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Topic: Wallet Review: What is the BEST peek wallet? I compare them!
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (May 29, 2020 08:44AM)
What is a peek wallet? Or for that matter what is "a peek?"

Well, let's run through a scenario ... let's say you have a spectator write down their favorite color on a business card and then YOU place their color between some credit cards and other business cards in your wallet - writing side down.

But as you close the wallet, or hold the wallet - you "secretly" get the peek as to what they wrote.

In short: You put their card into a sleeve or sealed compartment, and as you close the wallet or put it down on the table - You get the peek due to the way the wallet is secretly built.

I've owned a handful very good peek wallets, but which one is the best? Well, obviously "best" is a subjective word - and we each have our favorites. Let's just say what works for me and how I perform - may not be what works best for you. My job isn't to tell you WHAT to buy or not buy - my job is to be objective and to give you the facts so that you can make up your own mind.

First - here is a video where I give you the quick run down of a few wallets listing the pros and cons of each one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk42ZcZ2k_4

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Now that you've seen my TOP 4 - here is a closer look at each one of those wallets. Below are full fleshed out reviews of each wallet - giving you close ups, pricing and all of the detailed answers to your questions.

Viper Wallet by Sylvain Vip & Maxime Schucht

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVezvl3vciI

Infinity Wallet by Peter Nardi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKdiSw0Mok

Ultimate Networking Tool by Jeff Kaylor & Anton James

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXTpvOa0feM

Thought Transmitter Pro by John Cornelius

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb1rZi_Ktzc

RUNNER UP

After I made my top 4 list, I was introduced to another peek wallet and ended up falling in love with it immediately. It hasn't replaced my number one, but if I had to have a super close "affordable" runner up - this would be it.

Razor Wallet by Dee Christopher and Penguin Magic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i85DNVf_bxY

Lastly, here are some wallets that didn't quite make the cut. I've had and used these wallets over the years, but the ones below either never made it into my long standing working routines or I have ended up selling or giving away

SansMinds Wallet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxZ8CpxGJ6k

Vader Wallet - Matthew Wright & Ellusionist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7heRYuDKs90

Complete Peek Wallet by Tony Miller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK49YtKgfpc

THANK YOU !!!
Message: Posted by: Nev Blenk (May 31, 2020 03:27AM)
I use The Peek Note Wallet by Secret Tannery. Easy peek and looks and feels like a quality modern leather wallet.

Just my personal preference

Cheers
Nev
Message: Posted by: Jxb1989 (Jun 2, 2020 12:05AM)
Depends on what kind of peek you are doing honestly. I love the viper wallet. My saw though is my everyday wallet. Love that peek ha.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Jun 2, 2020 05:32PM)
@Jxb1989 I agree, the viper is my favorite
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 6, 2020 11:08AM)
Ok, but if you could only own the Viper or the Infinity, which would you buy?
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Jun 12, 2020 05:47PM)
Viper is ONLY a peek wallet ... infinity has a peek and so much more.

Viper is small and easy to carry

Infinity is a big bulky wallet you'll use as your every day wallet

Pick the one that works for YOU and YOUR budget
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 12, 2020 06:09PM)
Thanks for the reply and for posting the review videos in the first place. I get the impression that youíd personally rather have both. The Viper seems a bit pricey for "only a peek wallet" so I just purchased The Ultimate Networking Tool from Penguin, as I had some other things I was purchasing and how bad could it be for ten bucks? Hopefully Iíll be playing with that next week and if all goes well with that, Iím probably going to pick up the Infinity in the next couple weeks.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Jun 17, 2020 06:00PM)
Check out the new REGAL COP WALLET before you purchase, even thought it's sold as a card to wallet - you can do a super easy peek with it as well
Message: Posted by: Bruce T (Jun 18, 2020 08:50AM)
Do you feel there's an advantage of the Regal wallet over the Razor?
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 19, 2020 10:03PM)
Gotta love the price on this one. So if I'm seeing this right, this does a Card to Wallet and also has a solid peek feature. How obvious is the peek?

