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Topic: The Informant by Bobby Motta. >>> AWESOME <<<
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 24, 2015 08:44AM)
The Informant by Bobby Motta.
I have a collection of over 60 wallets and always looking for the perfect one. This may be it.
Let’s get in to the Good, Bad and the Ugly.
The routine below is just an example, watch the trailer and after you receive this. There is no limit to the possibilities. The Good.
With it, you have a spec write their thoughts on your biz card. They keep the card, could be folded and put in their pocket. All done while you’re turned away. They use the wallet as a sturdy table to write on. And when they are done. You take back the wallet and put it away. Now you proceed to read their mind. It is a super easy method and extremely clean. In my opinion, this is the cleanest easiest I have ever used. And the handling makes perfect sense. You need your biz card, naturally it is in your wallet. You do not have to use a biz card that is just my preference.
The Bad.
The tutorial is a link to an Ellusionist download, that’s not really a bad thing. But each section is an individual link, also not bad. I do feel Bobby left out some important info in the video. Such as how to reset after you just performed it in a real world situation. The re set is easy and you will come up with a simple way very quickly, but I would like to see how he does it. Clean up is discussed, just not in a working manor. Also, no routines are included. He does say a few possibilities, but that is only to show how to use the wallet.
The Ugly.
I would have gladly paid 3 or 4 times more for a better quality wallet. But that is not to say this is a poor quality. I am being overly picky now. I would like to see the stitching be perfectly straight and the cut parts of it also straighter and cleaner. Also you are supplied with 2 “Things” you only need 1. Except in my case. You are told to peel off a protection layer, if you have one. I thought I had one and tried to peel it off and had I kept going. I would have ruined one of them. That part of the explanation could have been a bit more detailed by describing the color of the part to be peeled. But now you know, so if you buy it… you won’t do what I almost did.

The end result is this is an amazing utility device that is the smoothest, easiest I have used and all done organically as it should be. There are no moves that may look fishy to a spec. this is a powerful weapon and can be used as a daily wallet, providing you’re not George Costanza.
Then comes the killer bonus. Worth 10 times the cost. Blackmail. Is included and it is powerful, as close as you can get to the real thing. And easier to do than you can imagine. If that is not enough to get you to buy it. The wallet also contains an out to lunch section.
I give it a 9+ out of 10.
Informant Link: http://www.ellusionist.com/the-informant-by-bobby-motta.html
Blackmail Link: http://www.ellusionist.com/blackmail-by-bobby-motta-and-peter-mckinnon-1987.html
Message: Posted by: Robb (Sep 24, 2015 09:35AM)
60 WALLETS!?! Good God man!

I've seen the Informant and I'll agree it's a great tool.

But 60 WALLETS?! Please, seek professional help.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Sep 24, 2015 09:37AM)
[quote]On Sep 24, 2015, Robb wrote:
60 WALLETS!?! Good God man!

I've seen the Informant and I'll agree it's a great tool.

But 60 WALLETS?! Please, seek professional help. [/quote]

He's going for Tony R's record, but has a long way to go. ;)
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 24, 2015 09:40AM)
Yes, I do need help!!!!!
But I did find a bunch of great ones. Some that fly under the radar, like The Zingg. another 9+ out of 10.
some of mine go back over 35 years now.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Sep 24, 2015 09:42AM)
I always wanted to have a look at The Zingg :bawl:
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Sep 24, 2015 10:34AM)
Doesn't everyone have a closet devoted to their wallet collection?

George
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 24, 2015 10:53AM)
Not sure why the topic was moved. it does fit both places.
Message: Posted by: Robb (Sep 24, 2015 11:42AM)
I have two wallets and neither do I use too often... I am likely to pickup another at MindVention depending on what's there, but once you have one that suits most of your purposes, why would you need so many man? Those suckers get expensive!
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 24, 2015 12:34PM)
Good question, why so many wallets? First. The promise of the advertiser that it will do what it claims and many do not, second. They function different for different occasions and performing conditions. then you have biz card style, euro style and the hip pocket etc.
I found the Outlaw Hide Out, to be the best natural looking index wallet. I did remove the center device included and it is super thin. I also added more indexing from the "Safwan Papers" book. There are card to wallets of many styles. Peek wallets and on and on. Still The Informant does what it claims and more.
Message: Posted by: lemonjug (Sep 25, 2015 06:12AM)
HI Baldini,

Thanks for the review. Does the OTL section hold European sized business cards? How many cards can it hold?


