Review by Andy Martin for TimeTrix by Bazar de Magia

Review by Andy Martin for TimeTrix by Bazar de Magia
Review by Andy Martin for TimeTrix by Bazar de Magia
5 out of 5

A very nice, well priced Stull Watch

This is a very nice watch that works basically like the old Stull Watches, does not cost an arm and a leg and seems to be very consistent.

Basically you take off your watch and show how the winder freely moves the hand (as it should!), you then turn it over and hand it to them so that they can move the hand to any time without seeing.

You can always predict the time. The other good news is that you can repeat it up to 3 more times without the same number recycling. The watch can be examined before and after and comes with am impressive instruction booklet featuring more than 12 different routines.

The only problem I had with this effect was that the numbers on the box that were meant to be the "random" times this watch stopped on were wrong. This is easy to resolve you just write down the numbers for your watch the first time and then you are done from then on.

If you can’t afford the $link(1130,Richard Gerlitz Prediction Watch), then this is the one for you. One thing to be wary of: some of the early watches actually had the name "Timetrix" on the face – the instructions are printed that way but the watch itself has TmX on the face. When ordering yours you might want to ensure that you have TmX on yours. It seems a bit strange why they would go to the effort of creating what looks like a normal watch, and then stamp the name Timetrix on it!

Highly Recommmended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Ghostly Linking Finger Rings by Joe Porper

Review by Andy Martin for Ghostly Linking Finger Rings by Joe Porper
Review by Andy Martin for Ghostly Linking Finger Rings by Joe Porper
5 out of 5

This Miracle isn’t cheap, but it is Beautiful!

This is clearly one of the best of the $link(nd=gallery&keywords=joe.porper&flag=Joe%20Porper,Modern Joe Porper line). It is beautifully made, it is quite stunning when performed properly and it employs a clever mechanism. So it fills the Craftsmanship, Ingenuity, and Entertainment checklists of the Very Best Magic. Later in the year $link(http://www.dcheetah.com/?tagent=martinsmagic target=_blank,Digital Cheetah) will be developing a new website that just features The Best Magic, and this is precisely the sort of effect you will find there.

It arrives in a solid (and heavy!) hardwood presentation case and comes with a detailed booklet of instructions with lots of photos. To do justice to this effect will take some practice, but that is a good thing as we all know. The moves are certainly not difficult and the killer ending with the Al Koran inspired pen is accomplished all too easily!

The price at $695 is up there! But, unlike some of the other effects in this line, I believe you will be happy with it, and once you perform it you will for sure feel confident you have made a great choice. The dealer ads say this is a limited edition, but no mention is made of how limited the edition is. But if you are tempted to get one I suggest you get one soon – the amount of work to build these is by no means trivial so the supply will eventually run out.

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Review by Andy Martin for Nut Box by Joe Porper

Review by Andy Martin for Nut Box by Joe Porper
Review by Andy Martin for Nut Box by Joe Porper
4 out of 5

Nicely made and clever.

This is a nice piece from Joe Porper. It comes in the easily identified hard wood case and is made in Joe Porper’s popular anodized aluminum style.

The effect is simple enough. You show the nut in the box and ask a spectator to thread the bolt into the nut. It clearly is very solidly threaded into the bolt.

You have the spectator unscrew the bolt and then you show them how using magic you can thread it instantly. And this is what you do, one minute it is not threaded on the bolt and the next second it is – no covers or anything to hide. The whole unit can be examined both before and after.

The box is a mechanical gem and has great potential too fool you. The only real problem I have with this effect is: why do you need the black box at all? Why can’t you just thread the bolt on the nut in an instant without the box? Of course that would not make for an expensive collector item, but it would look more magical. But enough of this heracy – the box is beautifully made and the mechanism is clever.

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Review by Andy Martin for Dice Cup – Metal by Joe Porper

Review by Andy Martin for Dice Cup - Metal by Joe Porper
Review by Andy Martin for Dice Cup – Metal by Joe Porper
4 out of 5

Beautiful Dice Cup

If you are into dice stacking or you just like pretty utility items then this Dice Cup from Joe Porper is sure to please. This won’t make it any easier to actually do the Dice Stacking, but at least you will look good trying.

