Review by Andy Martin for Walnut Mini Production Cabinet by Trickery

Review by Andy Martin for Walnut Mini Production Cabinet by Trickery
Review by Andy Martin for Walnut Mini Production Cabinet by Trickery
5 out of 5

You can always spot a real Craftsman!

My good friend Howie over at $link(http://www.thetrickery.com/?myaf=9195 target=_blank,The Trickery) has struggled with various wood guys over the last ten years or so since his business began. In all of these years, in my opinion, he has only employed one real Craftsman – the infamous J.L. Wright. Few know the true identity of this character but whoever he was he was very talented, and it is a real shame he is no longer making magic.

His pinnacle was clearly the $link(2260,Definitive Hole in One) and other treats where his $link(2168,Jack and Jill), the $link(2427,Collector’s Edition Dice Box), and $link(2013,Penny Pour). This particular Mini Production Cabinet, an old trickery favorite, is probably the second best item he produced for Howie.

It is very beautifully made in Walnut. It has a very clean production mechanism and is a true joy to behold. It even has a feature that allows you to hand out the box for examination at the end if you so desire. This is truly collector’s quality and since he is no longer creating items for The Trickery or elsewhere as far as I know, these will soon be impossible to get hold of.

Howie still has a few left so $link(http://www.thetrickery.com/?nd=full&key=6042&myaf=9195 target=_blank,grab them while you can!)

Highly Recommended!

(Please notice that the items in the photo are all Trickery Exclusives, but they are not all by J.L. Wright)

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Review by Larry Wilfong for Houdini Poster (uncirculated) by Jerry Matalo

Review by Larry Wilfong for Houdini Poster (uncirculated) by Jerry Matalo
Review by Larry Wilfong for Houdini Poster (uncirculated) by Jerry Matalo
5 out of 5

What happens when printers try to be nice!

This is a very unique example of a helpful printer of days gone by making an honest mistake while trying to be helpful to the famous Harry Houdini.

This poster was obtained from Jerry Matalo (not certain of the correct spelling) who was Houdini’s metal worker. At some point in time after Houdini’s passing, he acquired many of Houdini’s show pieces (including curtains, etc.) and this poster.

The story is that Houdini had ordered a quantity of posters featuring his Upside Down Escape. Of course, the pictures supplied to the printer correctly showed Houdini Upside Down in the restraint.

The helpful(?) printer surmised there must have been an error in showing the performer Upside Down, so the printer took it upon himself to correct(?) the problem by changing the position of the performer so he was pictured upright.

If you look carefully at the poster you will see the locks are hanging in the wrong direction contrary to the laws of nature.

Houdini’s crew spotted the problem and supposedly the posters were never distributed to the public.

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Review by Larry Wilfong for Appearing Bird Cage by Merv Taylor

Review by Larry Wilfong for Appearing Bird Cage by Merv Taylor
Review by Larry Wilfong for Appearing Bird Cage by Merv Taylor
5 out of 5

Lucille Ball’s Bird Cage!

This appearing cage used by Lucy was given to Ed Rosenthal by Leon M. Leon as documented by the enclosed letter from Leon and his wife "Teddy" dated November 5, 1981.

LEON

Hi Ed..

Sorry to take so long keeping my promise to add a Merv Taylor Bird Cage to your magic collection.-But BOY! Have I been busy? The cage has been squirreled away, so I needed a lot of spare time to located it; But here it is,- and here is its story, (since every item in a collection should have a story.) This "BIRD CAGE" was used only one time,- Yet more people saw it, than ever saw any other single piece of magical apparatus. You ask, "HOW COME?"

Well, Lucille Ball used it in an "I Love Lucy" T.V. Show that broke all audience records in 1952. (and it is still showing some where in the world today.) After the filming, the prop man gave the "CAGE" to me. (I was sound man on the show.) Teddy wants to add to this "LETTER"(?) – so I’ll let her take over.

(THE FOLLOWING WORDS FROM TEDDY LEON ARE WRITTEN IN SCRIPT.)

My Dears – Things have been pretty hectic since we’ve returned home. I didn’t realize how much work, mail etc could accumulate in 3 weeks. Anyway we are about caught up. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you both – short tho it was. You are delightful hosts. Thank you for allowing us the freedom of your home. We arrived home in good time tired but happy, after three weeks of fun and games. We still talk about our dinner with you at the Brown Derby – It was quite an experience. Again, thanks for your warm and gracious hospitality. Hope we see you soon. – Fondly, Teddy.

