As a switching wallet, this is typical amazing thinking on Docc's part. It's worth it not only for
the wallet, but also Docc's routines and misdirection tips.
This was my first eelskin
wallet, and I discovered one thing to watch for: I had the wallet for a few hours in a back pocket
of a pair of thin wool dress pants. I was in a very warm environment and ended up sweating pretty
heavily. When I took the Serpent out of my pocket later I saw that the side of the wallet that had
been closest to my body (and through just a few layers of thin and porous fabric) had wrinkled
horribly from the moisture. It was better once it had dried out, but that side never again had the
smooth surface of the other parts of the wallet.
That was an extreme situation as normally
I wouldn't be sweating that heavily with the Serpent in my pocket, but it's something to maybe take
into consideration if you work in warm places.
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I bought another one, so obviously I like this wallet! One of them I left just as it is, and the
second one I "doctored" a little. Basically, I cut out a big rectangular hole behind the ID window
so that I can also use it as a peek wallet. The wallet is great for switching, but I wanted a good
peek window too, so I decided to make one. If you decide to do it, be careful.
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First of all, the is a very cool wallet even just as a regular wallet! As a switch wallet, it is
something that you will have to play around and practice with. My own complaint is that it would
have been so easy to have made it a peek wallet as well as a switching wallet. My routine is, I
first have them close their eyes and imagine a blank screen and let whatever image comes to their
mind appear on that screen, let me know when they have something, but don't tell me what it is, etc.
Then I pull out my wallet and take out a business card and put it face down on the table and ask
them if they would be amazed if the picture they were imagining was on the back of the business
card. It is only a gag to introduce the effect of course. "Well draw it on there then", I say. If
you deliver the line right, it should get a laugh or at least a smile. Then I have them draw their
picture (so they can't change their mind) and then put the card face down on the table (the fact
that I had already put the card face down on the table in the same spot and manner in which I want
them to during the gag intro serves as a nonverbal suggestion). I ask them to confirm that they
have put the card face down on the table so that I can turn around (this ensures that they do
actually put it on the table rather than hold on to it which would make the trick impossible). I
casually slide it under my wallet "so I can't see anything". THIS is why I LOVE this
wallet...because I don't have to pick the card up (I just slide it about an inch on the surface of
the table) and I don't put it IN the wallet (just under it). Then (the switch is already done but I
don't know what they drew yet) I ask them to concentrate on that image in their mind and send it to
me. I act like I'm trying to receive an impression and then like I'm starting to get something. I
pick up the wallet to take out another card to draw on and put the wallet back on top of "their
card" (actually a dummy...I've just peeked at their actual card) and then concentrate as I duplicate
their drawing and then put my duplicate drawing face down on the table. I ask them again if they
would be impressed if that matched the picture they were imagining (they have already said "yes"
during the gag intro.) I tell them to turn it over and as they do I put my wallet back in my
pocket. I could pull their drawing out if I wanted to but why would I? They've just seen a miracle
and they have a souvenir and my business card. You really can't beat it.
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Finally a wallet that you can use to switch items or steal items from in a nice natural way without
the wallet being under suspicion. The switch is so beautiful, easy to do, but very powerful. Fun,
too! On top of all that, it is an excellent wallet itself! You can (and I do) use this as my
everyday wallet. Get one - you'll love it and the many routines that come with it.