This is a beautiful piece of magic. It has a method that is clever so magicians like it, and it is clean and convincing so audiences like it.
What more could you ask for – the woodwork is also first class!
The basic effect is you show two nested boxes with 4 blocks. You leave the room and ask the spectator to arrange the blocks in any order in the inner box. Then place the smaller box inside the larger and close them up.
On your return without opening either box or any funny moves you can discern the exact order of the blocks. The inner box itself is opaque and there is no way you can see inside, but when placed inside the larger box this puts it into the miracle class!
Well I am very, very lucky to have this beautiful piece. Alan Warner himself gave me this, from his own personal collection, as a thank-you for the new website I built to showcase his magic warner.qualitymagic.com. This was a most wonderful surprise, since this is one of his very early teak pieces, that he discontinued years ago.
The effect is simple but beautiful of course. For full details click here.
This really is a very beautiful piece – did I say I was very, very pleased to receive this today? Thank-you Alan very much!
There are few people in this crazy Magic business that have true heart for the subject. Andy, your willingness to share your collection, your thoughts, tips and personal guidance is a welcome oasis.
Also, your knowledge of website development far exceeds anything or anyone I have come in contact with. Thanks for sharing both of your talents with us.
Where have you been for the last twelve months??? You are obviously deep into the magic field these days. Do you ever come back to the UK? Love to see you. Currently President of the South Downs Magicians. Are you still into computers?. Love to you and family. Regards Stan
Harry Potter is such a huge success, anything that reminds people of it can be bathed with similar success! And what better scene to remember than the final showdown of Wizard’s Chess?
That clever guy Lee Woodside came up with this great routine that is simple to do but really quite a fooler. The basic premise of the effect is that you show a box of chess pieces that fought bravely in a recent game of Wizard’s Chess. You turn your back and ask the spectator to choose one of the broken pieces and conceal it in their fist. Without facing the audience the performer of course is able to divulge their chosen piece.
The method is simple, but works. Lee Woodside has a quite amazing list of interesting and unusal effects, click here for some examples.
I have this one for a time now and it is every time a great pleasure to perform. The look at their faces when they see the dice exploding in eight (!) little dice is priceless. Very, very easy to perform with an instant (surprising) reward. Totally undetectable gimmick. This is what I like in magic most… Although it is good value for money, the props could have been nicer made (it is a production item…) and it is a little bit difficult to carry around. But believe me, you will love this.
Well, I use these tiny creatures now for some time and they are really a killer! I used to do sponge trics a longer time, but just the balls. Till I had the opportunity to meet Jeff mcBride and he told me to use bunnies. Just for one simple reason: people (and especially children and women) love those fluffy animals. They are totally stunned and don’t try to look at the secret at all but just want to see the bunnies: leaving a happy and smiling audience… Easy to do once you’ve mastered some basic sleights. With a lot of variations possible. This is a classic!
I had the same problem setting that thread up so here’s what I did:
Attach the end of about 15″ of thread to the back near the spindle. Take a piece of wire about 6″ long and bend the end of the wire into a tiny ‘J’ hook that fits through the hole. Put your hook through the hole, snatch the thread, and pull it through to the front. Lightly scotch tape the tread to the back CENTER edge of the card to be forced and place it in the pocket. When the tread wraps around the spindle and the card goes into the spider’s legs the tape will release the card. With this wire hook gadget you can set the effect up in about 2 minutes. I’ve been using the same thread for 8 years.
Hope this works for you, it’s a great effect and David Ginn has a wonderful kids routine in one of his books.
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