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Hey guys, Penguin Magic is releasing what I believe is possibly the best version of the switching envelope available. These sold out at Magic Live so if you attended you may have seen them.

Double envelopes aren't new but these are very good, and from just about the best I have found out there. These envelopes are black, just bigger than a playing card, andlocking, so you can place an object inside and in the action of closing the envelope it performs a switch and locks.

The spectator can then open the envelope themselves revealing the forced or swapped object.

Riccardo teaches several card effects, and a few billet routines on the video. I love how clean and direct you can get with this. Place a borrowed bill inside and divine the serial number, or you can vanish playing cards inside the spectator's hands.

I have performed a chair test with double envelopes for the past few years. I'm going to trade from my homemade envelopes to these. They make everything much simpler and easier to do. I have also run into some issues with people taking apart my homemade envelopes. After I was told the secret to Black Door and I still couldn't access the compartment without knowing the secret thing you had to do to open it. After learning what you had to do it was a piece of cake.

I'm stoked for this!
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Google didn't find a link either, but it found this video.

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Nothing on the Penguin site and the "video" above won't be working until tomorrow. I can barely contain my excitement. Another black switch envelope. Woo. Hoo.
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This envelope is great. I’ve been using it for about a year now. It has many uses in both magic and mentalism!
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Here's the envelope and a demonstration of the switch. The main trailer will be posted tomorrow when the envelopes become available to the general public.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B16esJPl0YI/?igshid=guljbtpb1a5y
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I can barely contain my excitement. Another black switch envelope. Woo. Hoo.


Black Door is good, no hype. I think it would fair well when compared to just about anything other envelope out there that does a similar thing.
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1. Does it has to be black? Can’t you make it in manila?

2. Is it DIY? Or you buy refills?
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Just checked and the link is here.

2 envelopes, $40, many routines:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/12449
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1. Does it has to be black? Can’t you make it in manila?

2. Is it DIY? Or you buy refills?


1. It's only in black for the time being. I'm pretty sure it will stay in black as well. The black hides part of the locking mechanism to an extent.

2. There is no DIY at all. The envelopes come ready to work out of the box. These envelopes do not seal and you do not destroy them in any way between performances. So, they will last longer than some classic versions where you have to rip the envelope open. A new envelope could last you hundreds of performances.

Refills will be available once Penguin can assess the popularity of the gimmick. The details are still being discussed.
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Looks great. The spectators are handling the envelope freely. The fact that the magician is bold enough to perform a card change effect using the envelope and the spec is the one that takes out the card is a great sellin point, he instantly suspected the envelope but looked inside and was fooled.. wow
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Is anyone stocking this in the UK?
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Is anyone stocking this in the UK?


Be good if they are. Fingers crossed.
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Would be great if it's in the usual manila colours. I perform as a mentalist and I would prefer them to be brown, since black envelopes are really not commonly used in my area...
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Would be great if it's in the usual manila colours. I perform as a mentalist and I would prefer them to be brown, since black envelopes are really not commonly used in my area...


Yeah, as I said earlier it's only available in black at the moment. This is necessary because the black helps hide some of the method.

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On Sep 3, 2019, IAIN wrote:
Except that people can buy all kinds of coloured envelopes in physical and online shops really really easily...if there was no market for them, they wouldn't be sold...


No one says they cannot be bought. We said they are not commonly used. And they are not commonly used. Thanks for joining in though.


Black envelopes ARE commonly used by mentalists. Seeing how this is a product made for mentalists I don't see it as an issue. Even if they are not commonly used by the general public, they are commonly available. I recieved an invitation recently in a black envelope with metallic ink a little while back. Even if it seems suspicious, the envelope can take quite a lot of inspection. It looks and acts like a normal envelope that just happens to be black.

If you are worried that it looks odd, there are many mentalists out there that use gimmicked and ungimmicked colored envelopes in their work. Here are some examples.

Max Maven using a black envelope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9QVP3cn3jc

Derren Brown using a red envelope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28rNuaSj7Pc

Marc Paul using bright yellow envelopes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDQjAI7cfZA

I've seen John Archer use bright blue and orange envelopes in this routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2gGbuHVTNU

I'm sure you are not the only ones that don't love the color but, for now, Black Door is black. I don't see this as a problem. I don't think we'll see a "Brown Door" anytime soon, though I suppose it is possible. We just might have to wait a while.
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Here's a free lesson :
Don't order anything online if you have just got up from a nap-I just ordered a video called "Backdoor" by mistake.
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40 dollars and you get only 2 small envelopes ? So if you want to do a bank night type routine, you have to buy for 120 dollars ? It seems very expensive...
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Think about pairing this with Avalanche. You place a blank card in the envelope and hand it to the spectator. You use Avalanche to force a card and make it disappear cleanly from the deck. And now the blank card they have been holding from the start is their missing card.
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Looks super clean. A definite purchase for me.
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40 dollars and you get only 2 small envelopes? So if you want to do a bank night type routine, you have to buy for 120 dollars? It seems very expensive...


A bank night style routine is taught using just 2 envelopes.

The manufacturing process is expensive.

At Magic LIVE, Penguin discussed pricing the sets of refills that would make each envelope cost somewhere from $5-10. The details have not been nailed down yet.
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