Review by Andy Martin for Mini Vox Package by Anchor Audio

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Vox Package by Anchor Audio
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Vox Package by Anchor Audio
5 out of 5

Perfect Audio for the Magician!

I always wanted a portable sound system – even though I rarely need it. This package is beautiful! Wonderful sound in a very small package. You can always take it with you just in case. Play your music too!

Makes you feel like a Vegas performer!

I also added a Mini Disk player that was only available in Japan – it is tiny with a tiny remote control, so that you can now not only have a full PA system you can also play music during your act without once going near the table. A much cheaper alternative to some other units on the market!

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Review by Andy Martin for Criterion Demo Table by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Criterion Demo Table by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Criterion Demo Table by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Ah look at these beauties!

The Criterion Demo Table fills a great void in my close-up magic performances and practice sessions. I have tried a number of different tables and table tops, but when it comes to performing they all fall short of my requirements. When it comes to close-up you need a larger top and more accessible space beneath to place your new and shown items.

Not only does the Criterion Table look beautiful, it works really well too. The size is perfect for any close-up performance I do and with a lot of easily accessible space beneath the table, I can store my whole act and get to it very easily too.

The display of effects on this table were all made by the talented $link(http://www.vikingmagic.com/?html=full&key=431&tagent=af_mm,George Robinson), and what better way to show them off than with a very classy demo table. This is the one to impress them all!

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Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Bottle – Natural by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Bottle - Natural by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Bottle – Natural by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

Grab these while you can!

As I look at all the magic I’ve puchased over the last 32 years it becomes very clear to me that there are very few real craftsmen around still making quality magic. Craftsmen like Alan Warner, Mel Babcock, and Richard Gerlitz are all on my list of course. But sometimes I forget to add to that same list: George Robinson of Viking Mfg./Collector’s Workshop. When I look at the quality that he consistently pumps out it is quite amazing, and then you factor in the price – there is noone else in the industry, period, that produces the same quality at the same price.

This little bottle is a wonderful piece that you will be proud to own. It is easy to do and comes with some great ideas. I suggest you $link(http://www.vikingmagic.com/?html=full&key=768&tagent=martinsmagic,snap these up) because I don’t know how George is able to offer these at such low prices. For the amount of work involved they are a huge deal!

In fact I would say the same thing about a lot of Viking pieces – George has kept his prices very low for a long time. You can get some of the same effects for less from the rip-off guys, but if you want the real deal pay a fraction more and you will be much happier. Viking quality really shines when you take the time to appreciate it.

I suggest you $link(http://www.vikingmagic.com/?html=search&tagent=martinsmagic,point your browser to the Viking site) and load up on many of the cool effects that George has to offer – I have owned nearly all of the pieces from the current Viking catalog, and only now am really starting to appreciate how much better they are than so much of the other dross out there.

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Review by Andy Martin for Color Cube – Deluxe by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Color Cube - Deluxe by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Color Cube – Deluxe by Viking Mfg.
4 out of 5

Very nice Color Cube!

Sometimes the old and simple effects are the best. This version of the Color Cube by $link(http://www.vikingmagic.com/cgi-bin/dc.pl?html=full&key=606&tagent=martinsmagic target=_blank,George Robinson) is wonderful. In fact, I’ve been trying to think of a routine with two of them so that I can justify buying another!

The size of this is bigger than the kids toy version which lends itself to some very real miracles. The box is Asian mahogany with a hand-rubbed finish and even the cube is hand-crafted with inset acrylic spots, so it can be seen quite easily for close-up and parlor work.

Time to revive this old chestnut, with some imagination! If you spend half of the effort and time that George put into making this, I’m sure you’ll have a very pleasant experience.

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Review by Joey Butler for Mind Chips by Mikame Craft

Review by Joey Butler for Mind Chips by Mikame Craft
Review by Joey Butler for Mind Chips by Mikame Craft
5 out of 5

A Quick Addition for Multiple Performances

I love this trick. It comes with two possible outcomes in color selection. (I am trying not to give anything away here.) To be able to have both available to me, I cut a "false bottom" out of black felt. That way, I can store the alternative color chip in the bottom of the box and still have it immediately available if someone says, "Hey, do that one with the chips again." This would make this trick more useful for walk around.

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Review by Andy Martin for Satanic Book Test, The by Brad Henderson

Review by Andy Martin for Satanic Book Test, The by Brad Henderson
Review by Andy Martin for Satanic Book Test, The by Brad Henderson
5 out of 5

Finally a Book Test that is Entertaining!

I have owned five different book tests and only performed one of them. The reason is that, with the exception of $link(1142,Lee Woodside’s Dream Revelation), I’ve never really felt that there was much point to them – the methods are often clever (hence their appeal to magicians), but they really lack in entertainment value.

Brad Henderson has come up with a very funny and amazing book test that draws value and entertainment from the books themselves as well as the final revelation. The Satanic Book Test is clearly a performance piece – you can’t just roll it out the afternoon you receive it, and it does require some careful practice and talent to do it justice. The mechanics are easy to grasp, with plenty of tips and subtleties to handle various situations, but you will need to be confident in your acting abilities to pull it off.

This is a "good thing" – if more magicians spent time actually rehearsing their shows we would see better performances. I think in the right hands this could easily become the greatest eight minutes of your act. I plan on spending a long time before I roll this out in my act, but I am confident that I will in fact roll it out, which will make it a very good book test indeed!

As it arrives you get a very well produced 25 page booklet with numerous photos, tips, patter, and subtleties. You will need to purchase the actual books required for the test, but these are readily available.

Highly recommended if you really want to entertain your audiences, rather than just show a few tricks to your friends.

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Review by Andy Martin for Jack and Jill – Collector's Version by Trickery

Review by Andy Martin for Jack and Jill - Collector's Version by Trickery
Review by Andy Martin for Jack and Jill – Collector's Version by Trickery
5 out of 5

Wow! These are beautiful!

Ok so Howie and Bob spent some time with less worthy craftsman – that glue and pencil guy, that tricky shamrock guy, … now finally they are working with a real pro. If you saw the old Jack and Jill that Howie sold these are so much better its like a whole new trick.

They are very thin and beautifully finished. The cards are expertly made and the effect is just so clean now. You place the jack in one holder and the queen in the other and instantly they swap places. Even though they can see the cards at all times.

If you are a medium to high high-end collector that appreciates the fine Magic of craftsmen like Alan Warner and Mel Babcock, you will surely appreciate the workmanship in this new release.

You can only buy them from Howie and Bob $link(http://www.thetrickery.com/Detail.bok?no=3420,over at the Trickery) – do so now before the run is over. They are exquisite!

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Review by Andy Martin for Fall Apart Table by Mephisto-Huis

Review by Andy Martin for Fall Apart Table by Mephisto-Huis
Review by Andy Martin for Fall Apart Table by Mephisto-Huis
5 out of 5

Ready for a Heart Attack?

Mephisto of Belguim have a fine line of quality magic – this fall apart table and the matching Fall Apart Chair are no exception. This table is so solid you could stand on it if you desired. There is no sign of gimmicks or anything and its radio controlled. So you can use it quite normally throughout your show, moving it around without fear. But when you press that button, watch out! It comes crashing down to the ground with a thunderous sound! This is how fall apart props should be made. Wonderful to play with and a real surprise for the audience.

This table is so solid I had my 21", 75 lb computer monitor on for a three month period when I was moving last year. I can even stand on it (I’m 215 lbs!).

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