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Cash Card & Cash On The Corner Review

Official Review

March 6th, 2022 12:22am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
WHAT YOU GET

You get 4 pages of instructions with drawings and five black plastic holders with see through screens on the front and back.

WHAT I LIKE… WHAT I DON’T LIKE

What I like: Not much. The written instructions… what can I say? Only four pages, yet still very painful to slug through. About halfway through the first page… ok about a quarter way through the first page, I aborted and did a search on the internet and found a demo video. After seeing the props, I was able to figure out how they work from the demo video. I then slugged through the written instructions to see if there was further enlightenment, not so much. I performed it a few times, but it is just so … un-natural for the viewers. It’s like if you took a very direct money transpo effect, and then added endless un-natural process. There are many other effects where you take a few blank strips of paper, show them on both sides, and then instantly they turn into bills, or you show a handful of dollars and they instantly turn into hundreds. With these props, it involves the most pointless contortions to make each bill appear. Sometimes magic effects are designed for magicians to show other magicians how they are able to do multiple different sleights for the same pointless effect, over and over… and over... and over... this is one of those. That was a thing many moons ago, but then magicians started to realize that lay audiences don’t care that you can do the same thing five different ways.

The quality of the props is not bad. I guess they would last a very long time if you take decent care of them.

The methods involve intermediate card sleights.

The methods are clean but awkward. Look for the demo video online and tell me if you don’t think some of the moves look awkward. Maybe those moves looked more natural in a bygone era.

The instructions are terrible, IMHO.

They require a setup, not too difficult to do. Reset is fairly easy as well.

I can’t complain about the ad integrity.

AT A GLANCE

Skill level required: 3 or 4 out of 5. Maybe more of a four if you are going to learn the various methods to do the same thing, and you probably should in order to do the routine as taught.
Audience management skill required: This is a hard one to answer. I think you will need to manage the audience’s desire to scratch their head as you really force them into thinking about how you have done each phase, and they struggle to decide if they care or not. So, I will say 3 of 5.
Performance angles: 360 degrees
Reset time required: If performed as shown, you will need around a minute away from your audience.
DIY time involved in advance: None

VERDICT

Ugh.

Suggestions from the Reviewer

My suggestion would be to look into other products that do virtually the same thing in a much more amazing way. Think about it: If you could turn paper into money, why would you have five plastic folder thingies to do so? If you are going to do something to take people back in time, perhaps to an encounter with a mad scientist from the past who created a time travel machine and built you this little handy device, then I would look for something more like one of the old fashioned magic “printing presses” and maybe modify it to look like an old fashioned invention, perhaps something that the like of Edison might have created.

Product info for Cash Card & Cash On The Corner

Author: Goldstein, Phil & Takagi, Shigeo
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Two outstanding money printing routines by two of magic's most creative minds, Phil Goldstein and Shigeo Takagi. Four special black plastic folders (five if performing the Cash Card routine) with a transparent front cover are shown empty. A piece of blank, white paper is inserted in one of the folders and a dollar bill of any denomination in another. Both are seen inside. The folder with the paper is turned face down to be displayed later "printed" as a dollar Bill. The same is repeated with a second piece of white paper and a second bill is printed. The third piece of paper is displayed, and to the performer's surprise, it has a torn corner. Not being able to replace it, he uses it anyway and as before, a third bill is printed, with a torn corner as it should be. Includes all necessary props and fully illustrated instructions.


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