It is tall enough to handle 6 dice comfortably, made with polished silver metal, and wrapped with genuine alligator skin, and lined on the inside.

If you saw Fred Kaps do his simple Dice Stacking on his recent DVD you’ll know how cool and amazing it looks. And with a Porper cup how can you go wrong?

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Review by Andy Martin for Coin Wand by Joe Porper

Review by Andy Martin for Coin Wand by Joe Porper
Review by Andy Martin for Coin Wand by Joe Porper
4 out of 5

Professor Hoffman your Coin Wand is here!

Ever since I saw the Coin Wand in $link(http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/?nd=full&key=1595 target=_blank, Hoffman’s Modern Magic) (page 203 in my edition) I have always thought this was a cool utility device. Until this baby arrived I had never actually seen one up close.

The wand is nicely made and works very smoothly. It allows you to vanish and appear as many dollar sized coins as you fancy – without any difficult sleights or moves.

The choice of a Dollar coin as opposed to a Half Dollar is interesting: on the one hand the coins are clearly visible from quite a distance, but the downside is the wand has these unusual slightly flared ends to accomodate the size of the coin. I do most of my magic in close-up and parlour settings these days, so I would have preferred the smaller sized coins with less of a flare. However, if you are using this in the bigger venue then you probably won’t even notice the taper and you really benefit from the bigger coin. It is probably a small point, but worth mentioning.

Otherwise, this is another fine magic utility from Joe Porper.

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Review by Andy Martin for Card Penetration Box by Joe Porper

Review by Andy Martin for Card Penetration Box by Joe Porper
Review by Andy Martin for Card Penetration Box by Joe Porper
2 out of 5

For Collector’s Only

This is probably the worst effect in the current Joe Porper Line. The effect holds great promise, the box is well made and looks nice.

The premise is you show the black box, with hole running through the middle and show a bolt that goes through the hole and then you add a full deck of cards and clearly demonstrate that the bolt cannot go through the deck. Then after the magic incantation you ask the spectator to push down on the bolt and it goes all the way in penetrating the deck. You can then pull out the bolt and hand everything out for examination.

However, it has some serious angle issues and takes some real talent to pull this off without exposing the method. I found the box just too difficult to seriously use. I also found it strange that although there is a hole running from top to bottom you cannot show the bolt coming out of the bottom after the so called penetration.

Anyway if you are collecting the Porper Line you’ll have to get this, otherwise I really think you will be dissappointed with it.

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Review by George Guerra for Riser Shorty by Jim Riser

Review by George Guerra for Riser Shorty by Jim Riser
Review by George Guerra for Riser Shorty by Jim Riser
5 out of 5

"The ULTIMATE Metal Chop Cup"

Jim Riser has released one incredible chop cup. This is the Riser Shorty in copper and is a true testament to metal spinning art. This is a hefty goblet sized cup made of TWO layers of metal allowing the gimmick to be conveniently hidden between the walls, hence the weight. When I first opened the package and held the cup in my hand, I immediately knew this was special. After playing with it for a while, I could only admire the workmanship. Jim truly outdid himself.

One issue I always had with chop cups is over that certain force needed to dislodge the ball and the occasional embarrassment of the ball not dropping. I always thought that the rather forceful landing of the cup on the working surface was too suspicious and awkward. Well, Jim may have solved the problem. How would you like an almost "automatic" chop cup? With a slight twist of the wrist holding the cup the supplied hollow steel core crocheted ball can be dislodged without the cup hitting the table. Yet, the same ball can be dropped into the cup and poured out without any attraction to the cup, if desired, and always in control. Is this feature alone worth the title of the ultimate chop cup? Add the beautiful double walled spun cup in brilliant copper and there is no cup in existence to beat this one.