I just got The Ultimate Networking Tool and I think it's a pretty clever idea even though the peek feature is rather large and fairly visible, but seeing as the person you're performing for probably has no idea what a peek wallet is, I suspect it's actually no more visible than a TT. Time will tell.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Jun 21, 2020 07:33AM)
Peek is the same on REGAL COP WALLET - it's just a real man's wallet instead of a business card wallet
Message: Posted by: Bruce T (Jun 21, 2020 10:04AM)
Thank you. Hope you may continue to create the reviews that you do so well
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 21, 2020 01:32PM)
Ah, that's truly useful information, thank you for that. I really do like the ideas behind the Ultimate Networking Tool, so I think I'll give myself some time to play with it before I start looking at additional concepts. Learn one trick at a time, learn it well...and then move on. Better to know 5 tricks really well, than 100 that you fumble through.
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 24, 2020 05:23PM)
A question for people who have experience with peek wallets in general. When working with a wallet that has a rather large & potentially obvious w*ndow, such as The Ultimate Networking tool, how worrisome is the chance of flashing said w*ndow during performance?

The more I look at that cool little card wallet the more worrisome it becomes. Iím assuming itís a similar concept to getting used to a TT. The first time I saw a TT, I dismissed it as one of the silliest things Iíd ever seen because how could people possibly NOT see it? Now itís one of my absolute favorite tools and I've never been caught out with it, even when people think they know what theyíre looking for.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Jun 25, 2020 05:33PM)
You can do a paddle move - similar to showing both sides of a card, only doing it with the wallet instead. It gives the illusion that both sides are shown.

The better thing is to put it into your top jacket or shirt pocket - catch your peek as it goes by and it goes into the pocket.

You reveal

And go on to your next trick.

It never needs to come back out to be examined.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Mar 10, 2021 09:08AM)
[quote]On May 31, 2020, Nev Blenk wrote:
I use The Peek Note Wallet by Secret Tannery. Easy peek and looks and feels like a quality modern leather wallet.

Just my personal preference

Cheers
Nev [/quote]

I am also a huge Jaks Wallet fan as well. To me there is nothing better but this post on the Viper wallet intrigues me.
Message: Posted by: simplymagicweb (May 11, 2021 01:08AM)
A quick mention for a new kid on the block, the Shadow Wallet. I really like this and am using it now as my everyday wallet.

Itís minimal in design, which seems to be the way forward now in wallet design. I carry my business cards in the front section and use Deeís lovely peek method which I believe he also shared with the Razor wallet.

Sleek, modern and totally practical.
Message: Posted by: Bruce T (May 11, 2021 06:33AM)
The Jak's Style Peek Wallet by Secret Tannery continues to be an EDC. Quality product with superb feel and excellent look with an easy peek. Holds credit cards, business cards and billets comfortably.
Message: Posted by: LondonN8 (May 21, 2021 04:18PM)
So in the opinion of others who have many peek wallets what do you say is the best Viper, shadow, Nexus, Blink 2.0 would love to hear what anyone has to say many thanks
Magicotherdoxy says he got rid of all his for the Viper :cheers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVezvl3vciI
Message: Posted by: takeachance (May 21, 2021 09:55PM)
Being a avid enthusiast I mainly perform down the pub or for friends, family and the work environment. I started with SAW and will still use it.

Of late Shadow wallet has become my favorite wallet. I luv the effects that come with it.

My "lucky card" routine using the outs of the Shadow gets fantastic reactions.
But the bonus routine by Lewis Le'Val "memory box" (which was to justify putting the business card back into the wallet) was just outstanding.

I performed it for my teenage grand daughter and it got such a wonderful reaction, it was a priceless moment for me.

Not being a pro, getting top notch routines with a prop is such a bonus.

