Review: Number 4 Envelope by Blake Vogt

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This envelope enables you to do miracles!

Hand your spectator the envelope. They open it themselves and take out any one of FOUR options. This envelope can covertly conceal 4 different outs. Depending on which way you start to open the envelope and hand it to your spectator, they get to do the rest.

You can also use this envelope as an extremely deceptive switching device for playing cards, pieces of paper and even money. The possibilities are endless.

The Number 4 Envelope measures 3″ by 4″ and is extremely flat. It is made on black Tyvek which is waterproof and tear-proof so it will last you thousands of performances. When you purchase this effect, you will receive one hand-made gimmicked envelope and an instructional video. On this video, Blake will guide you through step-by-step how to use this utility device, as well as teach you three completely thought-out routines that you can do right away.

Add this powerful weapon to your arsenal today. This is the Number 4 Envelope.

REVIEW

#4 Envelope by Blake Vogt is an envelope designed to give the performer 4 or possibly 8 outs. The flap of the envelope can be opened and the content of the envelope, a playing card, billet or a bill, can be removed and the envelope can be shown otherwise empty. The envelope is all black and is made from Tyvek material so the envelope should last a relatively long time even with constant use. But is will eventually need to be replaced. It looks like a normal, small envelope. 

The cost is $29.95 for the single envelope. Along with the envelope, you receive a link to an online instructional video where Blake demonstrates several “mental magic” routines. They are quite clever and entertaining using playing cards and other items.

The envelope is cleverly made. The way the envelope is opened would determine the out that is selected. Due to the clever way the envelope is constructed, the black envelope appears to have only one opening. The envelope is certainly well made. 

The video instructions state that once the flap of the envelope is opened, the envelope can be given out to the spectator to remove the content. This is accurate if the contents of the envelope are billets or paper bills. However, if the envelope contains playing cards, then the spectator could reasonably feel that the envelope contains other playing cards if the spectator handles the envelope. If the performer uses playing cards or even business cards in the envelope, I would suggest that the performer opens the flap containing the proper selection and hold onto the envelope while the spectator removes the card or the performer removes it him/herself and then shows that the envelope is otherwise empty. If the performer is using predictions on billets or paper bills, then the spectator can handle the envelope without fear of detection.       

The most important factor is using the #4 Envelope is to have it properly oriented so that the correct selection can be removed without hesitation and naturally. A performer may find this somewhat difficult to do. Mr. Vogt does offer his own method of marking the envelope so that the appropriate selection can be quickly removed. However, I did not like his method since the envelope is all black, the marking he suggested will be difficult to locate especially is dimly lit rooms. You will have to come up with your own method to quickly and naturally locate the correct selection.       

There is an inevitable comparison to be made between the #4 envelope by Blake Vogt and the Quatro Wallet (4Q) by Eran Blizousky. I did an in-depth review of the 4Q Wallet and would suggest the reader to look at that review to see some comparisons.

While the #4 Envelope is certainly more organic looking as compared to the 4Q Wallet since it does look like a regular, small envelope, I think that overall the Quatro Wallet would last longer and be more versatile that the #4 Envelope. Since the Quatro Wallet is a wallet and made from leather, you can use playing cards, business cards or paper bills without any fear of detention if when the spectator handles the wallet. The wallet will also last you much longer than the envelope. Also, the wallet has a marking system built into the wallet. The Quatro Wallet is easier to use than the #4 Envelope. 

With regards to the instructional videos, the instructional video if the Quatro Wallet focuses more in mentalism routines whereas the routines provided with #4 Envelope involves more magic mentalism routines. That being said, with minor handling adjustments, the routines provided with the #4 Envelope and Quatro Wallet are interchangeable and can be used with either item. You may find benefit is getting both the #4 Envelope and the Quatro Wallet and you will have at your disposable two very well made, versatile items that come with some well-thought out routines. 

The #4 Envelope is very well made, and it does what it is supposed to do. My complaint is the suggested marking system and the difficulty of finding the proper oreitentaion.

I give the #4 Envelope 7 out of 10 lucky charms.           

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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