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The Traveler (Gimmick and Online Instructions) Review

Official Review

December 16th, 2016 9:26pm
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Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
Every now and then a utility hits the magic market that is truly, very versatile. This is just such an item.

What it is, outright, is a coin purse that is kind of like those leather ones that twist shut. This one does that but it is square and it does oh, so much more...

It comes in a nice cardboard drawer box with a link to the online video instructions which can be downloaded. The ad copy (in all of its minimal glory) and the ad trailer are both 100% honest and there are no false claims. The ad copy does say that "The Traveler is the world first coin wallet to infuse magic and aesthetic function into one unique coin wallet..." which I would say is not quite true, but it is not a deceptive statement. There have been other 'functional' coin wallets (ones that do more than just carry coins) released by other makers but the design is not the same as The Traveler.

The purse itself is very well made, is real leather and looks like a "hip" (like the 'in' thing at the moment) little change purse. I would not necessarily call it classy (in the way a Kohler Coin Purse would be considered classy) because it has a more rugged look, but in a cool way. It also has something special built into it. In fact, this something special is integrated so well into the design that I had the purse for a week, played around with it (all before even watching the video for the first time) and I never spotted it and I am normally very observant. The purse is not gimmicked per se, but this extra feature allows for some very magical possibilities.

The video is very well shot, typical of any Murphy's video - the audio, video and lighting quality were superb. The video is over 3 hours long with lots of ideas, hints, tips and even some great effects all taught by Jeff Copeland. The first effect that Jeff teaches takes him 45 minutes and gets a bit repetitive, but everything is clear and easy to understand.

Jeff shows you how to condition and break-in your Traveler, the best way to care for it and how to utilize it for much more than carrying your coins in. The main compartment of the Traveler will hold 4-5 American Silver Dollar sized coins and 6-8 American Half Dollar sized coins.

There are no limits to the kinds of effects or even the types of objects that can be used with this - basically any object that is the rough dimension of a coin, that is to say, relatively flat or compact and not too large in diameter, will work. Folded playing cards, billets, bank notes, poker chips, etc. Jeff even makes a few suggestions on other items to use this for, but his main focus is using it with coins.

Jeff teaches Coin to Purse effect, a production sequence, a Vanish sequence and a really nice version of Wild Coin. The Wild Coin that he teaches goes from Silver to Copper and back. At the end he also shows you how to get a third change into Chinese coins, but he does not actually perform that part because as he said, he had not worked it enough to practice and it was an idea given to him by Curtis Kam. It would not be hard to work out, you just to have to routine it.

Another effect that he teaches has a Flurry-esque feel to it but not at a fast clip, and it ends with a jumbo 3-inch coin coming out of the purse! This one is very clever and yes, the jumbo coin is see to actually be coming out of the purse!

There is yet another couple of effects that use coins and poker chips as a transformation which will play nicely into some gambling-themed effects, or will be a very nice transition into a set of poker chip flourishes if you do anything like that.

Because of the way the wallet is made, you can open it up and it will stand on its own, remaining completely open like and open-top box. After you condition the Traveler, it will also spring shut with the lightest touch. Also because of the design, there is a way you can visibly (apparently) toss the coin into the open purse and then show it empty a moment later. From the perspective of the audience, they actually see the coin going into the purse.

Another thing that you can do which ties into the design is a move that is akin to the Benzais Friction Palm, but using the purse instead of your fingers. This is a very useful feature for a great many effects that can be done with this purse. Switching, changes, transpositions, holding out, getting one-ahead, getting one-behind, producing, vanishing and even ditching!

Overall, there is no shortage of things to be done and the limit is quite literally only your imagination. Not only do you get a quality coin purse but you get a very versatile utility item and a video chock full of ideas, all worth well over the $30/USD price tag. You definitely get the bang for your buck on this one!

If you like coin magic and use coin wallets in your work or if you have ever wanted a utility device that can be used to great advantage in your coin magic, this is definitely for you!

VERY Highly Recommended!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for The Traveler (Gimmick and Online Instructions)

Author: Copeland, Jeff
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Traveler Coin Wallet is epitome of style, form and function, designed with the serious coin worker in mind. Originally crafted to hold and carry your prized coins & small wares, Jeff has ingeniously added a special feature to The Traveler that allows it to double as a utility gimmick that will allow you to also perform killer coin magic.

Each Traveler is meticulously selected from the finest, cured goat leather, and individually hand sewn by a seasoned, leather tanning artisan. Each Traveler will also include a secret URL that will deliver five original routines from Jeff's working library to use with your new Traveler Coin Wallet.

The Traveler is the world first coin wallet to infuse magic and aesthetic function into one unique coin wallet that will gain natural character over time.


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