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This is my first review here and reflects my personal opinion based on using the product, I am sure others will have a different view and your mileage may vary.

Here is the back ground, I was looking for a different way to select chips for my Casino Royal routine. I have tried a few methods and had been using a force bag and a brandy snifter. Select a few chips showing different casinos then dump the rest of the chips into the sifter and have the spectator make their selection from there. There are some advantages to doing it this way but the snifter does have a couple of angle issues and it is a relatively delicate piece of glass. Why not just just use a force bag and eliminate the snifter.

I have a number of change/force bags in my collection (traditional type change bags, plastic bags, mesh bags, cloth bags, devils hanks, ghost bag etc) but wanted something that would fit the theme better and looked more like a familiar every day item.

So Voila!! A Crown Royal bag would seem to fit the bill.

Nice idea, but not very well executed. This could have been a real winner because using the Crown Royal bag helps avoid looking like a prop and it fits in with a Casino/Gambling scenario but the way it is constructed lets it down.

The bag is a typical Crown Royal bag on the outside but the way the gaffe is constructed makes it awkward and so it requires careful handling to avoid revealing the secret, more so than with other bags in my opinion.

Even with careful handling I think it could be fairly easily spotted due to the way it is made, especially if the spectator is up close.. It has other issues as well which I will not reveal here since, to be fair, they would give away the secret but suffice it to say that the way one might think it would be made is not the way it is made.

Since I have a number of different types of change/force bags in my collection and have used a number of variations I was able to compare this one to other types as far as handling etc.

Could you make your own out of some Crown Royal bags if you have the time and the skill? Yes you could, but sometimes is is nice to get an item that is ready to go. A $40.00 plus shipping price tag might be fair based on the cost of the materials and the labor but I would still say save your money and pass this one up.
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Most carry out liquor stores sell the fancy bottle of Whiskey in a blue and gold bag.

From your description, it sounds like you need to work on your presentation and handling of the bag. There is not reason to handle the bag so close to the spectator. Just step back if you need them to drop the object in the bag. Handle the bag up higher, so all can see. Turn left and right, and get on with your routine. Part of the misdirection is simply talking to the audience. When you talk to the person and audience, they look at your face to listen. Don't forget to give short explicate instructions.
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Hello Bill,

I have a number of other change bags that are made differently and are not as awkward to handle...I think it is in the way these are made, I don't want to reveal the secret but lets just say it is how the edges are made. They are useable but for the price I think they could be better made. If these were made in the more typical way they would be perfect.

Like I said, its my opinion others may differ.
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