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Topic: Review Request - Juan Hundred Dollar Bill Switch DVD by Doug McKenzie
Message: Posted by: jimesw (May 10, 2006 10:49AM)
Hi All

Anybody know anything about this? I'm wondering how well it plays with different colorur bills of different sizes?

"Destined to become the new standard in bill switches!

A normal dollar bill is examined and then displayed at your fingertips. Both hands are clearly seen to be empty. The bill is not folded up or covered in any way. The entire face of the dollar bill is in full view and stays in full view as it visibly morphs into a one hundred dollar bill. Both sides of the bill are clearly shown and the bill is handed out for immediate examination.
Entire face of the bill visibly changes while in full view with absolutely no cover
Uses a normal bill which can also be borrowed
Bill is completely examinable before and after the change
No bills are palmed; ideal for real world workers
Both bills can be different sizes and colors
Streamlined technique with completely natural and easy to do handling
The “Juan Hundred Dollar Bill Switch” can be used for an endless variety of full view bill illusions. Several routines are included.

INCLUDES FREE BONUS EFFECT: Dan White’s “Handy 500”

Four single dollar bills visibly transform into four one hundred dollar bills while firmly held in the spectator’s own hand! This routine alone is worth the price of the DVD.

Note: You must be familiar with “Hundy 500” or a similar multiple bill change to incorporate this incredible addition.

Paul Harris Presents Prime Time Magic: items hand picked by Paul Harris as Performance Ready for Prime Time TV!"
Message: Posted by: sabitu (May 10, 2006 12:22PM)
This effect looks very good. I'm thinking of getting it mainly for Handy 500 which looks amazing, maybe even more visual than the original Hundy 500.
Message: Posted by: jimesw (May 10, 2006 02:14PM)
Where is the Handy 500 demo :) ?
Message: Posted by: iamslow (May 10, 2006 02:33PM)
I think its in your hand... no the clean hand..lol :)
Message: Posted by: sabitu (May 10, 2006 03:44PM)
Handy 500 is a bonus effect included with the Juan Hundred Dollar Bill Switch. The demo of JHDBS at Ellusionist shows Handy 500 being performed at the end.
Message: Posted by: mattisdx (May 10, 2006 05:45PM)
This is a repackage of Juan Pablo's Bill Switch which was altered by the cowboy guy, and now ellusionist is selling it again as something new.
Message: Posted by: VcosNJ (May 10, 2006 06:37PM)
Actually it's not ellusionist just selling it, all the other online shops have them. Paul Harris found it and put his name on it. I loved doing this since seeing Lonnie Chevrie present it. Eye-popping and very visual!
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (May 10, 2006 07:59PM)
Yup. I keep seeing these threads accusing Ellusionist of cashing in on the whole Blaine thing, when they are just one of the resellers carrying many of these new items.

I've gotten e-mails from Ellusionist, Penguin, and a few other online shops all carrying the Blaine stuff.

I believe Murphy's is the supplier for a lot of this new stuff.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: jimesw (May 11, 2006 01:31AM)
Maybe Paul H actually bought the rights to the effect so is allowed to sell it. I wouldn't go accusing this as being ripped off. Innocent until guilty rather then guilty until innocent.
Message: Posted by: JosephKerr (May 11, 2006 07:22AM)
Doug is a very accomplished Magician here in NYC and around the World. This change looks beautiful in his hands and will in yours as well, with this level of instruction.