The shorter memo seems to be a type of "form letter" Leon gave to his friends to whom he gifted part of his collection…

A PERMANENT LOAN.

BECAUSE I ENJOY SHARING WHAT I HAVE WITH MY FRIENDS, PLEASE USE THIS IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE, FOR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE. YOU MAY DISPLAY IT, PERFORM WITH IT, HIDE IT AWAY IN YOUR COLLECTION OR LEND IT TO ANYONE YOU LIKE. HOWEVER, (AS LONG AS I AM ALIVE) PLEASE DO NOT SELL, TRADE, NOR GIVE IT AWAY.- SHOULD YOU NO LONGER WANT IT, THE ONLY WAY TO DISPOSE OF IT IS TO RETURN IT TO ME.

Leon M. Leon 10718 Acama Street North Hollywood California 91602

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Review by Larry Wilfong for Snake Basket by Jack Hughes

Review by Larry Wilfong for Snake Basket by Jack Hughes
Review by Larry Wilfong for Snake Basket by Jack Hughes
5 out of 5

The Grand Daddy of Snake Baskets

This is the Grand Daddy to Chance Wolf’s wonderful limited edition Snake Basket.

In typical Hughes’ fashion an ingenious combination of unexpected events occur with very little effort on the part of the performer. The actual "mechanism" or to be more correct COMBINATION of mechanisms operates on several low tech and very reliable principles.

There are NO ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS and NO WIND-UP MOTORS, etc. to worry the performer. All of the SIMPLE mechanics are triggered from OUTSIDE the basket.

Initially a green snake with yellow spots shyly pokes his head out of the top of his basket and then stands up tall with the basket lid spinning on his head

Thus begins a very entertaining SERIES of effects including a comic revelation of a (really) freely selected colored ping pong ball when Sammy the Snake physically tosses the chosen colored ball out of the basket.

A comedy interlude is included when a smaller (rattle?) snake jumps out of the basket, and a patch of grass appears on Sammy’s head> all accompanied by the appropriate scripted patter.

The original instruction sheets which are still with this gem include patter and full presentations by June Cochran and another full routine by John G. Turner.

This thoroughly enjoyable set is climaxed by Sammy’s going down into his basket and sifting through a full deck of cards to find a signed card (no force)…of course he tosses several cards up and out of the basket in the process…only to rise out of his basket one final time with the chosen card proudly displayed in his mouth!

This review and picture is courtesy of THE ED ROSENTHAL COLLECTION.

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Review by Matt Kielbiski for Zig Zag Soda Can by Frank Klein

Review by Matt Kielbiski for Zig Zag Soda Can by Frank Klein
Review by Matt Kielbiski for Zig Zag Soda Can by Frank Klein
5 out of 5

Zig Zag CAn

I remember when I first got this effect…I did it for my parents haha. And when I pulled the middle over they had that puzzled look on their face. My father especially, trying to not seem amused..I knew he was thinkin "how in in the world". And from seeing that look on my dad’s face, I wouldn’t give this peice up for anything. If you can get your hands on one take it!! It isn’t difficult to use, and is a true mystery as the traditional zig zag was meant to be.

Now some 5 years later….when I pull my gal’s middle out…I see my dad’s face of "how in the world?"

Definatly worth the money.

One of my fav illusionettes.

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Review by Andy Martin for Zanadu – The Card Wizard by Fairchild Entertainment

Review by Andy Martin for Zanadu - The Card Wizard by Fairchild Entertainment
Review by Andy Martin for Zanadu – The Card Wizard by Fairchild Entertainment
5 out of 5

Attaboy for the Potter Generation!

I’ve always liked $link(1170,Jack Hughes’ Attaboy), but felt that it was starting to look a bit dated. So along comes Fairchild Entertainment and produces the high quality and wonderful Zanadu – The Card Wizard. It is the exact same effect as Attaboy – though now it works with poker sized cards (most of the original Abbott’s ones did not, though according to my sources in Arizona some did) – and it is big and showy to be seen by many – it is 24" high.

This surely opens this wonderful effect up to a whole new generation of would be wizards?

