Review by Andy Martin for Elizabeth IV by Tommy Wonder

Review by Andy Martin for Elizabeth IV by Tommy Wonder
Review by Andy Martin for Elizabeth IV by Tommy Wonder
5 out of 5

Wonderful Tommy!

I only recently started looking at Tommy Wonder’s beautiful magic and this is one of the first effects that really caught my eye from his $link(2796,3 DVD set). There will be more that I tackle, but they all take time!

The premise is wonderful: instead of the Magician getting all the Glory wouldn’t it be nice if the Spectator could get some Glory? You betcha! The idea is that you are going to place a card down on the table and the spectator is to guess what the card is. If he is correct he gets the Glory, if not the Shame!

But to make it a bit easier on the Spectator you give them the choice of two cards and a booby prize of $40 if he fails. Now it is getting interesting. They then proceed to name the card, get the Glory, and you keep the money! Every element of this effect is beautifully routined and it is certainly in the reach of mere mortals. Of course it is a wonder in Tommy’s hands but even in normal hands this effect is a real fooler. It is very clean and very entertaining.

Stunning, Clean and Easy reset too!

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Review by Doug King for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz

Review by Doug King for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz
Review by Doug King for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

Falling into "True Love"!

We’ll… it looks like Andy and George have said it all! This is a masterpiece… and works like a charm. I have always said that the Gerlitz "Butterfly Boxes" were #1… but the more I play with the new Gerlitz "True Love"… that more I fall in love and is fast becoming my favorite! Of all the collectibles to look at and perform… this one outweighs them all!

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Review by George Guerra for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz

Review by George Guerra for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz
Review by George Guerra for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

A True Beauty Indeed!

I have been collecting Richard’s magic since the Silk Vanish Crystals were released on ebay in June of 2001. I have always admired his stuff, though admittedly have missed several of his latest releases. Decided to try this one after Richard showed a particular enthusiasm for it. It came in the mail today and there is no doubt in my mind it’s his best release to date. I was so happy to add this little treasure to my magic collection.

The meticulous craftsmanship is only matched by the precision, smoothly operating mechanism that does the magic for you. I couldn’t believe that Richard could surpass himself, but he surely did on this one. I am particularly passionate of this piece as the size fits nicely with my Mini-Magic interest. It is expensive, but once you see the apparatus, the cost will be greatly justified. Besides his magic has become quite collectible and an investment. His last release, the Butterfly Boxes, sold on the Martinka auction for 340% of its initial cost. I just don’t know what else I can add, but thanks, Richard, for your contribution to magic.

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Review by Andy Martin for Carpe Cajones by Doc Dixon

Review by Andy Martin for Carpe Cajones by Doc Dixon
Review by Andy Martin for Carpe Cajones by Doc Dixon
5 out of 5

My favorite Mind Blowing Card Effect!

When Paul Richard’s over at $link(http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/?myaf=2 target=_blank,Elmwood Magic) first told me about Doc Dixon’s effect: $link(http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/?nd=full&key=2723 target=_blank,Carpe Cajones), I was very impressed. The idea was one of the best I had ever heard of, very clever – but so simple too! Unfortunately, I got hung up on the mechanics a bit, and it took me some time to really come to terms with how easy it really was.

After, more coaching from Paul and rereading the effect in Doc Dixon’s amazing book: $link(http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/?nd=full&key=2723 target=_blank,Everything is Funnier with Monkeys), it finally dawned on me that I was way too worried about the one move that is needed. Once, I changed my performance to account for this, everything fell into place. Now, this is easily my favorite card effect and it is so mind blowing it hurts. The effect becomes almost self-working if you use $link(2753, Jerry O’Connell’s No-Palm Wallet), which is a wonderful utility item too!

The basic effect is one of a triple prediction but it is so strong and clean you really will believe in miracles. The idea also has very real potential to be used for other types of predictions. If you like things like $link(2777,Paul Harris’s Deep Astonishment) you really will love Carpe Cajones.