Yes, this is taught on one of Juans' videos and is also in Lovicks' Switch book where it is lauded for be incredibly direct and visual. This DVD however, gives the opportunity to learn it in great detail from someone that has great performing knowledge and experience.
Message: Posted by: JosephKerr (May 11, 2006 07:28AM)
Actually this is a Variation on that switch where the "backstage" work is different.
Message: Posted by: Wells34 (May 11, 2006 12:10PM)
Yeah, this is Juan Pablo's Bill Switch.
I'm sure there is extra ideas added, but still.
Should be Pablo's dvd presented by Paul with Doug's extra handling as a bonus I'd say.
Message: Posted by: vmendoza (May 11, 2006 12:50PM)
Ehem... Yes this is Juan Pablo's bill switch, and yes, ellusionist for the most part are "tee-ving rhett basteds", and maybe you're wondering whatever happened to Doug's brother - Bob (Take off, eh!) But in this case, you might want to ask why it's called the "JUAN" Hundred Dollar Bill Switch. That should tell you that Juan is perfectly aware of the situation and is content with whatever agreement was reached. I'm just ticked that now a whole bunch of @&^@#%!*# will have access to this.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Kranzo (May 11, 2006 03:54PM)
Doug's handling looks great! Looks to me like he has added a nice clean up, but I won't know for sure until I get the DVD.

Juan is credited, so I don't see what all the crying is about. If you can't put out your advancement of an effect(especially when you've got permission) then y'all wouldn't have much material to perform!

All the best,

Nathan
Message: Posted by: niva (May 11, 2006 04:30PM)
And how is this different from the Lonnie Chevrie Bill Switch on his Outlaw DVD?
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (May 11, 2006 05:18PM)
Thanks for everyone's opinions and ideas.
The Juan Hundred Change is my handling of the Juan Pablo switch. There were a few inherent problems with Juan's original handling and Lonnie Chevrie's handling that I solved with this handling. Before this handling, the Juan Pablo switch was difficult to use as a "worker" in close-up situations. This is my solution to that problem. The moment of change is exactly that of Juan Pablo's original bill switch. Everything else is completely different. Bills are never palmed so the start and finish are MUCH cleaner than the original handling. The other major difference is the fact that in Juan and lonnies handlings, the bill has to be folded to facilitate the getready of the second bill. My folds of both bills are different and completely eliminate that step. This is the Juan Pablo change on crack. Streamlined, cleaner, and more natural. Hope that helps clear up any confusion. Juan Pablo has also authorized this product FYI.

Thanks and regards,

Doug McKenzie
Message: Posted by: Tim Trono (May 11, 2006 06:36PM)
Juan Pablo gave his explicit permission for this release and was compensated for the release. Something I applaud the producer/creator for doing.

Juan's change as written up in "Switch" is one of the most visible and beautiful bill changes I have seen. But until now no one could beat the basic issue of beginning and ending clean. Doug has accomplished this beautifully. The "technology" is remarkable and now makes Juan's brilliant change something that real world workers will do all of the time. I can't imagine a better, more visual bill switch.

In addition, the bonus is worth the price of admission. It's basically Hundy 500 in a spectator's hands. Hundy 500 is not explained - this is just a special handling addition for those familiar with Hundy 500.

Tim
Message: Posted by: Chevrie (May 11, 2006 09:22PM)
Hey Tim! Congratulations!
Doug, nice handling of this beautiful effect. I would like to say however, that I use the handling on the Captured DVD in real world close-up situations without any problem. I do appreciate your solution, but I wouldn't say that you are exactly "clean" at the begining or the end or that folding the bill and/or paper in the begining is an inherent problem, for me it is part of the presentation. The change happens so fast and is so visual that you have to slow the pace at the begining to give them time to appreciate the upcoming effect. The folding of the bill in the begining slows the pace and sets them up for the quick change. Not to take anything away from your solution, it looks great. I do believe though, that anyone would be able to perform the effect as described on the Captured DVD.
Lonnie
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (May 11, 2006 10:09PM)
Lonnie,
I was by no means knocking your solution to the Juan Pablo change. It just didn't work for me. Your work was definitely an influence in the development and handling of the Juan Hundred Bill Switch. I just tried to combine all of the best elements of other bill switches into this one.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Chevrie (May 11, 2006 10:26PM)
Doug,
Good to hear from you. I believe you HAVE combined all of the best elements of the other bill switches into this handling. I mean it. Nice job. The ad says that you can borrow the bill, for me my bill has to be pre-creased. Usually with an iron. Really pre-creased if you know what I mean. Anyway, I had to work out my handling because I was simply not as skillfull as Juan. It has to be simple for me to do it under the combat conditions that I usually work. Juan is awesome, he makes it looks so easy, as do you. In your hands the switch looks like real magic. And the solution is simply brilliant. PM me, I'd love to visit with you more about it.
Lonnie
Message: Posted by: trickychris (May 14, 2006 03:27PM)
Question - can I use this switch and then perform a bill in lemon/kiwi effect after? as apposed to using the 100 hundred dollar switch?
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (May 15, 2006 11:29AM)
I don't know which bill in lemon effect you are performing, but the switch works perfectly for the one that I do (Bill Malone's version)

