Henry Hay’s "The Amateur Magician’s Handbook" has been a treasured guide into the realm of magic for several decades now. I have had a copy in my library for forty years and still use it. This is an absolute must-have for anyone aspiring to be good at their magic. Henry Hay is the pen name of J. Barrows Mussey who was a master of sleight of hand, especially coins. Not only are "tricks" presented but the needed philosophy of the magic involved, guidelines for practicing, as well as presentation and routining. In addition to all this, it is very good reading and the first page will quickly ‘pull you in’.
Finally a gimmicked watch that works as a real watch and boy does it work!
Big Balls Richard Osterlind may not need to use a gimmicked watch, but for the rest of us they sure make things easier. Watches for the Mentalist seem to fall into two main camps: those based on the Stull Watch and those based upon Collector’s Workshop Perfect Time. In the former, the watch is gimmicked in such a way that you can predict what time the watch will stop at when set under cover by a spectator, and in the latter the watch can move quickly to any time chosen once a spectator says the time. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, and to a certain extent it is really personal preference.
This new watch from Bazar de Magia falls into the Stull Watch camp. Basically, even though the watch can be freely set to any time when the spectator sets it under cover you know precisely what time it will stop at. From there the rest is presentation. This particular watch rotates through 4 different times so it can be used multiple times to the same audience and also works in a walk around situation. In this sense it is similar to their last watch TimeTrix. However, the one very big difference is this watch not only really works, it is a great looking watch that most people would be more than happy to wear as their every day watch.
Having a watch that actually works really makes a huge difference. It is robust enough and easily good looking enough to wear as your normal watch, so now you are ready at a moments notice to amuse and amaze.
This is just the best practical Stull type watch I have seen. It is very accurate, comes with 17 great routines in a 33 page full-color instruction booklet, and is on my wrist right now.
These will go fast once word gets around, so snap one up now.
The Coins Thru Glass…what can I say about this timeless classic. I have an original Kline Copenetro. I love the nicely turned wood base and it’s simplicity, but always had a soft spot for fancy mechanical marvels. Add to the intricate clever mechanics beautifully finished hardwoods, gleaming brass and copper components, and you have a true work of Art. As the title of my review states, this is the one single piece in my entire collection that could be hanged as Art and just be admired on that merit alone. I guess you just have to see this apparatus to know what I am talking about.
I do own one of the first mechanical version of Silver Odyssey with the oval tray, but the electronic version I just acquired from George Robinson is breathtaking. He has certainly kept, if not surpassed, the strength and quality of the CW line. As Andy did point out in his review, the one issue with this piece is the failure to provide an impressive vanish for the coins. I have been thinking of a Lassen 4 nested 1964 Kennedy gaff with the last vanish using a Devil’s hanky that’s been conveniently draped over the glass for the initial 2-3 coin appearances… will see.
So there are lots of effects based on the Koornwinder Kar, where the car finds the spectator’s selected card, but there is nothing I have seen like this amazing little car.
Yes the car finds the spectator’s card but how it finds it is so wonderful you’ll be playing with it just for fun! In the standard routine you draw 4 tracks on a piece of paper and place a different card at the end of each track. The tracks can cross or start as one then diverge, but the car always travels to the right track and hence finds the specators card. Everytime!
There are no magnets or hidden shims in the paper and in fact the paper and car can be examined – there is nothing to find. The spectator can even place the car on the track! The basic ability of this car is that it will always follow the track you want it to. You can create complex tracks and lines and the car will follow them. You just need a pen to create the track and you are off – just a normal pen and a normal piece of paper.
It really is an amazing idea – goodbye Koornwinder Kar this is so much better!