The Riser Shorty is designed for the close-up worker. The Riser Tall spun in aluminum is also being released for the stage worker. I own several Riser cups and this is definitely his best release. What a great contribution to magic from this talented master craftsman..thanks, Jim.

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Review by George Guerra for CW Spirit Cabinet by Collectors' Workshop

Review by George Guerra for CW Spirit Cabinet by Collectors' Workshop
Review by George Guerra for CW Spirit Cabinet by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

George Robinson is to be congratulated on this one

This item took nearly a year to receive, but it was more than well worth it. When I first learned of this new CW item, I couldn’t believe the price. Rather than ordering online, I had to call George at Viking to verify the price and wasted no time to be the second person ordering it.

Well, the chest is a BEAUTY, practically museum quality, and a testament to skilled woodworking. The images on the Viking site definitely do not do justice to this prop. The choice of SOLID hardwoods is to be commended. Dark walnut contrasts wonderfully with the lighter colored maple. The maple used for the doors is matched, nicely grained, figured on one side, and inlayed with walnut accents..gorgeous. The Japanese design to the chest is most attractive and should get the stares.

The chest is subtlety gimmicked in three places, and yes, you will need to read the instructions to find them. Quality accessories, some gimmicked, come with the chest to perform the SEVEN effects described in the well-written multi-page instructions.

The first effect is the classic "Astro-Ball" done with a gold/black cloth ball and a turned wood Japanese bowl. Second, is "Ring on Wand" – borrowed ring followed by large brass ring penetrate solid brass wand running across the chest with tips clearly visible protruding on both walls. George added his own improvement to this old Grant effect. Third, is "Samurai’s Legacy", a large Chinese coins and cord penetration effect. Fourth, is "Sefalaljia" – a classic single ring on cord using the "hook" method plus a bonus non-hook alternative called "Massecar Variation" is described. "Life’s Lesson/The Marriage Ceremony" is the two-loop rope linking effect popular in another apparatus, Dean’s Box. The remaining two are old effects, "Hindu Ring Mystery" by Eddie Joseph and "Block Cord", done in style with this chest. The supplied block has a red lacquered finish with brass Chinese coins inlayed on 4 sides..very nice!

The effects are not necessarily "originals" but definitely first class acts in the context of this versatile chest. As mentioned in the instructions, the Spirit Chest represents a "unique theatre". It turns otherwise "simple" effects into a truly magical experience. A worthy addition to the CW line, I would have paid twice the asking price, if not more. Now, hopefully, ideas and new effects can be gathered, in due time, for a manuscript. What do you think, George?

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Review by Andy Martin for CW Spirit Cabinet by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for CW Spirit Cabinet by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for CW Spirit Cabinet by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Wow! This is incredible!

One look at the Collector’s Workshop Spirit Cabinet from Master Craftsman George Robinson makes you fall in love with beautiful magic all over again!

What a rare treat to open up a box and be totally blown away by the craftsmanship. Not only is this little cabinet incredible to behold, it comes with a box full of goodies too, with 9 pages of instructions and 7 routines. Talk about incredible value for your dollar.

This has to be one of the best buys in magic on all levels: value, sheer beauty, number of routines. I honestly don’t know how George can produce these at such a low price. You should get one before they run out.

I’ll post a longer review when I have studied the detailed instructions that come with this. In the meantime, if you have any doubts that Viking/Collector’s Workshop are producing some of the finest magic today – just buy this single piece and you will understand.

So very highly recomended, it hurts!

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Review by Andy Martin for Zig Zag Art by Kreg Yingst

Review by Andy Martin for Zig Zag Art by Kreg Yingst
Review by Andy Martin for Zig Zag Art by Kreg Yingst
5 out of 5

Slightly Dark but Unique Art!

This set of prints from the talented artist Kreg Yingst are wonderful for the magic Den. He has 52 different designs and if you are looking to create a new Rainbow deck then contact Kreg as he would love to work with someone in the industry who could spearhead their publication.

He has some other amazing paintings and magic related artwork on $link(http://www.kregyingst.com target=_blank,his website). Be sure to check them out!

He’s a real nice guy too!

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