Creator: Adam Elbaum
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
MSRP: $ 50
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 54 minutes
Type of effect: Thought of card to wallet effect
Manufacturer's Write Up:
AWE Struck is pure and staggeringly strong. This is EXACTLY what happens, with no exaggeration: someone thinks of ANY card (no equivoke or forces). You remove your wallet and inside, clearly displayed, is a hand-written note predicting the thought-of card. The wallet contains just one prediction and you can fairly show that it is a normal wallet.
Adam Elbaum has created a sensational and offbeat approach to this simple yet strong mentalism plot. They name any card and you clearly show that you predicted it in advance, written on a piece of paper isolated in your wallet.
Even includes Asi Wind's smart addition that allows you to predict two named cards.
The beautiful gimmicked leather wallet included with "AWE Struck" is custom-made for this effect, but also designed to be your every-day wallet.
How accurate is the ad copy? this is exactly what happens
What's in the box? Everything you need, DVD, post its, a well made leather wallet and a very special deck of cards
- Includes everything you need
- Beautifully packaged with 1.5 hour DVD
- Multiple versions and handlings taught, including Asi Wind's version
How are the production values: Nothing really to write home about. Most of it is just one stationary camera shot in a living room style backdrop. There is one other camera used for close ups, but it's not as needed.
Is it well made: Everything you get is top of the line. This is not a cheap wallet, in fact it's very similar to another very popular magic wallet on the market. I even loved the fact that the small post-its were included. Big props to Vanishing Inc for including all of the things I need to go out and do this trick right now. More magic houses could take some tips from this packaging and give their users "more" for their money.
Is it well taught: You get almost an hour of instruction for this one single effect. So that's always a bonus to get as much content as possible. There are multiple ideas offered, additional handlings and variations - lots of content and it was well appreciated. I would even add that some of the "loading" tips could be used for any card to wallet effect.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): Like I mentioned above, I loved the advice for palming and even the advice give for the wallet prep (I would use it on my "real man's wallet").
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" You need the wallet (which you can use as your own personal wallet) and a deck of cards (pre-prepared). That's it. The post-its or a pen for writing, that should all be a part of your advanced preparation (see below).
Does it "play big?" This trick combines the best of both worlds, a card to wallet with a prediction effect. And the beauty of this trick is that the spectator can name ANY card is a deck of 52. There is no force and the spectator will understand that. I think any time you can combine more than one element like this - it makes a very beautiful "magic baby."
Difficulty / Skill level required: You have to be able to "do the move" required for 99% of card to wallet tricks. (Yes? You understand? Nudge nudge)
How much arts and crafts are involved? with this, there is some, but not too much. Obviously the prediction needs to be in your handwriting, so there is some advanced prep that you need to do with the deck, but once you've finished that - you're done. There is only a one-time prep.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes this is a worker, just so you long as you understand that this is a traditional card to wallet trick.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
X Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
Yes the DVD is a little lackluster and the effect borrows a classic handling, but the materials are top notch and the magic is strong.
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://youtu.be/TVontsTC7O8