Carpe Cajones – not just a great name – an incredible reputation making miracle! Highly, Highly, Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mona Lisa McComb by Black Rabbit Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Mona Lisa McComb by Black Rabbit Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Mona Lisa McComb by Black Rabbit Magic
5 out of 5

Comedy and Quality!

If you are familiar with the books published by $link(http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/?nd=list&keywords=miraclefactory.org target=_blank, Todd Karr’s Miracle Factory) then you will not be surprised by the quality of this effect from Black Rabbit Magic. Black Rabbit Magic is a division of Miracle Factory and I hope that this first effect out of their stable is just one of many. The paintings are beautiful, the instruction booklet is clear and very well produced and the portfolio brings it all together. This is very much a quality job from start to finish. For this particular effect having such a good production really helps sell it.

Now of course where would we be without some Comedy too? The standard McCombical Deck has always been a riot in the right hands, and this effect has all the same potential as the normal deck. It is perfect for stage as the size of the paintings is a whopping 11×14 inches. One of the things that makes this play so well is that due to the classy production of the props the audience is more likely to believe that the Magician has actually made a mistake, which of course makes the climax so much more fun!

The method is different from the standard McCombical Deck, and works really well. Set-up is a snap and you’re always ready to pull out the portfolio. Due to the size of the paintings this is best suited for parlour or stage work as opposed to close-up.

If you want to add some class and comedy to your act then this is certainly the prop for you!

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Review by K. Bailey Freund, MD for Cleveland Drawer Box by John ?/Martin Breese

Review by K. Bailey Freund, MD for Cleveland Drawer Box by John ?/Martin Breese
Review by K. Bailey Freund, MD for Cleveland Drawer Box by John ?/Martin Breese
5 out of 5

Beautiful execution of a functional prop!

I recently bought the Cleveland Drawer & Hanover Watch boxes based solely on the descriptions I saw on Martin Breese’s site-I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

Of both pieces, I can affirm that the workmanship is absolutely flawless.

I have visited the best craft and art exhibits over the years and have been an admirer of fine woodworkers. I had always hoped that more of these individuals would turn their hands to magic props. Well, Martin Breese deserves the credit for finding such a craftsman and guiding him to make pieces that are valuable both for their function and their appearance.

I look forward to following what this team next produces and (with my wife’s permission) adding it to my collection.

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Review by K. Bailey Freund, MD for Hanover Watch Box by John ?/Martin Breese

Review by K. Bailey Freund, MD for Hanover Watch Box by John ?/Martin Breese
Review by K. Bailey Freund, MD for Hanover Watch Box by John ?/Martin Breese
5 out of 5

Beautiful execution of a functional prop!

I recently bought the Cleveland Drawer & Hanover Watch boxes based solely on the descriptions I saw on Martin Breese’s site-I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

Of both pieces, I can affirm that the workmanship is absolutely flawless.

I have visited the best craft and art exhibits over the years and have been an admirer of fine woodworkers. I had always hoped that more of these individuals would turn their hands to magic props. Well, Martin Breese deserves the credit for finding such a craftsman and guiding him to make pieces that are valuable both for their function and their appearance.

I look forward to following what this team next produces and (with my wife’s permission) adding it to my collection.

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Review by George Guerra for Victorian Coin Vase by Colin Rose

Review by George Guerra for Victorian Coin Vase by Colin Rose
Review by George Guerra for Victorian Coin Vase by Colin Rose
5 out of 5

Beautifully turned magical heirloom

Colin Rose has released a series of "old fashioned" magic apparatus under his Victorian Collection banner with the intricacies and artistic appeal of a long forgotten era where attention to details by the craftsmen of the time made these items museum quality pieces to be cherished over generations. This is a lost art as it requires skill and patience.

The Coin Vase is probably his best effort for the price. It’s based on the ball vase method, but done with a coin. No instructions are included as the apparatus is open to the performer’s imagination.

It’s really a beautiful hand turned vase made from African Blackwood with white bone accents and protected in an English Oak chest that is a beauty in itself to match the apparatus inside. The only woodwork of this quality that I have seen is the very, and I mean very, expensive special handturned items from Owen Magic.

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