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Wowlett Review

Official Review

April 3rd, 2014 12:49am
Reviewed by James Sanden
The signed card to wallet is a classic effect. Many versions have been released over the years, in different sizes and with different methods. RSVP magic has released yet another in this series of wallets, which begs the question, does their wallet bring something new to the field.

Yes, it does.

What this wallet does that no other wallet can is combine the Wow gimmick with the card to wallet effect. For those unfamiliar with it, the Wow gimmick is a clear plastic envelope that allows you to change one card placed inside the envelope into another, in full view. While the effect is beautiful and quite magical, the envelope is strange and suspicious. After all, if the magician could change one card into another, why would he or she need a strange envelope to do so?

This is where the Wowlett comes into play. The wallet is designed to hold the Wow gimmick, which immediately hides its suspicious nature. Most wallets have a clear plastic ID window, which is what the Wow gimmick looks like when in the wallet. Using a Kaps/Balducci type method, the performer can cause a signed card to appear in this ID window. By combining these two ideas, RSVP has eliminated the flaws in the Wow gimmick and added a great kicker to the card to wallet effect.

Unfortunately, the fusion of the two ideas is not without its flaws. For a card to wallet, the Wowlett is a bit difficult to use. Removing the signed card after its appearance is challenging and will require practice. Then is the fact that the loaded card doesn’t go into, but behind, the Wow gimmick. This means that when the signed card goes in, it may not be lined up with the pips on the card that is built into the gimmick. If the cards are dramatically different, this isn’t a problem, but if, say, the card in the Wow gimmick is the seven of hearts and you wish for the effect to be that the spectator’s signature appears on the seven of hearts, diligent experimentation, practice and rehearsal will be required to insure the loaded card is aligned with the Wow card such that it doesn’t move when the signature appears. Lastly, and this may only be a problem for a few, but unlike most card-to-wallet wallets, the Wowlett is not an actual wallet and can’t be used to carry bills.

The Wowlett comes with an instructional DVD that covers the basic use of the wallet, as well as several routines that utilize the wallet. The basic instructions are useful, and include a great tip that will make loading the wallet much easier. Several routines are taught, most of which are a mixed bag. They suffer from bad construction, though a couple do contain some really great ideas.

The Wowlett is in the mid-range of card-to-wallet wallets, keeping in mind that it doesn’t include a Wow gimmick. In my mind, the construction and materials don’t justify a $100 price tag. That said, if you like the Wow gimmick, but always wanted to justify it as more than a weird prop, this could be your solution. It’s not turn key, and will take some getting used to, but in the right hands it could be a very effective tool.

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Product info for Wowlett

Author: Stevens, Russ
Publisher: RSVP - Russ Stevens
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $99.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

From a concept by Luke Dancy, 'The Wowlett' allows you to perform card to wallet like never before. At last the Wow gimmick is made logical and completely invisible.

For example:

  • Imagine having two cards selected and shuffled into the deck.
  • They vanish!
  • The magician now picks up his wallet, that's seemingly been sitting on the table throughout and opens it to show the first selection INSIDE the plastic window of the wallet. Now for the kicker that makes this unique:
  • The magician now holds the wallet close to the spectator as they see the first card VISIBLY MORPH into the second SIGNED selection! This is reputation making magic at it's best.

Points to note:


With the Wowlett you'll be able to perform:

The Ultimate Mystery Card

Visible Anniversary Waltz

Thought of Card to Wallet

Signature Transpositions

Two Card Transpo

Signature appearances

No palm card to wallet transpo

Red to Blue

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