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Just4Fun
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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
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Pete... was that the one that was in Virtual Foolery?





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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.


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!
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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

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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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. Smile

That' funny !
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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.
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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

Wow. So the Kozloski $100 Bill Switch was really the Vlado bill switch. Randy, have you ever written this up for a publication?

The whole history is in the Switch book referenced above.
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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.
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