Ray
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Sep 25, 2015 06:35AM)
I am not familiar with the Euro size,but it is about 2 inches wide. can hold 10-12 cards nicely.without being too thick to carry.
Message: Posted by: lemonjug (Sep 25, 2015 07:27AM)
Thanks Baldini
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 25, 2015 11:27PM)
I don't even have 60 dollars :(
Message: Posted by: Terryh_A (Jun 15, 2018 08:14PM)
I received informant recently as a gift (just the wallet) Could someone please message me with the tutorial information (i.e. video download that comes when you purchase it). I will provide a photo in case you need proof that I do indeed own the product.

Thanks
Message: Posted by: John C (Jun 15, 2018 08:38PM)
[quote]On Jun 15, 2018, Terryh_A wrote:
I received informant recently as a gift (just the wallet) Could someone please message me with the tutorial information (i.e. video download that comes when you purchase it). I will provide a photo in case you need proof that I do indeed own the product.

Thanks [/quote]

It's pretty much what it is.

I think I'm going to keep my wallets and start a collection. I always end up selling them and wishing I hadn't.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Jan 3, 2019 03:07AM)
Looking one for a reasonable price. Seems Ellusionist sold out more than a year...
Message: Posted by: Phatmeat (Jan 5, 2019 05:56AM)
It's available for purchase here: https://mottamagic.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-informant
Message: Posted by: ko_brian (Feb 5, 2019 11:22PM)
Just sharing some thoughts on it:

I liked a lot the wallet at first and used the main feature and the telethought filter on the other side (loved it) BUT the quality is not very good and after 6 months or so it just started unstitching and ungluing so I stopped using it. I wish the quality was better.
Message: Posted by: mwmagic (Feb 13, 2019 02:16PM)
It says "Amazing, genuine leather and quality construction" though?
Message: Posted by: ko_brian (Feb 15, 2019 08:37PM)
Loved the design... used with paralabs foil and Telethought filter... really great! I with the construction was a little better. When I sau better, I mean, I wish it lasted more than 6 months for me!
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Feb 23, 2019 01:04PM)
Maybe someone here has the Fox wallet. What do you think of this prop ?
Message: Posted by: ko_brian (Feb 25, 2019 08:22AM)
[quote]On Feb 23, 2019, Rachmaninov wrote:
Maybe someone here has the Fox wallet. What do you think of this prop ? [/quote]


I do have it and love it very much. The quality is amazing, it will last very long. It`s very big to be called a wallet (IMO), it is more a mini-folio that you can carry around with you. There are so many possibilities. I`m even planning to get a spare one.
- Features I use a lot

* 3 peeks at once (Priceless)
* The tool mirror itself for many possibilities
* The impression (2) and you can get the peek in real time

The functions are endless, the 3 above are the ones that make me really love The Fox.
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Feb 25, 2019 09:07AM)
Thanks for the infos. Two ! It’s not cheap !
Message: Posted by: robinr (Apr 27, 2019 12:29PM)
Ever since I bought Bobby Motta's "The Informant" (actually I bought two), I've loved it. However, after initially using it as for impressions (as it was intended), I found I much preferred it as a peek wallet. Just have an ID card of some sort under the top window. Insert it from the inside, so that it won't slide out on the outside. Have something written on a business card and then open the Informant and slide the card inside openly (under the ID card). It's now ready for a full-card peek whenever you like.

The Informant has plenty of places inside to store business cards. Sometimes I also insert a single business card from the outside so it's on top of the ID card with the back showing. Slide that out for the spectator to write on. The ID card shows openly when you do this, as if this is the norm. Then later place the business card under the ID card from the inside, in preparation for the peek. This whole action is very natural for the spectator.

You can also use the wallet for pocket writing. Simply slide a business card under the ID card from the inside, with the blank side showing on the outside. The Informant is in your pocket and provides a support for pocket writing. Later you take out the wallet (so that the writing doesn't show). Open it and remove the "prediction". Closed the ID card shows as it should on the outside of the wallet.

Though I bought two wallets because of the on-line comments about poor construction, I've found the construction quite good on both. That's the thing with magic wallets and business card cases, the perception varies widely among users. I've found this to be one of the best (most under-priced) peek wallets I've ever owned.