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Magic KL
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A new release from Rick Lax. Nice!!

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/12527

A "bank-night" style trick is one where a magician tries to influence spectators into making choices that have lower value, typically from among 4+ options, leaving the option(s) with the highest value for the magician.

Most bank-nights use envelopes as the "choices", and each envelope hides some amount of money. After all choices are made, there is a "big reveal" at the end. That in itself is fine, except the process of choosing between seemingly similar envelopes is ultimately random and boring. But historically, it's been a sacrifice magicians have made because the pay-off is usually worth it.

Rick Lax's trick Money Comes & Goes is brilliant because it takes everything good about bank-night and ALSO turns what was a boring and random process into a FUN, TENSE and ENGAGING experience. In addition to having a big reveal at the end, EACH AND EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY is a psychology duel between the magician and the spectator, resulting in TONS of hilarious exchanges making it more fun to BE a spectator, and also more fun to WATCH the spectator. The volunteer is fighting their urge to choose large denominations and to ignore the "influence" given by the magician.

In addition to all of that, Rick's surprise signature ending to the trick solves the problem ALL bank-night effects share, which is the question of "how to make the spectator feel like a winner?"

1. Works with ANY currency, no matter the material or size. The denominations do not have to be the same size. They don't even have to be the same currency. You could turn it into an international money mystery, just as easily as a baseball card caper.

2. Easy to perform, and doesn't require any sleight-of-hand.

3. Extremely engaging and highly polished, while also being easy to adapt to your personality and venue.
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I have looked at it in the penguin

looks great!!
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Looks good
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Isn't this more of a presentation for John Bannon's Power of Poker / Paul Gordon's Head to Head Poker than a bank night routine?
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On Sep 23, 2019, mentaldiego wrote:
I have looked at it in the penguin

looks great!!

What looks good, demo video?
Are you serious?
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On Sep 23, 2019, Pixelated wrote:
Isn't this more of a presentation for John Bannon's Power of Poker / Paul Gordon's Head to Head Poker than a bank night routine?


You are exactly correct. This is more of a poker deal trick with bills than a bank night effect. Also the hyperbole is a bunch of crap. This is no more or less exciting or dramatic than a bank night effect. To his credit, Lax does give credits going back 50-60 years.

All that said, this is a really cool spin on a gambling motif. The trick IS really good and it DOES have many points for dramatic presentation. If you can pull that off. I’m not convinced the demo does that, but it is all there for those with the chops to do so.

It is easy to work the mechanics and leaves tons of room for presentation angles.

I would guess most magicians will get a lot of mileage out of this routine which can fit easily into your everyday wallet.
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WOW !
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On Sep 23, 2019, mentaldiego wrote:
I have looked at it in the penguin

looks great!!

What looks good, demo video?
Are you serious?


Lol my thoughts exactly - where's the demo of the routine - what's the trick? There's not even a partial demonstration of the routine there, just talking and reactions?! What am I actually buying?
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Okay, I know it's only ten bucks, but can this be enlarged with big bills, big envelope so that it can be done in a larger setting?
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Rick adds some smart thinking to this principle, but for me, I found this lacking and a bit too obvious. I don't want to give away anything, but one of my big issues with using this principle is the initial secretion process - it never makes sense to me. In most real world situations, when someone is given a choice between two objects - they take one and you're left with the other one. Obviously, that can't happen -- but at least in something like John Bannon's Power of Poker, that scenario happens first, which helps set the stage of how the spectator thinks about the selection process.

That said, the overall clarity of this routine is excellent, I like it, I'm just going to revamp it a bit to fit my own personal preferences.
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On Sep 23, 2019, mentaldiego wrote:
I have looked at it in the penguin

looks great!!

What looks good, demo video?
Are you serious?


Of course, any problem??

why don,t understand , it´s my opinion
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I don't have this but it looks a lot like this is simply the Pa**o Force.
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I don't have this but it looks a lot like this is simply the Pa**o Force.

It is not.
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Okay then this look interesting
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I am familiar with other versions of this effect using cards (Bannon's is good and logical).

This version using money is weak. I wont use it. I feel it is transparent.
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On Sep 25, 2019, GeorgeKerzon wrote:
I don't have this but it looks a lot like this is simply the Pa**o Force.

It is not.


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Isn’t it PATEO? Pick Any Two, Eliminate One
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Nope. As in, nope it's not the method.

I liked this. I could see magicians using this before or after extreme burn...

I'm gonna adapt it into setting else. Got a few ideas...glad I got it...
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