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That's a totally legitimate preference - I LOVE wallets, one of the few magic fetishes I have. I don't own every single one, just way too many. The bit you are referring to, where the card is removed from a book (or passport in my case), is by T.A. Waters, and obviously I'm a fan as I use it. All I can say is when Water's sequence is done right the illusion is perfect, so maybe I stuttered or went too fast in the demo. As I now have done it 1000 times, I can better describe what the action should be: The selection NEVER moves. Things move around it. That's true for the entire effect. The card keeps staying in the same place while the world is stripped away from it.

While watching other magicians use their wallets I saw that some took the card out slow, others faster, and it seemed to me that reaction-wise, it was six of one, half a dozen of the other. When it came out fast no one ever thought it wasn't in the wallet - taking it out slow was a little "extra proof" like the extra proof provided by the versions of Bruno Hening's card in canister where the containing box is shown empty after the card is dumped out. Every magician who ever performed the earlier, classic method will admit that there is never a question of the card coming out of the container, and zero heat on the container. Showing the container empty after the fact is a solution to a non-problem. They see one item in the container. That one item is dumped out. "Is the container now empty?" is simply not one of the questions that comes to mind to a spectator. This is why the Chop Cup works!

An even more extreme example is Ring Flite. Using a reel is a fantastic method, and the one I currently use...but I have to admit that the less fancy methods, where you do a false transfer and essentially secretly place the ring on a key chain, have the exact same impact. One would think that being able to show the hand empty before going to get the key chain would be a huge plus, but in practice that just isn't the case. Similarly, in the classic method of card to wallet or card to pocket, the hand can't be shown empty before going to the wallet or pocket, but palming is a perfect method.

So for what it's worth, that's my take. There are enough wallets out there for everyone to be able to have one that is both deceptive and enjoyable to perform.
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It has been a while since any posts, but I just had to share this.

I have this, and it is just amazing!

On a separate, but related note, in watching an EMC 2011 DVD, there was one Talk about two ways to view magic:

1. If it is magic for magic sake, then, if you could do "real" magic, what would you do? It's a great question to ponder. If you could really do magic, would you use that magic to make a sponge ball appear in your hand? Probably not. This brings us to #2:

2. Magic for the purpose of entertainment or moving people mentally or emotionally. If you are doing magic for the purpose of entertainment or touching people in a significant way, then any magic effect or routine will do, as long as you make it serve the purpose. The more entertaining or touching, the better. If you do something with sponge balls, and it has people falling off their seats in laughter, then you have succeeded.

This is why I like this effect. It gives the card to wallet more value by engaging participants in something real or desired. i.e. engaging them in a routine about a trip that they have taken or a trip they would want to take.

I like to use this to change people's lives:

First, I love the modifications David has made to some of the devices used that allows this also to be a mentalism prop.

I ask the participant to think of a country or city they would really love to visit, NOT one they have visited in the past. If they could only go one place, where would it be? They write it down on a selected card along with a date when they think they might go. I tell them to pick a date that might give them enough time to save some money and plan for the trip. I then ask them to imagine what they are seeing in that city or country.
Using the methods described by David, I either draw what I think they are seeing or I can simply describe what I see they are thinking.
I then tell them that since I always carry a deck of cards with me, and they are so cheap, I use them to write things down. I write down the names of cities I have visited, along with the date I was there so I will be reminded of the great memories.
I have a card with a city and date written on it.
I open the passport and take out my card.
I ask them to find their card in the deck to compare to my card.
They find my card.
To their surprise, their card was in my passport.
When they take their card as a souvenir, it is not only a souvenir, it becomes their goal keepsake and they usually start to think about how to make the trip a reality. Wow! Now that is magic that changes people's lives.

David, thank you for being such an inspiration!

KJ
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What a nice routine!
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