I have one minor complaint – a little bit of felt would go along way to make this a totally quiet Wizard. Otherwise, the action is very smooth.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Sean Waters for Geneva Prediction Watch by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Sean Waters for Geneva Prediction Watch by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Sean Waters for Geneva Prediction Watch by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Beautiful in appearance and in effect!!!!!

This is truly a gem. This is a masterpiece in my opinion, and I owned an original Stull Watch Outdone. It is elegant and classic in it’s appearance, and perfect in it’s working. The method has a zen-like simplicity that you will treasure. Subtle and brilliant. This is a must have tool. There are many time prediction methods, but none so artistic.

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Review by Andy Martin for Silk Production Box by Mikame Craft

Review by Andy Martin for Silk Production Box by Mikame Craft
Review by Andy Martin for Silk Production Box by Mikame Craft
5 out of 5

Mikame Keep On Creating Fine Quality Magic!

It is good to see that great magic is still coming from Mikame Craft. Over the last 4 years I have picked up $link(nd=gallery&keywords=Mikame%20Craft&flag=Mikame%20Craft,over 30 different pieces) created by Mikame Craft, and they have many more that I have not yet acquired. They consistently produce fine quality magic that is clever and unique. I know Mikame Craft used to be more exclusive, but I have found the quality very fine and their prices reasonable – so I have no complaints.

This beauty is wonderful! I needed a "Jap" box for a great routine with $link(2425,Mel Babcock’s Rainbow Die Box) by my friend Larry WIlfong. This is a very well made box with 2 loads that lock with a very clever mechanism. It even comes with an extra load chamber as large as the box itself, for those of you who are doing platform/stage work with a table.

This is very well finished, and really could not be improved upon. The mechanism is clean and works everytime. I am very happy with this beautiful box.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Larry Wilfong for Nest of Boxes – Brass by Viking Mfg.

Review by Larry Wilfong for Nest of Boxes - Brass by Viking Mfg.
Review by Larry Wilfong for Nest of Boxes – Brass by Viking Mfg.
4 out of 5

Great Effect and it Feels Good, too!

Using the duplicate outer box takes this somewhat standard effect to a whole new level! The box(es) can be sitting on your close-up pad, loaded in another box, bag or "impossible" location and you’re set to perform a miracle.

The best part is that the set-up is easy, so you can concentrate on PRESENTATION.

I want to mention that I did have a problem with my set of boxes being too tight and I had put them aside. During a conversation with George at Viking I mentioned this and he invited me to return my set to his shop.

His craftsman did whatever Magic it took to fix the problem on ALL the boxes and I’ve been a happy camper ever since.

Score one for George Robinson! (and me) 🙂

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Review by Joey Butler for Nest of Boxes – Brass by Viking Mfg.

Review by Joey Butler for Nest of Boxes - Brass by Viking Mfg.
Review by Joey Butler for Nest of Boxes – Brass by Viking Mfg.
2 out of 5

Love the Plot But …

I love this trick. I have a plastic version that Tenyo put out. I think it was Tenyo. I always thought this would be great in brass. When I got mine, though, the lids are so tight that the spectator is going to lose interest in opening all five – especially if she breaks a nail doing it! Perhaps constant usage would loosen them a bit.

Martin’s Magic Comment – I have had two sets of this beautiful trick and have not seen the problems Joey’s having. I also should comment that there are only 4 boxes, not 5, so I wonder if joey even has the same set? I still love it!

Here are some notes from George Robinson at Viking Magic:

Our brass Nest of Boxes are made to exacting standards and tolerances. The room where the lathe work is done must be kept at a constant 72 degrees while working on the boxes as any deviation will cause the metal to expand or contract, causing a ‘fit problem’. In making a run which generally consists of 500 to 600 sets (3,600 individual pieces) some variation is expected. We dry-fit every set and test them but even at that some boxes get by us that are either too tight or too loose. If you receive a set that is too loose, we will replace it without question; same goes for too tight. (The cheap copies out there do NOT use this quality control and those boxes are literally junk).

Polishing the OUTSIDE of the boxes with most brass polish is O.K. but note that Brasso removes metal and is NOT recommended for any of our brass products. We recommend Never-dul which uses a mild chemical reaction that cleans the brass. Then rub the brass with a light oil until the oil is virtually gone.

NEVER use Brasso on the sliding parts or locking parts of any of our products. NEVER try to fix one of our item without first consulting us.

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