When I first recieved my calculator it was slightly out of sequence and so I was unable to use it. Luckily John Mendoza was just an email away and he quickly told me the keys to press to turn the calculator back into: Al Stanger’s Miracle Poker Machine. And boy is it a miracle!
Before I go futher let me say how these days I am less and less interested in any sort of electronic magic. I have had way too many issues with things breaking or running out of juice at the wrong time. So when I first purchased this beauty, I did so with some reluctance. However, I am so glad that I did. My greatest passion in life, next to my wife and kids of course, is developing software. Magic is great fun, but for me writing software is my true joy, and this clever little machine is a very fine piece of programming. I had no idea how it worked until I read the clear instructions by John Mendoza. Once you understand the basic principle you can’t help but appreciate the thought that Al Stanger put into the programming of this clever machine.
All this being said, without the routine by John it would be just a good Poker Machine, but when you work with John’s incredible 4 phase routine you really do move into the miracle class. Each phase builds on top of each other to end up with an incredible climax.
This calculator is not for everyone. It is not hard to use or learn, but it does take some practice and patience, and you should be comfortable with technology – the order of buttons that you press is very important, and if you don’t press the right buttons you can find yourself in quite a different place than you expected! However, for those magicians who want something a bit different that will fool them all, I could not recommend this more heartily. Soon John will have a new DVD out which will have his performance of the routine on it and I have no doubts that this will cause a bit of a stampede for this device.
When I first saw the photos of these on Chance’s site I actually thought the Champagne Bucket was plastic, but it is not at all. A heavy chromed metal cup that looks and feels great. With this item Chance continues to demonstrate that he not only has the skills for building great mini-magic items, but also has the ability to create original and entertaining routines too.
In a world where we get used to paying high prices for inferior props, Wolf’s Magic is showing that you can actually buy high quality props and routines for very reasonable prices!
Received my Champagne Chop today and I really love this little thing. After purchasing chop cups from Jim Riser and Howard Hale, I thought I had enough chop cups, but Chance’s imagination came out with a splendid twist to the old gimmick. The props are top quality as have been everyone of Chance’s "micro-magic" line to date. The bucket has a certain weight to it that quickly tells you without further inspection that this is no flimsy bucket. It’s beatifully chromed, heavy, and nicely decorated. The Wolf Magic logo is engraved on the bottom of the bucket’s plastic liner.
It comes with three clean corks branded with grape/leaves decoration, one is normal, second is gimmicked, and the third passes as a "cork screw". I would have liked miniature champagne corks with their characteristic shape to match the theme, but I will admit that, for ease of operation, these straight ones are preferrable. There are two miniature REAL bottles of wine, one Champagne and the other an Italian Rose included. It all comes stored in a beautiful two tone (dark blue exterior with a silvery inside) drawstring bag and an accompanying DVD.
After some fun examining this new addition, the set is now displayed prominently with the rest of my magic collection and I am sure it will get plenty of stares and questions about it. Keep them coming, Chance!
OK. This was my first product I bought from Wolfsmagic, after that prop I became a Wolf fan. It was fantastic packed so nothing got broken during the long shipping to Germany. The prop is well done, I never saw a item like this before. The effect works well for children and adults. Thumbs up.
WOW! When I came home from work and saw the package and I must they thank you to you! It was well packed so nothing could break. I get it out and WOW it looks better than on the website! From my past experiences I knew that the prop would be well made but what I saw was even better. The black art works so well. I love you for making such good props. I hope that I get the Funhouse finished with my routine after one weekend to try it out on the childrens and they loved it. I can’t wait for more new products from you. Many thanks to Chance and Shelley
Ok so you know how much I love Jerry’s leather work, and particularly his marvellous Himber wallets? Well, with this item he takes one of his beautiful mini himber wallets and turns it into a Peek wallet to end up with a great utility prop!
If you use Jerry’s Gesture Change the move almost happens automatically, and because of the wide area for the peek it is easy to read anything they write on the whole business card area. Also, because the himber wallet is so flat and thin it is easy to show the wallet all around before you peek should you so desire.
As with all peek devices it is typically the performer who gives away the peek, not the prop. With Jerry’s Peek-It Himber I’d like to think that you feel so confident about doing it that you won’t in fact give it away at the crucial moment.
What a fabulous utility item for the mentalist or magician.
This is a wonderful triple climax effect by Joe Riding and Jerry liked it so much he built a case (made of leather of course) just for the effect. The use of Jerry’s case really enhances the effect since it allows each of the climaxes to be hidden until just the right time.
In essence, you show two half decks of cards and have one half card chosen from each pile. Not only do the half cards end up matching the prediction both front and back, they are chosen from on one side cards with rainbow backs, and on the other side cards with blank faces.
It is a great routine with moments for laughter and entertainment builit in until you reach the final prediction. Jerry’s leather case not only makes it easy to carry, but also enhances the impact of the effect.
This is a wonderful bit of business designed primarlly for the table hopping magicians. In essence it is an electronic device that plays Kool and the Gang’s "Celebration" on demand.
The device is loud and cleverly hidden in the sleeve. It can be turned on and off very easily using the precise pressure switch that Jerry provides. It comes with a great routine using a mini desk, leather holder and a mini laser pen. You can even take your jacket off since it has been designed to have no attachments to the body.
This is different from Jerry’s usual straight leather offerings, but like all of his magic it is very well thought out and works perfectly. Jerry also includes a page of other ideas for using this wonderful device which will surely get your creative juices flowing!
I have always liked Delben’s Magic Blotter by Ben Stone – this is the third one I have owned now and let’s hope it hangs around for a while.
Apart from the sheer elegance of the blotter itself, what I like so much about this is how smoothly it operates. Even very close-up and watching intently, you really can’t see how it changes … the blotter just blots away the blank bill and there in its place is a crisp new bill.
If only making money were this easy!
BTW, if you have ever been tempted by that awful copy that was released by Magic Makers, don’t be. The mechanism is not even close to the action on this baby. Shop around and find the original.
If I had one criticism of the Magic Blotter, it would be that it is a one time only deal – once you’ve blotted the first bill it’s all over. The problem is easily solved if you make it as the end of another routine with money. Something like Ron Bauer’s Xerox Money would be perfect as you try to iron out the mixed up notes at the end. Just something so you don’t need to use the blotter more than once.
In any case, this is highly recommended as a great collectible and a great prop!
Tommy Wonder really makes you believe in magic! His performances on this DVD are just beautiful. I normally stampede to the explanations, but with these DVD’s I just prefer to watch in awe as this perfect performer does and says everything so smoothly. You can’t help but like the guy too, as there are no heirs or pretentions – he is just the nicest peformer you will ever meet, and totally brilliant to boot!
If you see Tommy perform you will want to make yourself better. You may even practice more. It is so clear that Tommy spends years refining his routines.
Some of the highlights for me were his Wild Card (Tamed Card), The Ring, The Watch, and The Wallet, Magic Ranch, Through the Eye of the Needle, Two Cup Routine, … hang on this is everything he does! Yes I really loved every performance of his.
Some DVD’s you buy to learn new tricks, and others like this one and the the Fred Kaps one, you get to remind yourself why you got into magic in the first place. You will believe in magic again after you see these performances!
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