Review by Doug King for Run Wolf Run by Chance Wolf

Review by Doug King for Run Wolf Run by Chance Wolf
Review by Doug King for Run Wolf Run by Chance Wolf
5 out of 5

Smooth running!

Chance Wolf has done it again! "Run Wolf Run" is smooth! It’s not only smooth working… but has smooth artwork… and above all a smooth routine. This piece is built with perfectionism by a true artist. The colors are vibrant and bold… the artwork is stunning… and the worksmanship is masterful. I will proudly perform… and display "Run Wolf Run"… and the kids will absolutely "cry wolf" over it!

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Review by Andy Martin for Run Wolf Run by Chance Wolf

Review by Andy Martin for Run Wolf Run by Chance Wolf
Review by Andy Martin for Run Wolf Run by Chance Wolf
5 out of 5

The Absolute Perfect Kids Effect!

I have been performing different versions of Harry Leat’s Masterpiece: Run Rabbit Run for over 30 years. It has never failed to drive the kids wild. Some of the versions I have used have been poor, but most have been good enough. But none of them come close to this new item from Chance Wolf over in the Hen Coop at Wolf’s Magic. Wow, does this unit work smoothly and look at those vibrant colors (my photos don’t even get close to doing this amazing piece of work justice).

Chance Wolf makes Magic the way it should be made – this truly will last a lifetime and the moving parts are perfect. The Running Wolf slider is incredibly smooth – and easy to operate with one hand. All the controls are right where you want them. The doors even stay closed using tiny magnets.

Did I say how vibrant the colors are? The routine makes perfect sense too. One of the problems with the original Run Rabbit Run is you have this fairly basic prop and you have to make up a story as to what it represents. Jack Hughes’ Run Bonzo Run was the first version that I am aware of that tried to have a richer theme around the basic idea. There have been others since then – one of my favorites is the poorly made, but still effective, Run Cookie Monster Run from Hank Lee. But with Run Wolf Run Chance has come up with the perfect story and rationalization for why the Wolf keeps running back and forth.

So from the smoothness, the colors, the routine, and all the little touches, there is no doubt in my mind this is truly is The Absolute Perfect Kids Effect!

The first run sold out faster than the Wolf could run back to his home, but a second run is being built as we speak. Even if you aren’t a kids performer get one of these beauties.

Thank-you Chance for waving your magic wand over this classic.

Most Highly Recommended!

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Review by Brett Schulman for Smash and Stab by Colin Rose, Wayne Dobson

Review by Brett Schulman for Smash and Stab by Colin Rose, Wayne Dobson
Review by Brett Schulman for Smash and Stab by Colin Rose, Wayne Dobson
5 out of 5

smash and stab

This a great little effect. the props are nice and there is no electronics to worry about. Five of hearts makes some nice magic and I am happy with all of there releases so far.

You will have the spectators sceaming with fear as you smash your hand on the cups. You can also smash there hand which adds some extra fear.

This is real collectable magic that can also be performed.

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Review by Andy Martin for Dominus Diabolica by D&B Inc.

Review by Andy Martin for Dominus Diabolica by D&B Inc.
Review by Andy Martin for Dominus Diabolica by D&B Inc.
4 out of 5

I’ve always liked this effect.

I don’t know where this principle originated but I’ve owned the same basic effect with props from Alan Warner, Wild Magic, and this one. I think I prefer this one as it uses real dominoes, that are ungimmicked.

The effect is simple and clean: the spectator mixes the dominoes and lays them out in domino fashion ane each time you predict what the two end dominoes will be.

The method is easy to do, but not easy to figure out and the prediction you make can be different every time. In fact, you could easily do this effect 3 times in a row, each time predicting a different outcome as they mix and lay out all of the dominoes. For the finale you could even be blindfolded and still determine the final outcome, without seeing or touching the dominoes.

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Review by Andy Martin for Trilogy by Brian Caswell

Review by Andy Martin for Trilogy by Brian Caswell
Review by Andy Martin for Trilogy by Brian Caswell
5 out of 5

Genius.

I buy a lot of magic and these days I really look for effects that totally astound the audience. I am not so interested in nice props that just look great – I want magic that totally blows away the audience.

