Monthly Archives: December 2011
There have been many versions of Anverdi’s Enchanted Ring and most of them are pretty neat. However, this new one by Dave Powell is probably the best one available.
The moment the rings passes through the needle is particularly amazing as it is possible to do it as you place the block onto the spectators outstretched hand, with no covers or motion. It does look amazing for sure! Nothing is added or taken away and everything can be examined.
This is certainly one not to be missed for the close-up performer!
Source: Enchanted Ring (Improved)
Craig Fillcetti’s work is always amazing! Color Match is no exception and what is really neat about this item is that although it uses state of the art electronics you would never suspect it.
The package can be used for a close-up/walk around and parlor/stage performance which makes it even more of a deal. There is a one-time set-up but after that you should be good to go for months of performances.
This is real magic at it’s best!
Highly recommended for performing mentalists everywhere!
Source: Color Match
Beautiful, Functional, and Quick!
I had a set of $link(37,Abbott’s Jet-Sets) for thirteen years and was always happy with how they looked once they were up. But the set-up was a bit of a pain and the material I used really needed a good ironing from time to time. They were also quite heavy. These Spider’s are so much better in every way.
Firstly they look great – much more professional than the Jets, they are taller and have a proper opening in the middle, they are lighter, and they are much, much quicker to set-up. It takes me about 10 mins. from start to finish. With practice this can be streamlined further I’m sure.
The secret with a successful portable backdrop is that it has to be easy to set-up and look good otherwise you’ll not bother to put it up as often. I whip the Spider’s up whenever I get a chance!
I’m so glad Mark Stevens at StevensMagic.com convinced me to invest in this set, they are well worth the money and will last me a lifetime!
Source: Spider Flex Complete Backdrop
A Christmas Miracle!
It has been many years since I have opened a brand-new effect from my good friend Alan Warner, but this Christmas I had the rare treat of doing just that. Alan, always ships his items from the UK meticulously packed and everything always arrives neat, tidy and in perfect working order. The mere action of opening the tightly wrapped brown paper and tissue paper gets your magic juices flowing as the magic reveals itself to you.
This particularly item is produced as a limited edition of just fifteen units and will be in high demand amongst Warner fans throughout the world. Alan has created three clever routines to work with the same basic box and although it is not possible to perform all three at the same sitting it does add more mileage to the purchase as each effect is strong and different.
In Effect #1 you place a blank piece of plastic inside the box and start collecting invisible holes. As you collect them from the air you store them in the box. When the plastic is now tipped out it is covered with holes: squares, circles, and rectangles. You then notice a even rarer hole – a triangle and as you tip out the plastic it now has an extra triangle. Two sets of changes from a very innocent looking box without any tricky moves.
In Effect #2, a card is chosen from six miniature cards on display and placed on a blank piece of plastic (which can be given to the spectator). They can choose to place the card either face up or face down and once they are happy you place the plastic and card into the box. A magical gesture and the card and plastic is tipped out again – and the face or back of the chosen card has now been imprinted on the plastic. The playing card is then turned over to see that the side touching the plastic has been erased.
In Effect #3, the box is used to hold a single prediction and the spectator is given a fair choice of one of four neat looking plaques and of course every time the prediction matches perfectly. The predicted plaque can be different each time and the method is simple but clean.
Three great effects all housed in a beautiful presentation case that only Alan knows how to craft. If you are an Alan Warner fan then now would be the time to contact him to see if you can get on the list for one of these rare beauties. You will not be disappointed.
Highly Recommended for collectors everywhere!
What A Rare Treat!
There is almost nothing quite like waking up Christmas morning to open a brand new trick crafted by my good friend George Robinson. This is a beautiful item put out in conjunction with The Trickery and I for one hope these guys continue to put out more jewels like this.
The effect is old and the last time I saw a similar one was in $link(2514,Alan Warner’s Enigmatic). However, I believe the principle is older than that. Howie, at The Trickery, had a cheaper version for years. This version has been improved not only in materials but also method with a neat extra addition that now makes the effect even more amazing.
