Card To Wallet Book by Jerry Mentzer

(c. 1991) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: The Card to Wallet effect is one of the strongest possible close-up effects with cards. Properly performed, it is incomprehensible to spectators. Ungimmicked wallets are featured in one large chapter of the book. Other chapters are devoted to many of the fine gimmicked wallets available including Himber Wallet, Mullica Wallet and LePaul Wallet. Methods described range from those requiring virtually no skill to more advanced methods that require familiarity with basic card handling methods.


1 Introduction: about the Card to Wallet

3 Ungimmicked Wallets
5 Wallet Wallop (Hen Fetsch): Selected card vanishes from deck to appear in a small vinyl wallet.  This is repeated!
7 U-No (Hen Fetsch): As above, using only a single vinyl wallet
8 Sleight of Hand Method (Jerry Mentzer): Card to wallet using a normal bi-fold wallet and sleight of hand
10 Banded: Card to wallet, but the wallet is wrapped with a rubber band
11 Bandit Card to Wallet (Richard Bartram): additional ideas on improving the Banded Wallet effect
11 Not Banded: simple explanation of the hip-pocket load
12 Knees Up (Dan Tong): Performed seated. Selection is turned face down in face up deck. The wallet is removed, and the selection has vanished from the deck, to be found in the wallet. With alternate handlings
14 Double Wallop (Dan Tong): Two different cards travel to an ungimmicked wallet one after another
15 Endless Combinations: discussion of overlap of methods and trying to fit them to chapters
16 Howie’s Handling (Howie Schwarzman): Howie’s method for using a certain type of bi-fold wallet
17 Barry Stevenson’s Card In Wallet (reprinted from Harry Lorayne’s Tarbell Course In Magic Vol 7): Using a pocket secretary type wallet that can be examined before the card appears. No palm method, but card is not signed.
19 Giant Card to Wallet (Roy Walton, originally in Nov 1980 Linking Ring): Comedy routine. Clever loading using a Jumbo card
21 The French Moroccan Card to Wallet (Father Cyprian, fr. April 1975 Pallbearers Review): smooth, no-palm handling of card to wallet using a two compartment non-gimmicked wallet
23 E-Z Plus Signed Card to Wallet (Charles E. Penton): Uses a pocket secretary wallet with a note pad bound at the side, not the top. Teaches the Fan Top Change.
26 “X” Card to Wallet (Karl Fulves): A card with an X on it is shown in a wallet. A card is selected by the spectator, and when the wallet is removed, the X card has changed to the selection
27 The E.C. Card In Wallet (Karrell Fox, from For My Next Trick): Easy Commercial card to banded wallet. Card (non-signed) is torn and found in banded wallet in zippered compartment, except for missing piece.
28 The No-Gimmick No-Palm Card to Wallet With a Double Climax (Larry West, fr. July 86 Linking Ring): Card is signed and lost in the deck. A second spectator cut to a card, and it is placed in the wallet. Magician bets $20. Wallet is removed and card shown, but it is not the signed card. $20 bill is turned over, and written on it is “Cut card will be 5 of Hearts, signed card is in wallet”. Cut card prediction matches, and signed card is found between the bills in the wallet.

31 Miscellaneous And Theory
33 Introduction – Miscellany: About skill, About timing, Gimmicked vs. Ungimmicked Wallets, Signed Card, Card Visible When Wallet is Opened, Use of Duplicate Cards
34 The Lapel Ruse: no-palm method of loading described
36 The Better Pocke (John Cornelius): a custom jacket pocket
36 Timing Misdirection: spectator must think card is still present when wallet is loaded; with idea by Phil Willmarth
37 References: list of references for card sleights used in the book

