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Five (DVD & Gimmicks) Review

Official Review

November 18th, 2014 12:44am
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I don’t like it when my first experience with a new product is frustrating. Unfortunately, such was the case with Five. The DVD contains 2 hours of video… with no chapters or navigation! I’m sorry, but in 2014, this is simply unacceptable. Any 8-year-old with an equally old computer can produce a DVD with chapters. Though I suppose that frustration kept me from getting me too upset about the lack of any basic editing. I don’t need an overproduced L&L video, but it’s not hard to re-shoot segments when something wasn’t quite right in the first take.

On to the material...

What you’ve got here is an adaptation (as well as new ideas) based of some of the recent work on multi-bill transformations, but applied to a single bill that changes multiple times. Overall, I think the result is very successful!

In addition to the DVD and included materials, you’ll need to cough up $86 in bills and spend about 30 minutes doing “arts and crafts.” If $86 is too steep for you, just leave out the $50 and you’re down to $36. If you’re really cheap, I suppose you could even leave out the $20.

My only other concern is venue. Without giving away too much, I should tell you that there’s an audible “tell” during the changes. It’s quiet enough that the creator suggests a “cough” to cover it in extreme close-up situations. But if the whole idea is to get four or five changes out of it, people are going to start backing away because you apparently have a cold.

So very close up is tricky, unless you’re in a place with some ambient noise. Stage is also problematic because it can be hard to tell the difference between bills from more than a few yards away. Of course, if you have a camera, you’re all set.

Finally, I feel I should mention that you can’t show the back side of the bill at any point. So you won’t be able to have people standing behind you, which rules out a lot of strolling situations.

But it’s visual, compact and easy to do. So if you’ve got a venue that will work with constraints I mentioned, it’s certainly worth looking into.

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Product info for Five (DVD & Gimmicks)

Author: Xeon Steel
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Introducing and from the mind of Xeon Steel, comes "FIVE"! The most visual & multiple bill revelation yet!... There are several bill changes out there. What makes this one unique and different? Visually change one bill, even a borrowed bill, not only once but change it 5 different times! Whatever the denomination, change from a 1 dollar bill into a 5, 10, 20, 50 or even a 100 right before your spectator's eyes!

Comes with DVD + Gimmicks included. Easy to do. Instant Reset. A 5th Change Bonus, Origami Bonus Change and a Surprise Change! "Bills of course are not included". The construction of the bills with included gimmicks are easy and very intricately detailed.
This 2 hour DVD goes through all the intricate details, all the changes, the handling of "FIVE", sleights and all the routines need to perform the entire effect or even just one of the effects.

Xeon has created a one of a kind visual masterpiece in bill changes that can be done anytime and anywhere!

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