Really loved the review that David Oliver wrote on this trick in the April issue. This is a strong item, and I agree that the clear sleeve is definately not needed. There was only one area that David might have commented on was the "three pages of illustrated instructions." Yes, there were some illustrations, but the instructions that I received were entirely in Japanese. Perhaps the instructions that he received were different. Great trick though...just play around with it first before performing (as all good magic should be).