BR,

Doug
Message: Posted by: harishjose (May 15, 2006 12:19PM)
Is it me? Is it not obvious what is happening? I prefer, Chevrie's handling better. That was more magical. Here there is more fumbling and the move is pretty much obvious for the trained eye. And keep in mind, I am familiar with the move and maybe that's the reason its obvious to me.
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (May 16, 2006 11:02PM)
Please PM me with what you think is happening. I would be very interested to see how accurate you are. This effect has fooled some of the best minds in magic and the behind the scenes work is quite detailed.

D
Message: Posted by: discjockey (May 17, 2006 09:29AM)
So those owners of Hundy 500 can just adapt their gimmick to do it in the hands of the spectators? Or is the gimmicke entirely different?
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (May 17, 2006 10:47AM)
Gimmick is exactly the same
Message: Posted by: therapysessions (May 17, 2006 02:16PM)
Here's my review of the Juan Hundred Dollar Bill switch DVD

I'd like to start off by saying I am not familiar with the original handling of the Juan pablo bill switch, but I personally perform visi-bill and Hundy 500 almost all the time.

[b]The DVD:[/b]

The DVD is VERY well made. The running time is about 35 mins. The DVD is broken up into many sections which make it easy to navigate. Rather than having to wait through an entire explaination to work on how to clean up, etc, the dvd is broken up into materials, prep, the change, clean up..etc. All easily accessable with the push of the skip foward or go back button on the dvd player.

The lighting and sound of the dvd are clear and we are given great over the shoulder shots to help us get through learning the effect and the best shot of all which I wish a lot of the other bill change dvds did is a direct upclose performers view of the entire effect. FINALLY!

Doug also gives great performance tips in terms of conditions and working with spectators barrowed bills and different sized bills.

Also included are some quick variations using the effect, my favorite is Dougs take on Paul Harris' nightshades, very clever and fun. But I have to say the Bonus Hundy 500 "Handy 500" effect where the bills change in the spectators hand is worth the price of the DVD alone! I would have never thought of it. Genius!

[b]The effect itself[/b]

Basically, in comparison to the switches I use on a regular basis, the visibill, the Juan switch is much more of a flash switch. I personally prefer something more slow like the visibill, but the strength in this effect is that it does not require any folds and looks much much more "clean" in terms of the spectators eyes because there's basically no moves that would be considered "funny".

The required materials every magician should have and if you perform any other switch you will be right at home with this. The handling is very smooth, if you watch the demo you will see Doug does a great job performing and teaching it.

I also find The Juan Change much easier for me to perform. I've always had small problems with the visibill change and the original 100 bill switch because of the handlig, but I find the Juan change for me goes a lot smoother than my Visibill/100 dollar change.

Overall, I see myself using this a lot and will be adding it to my bank of bill switch effects for when I want to perform a bill switch that is open with no folding.

I feel that this was a very very good buy for me and I have basically nothing bad to say about this effect or DVD. [b]So I'm giving it at 10/10.[/b]

Unrelated Question for Doug: Where'd you get that amazing Carter the Great huge poster in your BG?
Message: Posted by: therapysessions (May 17, 2006 03:18PM)
^ oh nevermind. I just saw the credits and realized its david blaine's.
Message: Posted by: Baggins (May 17, 2006 04:22PM)
Doug Mackenzie is a new york magic hub and he has brought together many slices of the ney york big magic apple to create a peach.

Go Doug.
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (May 17, 2006 05:32PM)
Thanks for your kind review. Im glad you like the handling.

