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Jaxon
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In the E-book for my trick called "Change for a Dollar" I describe the method I use to switch the borrowed bill for the gimmicked one. A few people who's picked it up aren't quite sure if they like the switch or not. Some seem to feel it's gutsy move but I find it a very natural move and action. I think a lot of magicians are looking for that perfect method that uses no other props.

Although this method doesn't use any other gimmicks it does make use of another object. A wallet/bill fold. It's very natural to have a wallet in your hand when you're about to do a trick with paper money. I feel the simple fact that you checked your wallet first then realized you don't have the bill you need. Then you ask for the loan of one is a subtle convincer that the trick can be done with any bill. Why? because your asking for the loan of their bill seems like an after thought. Or a solution to the problem of not having what you need on you. I hope this makes sense.

Anyway, I put together a little video to demonstrate how I switch the bill at the beginning and at the end of my "Change for a Dollar" trick. I didn't include the actual trick in the video (you can watch that on my site). I just wanted to demonstrate the logic and timing of the switch using a wallet (Can also use a deck of cards instead of a wallet if you wish). I should also mention that the switch is nothing new and the video won't explain how it's done. trust me, it's well enough known that I'm sure you'll all figure it out. In real life it goes right over them though.

I'm deaf so I didn't put any sound in the video. So I'll outline the reasoning behind the switch. I start by checking my wallet as if looking for something. When I notice I don't have any one dollar bills I ask to borrow one. I place my wallet on the table as I fold their bill into quarters. I fold it as if I'm checking the bill out or sometimes I do the old upside bill trick (fold then unfold and it's upside down). Once the bill is folded I notice my wallet is on the table so I pick it up and put it away in my pocket. The switch is done as I put the wallet away and that's what you'll see in the first part of the video.

After the trick is over I pull out my wallet and start to put the bill away in it as if by habit. Putting a bill away in your wallet is a natural action. But at the last moment I remember that it's not my bill then I give it back to the spectator who loaned it to me. If you wanted you can do the old joke where you ask if this is the same bill they gave you and when they say "yes" you start to put it in your wallet. In either case the switch is made back to the real borrowed bill as you're about to put it in your wallet. This is the second clip you'll see in the video.

So here's the link to the video:
http://www.magicjax.com/billburner/billswitch.wmv

I hope someone finds this useful.

Ron Jaxon
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Yeah, I think the move is logical and makes for an efficient way to switch the bill out--especially the beginning. At the end, the "mismade" dollar seems to be folded up without explanation and my first reaction was that you should make some sort of comment or implication of a change back to normal. But on second thought, the first thing the lender will do is look at the bill...and it's indeed back to normal. So it's like another illusion when you don't even have the bill in your hands. So I think on reflection, it has merit and should work nicely.

By the way, your routine with the mismade bill is nice...that little effect you through in to let people know something is definitely not right. Nice, innovative approach!

BooRadley
Jaxon
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Thanks BooRandley.

But I should point out that at the end of the "Change for a Dollar" routine the bill is back to normal before you hand it back. It starts out a normal looking bill. Changes twise then it returns back to normal before you hand it back. But you could do the switch right after the mismade then they'd get the discover it's back to normal themselves too.

Thanks again.

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Where do you get a thumb tip big enough for the wallet? lol

Nice use of combining a different method with a standard effect.
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This is the under the wallet switch mentioned by Tamariz, PH, and Frank Garcia (few that I have come across) the method is the same, medium is different though. Tamariz and Garcia used it to switch a deck, and PH uses it to ring in a real chocolate bar (AOA 1). PH also uses this switch, but instead of trying to blow by the spectator and do the move at the same time he does a turning switch and allows the move to happen in the offbeat (far better elegant wise). This, as Jax said, is nothing new, but it is a clever idea. I would just stay with a shuttle switch, or a billet switch, avoid the use of the wallet (no matter how justified it is, even for PH's effect). I would suggest (that is if you are getting the e-book for the switch) to hold off and get the PH effect instead, it is a study in the elegance of naturalness. Although, all fairness to you Jax, boldness is a brialliant thing as well, so pretty much everything I have written can go to the pooper.
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Nice job with this switch, I hadn't seen this method used for a bill switch before. It looks very similar to a standard billet switch, but a nice addition with the mismade bill.
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Jarle leirpol uses this switch in this video:

http://www.leirpoll.com/video/view_egg.htm
John Long
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Jaxon: thanks for your thoughts; they are appreciated.

barkmagicman & Boydy: Thanks for pointing out other sources for this manuever.

