The prop is cleverly gimmicked and does most of the work. You will need to practice with the prop to perform the effect smoothly. From an angles standpoint, you’ll want your audience mostly in front of you. But if you need to, you can probably block off the bad angles with your body to a certain degree, however, you’ll look suspicious with your hands working that close to your body. An accompanying DVD offers adequate instructions to learn and perform the effect. In the promotional video, the effect does look great (as one would expect).
Real World Considerations
Looking at the promotional video, the handling is designed to minimize the “flashing,” however, when I’m specifically looking for some aspects of the workings, I can spot them briefly. For purposes of the product’s promotional video, the camera tends to move a lot to provide some cover. I’m working on a demo video to see how the prop may look in my hands.
Another consideration is that the prop is rather fragile. In just practicing, the prop broke. It was easily fixed with a little tape, but it did come apart.
The real question is whether this effect is a worthwhile one for real world situations and close-up audiences. When compared to the bill changes that rely on the Pat Page “Easy Money” gimmick (Hundy 500, Karl Hein’s Heiny 500 (click here to read my review.), Tom Isaacson’s Prophet (click here to read my review.), I find “Kartis Visible Bill Change” to be slightly lacking since the bill can’t be changed back into paper. The Pat Page gimmick allows for a full routine: a wad of papers turn into bills and then back to paper.
Versus Pat Page/Koslowski
As a result, while “Kartis Visible Bill Change” looks great, I find that other methods and approaches provide more opportunity for creating routines and building involvement with spectators. Another consideration, with the Pat Page gimmick and Kozlowski change, you can always make additional gimmicks when your props wear out. This occurs constantly for me. But when the “Kartis Visible Bill Change” prop wears out, you’ll either have to buy a new prop or figure out how to make your own.
For these reasons, I’ll be staying with my routines based on Pat Page’s “Easy Money” (as taught by Shawn McCree in his “Paper Money” routine on this “Stand and Deliver” DVD - click here to read my review, and Koslowski bill change.