Trilogy, by Brian Caswell, fits the bill for me. As you receive it you are required to write numbers on the backs of the cards. Some reviewers might think this a problem, but heck if I have to spend 30 minutes to have a clean and totally mind blowing effect that is a total no brainer.

This will be the closer for my 2006 close-up act – I think it is that strong. Easy, beautiful and mind blowing.

Highly Recommended.

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Review by Tom Pearson for Problema Deluxe by Viking Mfg.

Review by Tom Pearson for Problema Deluxe by Viking Mfg.
Review by Tom Pearson for Problema Deluxe by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

Quality Micro Magic

The quality on this is just superb. George’s miniature rosewood box is beautiful and flawless. The gimmick is indetectable, and George has added the versatility of being able to repeat the effect. A great piece of micro magic from Collector’s Workshop. This makes me wish I had other boxes of George’s that I could use to carry and display my magic. In this case, the box houses the effect. This is a great closeup effect.

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Review by Tom Pearson for Modern Math by Richard Gerlitz

Review by Tom Pearson for Modern Math by Richard Gerlitz
Review by Tom Pearson for Modern Math by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

Truly Exquisite

This is my most treasured piece of magic in my collection. Richard Gerlitz has truly outdone himself and created not only a beautifully designed piece but one that is ingenious in its methodology and effect. It is truly exquisite in its appearance and construction, and I really do not know how he could have made it better. His use of materials is nothing short of perfection. His last item, Sea-Ling’s True Love, is also exquisite in every way, and I seem to be saying that about every piece I have been able to purchase from Richard. You should not pass this up if you have a chance to acquire it. This is what collecting magic is all about.

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Review by Andy Martin for B.U.I. – Bottled Up Inside by Trickery

Review by Andy Martin for B.U.I. - Bottled Up Inside by Trickery
Review by Andy Martin for B.U.I. – Bottled Up Inside by Trickery
5 out of 5

Great Impromptu Magic and Great DVD Production!

Howie at the Trickery has surprised me with this DVD release. The production quality is great, the idea is great, and the performances and explanations are great too! When you look at the amount of DVD’s that come out every week, it is difficult to know what to buy. If you do any sort of magic in impromptu settings, these effects are very strong and should be on top of your list.

The live shots and the explanations are very clear and both effects are covered thoroughly and entertainingly. This DVD is much higher quality than Howie’s previous releases with his long time friend Big Boy Bob Solari – The Spy Before you Buy sagas. The Spys are fun, but due to the sheer amount of material they cover, some times the boys are a bit fast and loose. Not so with this new DVD.

Howie is a turning out to be a bit of a Renaissance Man – he developed the ideas, wrote the music, did the DVD pre-production and authoring, performed the effects, and their explanations too. What is amazing is that he is just a little over 5 foot tall, so a lot of talent has been packaged into a little guy – maybe he gets his strength from his long hair like Samson? Well done Howie, I look forward to your next release!

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mysterious Card Boxes (2006) (Mini) by Trickery, Michael Baker

Review by Andy Martin for Mysterious Card Boxes (2006) (Mini) by Trickery, Michael Baker
Review by Andy Martin for Mysterious Card Boxes (2006) (Mini) by Trickery, Michael Baker
5 out of 5

The Best Version so Far!

I have always liked this Trickery Exclusive, and have owned 3 different versions now. This latest release is certainly the best so far! The quality of boxes is much better than before and the walnut looks great.

In effect you show two boxes of minature cards: one with red backs and one with blue backs. A color is chosen and the box is closed and placed in front of the spectator. Then a card is chosen from the remaining deck The magician explains that the card is going to turn itself face up in the box that was placed in front of them. But, when the box is opened not only has the card turned face-up the rest of the deck has vanished. It is a great little effect that is basically automatic in working.

Apart from the better quality of these boxes, one new feature has been included – you no longer need to fold the cards in half.

Could the boxes be better? Yes, if J.L. Wright were back! The brass hinge on the back is a bit big and I’m not sure why. The Trickery’s current wood guy is better than most of the ones they have used for sure and they are much closer to the level of craftsmen like Alan Warner, George Robinson, and Mel Babcock. However, they are not quite there yet, but with the exception of a couple of people I know most collectors and performers will be delighted with this latest version.

Recommended.

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