Reviewer: Michael Siegel
I recently purchased and received Flash Cash by Alan Wong. You probably heard of the name Alan Wong before. Alan Wong along with Nick Einhorn made the very popular and practical soft nest of wallets and with Gregory Wilson made Pickpocket Passport. Alan also created a bunch of other nifty and well-made magic items. Flash Cash is no exception. In fact, Flash Cash is superb. Read more if you want to know more or stop now and buy it.
What is Flash Cash? Suppose you are at a fancy restaurant trying to impress your new girlfriend or boyfriend to be. You get the check. You take out a stack of crispy bills to pay, but to your shock you only have a pile of blank papers. You flip through them and they are clearly blank on both sides. Your date begins to doubt his or her friend is setting up this date. No problem for Super Magician. With a magical gesture you change the first blank paper into a $100.00 bill. Knowing that this will not be nearly enough to pay for the caviar stuffed lobster dinner, with another magical waive of you hand you spread the entire pile of blank paper and they have instantly changed to a wade of $100.00 bills worth thousands of dollars. You can show the front and back of all the bills. Now that you impressed your date, you put the money away and pay the check with your parent’s credit card.
Flash Cash comes ready to work right out of the box complete with 25 gimmicked blank papers and $100 dollar bills. There is no DVD. It has downloadable instructions. It is extremely easy to perform. If you can flip through papers and spread cards or slips of paper in your hand, you can do this trick. I purchased it from Penguin Magic. It came with a link to video instructions by Rick Lax who has his own unique take on this effect and uses a terrific way to introduce the blank pieces of paper and a reason as to why you change the blank pieces of paper into fake money. Yes, Flash Cash does use fake bills. So what. Don’t take me wrong. Hundy 500 and Extreme Burn are great. They use real currency. Changing a stack of real $1.00 bills to a stack of real $100.00 bills is super magical and powerful. But you do have to make up the gimmick. The gimmick stack will eventually have to be replaced since the bills will get worn. You cannot spend the money unless you tear apart the gimmick stack. What I love about Flash Cash is that the effect comes already set up and prepared to work right out of the box. You can do the effect immediately after watching the approximately 8 minute’s instructional video. The paper/ bills do not need to be replaced. They are practically indestructible. Does changing real currency into larger denominations have more of an impact of layman than using clearly fake currency? Probably. But Rick Lax’s way of initially introducing the blank paper and changing them into fake bills is very clever and makes the change very magical. I have tried it several times and it got great reactions.
Another good point is that you get a large stack of 25 gimmicked paper/bills to show $2,500.00 worth of $100.00 bills. You do not need to use the entire stack. If you want to only use 10 blank papers to change into a $1,000.00 you can do that. Also, there are different currency versions available.
There is one thing which I did not like about Flash Cash. Due to the material that the paper/bills are made from while they made the paper/bills very durable, they cannot be folded and kept in your wallet. You either need to keep them in an envelope or a pocket where the paper/bills are kept straight. For this reason, I took off one lucky charm.
This is a great version of the paper change to bill effect. I highly recommend it. Make those dinner reservations and take Flash Cash with you. Don’t forget your parent’s credit card. I give Flash Cash 9 lucky charms out of 10.
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