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DStachowiak
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Am I the last magician in America that still likes the Bill Tube?
It violates my personal rule about using things that don't look like ordinary objects, but I make an exception for it because it plays so da***d stong.
I did a search, and it seems the only thing anyone in the Café does with a Bill Tube is to try and sell it!
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Hi,
I scan old posts, as a newbie. I've seen this device in an onlineshop, seems nice indeed. Is it a good prop for a beginner?

I do lots of ungimmicked stuff, but this one looks nice; a good choice to spice things up?
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I find it very strong, and I like it a lot, but as you can see, no-one else here seems to agree with me on that lol.
The one I have came with a special hank to use with it, its ok, and works for the vanish of the bill, but the effect is much, much stronger if you handle the bill vanish the way it's explained in Tarbell Vol.7, I don't want to say more here but it is a huge improvement and not really any more difficult. The routine is basically the same but the handling of the bill is better.
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The better if I can find a trick that is not allover the place! Is it reasonably manageable for a beginner?

Are we discussing the same trick? One guy signs a borrowed bill, put it in a napkin and another spectator holds the tube, the napkin is removed and the bill emerges in the tube, something like that?
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Viking Magic has a very professional Bill Tube. I believe the retail is around $45-$50. There are cheaper ones available, but you get what you pay for and, like anything else, it's best to spend a little more and get the best.

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Faust (Granville Taylor) makes a beauty of a tube that looks like an expensive fountain pen.
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Fless, yes it's very manageable, you still want to practice so your routine becomes, well, routine!
This is one that lets you concentrate on performance, when presented well it's really powerful.
The finger-flingers look down on it because it doesn't require a lot of difficult moves, but hey, that much better for me!

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On 2007-01-16 13:45, Pete Biro wrote:
Faust (Granville Taylor) makes a beauty of a tube that looks like an expensive fountain pen.

Pete,
Took a look at Taylormade Magic's site, he shows these sold out, but it sure sounds like it's a fine item! Thanks for the tip, I'd like to see if I can find one of these.
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I always thought the effect was very puzzling, but I've never seen it performed live. Is it that good? How do you explain what the tube is? Does anyone care?

I did Carney's Calligraphic Cash a few years back and it slayed. I just couldn't get enough play out of it. I wonder if this would be a better substitute?
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Thanks DStachowiak! I promise I will practice until I don't mess it up! I will have a shot at it, definitely. I'm late into magic, and any good shortcut is perfect with me. Since I only perform to my wife and maybe a few close relatives, I'm not overly concerned about explaining a strange-looking prop. My specs will accept it without thought.

I will not buy Tarbell at this stage, guess the standard will do...

Another question: is the tube depending on bill-sizes? I will not certainly not use US$.
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On 2007-01-17 06:08, fless wrote:

Another question: is the tube depending on bill-sizes? I will not certainly not use US$.

Not really, you just need to figure out how to fold/roll it so it fits inside
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Lot of thanks!
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I have to laugh, DStachowiak...I wasn't going to bring it up, figuring no one would care...

I used it at a Christmas Party...It's an old Viking...and, it went over BIG time! Funny...I noodled that bill vanish...thought of using a TT...a pull...then said, "heck with it" and used the hanky method.

"Impossible!"..."No WAY!"..."I was HOLDING that tube the WHOLE TIME!"

Those were the reactions...

Weird thing is, it's the first time I've used it in over FIFTEEN years! It sat in my tackle box (my coin effects) all these years...in fact I ran across it when I was looking for a Chinese coin...

Ha! Guess it still works!

Doug
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You've probably said it a zillion times here before, but family, average-joes etc don't have a clue to what is hot and what is not in the magic society. Hence, they will be stunned with stuff you guys consider too old-school to work...
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Conversely, there are effects magis think are cool and neat, but leave spectators less impressed. ne of the benefits of magic's relatively low status in the entertainment arts is that the vast majority of people have never seen any of this stuff and couldcare less if its the newest method or effect. In fact, I think I'll go out and buy a bill tube today myself, after 40 years of never performing the effect. Something new...
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Is a bill tube practical for a restaraunt situation? I have no experience with it, and want to know if there is a long set up, and want to know this before paying 50 dollarsd for the Viking one.
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It is not a long reset, a few seconds, but not something you can do in front of your audience. As for the odd prop, I remember a story in an older book claiming it was a storage unit for radioactive needles used for cancer treatment. That is why it had a lock.
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I had a cheaper-built bill tube 'round about ten years ago. Didn't use it much back then and have since misplaced it. Since I haven't the foggiest idea what I did with the thing, I decided today that I'd buy me another, more expensive model, (despite the fact that I stopped using brass tricks several years ago because I hate the fact that I spend as much time cleaning them as I do using them).

So...I used the thing once since I bought it this afternoon and can't wait to use it again. I did a search to see who might have a unique routine I don't know or can't remember and ran across this thread. It does appear that most people are selling them, rather than using them. But I enjoy a well-executed trick with a bill tube and I'm quite happy in my decision to revisit this classic trick.

Plus, it's almost certain that I'll soon find the long-lost one, now that I've bought a new one!!
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I've always like the concept behind the bill tube but I could never figure out how to fold a dollar bill in a manner that was logical for the routine AND was quick and easy to do. I ended up folding it in a manner that allowed it to openly be placed inside a piece of drinking straw but I could never figure out a logical vanish other than the one where it rests open palm on your left hand adn as you curl in the left fingers from underneath using the right hand, you clip the straw with the right ring finger and the back of the right palm. It'd "play" but it was entirely too complicated and unmotivated.

As I say, I could never figure out a clean, quick and logical bill fold that would allow for the bill to be able to be quickly and easily vanished and then easily loaded into the bill tube. Its just one of those props that I drew a blank on and could never clearly see a good methodology. And, that frustrates me because the prop must have had some very elegant and logical performance methodologies in order for it to become the classic that it is. Oh, well. (sigh)

Any ideas in this regard would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, it'll continue to sit in my drawer--where its been for about 20 years.

Mike
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DStachowiak
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Mike, take a look in Tarbell, Vol. 7, p.271
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On 2007-02-19 10:41, DStachowiak wrote:
Mike, take a look in Tarbell, Vol. 7, p.271


Thanks for the reference. Unfortuneately, excepr for volume 1, I don't own Tarbell's. Hopefully I might be able to find the material on the lybrary.com CD version.

Mike
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