BR,

Doug
Message: Posted by: p.aulo.r (Jun 1, 2006 05:33AM)
Does this work well with Euro Bills?
Message: Posted by: Turk (Jun 1, 2006 09:35AM)
I [i]really[/i] appreciate the mutual respect shown by both Lonnie Chevrie and Doug McKenzie on this post. Now that is the way it should be. No egos getting in the way as magicians attempt to push a concept to the nth degree and make it the best possible it can be. I liked the way both Lonnie and Doug were able to discuss the effect(s) rationally, calmly and objectively and how they weighed the pros and cons of each method. How refreshing. How professional.

In fact, this entire thread is a model of what reviews (and respectful questioning/disagreement) should be like. What a welcome change from NOT having a bunch of fawning hero-worshippers and "hangers-on" defending their particular hero and his method and 'dissing any other alternative and then having the thread degenerate into a big pi**ing contest and flaming war. IMHO, the posters on this thread (present company excepted) "did the Café proud".

What a nice thread. Way to go everyone!!!

Mike
Message: Posted by: Chevrie (Jun 3, 2006 02:22PM)
It's easy to respect someone like Doug MeKenzie. A true gentleman and a brilliant magician. His work on the Juan Pablo bill change is superb. Anyone interested in this effect simply has to get this DVD. In my opinion however, the vertical movement during this effect should be longer and slower, but the handling that Doug has introduced is ingenious. Support Doug and other creative magicians like my friend Andrew Mayne, the products that they bring to the market are good for magic. I support their efforts and will continue to do so in the future.
Lonnie Chevrie
Message: Posted by: bugjack (Jun 3, 2006 03:13PM)
First off, I don't know either this switch, Chevrie's handling or the original Juan Pablo. That said, am I the only one less than impressed by the actual change on the "Juan Hundred" demo? From the finger positioning -- thumb on front to four fingers on front -- it is clear that the bill is just being turned over. To say that it is changing because one is blowing on it seems like a stretch for the audience. Now, what is amazing is when the bill is turned over to reveal no other bill. That for me is the moment of magic... not the actual switch.
Message: Posted by: Turk (Jun 3, 2006 04:13PM)
[quote]
On 2006-05-17 15:16, therapysessions wrote:
Here's my review of the Juan Hundred Dollar Bill switch DVD

***

The DVD is VERY well made. The running time is about 35 mins. The DVD is broken up into many sections which make it easy to navigate. Rather than having to wait through an entire explaination to work on how to clean up, etc, the dvd is broken up into materials, prep, the change, clean up..etc. All easily accessable with the push of the skip foward or go back button on the dvd player.

The lighting and sound of the dvd are clear and we are given great over the shoulder shots to help us get through learning the effect and the best shot of all which I wish a lot of the other bill change dvds did is a direct upclose performers view of the entire effect. FINALLY![/quote]

***

[/quote]

AMEN!! I certainly wish more DVD performers/DVD makers would follow that format. The specific menu items on the "work" is very handy and the "over the shoulders" view makes learning sooo much easier that it should almost be mandatory on insturctional videos.

Mike
Message: Posted by: Chevrie (Jun 3, 2006 10:58PM)
Bugjack you are exactly right. This visual change has to be handled correctly or the effect is more of a vanish than an actual change. Something that will excite magicians more than the non-magician. Starting with your hands lower to make a longer vertical movement done slowly with minimal finger movement is the key. This can be an effective visual piece of magic when handled correctly. Otherwise the effect is "what happened to the other bill?"
Lonnie
Message: Posted by: J. Rose (Jun 3, 2006 11:31PM)
Wow....I just purchased this effect today, and I think it looks awesome, but the handling however....
People who have this, how long has it taken you to perfect the handling of this?

Any tips?
Message: Posted by: J. Rose (Jun 4, 2006 11:16PM)
Nevermind what I said earlier...The handling is genuis after some or should I say many practices. I even managed to find a way to use this without the gimmick. Very handy for impromptu tricks.
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (Jun 5, 2006 01:23PM)
Im glad you like it. For versions that don't require using a gimmick, you should definitely check out the original Juan Pablo handling and Lonnie Chevrie's brilliant solution.

