Review by George Guerra for Hemingway Lock by Collectors' Workshop

Review by George Guerra for Hemingway Lock by Collectors' Workshop
Review by George Guerra for Hemingway Lock by Collectors' Workshop
4 out of 5

One very heavy lock trick

The American Lock Co. lock used in this effect is quite impressive in itself. It’s big and heavy for a padlock. I have an original and that was a Series 700 lock, which I assume is still used for the effect. The one drawback to this version is that the method requires the performer to open the lock at the end. This is in contrast to Key-R-Rect, where the spectator is allowed to do the unlocking. Now the presentation included with the effect takes this into account, but still it is rather awkward and suspicion may be aroused that the lock is gimmicked.

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Review by John W. Watson for Constant Fooling: Vol. 2 by David Regal

Review by John W. Watson for Constant Fooling: Vol. 2 by David Regal
Review by John W. Watson for Constant Fooling: Vol. 2 by David Regal
5 out of 5

David Regal does it again…even better!!

When I first learned of Mr. Regal, I contacted him via email and asked what he suggested I add to my library to increase my knowledge of magic. He suggested Close-Up and Personal follwed by Constant Fooling Vols 1 and 2. Was he ever correct!

Not only does the book look amazing, the effects inside aren’t just included for fluff. These are actual routines that can be used in real life for some great effects!

Not only does he include some killer material but also a lot of insights and ideas to make your routines better. He’s also a very funny and entertaining person, making this book a joy to read and learn from.

Should you buy it? Yes! Why? Because the material inside is well thought out, thoroughly described, and simply amazing. Add it to your library, you won’t be disappointed.

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Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Time III by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Time III by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Time III by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Finally, the Original is back, better than ever before!

George Robinson is a very brave man! Even after 100’s (or 1000’s) of Perfect Time ripoffs have been sold, he embarked on producing the definitive version of the original Collector’s Workshop masterpiece: Perfect Time. This was more a labor of love than anything else I have seen George create and he had a number of set-backs along the way which would have put off most other manufacturers. But George soldiered on, and finally Perfect Time III is here. And this indeed is Perfect!

The timing is perfect too, as I have spoken to many magicians who have started to realise how poor the ripoffs really are, and if they intend to regularly perform this miracle that they better have the best version. There is only one official version of Perfect Time, and their is only one version that you will ever need, and Perfect Time III is the one.

The watch is a class act from top to bottom. Even the case that the watch comes in is a heavy duty quality, not the cheaper ones you see with the pretenders. The watch itself looks totally normal and really is a pleasure to wear. It even keeps the correct time as of course a watch is meant to do. You really can just wear this watch as your normal watch and it will always be ready to tell the time and to produce a miracle at the drop of hat.

The mechanism itself is incredible – very, very solid and reliable. George has had these things running in his shop for months now, and they just keep on going. You can feel the difference when you use the watch too. There is nothing I can fault about this watch. It looks real, if acts real, it is 100% reliable and the mechanism starts and stops without you moving your wrist or touching the face of the watch. If you have never fancied performing this effect before, now is the time to try it out.

Buy it now, before they run out again! Highly Recommended!

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Review by Doug Gorman for Cairo Con by Alan Warner

Review by Doug Gorman for Cairo Con by Alan Warner
Review by Doug Gorman for Cairo Con by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Con-gratulations!

This is my first piece of Alan Warner magic, but not my last. The effect is entertaining, and the method is clever, but what is most striking is the quality of craftsmanship and the friendliness of service I received from Alan in the acquisition of this beautiful piece. Thanks, Alan, for your creativity, your attention to detail, and your just plain being a nice person.

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Review by Doug Gorman for Matched by Alan Warner

Review by Doug Gorman for Matched by Alan Warner
Review by Doug Gorman for Matched by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

A Doubly Good Double Prediction

What a beauty! Alan’s creative thinking is surpassed only by his absolutely unparalelled craftsmanship. This is a wonderful double prediction that involves not only creativity in the apparatus, but in the presentation as well. There are some subtleties in the method that, when combined with the ingenious apparatus, make this a world-class fooler. You must have one of these!

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Review by Doug Gorman for Sign of The Snake by Alan Warner

Review by Doug Gorman for Sign of The Snake by Alan Warner
Review by Doug Gorman for Sign of The Snake by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

A Serpent Success

This prediction effect is another of the beautiful Alan Warner Egyptian pieces, and the presentation story included with the props is wonderful. This is one of the more colorful pieces in Alan’s collection, and the effect is a beauty, complete with humor and a magical zinger. I’ve even figured out a way to repeat the effect for the same audience. And such craftsmanship, you wouldn’t believe it…oh yes, you would. After all, it is an Alan Warner!

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Review by Doug Gorman for Pharaoh's Cartouche by Alan Warner

Review by Doug Gorman for Pharaoh's Cartouche by Alan Warner
Review by Doug Gorman for Pharaoh's Cartouche by Alan Warner
4 out of 5

A Beautiful Penetration Effect

This is a very nice penetration effect, with absolutely magnificent props. Every time I obtain an Alan Warner effect, I marvel at the craftsmanship, the sheer beauty of the prop. The presentation, coupled with these enchanting props, makes for a very entertaining piece of magic

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Review by Scott Snider for Frozen in Time by Masuda

Review by Scott Snider for Frozen in Time by Masuda
Review by Scott Snider for Frozen in Time by Masuda
5 out of 5

Great Closeup from Masuda

I bought this trick when Mr. Masuda showed it at a convention a few years back and it is one of my favorite closeup tricks to use. You tell the story about a postcard and watch having been photographed some time ago. The spectator gets to announce a time he thinks the watch had on it when the photog took the picture. The magician then reveals the picture after correctly guessing the spectator’s time and shows that there was no way it could have been set to any other hour due to the picture being sealed inside a plexiglass block. This can be handed out for brief examination to reveal that the watch and photo was frozen in time. Great trick. Ingenious method and highly recommended. You will use this a lot for close up magic.

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Review by Andy Martin for Li Chang's Boxes by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Li Chang's Boxes by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Li Chang's Boxes by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Ah! Alan Warner Genius and Beauty Combined!

I’ve always liked the look of these beautiful teak boxes. They are compact and strong and with the the red and blue chinese symbols look very striking.

What is even better about these boxes is that they are a general switching device, anything that fits in one box can be transported into the other box: cards, billets, letters, colors, etc. You could use them in forces, do as I do effects, mind reading effects – the list is long!

There are no switches, flaps or external devices – the boxes are totally self contained and the method is just so very clever.

You will love how they look and how they operate – very different from any othe card boxes I have seen.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Enigmatic by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Enigmatic by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Enigmatic by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Clever, Convincing, and Beautifully Made!

This happens to be one of my favorite Alan Warner pieces. It makes use of an old principle to great effect and really produces an outstanding miracle.

Simply stated the effect is this: the box is shown and 2 sets of 5 tiles are tipped out. The spectator gets 5 and the magician gets 5. The magician then starts to place his tiles into the box face down, followed by the spectator one at a time. In each case the magician places his first, but when the box is turned over the order of the tiles match perfectly.

There are no switches or tricky sleights, the tiles and box can be examined, and it really looks this clean. A wonderful miracle from one of Magic’s Master Craftsmen.

Highly Recommended

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