Much has been said about apparatus looking too "magical". Well, here is a hefty, practical and innocently looking magician’s table that cleverly hides a wondrous mechanical and electronic setup that permits the performer to perform an incredible miracle. Laying on the table before the performance is a windowed envelope with the back of a card clearly visible inside. At any time the performer has a spectator name any card. The envelope is raised off the table, one end cut, card inside slid out, and it MATCHES the spectator’s thought of card. Collectors’ Workshop released some fantastic apparatus in their day and much attributed to the genius of Nick Ruggiero. I still admire the workings of Silver Odyssey and Bulletproof. Well, Nick started a new line of "museum quality magic apparatus" under the new banner of Signature Pieces and Perfect Card is his best seller. Now that I own one, I am not surprised.
The working is practically fool-proof. One owner told me that after a 1000+ performances, the apparatus has not once failed to have the revealed card match the one named by the spectator. For those admirers of sophisticated magical gadgetry, they will definitely not be disappointed. Though this is the most expensive magical addition to my collection, Perfect Card is clearly undervalued. This is even more true when one sees the prices being paid for magic on recent online auctions. One look at the whole prop and the workings and one quickly realizes what a bargain this really is in today’s market. One is almost tempted to show off the workings as it would likely cause more raised eyebrows than the effect itself.
The whole table is very sturdy and quite HEAVY…this is not one flimsy table. There is clearly a lot of metal in the brass and chromed components that make up the base. The table stands 38 1/2 inches high. The top measures 15 1/8 inches in diameter and only 1 1/4 inch thick. It is metallic in construction, probably black painted brass and decorated with a bright brass band around the perimeter. The top is felt lined and removeable. The apparatus breaks down nicely into a quality ATA case, made by Encore of North Hollywood, CA, that measures 7 1/4" by 18 1/4" by 18 1/4".
Overall, truly a rare masterpiece of magic…thanks, Nick!
This is a great little effect. The illusion of the band vanishing from around the box and appearing inside and around the deck is perfect. You can then use the deck for any purpose you wish. Easy to do and fast reset.
This watch is as masterpiece of magic. The watch appears ungimmicked and unlike the CW Geneve watch can be examined. The setting are precise and accurate each time. As with all of Richard’s magic, buy it at any time one becomes available.
This is a piece for the real world and should be used.
I was lucky enough to get one of these rare beauties on Ebay recently. As with all of Richard’s magic it is made perfectly. It is a great effect and the reaction from your spectators is always nice. It is another of richard’s effects that you can use in the real world. Easy to perform and easy to reset.
These, like all of Richard’s pieces are hard to impossible to find. Buy it whenever you can. It is a great trick not to mention a good investment.
Here’s an over-looked novelty. It’s probably best done with an assistant to operate the rising cards and the surprise finale`, but it’s sure to delight both children and adults. To be sure, this is NOT the rising cards effect for a solely adult crowd, but it lends itself well to use with easy-to-identify alphabet cards for the kiddies. It’s small to pack, but easily seen and very light weight. Look at the photo: It’s a good looking prop.
When this prop arrived it failed completely almost immediately. A replacement was sent and has worked fine. Suggestion: Obtain ‘flashers’ from your hardware store that drop into light sockets so the bulbs flash for animation. This prop does what it’s advertised to do, but it requires clever and original thinking to make it entertaining.
I’ve owned one of these for years and used it with children for a very funny reaction. It is NOT a trick in itself, but a supporting prop. In this use it’s a humorous item. It’s also been featured in my annual Halloween show with an adult, but in a much different, darker manner. It was not —and wasn’t meant to be— funny at all. It’s well made and works well, too.
The original Thayer Rice, Orange & Checkers has spawned some imitations. This one is weak. The elegant beauty of the original design is not reproduced in the cheap MAK Magic version. And, the clever vase for vanishing the rice has been replaced by something less effective and much less beautiful. I’m all for bright, showy —even gaudy— props. Some might take offense at the yellow faces, but my distaste for this is NOT based on that. If Hollywood was making a motion picture that featured a young, bumbling wanna-be magician, this is the gear the prop man would furnish to set the sequence. Compare this to the original Rings’N’Things’ Mandarin Transformation (now a multi-thousand dollar collectors’ item) and its much simpler —and much better— look. Or, invest in either the too-small traditional Rice, Orange & Checkers still produced by California’s Owen Magic Supreme or their terrific stage-sized Rice, Grapefruit & Checkers (you’ll be taking out a 2nd mortgage for this one!). I own all three and use the Mandarin Transformation and Rice, Grapefruit & Checkers frequently.
If you can create a clever presentation, this is a very well thought out prop that —with one exception— works exceedingly well. The clever arrangement that allows a non-forced —but signed— card to wind up in the serpent’s mouth is genius. However, the concept hasn’t been engineered to the degree of being foolproof. The very smart inventor devised a method for the signed card to appear along with the serpent, but the thread that facilitates this tangled with the coiled spring of the snake. My personal routine, using children and alphabet cards, doesn’t require the actual selected card to be in the snake’s mouth so I just removed the thread. The supplied basket is fine, but I found a more exotic one. The self-contained mechanism can be placed into anything. The SUDDEN appearance of the snake is a high point for audience reaction. This is a great prop.
If you want the Cadillac —or Rolls Royce— of Flexible Mirror props, this is the one for you. It’s beautifully crafted and features hidden gimmicks so it can be shown freely on both sides (unlike some other versions). This pricy prop may be a bargain in the long run as —once purchased— you’ll never buy another one!
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