Here’s another extremely well-made item of undetermined age/origin acquired by Ed from the Bert Adam’s Estate (Boston) in the late 1940’s to early 1950’s.
It is constructed of a very heavy dark wood that appears to be ebony. The two pieces are tightly held together as one by a firm tongue-in-groove assembly.
In this assembled condition the puzzle cannot be taken apart by the strongest of men (or women!). However, the Magician can separate it into two pieces at will without concealing it from view or adding or taking anything away, no magnets etc. .
After showing the pieces separated, the performer reassembles same and gives the "T" back to the audience participant to examine where they will find no clue as to how the separation was accomplished.
This is a nice heavy piece that "feels good" when you handle it. I wonder who the craftsman was that made this unique item?
Good Bloody Night, these paddles are amazing! I’ve known for some time how talented Chance Wolf is with newer hi-tech materials. However I had no idea he is a true craftsman of the old ways too! This whole collection is amazing: from the beautiful box they are stored in, to the incredible individuality of each paddle, to the video demos that comes with the outfit.
Everything is a sheer delight. It is very hard to understand how this much talent, dedication and thought can be bought for so little in our world of highly inflated prices. These paddles are just an incredible deal.
What is more, Chance offers some great new ideas and moves in the easy to follow video. One of the best things about this whole set is that there are no moving parts on the paddles and everything is focused on ease of use with basically no re-set. Although the moves are simple, they create an incredible illusion, which just goes to show you the simplest magic is still the best.
I look forward to more mini-magic offerings from Wolf’s Magic – the industry could certainly use the breath of fresh, magical air that is emanating from this incredibly talented company.
Paddle Craft set #05 was delivered in perfect condition. I find the display case and contents to be very well executed. These are with out a doubt the finest paddles I own. I would also like to make positive comments about the performance / instructional CD. It was well done with a level of clarity that should have even a beginner up and running in no time.
I just received my two Wolf Paddles sets in the mail and they are proudly tucked away in my magic collection, next to a Gerlitz piece. First, for those who know of my magic collection, you know I am rather used to seeing great magic pieces, but Chance’s Paddle set simply blew me away.
It’s the most beautiful set of paddles I have ever seen. The case housing the six paddles is gorgeous. The walnut graining is striking and the laser engraving of the Wolf Paddle Craft logo artistically done. I like the way Chance arranged the paddles on the case to keep the case down to a "mini" size. As you open the case you see three paddles on the inside of the lid and three on the bottom case. First to be opened was No.1 (thanks, Chance, for the assignment) with an all Cocobolo wood set. The craftmanship is simply superb, so much better than I had expected based on the sneak photo on Chance’s site. Then came No.2, the mixed wood set. Again, the choice of woods and the craftsmanship absolutely amazing; loved the Australian Lace paddles, in particular.
Overall, I am one happy guy today. If Chance had asked for twice his asking price I would have hesitated (for a short while), but after seeing first hand the actual product, I would have instantly agreed to whatever price he asked. Hell, I would have handed him a blank signed check 😉
Later, I viewed the accompanying DVD (nothing better than Chance personally showing you the moves than trying to decipher written instructions) and the production is first class. I was so entertained just watching Chance demo the paddles at the beginning before going into the explanations. Very nice moves and innovations with such a classic prop, not to mention, again, Chance’s skills with woodworking. The big surprise came when the credits finished the video..I was quite flattered..thanks, Chance. I am glad you did release the sets and that I bought one of each. What’s next in the Wolf mini-magic line?
Ed acquired this from the Bert Adams Estate (Boston) sometime in the 1940’s to early 1950’s. It has the look and feel of a much earlier piece (obviously not a Magic Shop item), but I’ve not found it described in any of the standard texts I’ve consulted.
Effect: A large velvet covered board (approximately 17 1/2 inches by 14 1/2 inches) with an easel back is sitting on a plain ungimmicked table. Two golden cords are anchored at the top of the two upper corners. A hook is affixed at the other end of each cord.
An orange silk handkerchief is freely displayed and spread out covering the front of the velvet board.
A wooden box (5 inches square) with a black spot in the center of the lid is opened and shown empty. This empty box is now suspended from the golden cords so it is hanging in the center of the silk-covered board.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS ERIE TO WATCH…
Very slowly the orange silk begins to melt into the wooden box! The hankerchief just keeps getting smaller and smaller. The Magician is not touching the handkerchief nor any of the apparatus while this event is taking place.
After the handkerchief has completely disappeared from sight, the Magician removes the closed box from the golden cords and brings it directly to the audience. The first point noted is that the black spot on the lid is not a hole, but simply a painted black circle. Next, the top, bottom and sides of the box are observed to be 100% solid and the hasp is securely closed (all of this is true!).
When the spectator opens the box, there’s the orange silk handkerchief residing within AND a previously vanished item can be found within its folds.
I have never seen such a beautiful kid show prop! Bright, colorful and BRILLIANT! Thanks to Andy Martin’s website for the referral to Wolf’s products … I have just placed an order for this art and can’t wait to set it on the stage! Thanks Chance and Shelley.
And I thought Alan could not surprise me after some great pieces in my collection, but he sure can and likely will in the future. This is simply an amazing piece of Egyptian themed mini-magic – my favorite style because of the beautiful designs and that inherent mystical quality of this subject. Pictures unfortunately never give these Warner pieces any justice.
I have already exhausted all my praises for this wonderful craftsman and I realize my reviews are getting rather too repetitive. It’s just that there is no fault that can be found with any Warner piece. So why do I continue writing them – well, simply because they are sincere "thank you!" notes for each and every piece that comes to my collection.
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