I'm awaiting to see if Nexus is a must buy. Mainly due to the card load. Another routine I have so much success with is James Brown's Cerebral Steal so the card load would be the bonus.

Whats the best, well that's very subjective. I would not be adverse to carrying 2 minimalist wallets. With the Shadow you get the peek getting another card out or not. Being my personal wallet with money in it, I find people far less likely to grab it if I just place it on the bar, or simple get the peek putting it back in my pocket if I think the crowd are rowdy. Not an unnatural thing to do with a wallet
:)

Of course Blink 2 is another wonderful release from a real pro. If you only want a peek, well it does that very very well

For me right now, Shadow and its routines are top. But I could end up carrying Nexus as well. We'll see after Craig's review.
Message: Posted by: takeachance (May 23, 2021 04:59PM)
It looks like you'd have to be very careful of angles with the Nexus peek. On each of the reviews it was easy to see when they used the peek function.

Both reviews were very good and help people to make the right decision if it's something that would work for them, appreciated guys, thanks.

I think for the moment I'll definitely be staying with the Shadow. If I want to have CTW for Cerebral I'll either just load my pocket or use the SansMind hip pocket minimalist wallet as my back up.
Message: Posted by: LondonN8 (May 25, 2021 03:40AM)
[quote]On May 22, 2021, takeachance wrote:
Being a avid enthusiast I mainly perform down the pub or for friends, family and the work environment. I started with SAW and will still use it.

Of late Shadow wallet has become my favorite wallet. I luv the effects that come with it.

My "lucky card" routine using the outs of the Shadow gets fantastic reactions.
But the bonus routine by Lewis Le'Val "memory box" (which was to justify putting the business card back into the wallet) was just outstanding.

I performed it for my teenage grand daughter and it got such a wonderful reaction, it was a priceless moment for me.


Not being a pro, getting top notch routines with a prop is such a bonus.

I'm awaiting to see if Nexus is a must buy. Mainly due to the card load. Another routine I have so much success with is James Brown's Cerebral Steal so the card load would be the bonus.

Whats the best, well that's very subjective. I would not be adverse to carrying 2 minimalist wallets. With the Shadow you get the peek getting another card out or not. Being my personal wallet with money in it, I find people far less likely to grab it if I just place it on the bar, or simple get the peek putting it back in my pocket if I think the crowd are rowdy. Not an unnatural thing to do with a wallet
:)

Of course Blink 2 is another wonderful release from a real pro. If you only want a peek, well it does that very very well

For me right now, Shadow and its routines are top. But I could end up carrying Nexus as well. We'll see after Craig's review. [/quote]
:cheers:
Thanks for your thoughts it all helps Shadow is a very nice wallet like you say and I had the stealth assign wallet I should not have sold it. Nexus not for me for many reasons :cheers:
Message: Posted by: LondonN8 (Jun 1, 2021 04:20AM)
[quote]On May 22, 2021, takeachance wrote:
Being a avid enthusiast I mainly perform down the pub or for friends, family and the work environment. I started with SAW and will still use it.

Of late Shadow wallet has become my favorite wallet. I luv the effects that come with it.

My "lucky card" routine using the outs of the Shadow gets fantastic reactions.
But the bonus routine by Lewis Le'Val "memory box" (which was to justify putting the business card back into the wallet) was just outstanding.

I performed it for my teenage grand daughter and it got such a wonderful reaction, it was a priceless moment for me.



Not being a pro, getting top notch routines with a prop is such a bonus.

I'm awaiting to see if Nexus is a must buy. Mainly due to the card load. Another routine I have so much success with is James Brown's Cerebral Steal so the card load would be the bonus.

