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Jess Cone
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I wanted to make note of Jim Steinmeyer's routine, Bunko! and say how wonderfully strong it is and easy to do. The bogus bills provided with the routine are beautifully made and make the changes that occur during the routine crystal clear for those watching. Also Jim Steinmeyer has again done a stellar job of creating two fine scripts that can provide a nice outline for creating your own presentations or simply adjusted to your own style/ personality. Hornswoggled! has been in my repertoire for many years and it's great to have another routine of it's caliber. Everything Richard Kaufman has written in the advertisement for this trick is accurate. Get it, I think you'll agree.
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Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this routine.

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It sounds like a great routine, and you can get it from Jim's Site ..
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
Joshua Barrett
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I ordered it hope he send s it out fast =D
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Any other reviews on this yet?
Joshua Barrett
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Sadly no, I ordered from jim's site over a week agi and emailed him. I have not been charge and no replays have been sent to me. I want to support creators but I'm gonna just cancel and buy it from hocus-pocus soon
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It is also available in http://www.themagicwarehouse.com

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silverking
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Bunko is also available at MJM magic, who offer free shipping and a 10% discount for returning customers.
(+ some of the best customer service I've experienced at an online magic store).

If you payed more than $21.75 for this gem (with the 10% off and free shipping) check out MJM.
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Jim Steinmeyer's Bunko is a wonderful new release. It is worth the $18.95.
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Bill, I not only got your point, but bookmarked your shop in the process.
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Once again - in Europe we do not have bills of the same size. I assume to do this with real money it requires bills of the same size?

Also I don't think the description of the effect does me any wiser. What does the spectator see?

"Twenty dollars in change (five singles, three fives) changes to $19, then $14, back to $20... And at the end, the sucker ends up with just thirteen dollars."

Is it a lot of visual magic? How does it compare to Hundy 500?
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Hundy 500 is a variation of the magical 100 dollar bill switch.
Bunko is a short change con, which is a take off of a real "short con" from days gone by.

The two effects may share some methods (although they don't have to) but the effect itself is very different.

The effect of Hundy 500 is a magical transposition, as are most "sudden" changes.

Steinmeyer's Bunko is a short change routine, and is a variation on an old street con that involves giving and taking money, in effect a customer giving money to a store owner and in the end leaving with more than he went in with, or leaving with a product and only having paid half of what was owed.

A short change routine is more like the three shell game, or three card monte than it is like a classic magic effect.

(Yes, you would require bills of the same size.)
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Thanks a lot.

I assume the Bunko bills are examinable??? or? To what extent are the bills examinable.
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You're getting into questions that would require you to purchase the effect in order to get answers!
I'll end my part of this conversation by saying it's a fantastic routine, and gets great reactions from those who watch it.
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Hi, Just had a chance to review this thread again. All I can add to this discussion is get it. You won't be sorry in my estimation. When ordering remember that Mr. Steinmeyer's items are sent out through Hahn Publishing. My Bunko set arrived in a very timely manner, much sooner than I had expected. I continue to do this effect to excellent reactions from my spectators. I'll say it again the price is almost a give away for such a great routine. Vraagaard, the bills supplied are quite good. I'm sure once you get a set you will see ways to set this up in European bills without much difficulty. I think you may even choose to use the bills provided. Hope this helps.
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Thanks a lot for your answers - I will look into this effect.
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Does anyone know if there are any video demos or presentations of this effect on the web?
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Just received mine last week from HP and though I have yet to learn it well enough for a performance, here’s my take.

The fake bills included are beautiful … no, they don’t look like real currency … much easier to tell the “fives” and “ones” apart as they’re different colors … and the fact that they’re printed on a glossy, thin card stock means they handle more like cards that paper money.

The instructions are beautifully done … very easy to follow. The patter is what makes the effect. This is much more involved than the typical Hundy 500 presentation, “Hey, you want to see something pretty neat?” [Not that there’s anything wrong with that approach, I just don’t think it would work here given that the bills aren’t real].

The promotional material refers to Bunko as “magic theater” … pulling the audience into the accompanying story while the “magic” happens in your hands (there’s an alternate story too if you don’t like the first). The handling (if you can call it that) isn’t at all difficult, it’s just learning the patter while counting the bills repeatedly and always coming up with a different total … to do this justice, you should have the patter down pat so it comes out like a story that maybe happened to you … or someone you know.

I guess to sum it up, I’d say that Bunko is like Color Monte with paper money. It lends itself to the same type of presentation … “Hey, you’ll never believe what happened to me the other day … “

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Larry
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I am having a bit of trouble with one part of the routine where you show $14. Anyone else stuck at this part?
I find that all the other counts are fine.
Cheers,
denis
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Denis,

PM me with your problem, and I will see if I can help you make sense of it.

RevJohn
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