39 Special Wallets
41 Berg’s Super Wallet (Joe Berg): description; credit to The Berg Book.
41 Description of Berg’s Super Wallet – described by Eric Lewis: gimmicks explained
42 Effects with Berg’s Super Wallet (described by Eric Lewis): four effects using the unique features of the Berg Wallet
44 Berg Addition (Jerry Mentzer): alternate handling of the Berg gimmicks
45 Card to Wallet – Himber Note Pad (Dan Tong): Uses a Himber wallet and duplicate
48 Signed Card to Wallet (Jules Fogel, Jr., fr. March 1988 Linking Ring): combines Himber wallet with Mullica Wallet loading moves
49 Billy McComb’s Routine for Roy Roth’s Fastest Wallet in the West (of Wales): routine for RAR Magic’s Fastest Wallet in the West
51 Sho-Gun Wallet (Elbert L. Garner): as marketed by Al Cohen. a specialized Himber wallet
52 Bob King’s Routine for The Answer Wallet (Bob King): Card to Wallet routine for Himber Z-Fold wallet with passthrough
54 Bob Gunther’s Repeat Card to Wallet (fr. Harry Lorayne’s Tarbell Course In Magic Vol 7): uses specially prepared pocket secretary type wallet
56 The “M” Wallet (Paul Brignal): marketed by Martin Breese Ltd. of England. Uses a specially “m” gimmicked wallet. 2 effects described
59 Out of Sight Card Wallet (Bob Downey): Feature of this wallet might be found in some standard wallets
62 It’s The Reel Thing (Ben Martin): method of using the Downey Wallet stand up and surrounded
64 Thunder and Lightning (David Harkey, from Simply Harkey): a clever torn card and wallet routine for any Card to Wallet wallet
69 Reminiscence (David Harkey): another unique card to wallet effect from the imaginative mind of David Harkey
70 Stealth Mercury Fold (David Harkey): for the above routine
74 E-Z Card in Wallet (Karrell Fox): uses a Card Index wallet

75 Le Paul Wallet
77 Introductory Comments Le Paul Wallet: card to sealed envelope in zippered compartment of wallet
77 Highlights in the Development of the Le Paul Wallet: Dick Washington, Harry Stanley, Roy Roth, and Larry Jennings
78 The Le Paul Wallet: detailed
79 Jennings Wallet Description
70 Seabrooke Wallet Description: wallet used in Terry’s Burnt Banknote routine
80 Cards to Sealed Envelope (Paul Le Paul, fr. The Card Magic of Le Paul): 4 marked Aces end up in a sealed envelope. No wallet used.
82 Sneaky Card to Pocket – How Else? (Don Alan, fr. Pretty Sneaky): good combo of Le Paul Wallet and Insurance Policy effects
83 Signed Card in Sealed Envelope in Sealed Wallet (Terry Seabrooke): signed card to Le Paul style wallet routine
85 Sleeve Card (Jerry Mentzer): another handling for the Le Paul wallet
86 Interchangeable Wallet: comment about Le Paul, Jennings, Seabrooke Wallets
86 Double Backed Tip: using a double backed card
86 External Loading Guide (Jerry Mentzer): assistance in loading
88 Another Guide: using a pen or pencil
88 Card Between Stapled File Cards (U.F. Grant): card appears between stapled envelopes
89 Card Between Stapled File Cards – No Wallet: ideas for not using a wallet
90 No Palm Card to Wallet and Sealed Envelope (George LaFollette): another approach for the Le Paul type wallet
90 Another Bob King Card to Wallet Idea: ending for Lorayne’s Magician vs. Gambler in Personal Secrets
90 Baxter’s “Lewt” (Ian Baxter): a transposition effect. A Joker in the wallet transposes with two signed selections
92 No Palm Lewt (Ian Baxter): Simplified version of above with no palm
94 One for the Money (James Lewis, from Daryl’s Ambitious Card Omnibus): final sequence to an Ambitious Card sequence
96 Magnet Steal (Edward Marlo): a no palm steal from the deck

97 The Mullica Wallet
99 Description – Mullica Wallet
99 The Mullica Wallet (Tom Mullica): Tom’s version of this classic no-palm card to wallet effect
103 Mullica Wallet Variation (Tom Mullica): Wallet is shown empty before card is chosen, and a card is seen in the wallet as soon as it is opened.
105 Mullica Wallet – The Demo Routine (Jerry Mentzer): a palming version
106 Mullica Transposition (Richard Bartram): A transposition of one card in the wallet and one in the deck. No dupes.
107 The Dream Card Revisited (Randy Tanner): similar to Darwin Ortiz’s The Dream Card. Needs a wallet wider than the Mullica
111 Signed Card In Wallet (Eugene Burger, from Secret and Mysteries for the Close Up Entertainer): a complete presentation strategy
113 Mullica Plus Prediction (David Parr): clever addition of a prediction to the selected card
114 Two for Mullica (Scotty York): Scotties take on the Mullica Wallet routine, uses a slightly modified wallet

