The JOL small plus wallet; Jerry O'connell
File comment: Front of wallet with JOL marking
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The wallet is constructed beautifully with excellent quality leather. It can perform the following effects:
signed card to ID case in zippered compartment (palm)
ring or other small object to sealed envelope in zippered compartment (palm)
signed card to zippered compartment (no palm)
ring or other small object to zippered compartment (no palm)
Confabulation routine (using wonder unit, that's provided)
Holdout to load cards into deck.
It also has space for 2-3 of your favourite packet tricks. I have 3 card monte in the outer pocket of the wallet. shown here.
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The wallet comes in a bundle that includes a DVD that includes instructions on all the features. It also has files to make your own envelopes, letters for the confab routine. It comes with a booklet detailing all the instructions. and it also comes with the ID case and the wonder unit. Ease of use(magic):
I won't consider myself a pro at all when it comes to wallets. My previous experiences has been the jardonnet wallet and the hip pocket bombshell. Both purchased because I wanted a small wallet. But the JOL always popped up as a great wallet. and I HAVE to say that I can't get over how good and easy this wallet is to use. I predominantly use this wallet for ring to sealed enveloped in zippered compartment. the load is extremely easy and very very fast. this also applies to the card to id case in compartment. the load is fast and can be done in the action of taking the wallet out of the breast pocket. I was e mailing Jerry himself and he was the one that suggested that I can even do the ring to zippered compartment using the no palm feature. although it can't come out of an envelop, the spectator can be holding your wallet the whole time which makes the effect just as strong.
the no-palm feature is equally fast to load. I think Akirafist has a vid of him doing a really quick review of it and it shows him loading it. don't have the link...sorry. but, easy to load, and very deceptive.
The DVD that comes with the wallet shows all the features and how to use it with all the subtleties.
I personally haven't tried the confab routine with the wonder unit or the peek function. but, the peek function is VERY easy, and as eotresh mentioned earlier, your patter and routining has to justify putting the card in the wallet in the first place.
The holdout feature is ok. I don't use it at all as I'm using the wallet for the other functions. Its just easier for me to load using other methods. Ease of use(every day):
this is probably the biggest downfall. it is large. 6x4 inches. I have tried carrying all my stuff in it for everyday use. It does have a few slots for notes, 4 CC slots (the large plus has 6CC I think). but because this was the small plus, my notes had a difficult time fitting in the slots and had to be folded which defeats the purpose really. I think the large plus would go better here in terms of storing notes and CC. I tried to use it everyday, but it just got silly and I reverted back to my wallet. Overall thoughts:
FINALLY! I have a CTW that I'm happy enough to use in my act and strolling. The ID case is perfect for strolling as it resets almost straight away. Its constructed beautifully and smells of high quality leather. it has multiple features and have something for everyone here. Some people will not like the size, and some will also hate the outside pocket. I've heard people commenting that it doesn't look "real". I know the JOL billfold has a similar design and some are not too keen on it. But, when I go into an act, they dont' know what wallet I carry anyway, and when I open the zip, and then take out the envelope/ID case, they don't really give a damm what type of wallet it is!!!
The last disadvantage is the cost. yes....its probably one of the most expensive wallets out there, But it is worth every penny and heck, you do get what you pay for!!!http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=S7944
P.S. this is my first ever review....if I have left anything out, and if you guys need me to add anything, let me know.