It just great that Mel offers some of his magic in various sizes to please one’s taste. Since my interest in the mini-magic of Alan Warner began, I have looked at other builders for these little cuties. I have been fortunate to get three from Mel in mini size with the Mini ABC Blocks being a real treat. Using exotic woods, combined with a reputation for both wood and metal working skills, Mel sure delivers and he, particularly, did a flawless job on all my mini sized pieces.
Mel used a highly grained and beautiful Bocote wood on my ABC Blocks and the workmanship is superb. If you get his "Ultimate ABC", as I did, you also get the matching open box to have the middle block visibly and instantly reappear to complete the routine. The appearance of that "B" block is startling to see. The effect is a classic and you have a choice from his "Giant" with 4 inch blocks to the "Mini" with the 1 1/4 inch blocks…Most Highly Recommended!
This is a very sweet Alan Warner effect. The props are beautiful and the effect is very clean. You show three thin wood plaques on both sides and there is a Scarab super imposed in the middle of one of them. This cleanly dissappears, leaving a huge hole and arrives back in the box.
When you think of special watches for magicians and mentalisits you typically think of two types: those based upon the Stull Watch and those Based upon Collector’s Workshop’s Perfect Time. Depending on who you talk to different people will rave about both types of watch. This beautiful watch actaully is different from both.
When I first received one years ago I was a little dissappointed because I was expecting Perfect Time. But over the years I have come to appreciate, and in some real ways, prefer this approach. The mechanism is no where near as complex as either of the other types of watch. But it is foolproof and works 100% of the time. There is no timing issues that you can experience with Perfect Time, and there are no ensuring they turn the stem a certain direction as you find with some Stull Watches. In addition you can predict precisely the time they will end up with, and it can be different every time.
This is a beautiful watch and deserves to be taken as seriously as either of the other mechanisms.
Alan Warner excels when he starts painting his pieces – they truly come alive! This is a great little effect that is easy to do and understand. You place the peg into the slot so that there is no way the mummy can penetrate … and yet it does. Right under their noses. You are left clean before and after!
I have slowly but surely been rebuying a number of my favorite Alan Warner pieces since I sold my entire collection in 2003. It has been a real pleasure enjoying some of these wonderful moments all over again.
And you know if I am buying it again it has to be good!
This is more than just predicting 1 out of 3 choices – which is not that magical on a good day – you provide a prediction, of which there is just one, that predicts 3 out of 3 choices.
You predict what goes in the bag, what goes in the spectators hand and what goes in your hand. Every time. The other cool thing about this effect is that it is always ready to work. No set-up at all. Just put the prediction and the wooden disks back in the bag and you are ready to roll. Everything can be examined too!
In fact, it almost sounds too perfect to be true. But it is true. You will like this effect for its clever method and the impact it has on your audience. And I’m sure you will use it often because of its simple requirements and set-up.
With all the excitement surrounding the new book Fetsching Magic about the incredible magic of Hen Fetsch, I’m quite sure we will be seeing more of his magic getting picked up. Although we alll know about Mental Epic, this rope routine has to be seen to be believed it is so much more than Professor’s Nightmare!
The ropes are made really well too – soft and strong and the gimmick is very well hidden.
If you wanted to do one rope routine, this would be the one!
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