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Ron Crumley
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I recently bought Slow Burn. It looks like it has great potential for my application and well worth the investment.

At this point I need five foreign bills to create the gimmick for the effect. These bills can be any denomination (the less valuable the better) from any country, but they MUST be the same size as a US bill. (this isn't tipping anything since the same info is seen in the Slow Burn demo)

If you have access to brand new foreign bills that match this description, please PM me. I'll pay you (within a reasonable amount) for the bills, for your efforts and for the mailing cost.

Thanks - Ron
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Hi,
I live in England, and needed some doller bills for a trick, so I called round at a local travel agent, thinking that they may have had some returned. They didn't have enough but ordered me some for only a very small charge and were very helpful. They even ran through other curencys to see if notes of less than a doller in cost were available.
Try travel agents or banks.
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Tavel agents in the US don't generally handle foreign currency; however, some coin dealers will have what you need. If you can go in on any day other than a weekend, you will have lots of time to browse through their stock.
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Ron Crumley
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While the travel agent idea is good eddieloughran, Bill is correct in that they don't handle foreign currency in this country. The coin dealer is a good lead Bill. I called a local shop and will stop by this evening.

Thanks - Ron
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Try an international airport. They usually have a currency exchange office.
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I just call my bank and have them order the bills if I need foreign money for travel. They only require 24 hrs. notice to bring it in.

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Most main branches of banks have international desks. These are usually in the major downtown areas.

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Also some bills may be close but they might have to be trimmed a bit.
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On 2004-01-14 14:05, Geoff Weber wrote:
Try an international airport. They usually have a currency exchange office.


I haven't seen one that would let you play with the money, though. Usually they are busy trying to get people through the line.

The same problem exists with using your local bank. If the currency isn't what you wanted, you are sort of stuck with it until you can redeem it. You will always lose money when you do this, because they do take a fee, even if they don't tell you they do.

Example: I go to Europe fairly often. I have had my bank change money for me "without a commission," and I have had Thomas Cook change money for me with a commission, on the same day. The money was actually cheaper at Thomas Cook. Why? Because the bank fiddled with the exchange rate to conceal their commission.

There is also a far greater range of currencies available at better coin shops than you will find at a money changer's or at a bank. For example, you won't find Austrian Schillings or German DM at a money changer's. They aren't used any longer. But they are plentiful at the coin shops.

This gives you the opportunity to use a patter bit where the money all changes into Euros because of the EU.
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Ron Crumley
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Thanks to all for your ideas/suggestions.

I'll probably start with the local coin shop and go from there, depending on what they have on hand or can order for me. (at a reasonable cost)

Also, I contacted Richard Sanders (as in "Slow Burn by Richard Sanders") who was generous with his time in sending me a list of foreign currencies which closely match the dimensions of US bills. (usually 1mm off in most cases - either bill set can be trimmed to match)

Thanks - Ron
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To echo the above, be careful with the banks, the exchange rates can be punishing and will work against you both ways.
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I'm sorry I read this thread late, but I just bought the DVD.
If you have the DVD, you know Sanders recommends a particular Brazilian bill as being perfect for the effect.

It is available from several sources online: Mike's Collector Heaven http://www.collectorheaven.emerchantpro.com,
http://www.e-worldbanknotes.com (in Europe but the prices are great)
and http://www.banknotes.com.

I have not received the bills yet, so I can't comment on their quality.

However, due to incredible devaluation of the Brazilian money, the note in question seems to be worth basically nothing. (less than 2/100 of a US cent) But some sites (for the rarity and the interest in hyperinflation?) are selling the bills for several dollars each.

I did all this internet exploration to avoid my having to use sharp objects in creating the gimmick!

PS. If my figures are remotely close to being right, you'll have a heck of a time getting these banknotes through a bank, as their value is so low.
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On 2004-01-14 09:31, Ron Crumley wrote:
I recently bought Slow Burn. It looks like it has great potential for my application and well worth the investment.

At this point I need five foreign bills to create the gimmick for the effect. These bills can be any denomination (the less valuable the better) from any country, but they MUST be the same size as a US bill. (this isn't tipping anything since the same info is seen in the Slow Burn demo)

If you have access to brand new foreign bills that match this description, please PM me. I'll pay you (within a reasonable amount) for the bills, for your efforts and for the mailing cost.

Thanks - Ron


Ron,

I have the same slowburn trick and what I did was contact a few sellers on ebay that sell worldwide banknotes.

I told them what I wanted and they either said they could help me or not.

My best source said he could send me 20 each of 8 different notes, total 160 notes for $20.00 delivered in the USA.

Some of the notes were from Polish, Iraq, Argentina, Chinese Hell Notes and Afghanistan. I have seen some of the Chinese Hell Notes and they are quite colorful.

It didn't seem that bad of a deal @ .125 per note. If you are interested I will see if I can find their email addy. Hope it helps,

Chris
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I'm trying to find the answer to the important question here:
which bills are the same size as American greenbacks?

(To me, this seems more of a magic question that a banknote collector's question.)

So far Google has failed me.
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I'm trying to find the answer to the important question here:
which bills are the same size as American greenbacks?

(To me, this seems more of a magic question that a banknote collector's question.)

So far Google has failed me.
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OK, today I received the Brazilian banknotes -- identical to what is shown as the perfect note on the Slow Burn DVD.

They are crisp, uncirculated notes, quite appealing. But not the same size as US money at all.

The Brazilian notes are lots taller -- 5/16 imch, and slightly narrower -- maybe 5/32 inch.

As this effect relies on a color change and flashing a bit of color too early may tip the method, we have entered the Exacto Zone.

Rats.
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Cool... let me know when you find a bill 1/4" to 1/2" narrower than a US greenback and you can have my Royal Magic Bill Tube that was apparently made for Munchkin Monopoly Money. It was obviously designed for the overseas market.
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