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Al Kazam the Magic Man
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Hello there fellow Café members,
I just saw this book on e-Bay and wondered if itis any good or not? I do Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia of Magic Bill to Lemon and get a good reaction, but want to try out other methods.
Do you many of you feel the "Ultimate" really is the knife so a signed bill can be reproduced is the best?
I'd be really pleased to hear your thoughts.
Thanks so much,
JoJo --> Magic guy in Taiwan
Al Kazam --> Magic guy in Perth Australia
Danny Hustle
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On 2002-10-27 00:13, JoJo wrote:
Hello there fellow Café members,
I just saw this book on e-Bay and wondered if itis any good or not? I do Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia of Magic Bill to Lemon and get a good reaction, but want to try out other methods.
Do you many of you feel the "Ultimate" really is the knife so a signed bill can be reproduced is the best?
I'd be really pleased to hear your thoughts.
Thanks so much,
JoJo --> Magic guy in Taiwan



There are a boatload of bill to lemons out there. The best I've seen and used are Steve Spill's and Cellini's.

A version of Spill's handling is taught on one of the Doc Eason tapes and Cellini's is available in his book "The Royal Touch" and as a separate manuscript from Horbi at Zauberladen.com

The on in the Wilson book is very servicable as well. Most of the bill to lemon versions are good and really please an audience. I single out the two I mention as my personal favorites.

Best,

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I would be interested in knowing the best bill to lemon trick. I have loved this trick when I seen the Amazing Johnathan many years ago on TV. I have since found many effects for this. But because of the high prices, I am afraid to purchase the wrong one. Does anyone have any reviews?
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If the Mark Wilson one works well for you, stick with it - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Harry Murphy
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JoJo, you are looking for a “Signed Bill in Lemon” trick. First, don’t even bother with a version that isn’t a signed bill to lemon – don’t bother with the torn corner versions or the take the serial number down versions – they don’t have the power of a spectator’s signature!

Second, don’t even consider spending a ton of money for this effect. You know about, or have seen the advertisements for, several expensive versions being marketed. The cost ranges from a big $325.00 (Doug Malloy’s “The Lemon Game” almost a whole act!), to $95.00 (The so called Ultimate version), to $65.00 (Mesika's Signed Bill to Lemon), and so forth. I repeat, DON’T spend a ton of money on a gimmicked version.

Danny has given you two good resources. You will get a very workable version of the Signed Billed to Lemon and the homemade gimmick will cost you almost nothing (and can be made in any countries currency!).
I learned the Cellini version from him in the mid 70’s and have been using it since. I performed a gimmick less version well before I started to perform the Cellini version. In the gimmick less version THREE SIGNED bills vanish and are found in a lemon wrapped in plastic wrap, tied closed with a twist tie!

Yes, three signed bills to a sealed lemon! It is Ray Gismer’s “Limey”. Ray is a genius! This little pamphlet cost me a big $8.00 over 15 years ago. I never used the lime; I have always used a lemon. I performed this version for about 10 years and then started performing the Bill to Lemon that I now do. An instant repeat can be done with Ray’s set-up also! I think that Jeff Busby sells Gismer’s line of stuff. If you are planning to do a bill to lemon DON’T spend $300.00, don’t spend $60 or $30 bucks. Buy Ray’s book and start there or buy Cellini’s book as Danny mentions.
Of the two I perform the first version (gimmicked) more than the second, maybe at a 6:1 ratio. I perform the second version when I want the show to appear bigger. Add a prop (table, glass, and silk) and viola' stage routine. It gives the routine some visual depth and helps fill an otherwise empty stage without taking the focus from the central players.

In fact, you could buy anyone of a number of DVD’s, Tapes, or Video’s that are available right now that include a strong signed bill to lemon as just one routine of many. I can think of Bill Malone’s new tape/DVD set (Excellent version), Richard Sanders (very good), Doc Easton (Steve Spill’s version-excellent), Rich Marotta’s Video (volume2-very good), and so on.

Is there a best one? NO! But there is one that fits you and your performing style. That one will be the best on for you.

The Mark Wilson version seems to be working for you, so As Elmwood said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Hope this helps a little.
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On the knife part. It makes me a little nervous letting them cut. I have cut for them and used the knife tip to flick the other half out of the way and let them pull the bill out.

Any ideas for a guy in sue happy Cali ? If there is an accident here, I could probably get hard time for providing the tool of destruction and setting the plan in motion.
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