Review: Quatro Wallet (Q4) by Eran Blizovsky

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The Quatro Wallet is a new multiple outs wallet that can be used for 4, 8 or even more outs. The wallet is a great utility tool for close-up/walk around workers, and for mentalists in stage or parlor settings. Use the wallet with cards, books, newspapers, magazines and everyday objects, or even as a switching device for billets, bills and more.

The wallet is made from high quality soft leather, comes in a box with a deck of cards and an explanation video sharing some ideas and routines for close up and stage. The wallet has a special marking so you can always know the orientation of your outcome.

The wallet itself is 3.5 x 5″ (9cm x 12.5cm) and is very thin.

A must for close-up workers and mentalists – just toss it into your jeans pocket and you are ready to go!

REVIEW

Quatro Wallet (4Q) by Eran Blizousky is a well-made leather card holder specially designed to give the performer 4 or even 8 outs. I hesitate to call it a wallet since it is not a regular, every day wallet or a regular business card wallet. It is simply a wallet or holder that contains your prediction. 

The wallet or holder is extremely well-made in nice leather. One corner of the wallet has an embossing on it allowing you to quickly take out the correct prediction. It is designed so that the necessary prediction can be shown and then actually removed by the spectator. The “wallet” can be seen otherwise totally empty.

The wallet is pocket sized and is thin measuring 3.5 x 5” (9cn x 12.5cm).

The on line video instructions is 10 minutes in length where Mr. Blizousky goes over the basic handling of the wallet and show three live performances utilizing the wallet in three different types of routines. The first routine is when the spectator deals a deck of cards face up onto the table and freely stops. The card removed from the wallet that has been on the table the entire time matches the freely selected card. The second routine shown has the performer predicting the outcome of a game where the spectator tosses an imaginary coin three times and the spectator freely decides if the coin landed on heads or tails each time. The third routine demonstrated is where the spectator freely chooses one of four magazines and chooses a page and a word from that page. The single prediction removed from the wallet has the name of the magazine and the exact word chosen. The routines shown only provides a small possibility of what is able to be performed with this versatile tool. This wallet allows you to come up with numerous magic and mentalism routines that require 4 or 8 outs. While it is not demonstrated in the instructional video, the wallet can also be used for switching billets or money creating some interesting mentalism routines. 

A downside to this wallet is that it does not look like a regular wallet or a business card holder. Another downside is the price. It costs $65.00. While the wallet is very well-made the price of $65.00, in my opinion, is a bit high.

Overall, the wallet is very well-made and the on line instructions give some good ideas to use. The built-in marking system makes finding the appropriate prediction easy. You can come up with numerous routines to fit your style and can be used for both magic and mentalism routines. While it can be used on stage, it would be better used in smaller, parlor or close-up settings.

A comparison between the 4Q wallet, made from leather, and the #4 Envelope by Blake Vogt, made from Tyvek, is unavoidable. Accordingly, I made a separate review of Blake Vogt’s #4 Envelope so the reader can make up his or her made as to which one of these two items is preferable or perhaps there is enough differences to warrant getting both items.

One difference is obviously the material both items are made from. The 4Q wallet is made from leather and will last a lifetime. Even though the #4 Envelope by Blake Vogt is made from strong Tyvek material, after repeated use it will eventually need to be replaced. Also, due to its very nature of being an envelope, even though Tyvek is a very forgiving and strong material, if you are not meticulous in storing and carrying the envelope, it can be accidentally crumpled.

Another difference, as will be discussed in the review of #4 Envelope, is the marking system used to determine which prediction is to be taken out. The 4Q has a built in and very natural marking system utilizing a small embossing on one of the corners of the wallet whereas the #4 Envelope does not have a built in marking system. You have to mark it yourself. Since the envelope is black, the small marking that Mr. Vogt uses may be difficult to see in dim lighting or if you have poor eyesight.     

A third difference is that one is a wallet type holder whereas the other is an envelope. Some may feel that an envelope is more “organic” and natural looking in containing a written prediction than using a leather wallet or holder. While I can see why some may prefer an envelope, I do not think it should make much a difference as long as you do not make a big deal of the leather wallet. 

The ease of using 4Q wallet and the #4 Envelope is also different. Due to the construction of both items, I have found that the 4Q wallet is much easier to use, to locate the necessary prediction and to remove it. While properly using the #4 Envelope is not difficult, it does involve slightly more thinking.

While both can be used for the same routines, since the 4Q wallet is made from leather, you can use it for predictions using playing cards, business cards, or paper billets. While Mr. Vogt does demonstrate several terrific routines on the instructional video, discussed in more detail in the #4 Envelope review, using playing cards, because the envelope’s material is much thinner and not as stiff as the leather in the 4Q wallet, if you gave the envelope to a spectator to hold while the spectator removes the playing card prediction, the  spectator may feel that the envelope is not entirely empty. You can avoid this concern by simply holding the envelope while the spectator removes the prediction from the envelope. This would not be a concern if using paper billets.

Finally, there is a difference in price. The 4Q wallet is $65.00 while the #4 Envelope is $29.95. However, the 4Q wallet is made out of leather whereas the #4 Envelope is made out of strong Tyvek.          

The routines provided by both Mr. Blizousky and Mr. Vogt are so different that it may behoove you to purchase both as a means to inspire you to come up with numerous magic and mentalism routines using similar but quite different items.  

I highly recommend this item and give it 9 out of 10 lucky charms. I took off one lucky charm for the price.

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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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