Richard Kaufman wrote:I like the design of the wallet, and the fact that there are lots of slots for credit cards and so on. That makes it more likely to be of real-world use.
The fact that it fits into your pants pocket is also a plus.
But I don't care for the fact that the wallet is placed on the deck (ala Mullica). Never cared for that. And I really don't like the fact that the card appears loose in the center of the wallet in a place that was seen empty a moment earlier, just before the wallet is openly closed, opened, and fiddle with.
But I like the wallet itself and it could probably be used in a better way. I think it's obvious that the routine which is demonstrated is designed to be simple and require no palming to increase sales. Would love to examine one of the wallets and see if more could be done with it.
Nephilim is still the wallet to beat.
Smurf wrote:The main idea with other wallets is to open it and show the item already in it or perhaps in an envelope which is already in the wallet.
Q. Kumber wrote:I agree the book could have been better written.
As to Richard's secret project, didn't he emphasise the last quarter of the twentieth century? Francis Carlyle died in 1975.
Richard Kaufman wrote:The Nephilim is a great wallet. You can get a card in there so many different ways, and it functions very nicely as a real wallet for your trousers pocket.
Asser Andersen wrote:In response to an above post from Mr. Goat (sorry, can''t find a way to paste it)
Excuse me - But why are all no palm wallets horrible?
mrgoat wrote:I feel the same as RK, if you can't palm a card don't bother with the trick.
JHostler wrote:mrgoat wrote:I feel the same as RK, if you can't palm a card don't bother with the trick.
And don't dare bother with any ambitious card sans pass, yes? Rubbish! I've seen just as many magi kill with no-palm methods as butcher their beloved palms. There are SOOOO many clever and deceptive options with both gimmicked (Bombshell-style) and ungimmicked wallets. Why cut yourself off at the knees?
Doomo wrote:Funny you should mention Mendoza's routine. He now uses my HipPocket Bombshell wallet to do it with...
And don't dare bother with any ambitious card sans pass, yes? Rubbish!
JHostler wrote:Two quick examples: John Mendoza's Bombshell routine (on one of his DVD sets) employs a strategy wherein the wallet never touches the deck...
Ian Kendall wrote:And don't dare bother with any ambitious card sans pass, yes? Rubbish!
That's apples and oranges, and I think you know that (and for the record, I don't use a pass for Ambitious card either, just three or four top changes. But I digress...)
The _point_ of a card to wallet (or any object to impossible location, for that matter) is that the final destination should be in play for as little time as possible. If you change this around, you are just providing more possible solutions, often to the dilution of the effect.