D
Message: Posted by: patrick66 (Jun 6, 2006 01:57AM)
I agree with Bugjack, I was far more amazed by the lightning fast appaerence and disappaerence of the bill than the actual change. But that is also because I watch with an magician's eye. Very good effect.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 6, 2006 09:53AM)
I disagree with bugjack..lonnies version done live is stunning and there is almost no movement and I challenge anyone to see the change...its so *** visual...dougs version I can see some movement...a little more but I think that video doesn't lie but the eye lies....i bet you would not be able to see the switch in front of a real audience unlike in front of a camera...


lonnie is touring in the north east in september...if you are interested in seeing lonnie and his amazing magic let me know,....we are currently looking for more dates although we have I think around 10 booked up here at this point
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Jun 6, 2006 10:49AM)
[quote]
On 2006-06-01 06:33, p.aulo.r wrote:
Does this work well with Euro Bills?

[/quote]

I want to know as well.

Peo
Message: Posted by: Doomo (Jun 6, 2006 01:03PM)
It should work perfectly with euro bills. I have tried it with cut up newspaper (dont ask) and it works fine from newsprint to paper noney.
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (Jun 6, 2006 02:40PM)
It does work witrh bills of different sizes. I demo a version in the DVD with a check to a $100 dollar bill (both of which are different sizes). I also came up with this handling while in Japan and was using it as a foreign exchange trick. Yen and US Dollars are completely different sizes. I was using a $100 and a 10,000 Yen bill.

D
Message: Posted by: giochi (Jun 7, 2006 01:40AM)
Nice work doug
Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jun 7, 2006 07:22AM)
Yes I can say that doug did really a great job on this effect from Juan, and what a great idea to add the "T..." to it making it so clean. I wanted also to add my compliments to Mister Chevrie for is working on the juan pablo switch.
thanks both of you
arthur
Message: Posted by: Boat (Jun 7, 2006 08:13PM)
Just curious how difficult this is as compared to the other bill switches.

Best,

Al
Message: Posted by: Doug McKenzie (Jun 8, 2006 02:03PM)
Its definitely not self working, but with enough practice it isn't difficult. If you are proficient with a TT already and are familiar with a few other bill switches, then this one is easily within reach.

D
Message: Posted by: Boat (Jun 8, 2006 03:04PM)
Thanks Doug, I know the Infinity Switch, Visibill and the hundred dollar bill switch so far, so it sounds like I'll be able to handle this one.

Best,

Al
Message: Posted by: AlexMack24 (Aug 24, 2008 12:22AM)
So, just to clarify, a US bill is not required in order to perform this effect? ie, I could perform it with my NZ currency?
Message: Posted by: MrMystery2008 (Sep 24, 2010 09:37AM)
Doug,
I was going to order this straight away, as I can see this would be good for my walk-around loud party gigs.
But I need to find out if it would work with plastic money, more specifically, Australian dollars in my case?

Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Peter Pitchford (Sep 24, 2010 10:13AM)
[quote]
On 2006-06-06 10:53, Kozmo wrote:
I disagree with bugjack..lonnies version done live is stunning and there is almost no movement and I challenge anyone to see the change...its so *** visual...dougs version I can see some movement...a little more but I think that video doesn't lie but the eye lies....i bet you would not be able to see the switch in front of a real audience unlike in front of a camera...


lonnie is touring in the north east in september...if you are interested in seeing lonnie and his amazing magic let me know,....we are currently looking for more dates although we have I think around 10 booked up here at this point

[/quote]

I could be mistaken but I think bugjack was talking about Doug's handling, not Lonnie's. If that is the case I have to agree. And from a spectator's standpoint, the first solution is the only solution. Once there is that moment of relaxation in the assumption of "I have this figured out," under circumstances like these, there are rare times when anything you do after that really matters.
Message: Posted by: Jan Walla (Sep 27, 2011 02:48PM)
This switch is great. I use it for other routines such as Fraud etc.