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shaunproof
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I won't take the risk. I'll leave it to you guys and gals. I showed it to another friend of mine. She also guessed it. Just saved myself $25.
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Yeah so I think there are some things to go over here. This video has high remarks from everyone, yet it's easy to 'guess' how it's done by watching the demo video. Why would this video get such high reviews from everyone if the method is easy to figure out? I've ordered this dvd and I'd be glad to write an honest to god unbiased review on it once it shows up. That being said, I'm no fool to bill changes. I'm dissapointed if some of the most prominent magicians on this board are giving biased reviews to earn marks or just because they are friends with the creator. Magic isn't politics or religion and if I feel like I've been sold out by false reviews, I'll be the 1st one to speak up.
How many Magicians does it take to advertise a trick? Three.. One to steal the trick. One to steal HIS trick. And one to write a good review.
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You get it yet? I love it, I'm not in anyway friends with the creator. What's so bad about it?
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Shaunproof, your friend should be able to guess the Juan hundred 100 bill switch too because I think the method is VERY similar.
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Of course the methods are similar. Folding the bill protects side angles. The pronounced creases didn't help either.

Just don't buy into all of the hype here.
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On 2006-08-18 23:16, fooksau wrote:
.... if I feel like I've been sold out by false reviews, I'll be the 1st one to speak up.


Yeah? Good for you. That is what this board is all about. People having a good discussion that gives the good and bad on a certain effect. My opinion was just that...my opinion on an effect that I thought was 1)Well thought out; 2)A new twist; 3) Something that as a performing magician I will defintely use. Is my opinion worth more than anyone else's? Nope. But I thought it was well done.

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On 2006-08-19 17:31, shaunproof wrote:
Of course the methods are similar. Folding the bill protects side angles. The pronounced creases didn't help either.

Just don't buy into all of the hype here.


Where's the hype? Hype is the type of thing you see when Black Widow or Electric Touch or something like that comes out, and people build it up for it's release. All of the posts I have seen so far about Skullkracker are either from people who have it and liked it, or from people that don't have it, but were impressed when they saw Bob do it, and based on that now want to buy it.

I don't personally have a problem with people having a negative opinion about an effect or posting a negative review. But then again, I won't value that opinion unless I know the person reviewing it has the product. Obviously, some people haven't paid attention to what was written before. Focusing on a tight camera angle doesn't get the effect across. The discussion Bob goes into on how a spectator looks and moves his/her eyes is what fools them in person, and I can now attest to that after having done this. Also, like has also been stated, there are 7 versions of this, one which is called the Oooze Switch that is just unbelievable to see in person.

Positive and negative reviews are what this board needs. Pointless discussion that it must only be getting positive reviews because we may be friends of the creator is ridiculous. But I will say this....I have never met Bob Kohler. Never spoken with him on the phone. Don't know the man personally at all. But 2 of his releases are featured prominently in my stand-up show and one is my bread and butter routine that has gotten me many repeat corporate events, and 3 of the last DVD's I bought from him had a lot of usable material on them. I use material from every one of them in my strolling gigs. So if I say something positive about the quality of video or material, then I must believe that Bob does put out quality material, and that is why I am willing to take the chance to check out his next product, unlike if someone puts out complete crap. I like that in a time when there is a complete gluttony of crap in the magic marketplace, that some people actually take the time to put a real thought out product together. The Final Answer put out by Bob Kohler, as well as Skullkracker, are two products that just didn't give you a new way of doing something, but spent time talking about the history of the effects, the different types of currency, different folds, different loading methods, different performing situations....basically, everything you could ever want to know on how to do one effect. That is a hallmark of a quality product.

I look forward to Fooksau's thoughts after he has a chance to watch the DVD, and hopefully, maybe try out the method and see what a layman thinks before really deciding how he liked the product. I am sure Bob Kohler is as well.
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Would someone be able to tell me if skullcraker is achieveable with plastic bills?
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Never limit yourself by how "easy" a trick may seem. Just because it's not knuckle-bustings, bullet-sweating sleight of hand or because it doesn't employ a brand new principle that only a genius of einstein's caliber could dream up, doesn't mean that an effect has merit.

Example, one of my most killer effects... if I showed you guys you'd guess it right away (two-card transpo, using two DLs), but the laymen I show, it's one of my most requested effects.

Now, granted, you always get an observant spectator who can see EVERYTHING you do. That's what misdirection is for. My point is that, yes, you watch a video in under less-than-ideal conditions, then you run a risk of exposure.

From what I gather, this effect has gone toe-to-toe with the best in magic and all of them found merit in it.

If you don't want it, don't get it, but buy your magic based on how well it goes into your routine and not based on wether or not you got the demo video.

-Aaron

PS. Just because you think you know how it's done doesn't mean you can actually perform it.
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