Author: Julio Montoro
Effect: Pocket allows you to visually change a card or bill, while isolated in your breast pocket with half the card in view. The effect as taught is as follows. You hand a spectator a double blank card to examine. You retrieve the card and place it in the breast pocket of your jacket with half the card sticking out. A card is selected and returned to the deck, at which point you pretend that you can not locate the card. You point to the blank card in your pocket and boom!, the card changes into the selection. It really looks like the card changes in front of their eyes.
Marshall's Thoughts: First off, this looks like a camera trick. Pocket is a trick you will set up and play with in front of the mirror. The change is that visual.
The DVD is well shot and everything you need to setup the trick is included. The teaching is adequate, and I was able to construct everything without any hassle. The instructor on the DVD is little over the top, which can get old after awhile, but he does do a great job of teaching the material.
You will have to wear a jacket for this effect, so if that is not something you are willing to do, cross this off your list. The gimmick can be left in the pocket and will not be seen, so you can have this ready to go in your jacket whenever you need it.
There are so many ways to use this gimmick. Change a blank card, use it as a color change, change a bill, the possibilities are endless I can recommend this to any walk around performer who wears a jacket as the reset is minimal. For the hobbyist, you can have this in your coat ready to go for whenever you want to use it. If you wear a jacket, buy Pocket. If you don't wear a jacket, buy a jacket first, and then buy Pocket.
Setup (1=Minimal 5=Arts and Crafts) - 3.... You will have to do some DIY work, but it doesn't take long and you only have to do it once.
Reset (1=None 5=Hide in a bathroom) - 2.. There is a quick reset that can be done during the reveal of the selected card.
Fool Factor (1=It's in your hand 5=What the ?#$) - 3... I do think that if someone watched this two or three times, they would have to know where the card is coming from. However, the change is so visual and happens so quickly that no one is going to guess the method from one viewing.
Difficulty (1=Easy to Master 5=Grow an extra finger)- 3 You will need to practice to get the change to work with minimal finger movement.. There is a force that must be applied by one of your hands and if it is to hard, there is a certain giveaway that can be seen. The knack is easily acquired though. You will also need to know some basic card sleights to put a routine together.
Will I Use It (1=Put it in the drawer 5=On Me All the Time) - 3 As stated before, those who wear a jacket can have this ready to go and use it whenever they want. That being said, a huge majority of the people who buy this will not put in the 15 minutes of setup required.