Whats the best, well that's very subjective. I would not be adverse to carrying 2 minimalist wallets. With the Shadow you get the peek getting another card out or not. Being my personal wallet with money in it, I find people far less likely to grab it if I just place it on the bar, or simple get the peek putting it back in my pocket if I think the crowd are rowdy. Not an unnatural thing to do with a wallet
:)

Of course Blink 2 is another wonderful release from a real pro. If you only want a peek, well it does that very very well

For me right now, Shadow and its routines are top. But I could end up carrying Nexus as well. We'll see after Craig's review. [/quote]

Nice Thoughts, will you now be buying the Nexus, or is the peak better on the shadow. If it was just the peek alone out of both wallets? Many thanks for your thoughts.
:cheers:
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jun 1, 2021 02:32PM)
David's review states that the Thought Transmitter Pro's peek is not very clear. For me, the TTP's peek is as clear as it gets. He said to watch his full review on the TTP where he does some modifications. I watched it, but saw no indication of how the peek was made more clear. He had some great suggestions re: replacing the accessories that come with TTP, though. Perhaps he meant something other than 'visually' clear. Or perhaps I missed it. But the peek on mine is crystal clear.
Message: Posted by: simplymagicweb (Jun 12, 2021 08:18AM)
OK, so I've now had the opportunity to properly work with my Shadow Wallet at gigs (remember those things before COVID) and must say that it totally rocks! I LOVE IT!!!!!!

I'm using it as my everyday wallet too - slightly tweaked it but removing the index insert to allow me to easily fold up bank notes and put them in the main peek entry portion of the wallet. Having the folded notes also helps in inserting the business card with the written info too.
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Jun 14, 2021 09:25AM)
Having bought (and sold) many wallets, the JOL Jaks remains my preferred peek wallet. Love the quality of the smooth, genuine leather, the ease of use, the fact that you can casually show both sides after getting the peek, just before putting it away. In my opinion, it really is the best peek wallet ever made.
Message: Posted by: funnyclown (Jul 23, 2021 11:13PM)
After these past few months of some amazing peek wallets and everything wallets. My all time champion winner is still the Shadow Wallet by Dee Christopher.

Itís very well made

Itís very slim and minimalistic

It has a 6 or 12 out index built in.

It is big enough to hold some extra magic tricks

Itís made out of genuine leather if you choose the real leather version.

The peek is absolutely perfect and very easy to get a full peek. If handled correctly itís completely invisible to your spectator.
Message: Posted by: JuanPoop (Aug 2, 2021 04:30AM)
[quote]On Jun 12, 2021, simplymagicweb wrote:
OK, so I've now had the opportunity to properly work with my Shadow Wallet at gigs (remember those things before COVID) and must say that it totally rocks! I LOVE IT!!!!!!

I'm using it as my everyday wallet too - slightly tweaked it but removing the index insert to allow me to easily fold up bank notes and put them in the main peek entry portion of the wallet. Having the folded notes also helps in inserting the business card with the written info too. [/quote]

It was great to read this. I have had my Shadow wallet for only a short time and am still working through practicing routines at my desk. I am looking forward to using it with spectators soon.

I was interested in your modification to the indexes. I can see how that would make inserting a business card easier, but I assume that means you donít perform the card choice effect?

I would be keen to hear what you perform with the wallet, but would understand if you prefer to keep that to yourself.

Cheers!
Message: Posted by: stevie c (Aug 30, 2021 01:36PM)
I'm using it as my everyday wallet too - slightly tweaked it but removing the index insert to allow me to easily fold up bank notes and put them in the main peek entry portion of the wallet. Having the folded notes also helps in inserting the business card with the written info too. [/quote]

The folded banknote tip is great!!! Thanks Sean :) It works a treat and finally I'm grateful that we now have polymer notes here in the UK!!

Ps did you fully remove the index system Sean?

Best wishes

Steve
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Oct 11, 2021 09:40AM)
[quote]On May 22, 2021, takeachance wrote:
I'm awaiting to see if Nexus is a must buy. [/quote]
I've just posted a detailed review of the Nexus Wallet elsewhere on The Magic Cafť here, which may help:

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=735603

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