For what its worth:

- the chocolate bar effect(Hot Chocolate) is in Art of Astonishment volume 3

- the tissue paper to egg effect is in Leirpol's "Pocket Power", it is a very nice manuscript(well thought out, written, & illustrated), with many good ideas(mainly related to misdirection & use of your pockets), and other nice effects(I bought it for his bill switch). (you can get an e-book version, and avoid whatever currency exchange rates exist by buying through Lybrary)


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Yea, I do that effect (Hot Chocolate) with a card box. Same effect just different object.

I think the move is very over looked. With proper acting it's never called on.

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Having watched the video AFTER reading your post, I thought the move looked iffy. But I'm pretty sure a spectator who isn't wathcing out for the move wouldn't have a problem with it.

It's one of those moves that many magicians (including myself) feel very self conscious about doing. Like a Top Change or a Color Change, we can't believe people could miss it.

That might be why you've gotten the feedback you have.

-Richard
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Why on earth would you do that switch with the wallet?

Even with misdirection it still wouldn't be good enough because you don't actually even see a direct change.
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On 2006-07-02 15:00, Pricholas wrote:
... Even with misdirection it still wouldnt be good enough because you don't actually even see a direct change...


... I think that's the point, to NOT see the change. Misdirection would be overkill, the switch is fully covered. If the last bit of your post meant the whole thing was in jest, then nevermind, but otherwise I think you misunderstood what the move was supposed to do.
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Speaking of Paul Harris and AoA...doesn't he use a similar wallet bill switch for Counterfeit Spectator?

-Eric D.
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That's a great way gamblers use to switch dice under a handful of bills.
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Jaxon, that was smooth! I hadn´t seen that switch before so I didn´t know what to expect. It looked very good, as I was in a layman´s "state of mind".

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If ur not expecting it, you wudn't notice anything fishy. even if you know it happening it looks natural
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On May 27, 2006, Jaxon wrote:
In the E-book for my trick called "Change for a Dollar" I describe the method I use to switch the borrowed bill for the gimmicked one. A few people who's picked it up aren't quite sure if they like the switch or not. Some seem to feel it's gutsy move but I find it a very natural move and action. I think a lot of magicians are looking for that perfect method that uses no other props.

Although this method doesn't use any other gimmicks it does make use of another object. A wallet/bill fold. It's very natural to have a wallet in your hand when you're about to do a trick with paper money. I feel the simple fact that you checked your wallet first then realized you don't have the bill you need. Then you ask for the loan of one is a subtle convincer that the trick can be done with any bill. Why? because your asking for the loan of their bill seems like an after thought. Or a solution to the problem of not having what you need on you. I hope this makes sense.

Anyway, I put together a little video to demonstrate how I switch the bill at the beginning and at the end of my "Change for a Dollar" trick. I didn't include the actual trick in the video (you can watch that on my site). I just wanted to demonstrate the logic and timing of the switch using a wallet (Can also use a deck of cards instead of a wallet if you wish). I should also mention that the switch is nothing new and the video won't explain how it's done. trust me, it's well enough known that I'm sure you'll all figure it out. In real life it goes right over them though.

I'm deaf so I didn't put any sound in the video. So I'll outline the reasoning behind the switch. I start by checking my wallet as if looking for something. When I notice I don't have any one dollar bills I ask to borrow one. I place my wallet on the table as I fold their bill into quarters. I fold it as if I'm checking the bill out or sometimes I do the old upside bill trick (fold then unfold and it's upside down). Once the bill is folded I notice my wallet is on the table so I pick it up and put it away in my pocket. The switch is done as I put the wallet away and that's what you'll see in the first part of the video.

After the trick is over I pull out my wallet and start to put the bill away in it as if by habit. Putting a bill away in your wallet is a natural action. But at the last moment I remember that it's not my bill then I give it back to the spectator who loaned it to me. If you wanted you can do the old joke where you ask if this is the same bill they gave you and when they say "yes" you start to put it in your wallet. In either case the switch is made back to the real borrowed bill as you're about to put it in your wallet. This is the second clip you'll see in the video.

So here's the link to the video:
http://www.magicjax.com/billburner/billswitch.wmv

I hope someone finds this useful.

Ron Jaxon


Hi Jaxon, do you still have this video demo (link not working)? Would love to see it, thanks.
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