TRICK REVIEW - Regal Cop Wallet by David Regal
Here is my in-depth review of Regal Cop Wallet by David Regal.
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WHAT YOU GET?
You will receive a gimmick wallet made of leather.
A link to the password protected online instruction is also provided.
QUALITY OF THE WALLET
The wallet is made with black soft leather. The leather quality is nice but honestly I don’t know the type of leather it is.
The dimension of the wallet is 12cm x 10cm. It is a little bigger than Real Man Wallet. You can see the comparison of the wallet size below.
The stitching of the wallet is supremely done. It is uniformly done with no obvious issue.
There are 5 pockets for credit cards and IDs. 3 on left and 2 on right. Each pocket can hold 3 cards. But if you want fill all the pockets, you can only fill 2 cards for each pocket comfortably. In other words, the wallet can carry about 10 cards in total.
As for the cash compartment, you can carry cash in it theoretically. But you have to remove the cash when you use the wallet as gimmick. I will share an idea of how to use this cash compartment in following section.
There is no transparent compartment for IDs.
As for the design of the gimmick part, that is very simple but super effective. Card loading is effort-less. The gimmick is good for loading from gambler’s cop and full palm. However, the width of the zippered compartment is barely enough to fit the length of a playing card. Thus the playing card cannot be removed smoothly horizontally.
To conclude, Regal Cop Wallet is a very high quality product built with good material. I am very satisfied with it as a gimmick.
QUALITY OF THE TUTORIAL
The explanation comes as online tutorial on Vimeo. There is no option for you to download the video.
The effect is explained in a 21 minutes and 54 seconds long video. The explanation is presented by David Regal. The video is done in a home setting. There are 2 kinds of shots - medium and close-up. The shots are clear enough for viewers to understand all the workings of the wallet and the trick.
Length (in minutes) of the main parts (I literally counted):
Introduction - 1:07
Background - 1:58
Preparation - 2:14
Basic Routine - 1:02
Copping a Card - 4:13
Loading The Wallet - 4:30
Full-Palm Loading - 1:53
Repeat Card to Wallet - 0:47
Additional Applications - 3:57
In Preparation, David Regal taught about how to do a 1-time preparation for the wallet. This makes the wallet more natural looking as an everyday wallet. This step will destroy a few dollar bills. You can skip this step if you don’t want to destroy bills. And I will share a method in the following section for those who want to skip the preparation.
In Basic Routine, David shows the basic way of loading the card into the wallet. The basic routine is like a product demo but not a full routine. It’s a good example to understand the basic working of the wallet.
In Copping a Card, David has demonstrated 4 ways to cop card. The first method starts with the card at the bottom of the pack. The second one starts with the card on the top of the deck. While the third one allows magician to control the card from the middle of the pack. The last method is the one mostly used by David, and it is done with one hand. All four methods are very practical, and I particularly like the fact that these methods can be used in different situations. Even if you have little or no experience of copping a card, you can master it after watching this tutorial.
Loading the Wallet section explains about the subtleties of how to load the card into the wallet efficiently. David also discusses about how to retrieve the card from wallet and display it. There are a couple of good tips for even experienced magicians. Then he further explains how to load the wallet with top palm and bottom palm. Since Gambler’s Cop is not ideal in surrounded performance, full palm can be used in such situation. This section contains some valuable advices because loading into the wallet with full palm requires different techniques, David covers all.
The explanation of Repeat Card to Wallet is very short because it’s a very standard way to use the wallet. There is nothing much magicians do not know here.
In Additional Applications, David mentions that how the wallet can be used as peek device. This feature is practical and powerful, and I believe it is a good way to use the wallet. However, the routine taught by David involves a lot of work which seems redundant. The routines add 3 moves in order to reduce 1 move that most magicians can handle easily without arousing suspicion. This bonus routine is not my cup of tea. It seems to me that this routine is for magician audience. There is not much added value for lay audience.
To conclude, I am quite satisfied with the content of the tutorial. It’s clearly taught and filled with useful advices. Even if the learners have no experience in using cop technique and wallet, this tutorial should give enough information.
If we are talking about loading the card into the wallet, it’s very easy though learners need to experience the timing of loading.
As for copping and palming card, it definitely needs practice. But copping is not a technique beyond the reach of average magicians, you should have no issue learning it with David’s teaching.
The wallet is not examinable.
CAN BE USED AS EVERYDAY WALLET?
It depends on what you usually carry in wallet. If you mainly carry cards, the wallet has enough space. However, if paper cash is your everyday item, you may need to alter the loading workflow as the cash will be obstacle to loading.
A SUGGESTION OF HANDLING
As mentioned before, you need to do a 1-time preparation which can make the wallet look like an everyday wallet. But you can skip this step.
Simply put the cash in the cash compartment. When you perform, you load the card into the wallet as usual. Then, you take out the cash, and say ‘I am so sure that I can find your exact card, so I bet all my money here’. Then proceed to the effect. This way allows you to carry real cash in the wallet and load the card as normal. Hope this handling is helpful.
KEY POINTS OF THE PRODUCT
Well-designed wallet with good material
Lots of pockets for credit cards
Can carry around 10 cards
Can carry real cash
No ID compartment
Loading is effortless
Very detailed explanation
The bonus routine is not too good
PROS ABOUT THE PRODUCT
High quality materials.
The best wallet for loading wallet from cop position.
Very reasonable price.
CONS ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The width of the zippered compartment is not long enough to pull out the card smoothly.
There are so many wallets on the market, why do we need another one?
The answer is simple: Regal Cop Wallet is the only wallet you may need for Card to Wallet.
While there are many good wallets on the market, Regal Cop Wallet excels at several areas. The gimmIck part is practical, loading is fast, the wallet looks durable and nice. The wallet is designed to do one job, and it can do it perfectly.
The wallet may not be ideal if you carry a lot of things in the cash compartment, but it is totally usable for those who carries cards mainly. However, there is no ID compartment.
To conclude, I really love the Regal Cop Wallet. It’s a practical wallet which is perfect for any kinds of performance environment. If it is your first wallet, you may not need another. If it is another wallet in your collection, you will understand how great this wallet is once you receive it. It is a worker for sure. At US$45, it’s almost perfect in many senses. I will give my highest recommendation without hesitation.
Tutorial Quality: 9/10
Effectiveness of Tricks: 10/10
Cost Performance: 10/10
Final Score: 10/10
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