Review: InvisiBill by Josh Janousky

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Everybody loves the Omni Deck effect where a deck of cards becomes a clear block of solid plastic in a spectator’s hand.  So did Joshua Janousky.  This inspired him to come out with the Invisibill which is the bill equivalent to Omni Deck.

This is a piece of currency bill that is made of transparent plastic sheet that has the outlines of the currency prints on it.

The basic effect is called “In The Hand Change”.  The performer displays 2 $1 bills, one in each hand.  He requests a spectator to freely choose one.  Whichever bill is selected by the spectator, this spectator folds it into eights.  The performer himself folds the non-selected bill into eights.  The 2 folded bills are taken together and placed inside the spectator’s fist.  The performer then withdraws one folded bill from the spectator’s closed fist, leaving the other folded bill inside it.

The performer proceeds to vanish the bill he took from the spectator.  He says that the bill inside the spectator’s fist will also disappear.  The spectator can still feel the folded bill in the fist.  When the spectator finally opens her fist, she finds the transparent folded bill.  Her bill almost vanished!  This has the same wow moment as the Omni Deck.

You receive a stack of some 7 transparent bills from well-known countries in the world.  They comprise $1 American, €5 Euro, $5 Australian, £5 British, $5 Canadian, ¥1,000 Japanese Yen and ¥100 Chinese Yuan.  You also receive a password to download an instructional video.  The video has Josh Janousky performing and explaining various versions of Invisibill.  You can also download templates for 19 transparent bills from various well known countries in the world.

In addition to “In The Hand Change” routine, Josh explains 2 different effects:

In “Visibility”, an invisible folded piece of currency bill becomes a transparent plastic folded bill, which then materializes into a real folded currency bill.

In “Remove Colour”, the performer folds a piece of bill into eights, and then proceeds to extract the colour from the bill, leaving a pieced of folded transparent plastic bill behind.

There is a bonus effect which does not use the visibill gimmick.  It is called “Credit2cash”.

The performer displays a credit card which visibly transforms into several pieces of currency bills which can be displayed singly.  Nothing special is supplied, and Josh teaches you how to prepare your own credit card for this effect.

If you only perform the “In The Hand Change” effect, it would have paid well for your investment in this product.

This effect is best performed with plastic bills because the climax is also a clear plastic currency.  Although you can perform with borrowed bills, it is better to perform with your own bills which is pre-folded to make the handling much easier.

Josh says in the video that this is not magic for the magic boys – ie a magician will know how the effect is accomplished.  Rather, it is entertaining magic that is meant to wow the audience, just like the effect of using the Omni Deck.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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