I learned his full name was Milton Nichols.

Paper money effects intrigued Milton, and we talked along those lines for a short while. Then Milton performed what has now become known as the “$100 Bill Switch.” To say that both Mike and I were completely baffled was an understatement! We had no explanation, and were thrilled to see it. Jim Ryan, whose back was keeping him from a full night’s rest, walked by shortly after our little session had begun. Milton repeated his performance, and Jim gushed “Fooled the h**l out of me!” Jim visited for a bit, then went off to try to salvage some sleep.

I was in a good position to attempt to swap effects with Milton, as I was working professionally at Mr. C’s Magic Lounge in Berwyn, Illinois, and had my full close-up archives with me. I went through the paper money effects I was using at the time: the
“$2 Bill Trick”, Sam Berland’s “Bill Tear,” and even “Hornswoggled” and Jack Chanin’s
“Rip-It.” None of those effects garnered enough interest from Milton to affect a swap. Finally, I performed Duke Stern’s
“Seven Dollar Trick.” That fooled and interested Milton, to the point where he was willing to teach the $100 Bill Switch in exchange for the “Seven Dollar Trick” instruction.

Milton explained that this was not his effect, that he had learned it from a Cossack circus performer (Vlado), and that he would tip the work only with the clear understanding that we would not disseminate the information to any other magicians. I gave my word, and so did Mike Kozlowski.

Unfortunately, Mike not only “showed it around,” but published it quickly through Magic, Inc., of Chicago as “The $100 Bill Switch.” It was from that manuscript that the effect became widely discovered, and the
“rest is history.”


Randy Wakeman
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Wow. So the Kozloski $100 Bill Switch was really the Vlado bill switch. Randy, have you ever written this up for a publication?
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The whole history is in the Switch book referenced above.
Message: Posted by: MerlH (May 19, 2009 08:09AM)
Watch Sankey's $100 miracles DVD. It really teaches the switch and reasoning on what not and what to do. He has about 30 different variations on it, including a torn corner which switchs sides. Check it out.