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Mismade Bill Review

Official Review

September 19th, 2015 6:13am
Reviewed by Jeff Stone


The effect can be seen in the picture. There are many ways to get there. Tear up a bill and restore it "incorrectly"; fold a bill only to unfold it inside-out. The list goes on and on. What to do with this prop is up to you and your imagination. It's a prop that has stood the test of time. Tons of different magicians have had there way with this prop. Harry Anderson, P. Howard Lyons, James Lewis, Dan Harlan, and tons of others. The method? I'm sure you know this, but it's a bill switch. So the question, then becomes, what switch and routine best suit your style.

But . . . none of the above is what you're getting. You're getting the mismade bill and nothing more. To me, this is akin to buying a deck of cards. Supply your own routine. I have no problem with that because that's exactly what they say you're getting.

Ad Copy Integrity

The ad copy merely points out the fact that you're getting legitimate actual U.S. currency that has been precision cut. It also comes with a money back guarantee if you're not happy with the quality of the bill. They even clearly point out in the ad copy that there are no instructions or routines being supplied.

Product Quality

The quality of the bill can really only be judged on one thing: the cut. Everything else is done by the U.S. Treasury. The only thing Jim Newberry is doing is cutting the bills, and the cut is just fine. It's symetrical, smooth and even. Incidentally, since I mentioned Dan Harlan, due to the nature of the method, you would not be able to do Harlan's signed version of Mismade Bill with this bill. However, any standard effect where a bill ends up in this condition is totally doable.

Final Thoughts

There are other props out there that are sold this same way: ESP cards, silks, etc. I like that this is another prop being added to the a la carte style of purchasing. This is ideal for anyone who has a Mismade bill routine that they do or would like to do. For only $8 bucks (including shipping in the U.S.), this is a very reasonably priced product. You also receive a discount if you buy more (3 for $20, 10 for $50). If you're looking for routine ideas and methods, this is not for you. However, on the website where you can purchase this, there is a list of resources found on the about page.

Final Verdict:
5 Stars with a Stone Status of Gem.

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From About Page:

The Mismade bill (AKA "mis-made" or "inside-out" bill) idea was described by P. Howard Lyons in magic magazine Ibidem in the 1950s, and in the 1970s Harry Anderson devised his own routine using a torn quartered bill (published in the book Wise Guy in 1993). James Lewis came up which became known as "The Inside-out Bill" and "The MisMade Dollar Bill." Switch: Unfolding The $100 Bill Change by John Lovick, is a fantastic resource delving into the history of paper money magic and detailing over 60 routines/effects/sleights/etc., including ones utilizing a mismade bill.

Product info for Mismade Bill

Author: Jim Newberry
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $8.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

“Mismade” Dollar Bill
This “mis-made” bill is genuine U.S. currency, not a copy or stage money. Precision cut. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the quality of this bill (minus return shipping).

Bill only; no instructions, book, etc.

Mismade Bill, free U.S. shipping (email for int’l shipping quote).

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