$link(//www.martinsmagic.com/?nd=gallery&keywords=magic.hands, Magic Hands) made some really great magic and it is a shame that they are no longer with us. This unique item came out in the early 90’s I believe and it really is a great piece. As you would expect from Magic Hands it is made very well. The thick lucite boxes that hold the (real) Rubik’s Cubes fit perfectly. I picked it up from $link(http://www.internationalmagicauction.com target=_blank, magic auction site) where all sorts of treasures can be found!
The unit itself comes with a number of routines: it can be used for transpositions of jumbled cubes for perfect cubes, dissappearance and reappearance and other combinations.
The gimmicks are very well made and if you actually learn how to do a Rubik’s cube you can add an extra kicker to the end.
So how many more card boxes can we handle? This new one from Joe Porper is my all time favorite Card Box. When I first received it I couldn’t figure out how to get to the second compartment – this is always a good test! I have not seen a card box using this method before but, based on the booklet that comes with it, I’m pretty sure the basic idea is not original. Of course no one makes them like Joe Porper!
Apart from the very obvious: that this box is flawlessly machined and works perfectly, I really like this box because the "flap" is totally under the magician’s control. If you want to put a card in there, switch it, and then retrieve the original card you can. And you can do this right under their noses, with no magnets or other devices to add or take away. The whole box is totally self contained. The only potential problem with this card box is the weight: 11 oz. That’s a heavy block of metal to be lugging around in your pocket.
Now for the price. Well $375 seems like a lot for a card box, particularly as we all already have a bunch of these boxes lying around. My suggestion is to sell all your other card boxes and get this one instead. It is that good. It also comes with a great booklet from Magic Inc. "50 Tricks with a Card Box".
This, strangely, was the first (and so far, only) volume of this epic compilation that I bought. Please bear in mind that I haven’t read the other volumes, if you think this will affect my review.
You will buy this book for the magic, no doubt. And there is tons of it. I challenge any close-up magician to look through this book and NOT find a trick or an idea they would use.
The overall quality of magic is very good, though there may be some stinkers. Of course, this is down to personal opinion, different strokes for different folks, whatever tickles your pickle. Suffice to say, there is something in here for everyone.
I’ve read in other reviews that this is one of the weaker volumes of the collection, if so, I can’t wait to read the rest. There is plenty to play with in this book.
Negatives? Not many that I can think of. The magic is taught very well, as you can expect from Harry Lorayne. If you can ignore his self-infatuation, that is. It is sometimes annoying when reading the book to see Lorayne talk about how great he is. Still, he manages explanations VERY well, and things are easy to follow (yep, even those rubber band tricks).
Another negative might be the size. The book is very large, and while not arm-strainingly heavy, it can be quite cumbersome to read.
For magical content alone, this is a wonderful book, and worth the price tag.
This is a wonderful book featuring the complete compilation of Richards Almanac, a monthly (and eventually quarterly) magazine that ran from 1982 to 1985.
First of all, there are "bonus" items worth a mention. The book starts off with an interesting history of the magazine, why it was made, original plans for its name and so on. There are also a few extra tricks that did not make it into the final magazine, and for the sake of curiosity, the first issue in its Japanese form.
The magazines themselves are very good, featuring wonderful magic from many of the best magicians, including Dingle, Sankey, Roth, Jennings and many others. There are simply too many good peices of magic to describe here.
Finally, the Bull column is an interesting one, which often talks about the then current events in the magic world, so it is nice to look back and read about them.
This is the solid chrome version of this effect and I’ve always liked. I think it was called electronic release in the UK. So named for the speed for which you can release and shackle yourself. It’s Great!
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