Maybe you'll want to thank me after making this wallet. Indeed it's not a simple wallet, it's wood-made and it's magic!
Unfortunately it doesn't make money appearing from nothing, but as some of you already know the trick is in the way to introduce banknotes in that.
I'm sure that girls could be very attracted by your magic trick and they surely want to play with your (full of money) wallet! ;-) 

Step 1: the project

The design of this wallet is not original, but it belonged to a simple trick in some magician game box of my youth. The working principles are similar to Jacob's Ladder functioning.
I drew a simple 3D schematic to show you the way to connect the ribbons which keep the money. Notice that although in the 3D and in the animation you see a space between the two plates, in reality the ribbons are very tense and they keep the plates adjacent.
Here a 3D model ready to explore with Sketchup preview.
<p>This is A W E S O M E.</p>
Good joke I like
<p><strong>Man, this so cool. My friend used to have one of these but he never showed me how it works. Thanks for showing me, I can make my own now.</strong> </p>
<p>I'm glad of that :-)</p>
Soo Cool!
Brilliant idea! <br>Though i am a bit worried about abrading my pocket with the sharp corners :s
oh, you're right... probably it only fits into the jacket pocket, unless you've wood pants too ;-)
What about adding some sugru on the corners?
That's a nice Idea, it would add some color to the project. The Sugru corners should be cut in half so that each half stays on one side of the wallet...
thanks guys
this a remarkable magic wallet :D
Thanks! :-)
You're very inspirational! Awesome instructable.
Nice job!... Very nice use of the animations to demonstrate what you mean.
So neat! I love these. My grandpa used to make them out of wood too, though his straps were different. :)
Thanks Jessy, that's so uncommon, have you some of your grandpa's ones to show us?
I want one!
I have one of these that I made out of leather that I like. I would definitely look into doing it with leather if you're worried about sharp corners.
I agree, but to make the trick working the leather should be very stiff, at least in the ribbons direction... maybe some rigid slats inserted between the two leather layers will do a great job!
Wow,It is a good idea!
Jacobs ladder:) great wallet idea! <br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob%27s_ladder_%28toy%29
THANKS! Thats' it!! I'll update my instructable :-)

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