The trick is phenomenal. I picked this up when it first came out and I was just waiting for a
version in blue. I opened up the case and there, instead of in an envelope it was in a baggy, was
the gimmick made with some weird card stock paper. It gets dirtier easier (picked up my fingerprints
right away as I creased the envelope, which was tough to do and it looks awful creased) and just
doesn't feel as good in my fingers. This isn't the same material as the other gimmick, so beware the
care and feeding instructions on the dvd, that section was made for another type of gimmick. All I
wanted was the same gimmick from the original DVD with a blue back. Apparently Paul Harris doesn't
care about people who use blue decks.
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Envy-Lope is an amazing trick . The instructional DVD is very clear with lots of tips an
suggestions. My only little complaint is that my gimmick had many wrinkles and air bubbles . I was
going to call penguin and ask for a return but I didn't want to wait another week 1/2. I have tons
of experience working on models so in order to fix the gimmick I used a hairdryer to fix the
wrinkles it was a bit tedious and I had to be careful not to break the gimmick but it worked and it
looks perfect now. Also as a suggestion the envelope that is folded and given to the spectator has
a crease on both sides it would've been nice if the gimmick also had the crease on both sides as
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I waited a long time to purchase "Envy-Lope" because for a long time it was available with only a
red-back. Most of my card work is with blue-backed decks and I didn't want an obvious deck switch.
One of the Penguins helpfully suggested doing a deck color change, and then going into a red
Envy-Lope. And I probably would have taken his advice, had this not later become availble with a
Contrary to what some other reviewers have posted, the quality of mine was
excellent. Yes, there is a crease, which is understandable to the viewer because you fold the empty
card envelope when it first goes in to your pocket.
I showed it to my wife and two sons,
who have all seen a ton of my magic, and all three were blown away by the deck transposing into an
envelope. They are a tough sell, because they have seen so much magic and because I'm usually
unpolished when I run my test run by them.
Tonight will be my first public performance and
I am excited. My only regret is that because of its small size, you can't really do this on a stage.
I'm not sure if this would work with a jumbo deck. But if Brandon David and Chris Turchi came up
with a stage version, I would definitley buy it. They would need to add an extra jumbo deck to the
package, however, as the card really needs to be signed for maximum effect. Good work gentlemen!
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The idea is great except that there are few flaws with the gimmick,first the gimmick bends and
creates wrinkles, second no ideal for small hands.
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This trick is very visual. Spectators can't believe their eyes when they witness what happens.
People reach for the deck and signed card and can't find anything. Only 1 downside, the blue gimmick
is not the same quality as the red one. I would buy it if I were you.
Its a cool idea but the gimick its pretty bad made. I think is hard to perform in real life because
its pretty angle sensetiv but great (:
I am doing something I've never done before--posting a follow-up to a previous review. I was so
excited about the reactions I received from my magic-saavy family, that I wrote the original review
before performing this in public.
My first public performance of this was last night. I
used it as an opener to a show at my church. It ABSOLUTELY KILLED! Even though it wasn't my finale',
it was the effect no fewer than a dozen folks specifically mentioned to me in church this morning.
I was a little concerned that it was too small for the size of the crowd, about 75. But
even the folks in the back pews were able to see and appreciate the transformation from deck to
On the advice of my teenage sons, I performed in short-sleeves, to eliminate one
possibility. (When I tested it with them at home, both thought I had sleeved the deck.)
almost didn't buy this, as I was concerned by other reviews criticizing the quality of the blue
version, compared to the red, which is currently out of stock. I live-chatted with Chris at Penguin,
who assured me that he worked with both versions, and that they were identical, save the color.
My experience with the Penguin live-chatters is that they have always been straight
shooters. (While they won't go out of their way to criticize a Penguin product, if you ask a
specific question, you will get a candid answer.) I'm so glad I went with my gut to purchase this.
Based on last night's performance reaction, this will be part of my live show for a long time.
A wonderful illusion with great potential for those who want to do something that looks like real
The basic idea is great but the presentation can be improved. As soon as the deck becomes the
envelope I reach into my back pocket and pull out a deck claiming that at the same moment the
envelope became the deck -- they magically switched places! Then I hand them the deck and ask them
to remove their card, which of course turns out to be missing. Then I say "The reason you can't
find your card is really quite simple. Tonight I wanted you to know what it really would be like if
your card truly vanished from the deck, and reappeared truly inside the small white envelope." I
slowly extract the signed card so they can clearly see it is really coming from inside the envelope.
I believe that's the way to do it if you want to maximize the magical impact. (Jeff Kaylor's UCCU or
TKO gimmicks, sold by Penguin, can be slightly modified to enable you to secretly ditch the first
deck when you turn around. That way you don't need a jacket and it's more angle-proof.}
This is great you can do so much with it.
Please write now click add to cart!!!