Great formal bar effect
I have had this effect for a few years and I’ve found it’s one of my favorites. The wooden cup is well made, and looks and feels nice. The cards are okay. basically bicycle cards with stickers put on them. The spectator picks a card (force, and you can use any force you want really) and the cup is lifted and set aside to reveal a bottle of gin sitting under it. Then without going to your pocket for a load (ala cups and balls) you immediately lift the cup again to reveal a can of tonic. The method is nice and the bottle is full of gin, the can heavy/weighted and firm. Nothing flimsy. You could end with a pocket load and I’ve often shoved a lime in the cup when the tonic water was revealed. I recommend it for an older audience as no one under 40 I know even knows what gin and tonic is.
Source: Gin and Tonic
I was hesitant to purchase this effect at first when I saw it on The Trickery’s site, since it seemed less "special" than other Colin Rose effects. By special I mean ornate, as are many of his wood turned vases, cups, etc.
But the premise seemed straight forward – which I liked – and the props did have a simplicity to them that would make a realistic presentation more believable. The props looked like old game fixtures, dice cups from an old board game. So, I went ahead and took the chance.
Boy, I was not disappointed. If anyone can make two simple, unadorned wood containers look better than this, I’d be surprised. They feel like you are holding something special. And the secret is so simple, it defies detection. I haven’t performed this yet, but I feel very confident I can pull this off. Nothing ground-breaking, but done correctly, I can see this being a nice, mid-set effect in a mentalism show.
A Miser Dreamer’s dreamed prop
Since getting the Wolf Classic Coin Ladder and Levent’s âUltimate Guide to the Miser Dreamâ DVD, I have been on the lookout for related props or gaffs to enhance this classic effect. Colin Rose of Five of Hearts has released an ingenious, beautifully crafted, solid brass tweezers to make a coin repeatedly appear on its tips and give the perfect illusion of the coin dropping into a container, with convincing sound effect.
The tweezers are heavy duty, measure close to 10 inches, and the method will intrigue you as it did me. The handle has the Five of Hearts trademark beautifully engraved on the handle. Though the tweezers are available mainly in American Half dollars or Euros, I believe, I challenged Colin to custom build one using a 1921 Morgan silver dollar I mailed him. This makes the prop useable with my Wolf Coin Ladder. He came through and it’s a prop I am most proud to ownâ¦I am always nervous when I get a new effect for my collection, fearing it will not meet my stubborn picky taste.
There are certainly minor angle issues, especially with the heavier dollar coin, but easily overcomed with a different handling than found in the instructions. It is quite entertaining and magical to practice in front of a large mirror. Seeing that coin suddenly appear as if caught out of the air is astonishing.
Most highly recommended!!
Source: Enchanted Tweezers