Draven Reviews: Extortion by Patrick Kun

approvedTitle: Extortion

Artist: Patrick Kun

Producers: SansMinds Magic

Retail Price: $29.95

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD: 40 Minutes

Notes: Some Assembly Required


  • Gimmick
  • Instructional DVD


  • Play All
  • Menu
  • SandsMinds Products
  • Credits

Extortion is Patrick Kun’s ultra visual solution to the classic bill change that takes place at your finger tips. No more fancy folds, thumb tips, or sleight of hand required. Extortion happens real quick, is real visual, and is a real attention getter!

In the field of close up magic there’s often a debate that finds people siding over if they should use gimmicks or not. Honestly I don’t see what the big deal is. If it works, and you get a good reaction from your audience who really cares how you do it, or how examinable everything is right? It’s the results we’re after not always the method. Extortion, as far as bill changes go, is gimmicked to the hilt, but the gimmick is so easy to use, and so deceptive that the results justify the use.

The DVD tops out at just around forty minutes long, and the bulk of that is spent teaching you how to build the Extortion gimmick. Though the gimmick itself isn’t anything too difficult to build it is however time consuming. There’s a lot going on with this gimmick that will require finesse and precision during construction.   Once you have it built though, and you’ve worked it in a little, this thing handles like butter. It’s smooth and dear god is it visual!

You can do one of a couple different things with Extortion. You can either do a transposition with it, or you can do a at the fingertips bill change. The transportation from a bill held in the spectator’s hands to the bill in your hand is nice but I loved the bill change. Dear god is it just so visual it’s almost impossible. You obviously can’t let the spectator handle the gimmicked bill, but that’s easy enough to switch out for if you need to.

I’ve seen a lot of bill changes on the market this past year, and every time something new comes along it raises the bar just that much higher. Patrick’s contribution to the subject matter has done nothing less than this. He’s met the bill change challenge head on and produced a simple to use, relatively easy to make, gimmicked bill change that is super visual and super easy to perform. The gimmick does the work for you meaning all you have to do is just focus on the performance. It’s practical for almost any situation where close up magic would work. Extortion has quickly become one of my new favorite bill changes, and it’s one that I’m sure is going to live in my wallet for many years to come.

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: 9

The price isn’t bad, and the magic is very visual, and easy to perform.

Teaching Quality: 9

Everything from the construction to the performance is well taught.

Video & Sound Quality: 9

Good sound and video. I’d expect nothing less from SansMinds.

Overall Quality: 9

There is a lot of options for bill changes out there. Do yourself a solid and make Extortion one of the ones you personally use. You won’t be sorry you did.

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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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