Review: Money, Money! by Juan Pablo and Bazar de Magia

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Patrick Page’s “Easy Money” has become a classic in money magic and has spawned many variations in multiple bill switches/transformations.  They include “Flash Cash” by Fred Kaps, “Hundy 500” by Gregory Wilson, “Heiny 500” by Karl Hein, “Slow Burn” and “Extreme Burn” by Richard Sanders, and others.

“Money, Money!” is yet another variation of Patrick Page’s “Easy Money”.  What are the differences?  “Money, Money!” offers:

  • No gimmick
  • The transformed bills can be handed out for examination by the spectators
  • Can perform with borrowed bills from the spectators

In effect, the performers shows both sides of five $1 bills.  This stack of bills is folded in half.  When the bills are unfolded, they all change to $20 bills, which can again be shown on both sides.

 

You receive only the instructional DVD, nothing else, because no gimmick is needed.  The DVD has Juan Pablo performing and explaining “Money, Money!” in the Spanish language.  There is a language option where you can switch to the English language version.  In this version, there is a voice over in the English language.

In the DVD, Juan Pablo explains 8 performance variations of “Money, Money!”  Version 8 is most interesting as it uses borrowed bills from the spectators.  You will find two or three performance versions that suit your style.

The DVD is well produced, and the explanations are thorough – perhaps a little too thorough – I get impatient half-way through watching the almost one hour DVD.  The different versions vary slightly from one another, yet each version is explained in great details, sometimes going through each move a couple of times.  It would be more practical if after thoroughly explaining the basic version, to simply highlight the main differences in the other versions.

Juan Pablo is a great thinking magician.  He is able to come out with 8 versions of the same effect.  He also provides many tips, especially on how to dispose the other stack of bills.  In one version, he suggests the use of a couple of gimmicks, in order to make it more efficient.

The effect is easy to prepare and perform, and is readily set up for a repeat transformation back to the original bills.  The bills, both before and after the transformation, can be given out for examination.  The bills can even be borrowed.  The only requirement is that you use bills of the same size.  In countries that use different size bills, do the blank papers (or magazine papers) to bills performance.

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

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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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