117 Himber Brown & Bendix
119 Description – Himber Wallet: both strapped and Z-fold versions described, as well as passthrough feature
120 Switching With the Himber Wallet (Richard Himber): how to perform the switch
121 Card to Wallet With the Himber Wallet: basic approaches outlined
122 The Ed Brown Wallet (Ed Brown): Himber wallet with a clear plastic window
123 Card To Wallet With the Ed Brown Wallet: a no prep card to wallet
124 Comment by David Bendix About the Bendix Bombshell
124 Description Bendix Bombshell Wallet: a strapped Himber Wallet with a zippered section and unique passthrough feature
125 Thank You R.A.R. Magic: for providing routines
125 Card to Wallet (David Bendix): original instructions with a Bendix Bombshell
126 A Roy Roth Alternative (Roy Roth): idea with a duplicate card
127 Marlo Variation of Bendix Presentation (Edward Marlo): a stronger variation
127 Two Selections and a Wallet (David Solomon): Magician’s attempts to locate two selections seem to fail until the very end
128 The Wallet Game (David Solomon): another good 2 card routine
129 Marlo’s Wallet Combination (Edward Marlo): Begins with transposition, ends with 2 signed selections in zippered compartment
130 Marlo’s Alternative Ending (Edward Marlo): alternate ending to above
130 The Roy A. Roth Bombshell Routine (Roy Roth): a simple routine
131 The Aenigma Bombshell Routine (Bob Driebeck): magician finds the selected cards “by feel” and they end up in the wallet
132 Bendix Bombshell for Cabaret (Larry Becker): Larry’s routine using two selections
132 C.B.S. Transpo (Peter Isaacs): Transposition of two signed cards in sealed envelope and wallet
135 A Better Bendix (Karrell Fox, from Abra K Fox): another good Bendix Bombshell routine
136 Bendix Bombshell Himber Wallet: a note on why the Bendix differs from the standard passthrough

137 Instant Reset
139 Introduction – Instant Reset: wallet that instantly reset and allow the card to be found in a zippered compartment in the wallet
139 Card In Wallet (Ed Balducci): Balducci loader described with a routine and notes
141 The Working Performer (Fred Kaps): Fred’s addition described
142 The Pocket Secret-Ary (Arthur Emerson and Larry West): commercially marketed vinyl wallet with some additional features
144 Koran’s Three Cards in a Wallet (Arthur Emerson): Three cards are selected and signed. Performer selects three cards from the 15 card packet “by feel” as the selections. The 12 cards are seen not to have signatures, but neither do the other 3! The cards are found in the wallet.
145 Pocket Secret-Ary Stand Up Handling (Arthur Emerson): stand up handling for above effect

149 Just In Case
151 Introduction – Just In Case: effects based on Jim Lee effect “Into the Case Magical Lee” from Mentzer’s Card Cavalcade 3.
151 Into the Case “Magical Lee” (Jim Lee): Card is removed from pack and placed in card case as prediction. Spectator selects & signs card, and magician signs back of card and replaces it to the deck. Prediction is removed, and turns out to be the spectator’s card
153 Card Rise From Wallet Magical Lee (Jerry Mentzer): as above, but card rises from the performer’s wallet
154 In Case Wallet Steal: idea
154 In Case Any Wallet (Jerry Mentzer): two more ideas for using the idea with any wallet
155 In Case Sho Gun Wallet (Jerry Mentzer): Two ideas using the credit card sized Z-fold Himber
155 In Case Himber Wallet (Jerry Mentzer): Two ideas using any Himber wallet
156 In Case No Signature: more thoughts

157 Not Quite Card to Wallet
159 Introduction – Not Quite: Cards and wallets but different themes
159 Signed Wallet to Card Case (Tom Craven): a joke effect for magicians
159 The Joker and the Wallet (Barry Govan): 4 Aces travel one at a time into a wallet
161 A Porous Wallet (William P. Miesel): similar to Joker and the Wallet, but different handling
163 Case of Identity (Steve Dusheck): uses a unique identification wallet
165 Wallet to Card (John Riggs): Wallet visibly changes into a giant replica of a chosen signed card. Actual card appears in another wallet 

  • Publisher: Jerry Mentzer
  • Pages: 166
  • Location: USA
  • Dimensions: 9″x11″
  • Date: 1991
  • Binding: hardbound

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