In effect you show the audience two sets of five ESP chips and the magician places a chip inside the box face-down , followed by the spectator. The Magician always goes first. When all five chips have been replaced they are tipped out on the base and one by one are shown to match perfectly. The order can be different every time and although the trick is not self-working it is easy to do.
If this is how 2012 is going to continue we have some amazing treats in store.
Highly recommended for collector’s and close-up performers everywhere!
Source: ESP Chip-Sational
Another Box Office and Perfection Attained
I’ve had a soft spot for T.A. Waters’ Box Office for years and have owned many versions. Magic Wagon too seem to like it as they have created three different versions now. For me this is their best and it is a really wonderful. Apart from better materials used from their original $link(3246,Mental Safari) they have added a knob for the inner tray. This make it much easier to take out the tray which is a weakness of the original version. Also the bottom where the prediction is placed is more stable and convincing.
If you wanted the most authentic looking version of this trick the $link(4326, Tabman Chest of Destiny) still rules, however as far as the best working and prettiest I believe this would be it. It is simply gorgeous and works 100% perfectly.
I believe these have already sold out which is a shame because it is one effect that more people should own.
Highly Recommended for collectors and close-up performers!
Source: Mental Safari Deluxe
My Favorite Geneva Prediction Watch
I’ve had opportunity to use four different versions of this watch – three directly from Collector’s Workshop, and this one from Meir Yedid. The See-Thru version uses a slightly different mechanism and unlike the original cannot be opened by the spectator. For me this is not an issue and in fact I believe the handling is simpler. One plus of the this version is the watch actually works and it looks particularly cool with the workings exposed and the movement freely seen.
Having it back again is good and It is part of my walk around act now.
Source: See-Thru Geneva Prediction Watch
Welcome back to an old Favorite!
This was the first item I ever purchased directly from Alan Warner about 35 years ago. I used to perform it all the time, but sold it along with the rest of my Warner collection shortly after the dot.com crash.
I was pleased to pick up a mint version just before Christmas and am happy to have it back in the collection (which seems to be growing again after my recent sell off!). It is a a very clean penetration that always amazes them.
Alan has created some truly clever and beautiful magic over the last 40+ years and this early painted miracle still is hard to beat. It is a real beauty – maybe it is time for Alan to create one in teak?
Highly Recommended for collectors and close-up performers everywhere!
Source: Siamese Ribbon
Fun and now a Fooler!
Excluding all of the Die Boxes and Run Rabbit Run’s, there have been many versions of this basic effect – on this site alone we have: $link(1220,Luna Trick), $link(993,Elusive Teddy Bear), and $link(3384,Sliding Disc Box). In most cases it is a poor cousin to the Die Box, because many Die Boxes do in fact fool the audience. Fortunately, Dan Wolfe and his team over at Smoky Mountain Magic have created the Magic Pizza Box which really is a fooler. They have added two large holes in the back that you put your hand through, and yet the pizza still vanishes. If you watch the video on Dan’s site it is a real surprise when it vanishes. Where did it go!
The wooden box is very well made and it really looks like a pizza box (albeit two together). The plastic pizza looks good enough to eat and the patter lines can be much more realistic and fun because the box and pizza look so good. The unit is built from unbreakable plastics, cabinet-grade plywood, and covered in their TuffKote laminate and will probably last a lifetime. It also comes with a duplicate pizza to reproduce on your back or elsewhere.
This is my first item from Dan and I look forward to purchasing more magic from him in the future. He was a friendly and helpful in my communications with him and got this out the same day I ordered it.
Now Chance Wolf is out of the picture it is hard to find unique, great quality, performable magic, but with Smoky Mountain Magic I believe I have a new dealer to watch.
Highly Recommended for stage and parlor performers everywhere!
Source: Magic Pizza Box