Draven Reviews: Time Is Money

approvedTitle: Time Is Money
Artist: Seol-Ha Park
Producers: Sionix
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Retail Price: $45.00
Learning Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Notes: Some gimmick assembly is required.

 

 

 
Features:
•    Play All
•    Credits
•    Trailers
•    About

Includes:
•    DVD
•    Things to construct gimmicks out of.

Time is Money show cases three exceptional, highly visual bill changes from international champion of magic Seol-Ha Park.

I love money magic because it’s something everyone can relate to.  We all use money, we all have money (usually), and we all aspire to have more of it.  So there’s a familiarity to it that is built right in.  Not to mention it’s an attention getter when you bring it out.  I’m sure you’ve seen the reactions for yourself if you’ve done a little money magic before.  It’s like the audiences are saying: “Dude just pulled out a Benjamin, what’s he going to do with it?  Lets watch!”

So when it comes to money magic one of the classic plots deals with a bill change, and let me tell you one thing:  Time Is Money has some of the most visual, the most magical bill changes I’ve ever seen!  I imagine that if you really had supernatural powers to alter bank notes it would probably look a lot like what Seol-Ha does in Time Is Money.

Time Is Money teaches three different bill changes:  Time To Change, Bounty, and Take Back.  There is also a fourth section on the DVD for a full routine showing you a standing version of Seol-Ha performing Time To Change and Bounty together as a single piece of magic.

Instructionally the DVD is only available in subtitles.  Spoken English is not an option, and that may bother some people.  Personally it doesn’t bother me since most of the Anime I watch is all subtitled but that’s just my thing.  Don’t let the subtitles dissuade you from purchasing this DVD though!  You don’t want to miss out on the fricking amazing magic it teaches.  This, as I’ve said, is powerful stuff.  The DVD gives you the option to learn the material in any order you wish, so for the sake of this review I’m going to just go in the order that I listed above.

Time Is Money:  You produce a bank note from your wallet.  Fold it, check your watch and realize that you need to make this a bit snappier, you then push the bank note down against your wrist and in the next second you open your hand to reveal it’s changed into a different bill!  Think like you show a dollar bill and produce a hundred dollar bill.  Since American money is kind of bland when it comes to how visual our currency is I would imagine this would look better using different types of bills from different parts of the world.  The more colorful the money the more visual the change is.  At the end you can also immediately hand out the bill for examination.

Bounty: This is one of the most visual, and easy to perform torn and restored bill I’ve ever seen.  Some gimmick assembly will be required but it’s not that hard to put together.  It took me only a few minutes and I fool myself every time I do it in the mirror.

Take Back: This is a transposition routine that is based off what you learn in the Time To Change effect, and it happens in the spectators hands.

The handling of the bills for each of these effects isn’t difficult but its obvious there is a significant amount of finesse that Seol-Ha possesses that will take time to master.  Compared to his movements my hands just look very clumsy when I practice the material on the DVD.  Practicality wise though Time Is Money is a close up workers dream.  Put the bills in your wallet, carry them with you, and you’re good to go whenever you need a powerful bit of visual magic.  The effects covered in this DVD is really more optimized for the close up performer, or perhaps the street style magician given just how visual Time To Change, and Bounty is you could easily perform it as a small stage piece.  IE: as seen in the Routine portion of the DVD.  This will make Time Is Money an attractive option to just about any magician.  Overall I really liked this DVD and I think the material covered in it is pretty strong.  If you like doing bill magic, then you’re going to love to add Time Is Money to your library.

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

Product Quality:
The material on the DVD is phenomenal.  The price is a bit on the expensive side, but not so much that you feel ripped off.  Given the material covered I’d say it’s fair.

Teaching Quality:
The teaching is solid and informative.  The only down side is you have to read subtitles so expect there to be a lot of pausing and playing while you’re working out the mechanics.

Video & Sound Quality:
This DVD has a solid crisp sound and clear visual quality.

Overall Quality:
I loved it.  This is money magic material that I’m going to use, and I highly recommend it to anyone who does close up or strolling magic.

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About William Draven

William Draven is a professional magician and sideshow performer living in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter at WilliamDraven or on facebook at www.facebook.com/thewilliamdraven
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