I love this product from Astor! The props are first rate and durable, the method is clever, and it is easy to do. Most importantly the effect is very clean and easy to understand, and can be repeated with a different outcome. But in every outcome you know in advance which color they will choose.
This is right up there with Astor Mental, another perfect prediction effect.
When George Robinson at Viking Magic puts his mind to it he produces beautiful and functional magic. This is a very wonderful little box that creates a miracle.
I remember having great fun with Tenyo’s Flash Dice when I was a kid. This box is so much more than that. Its not only very beautifully finished in bloodwood, it has some very neat features that make it possible to do some things that seem impossible.
I can’t recommend this enough. The woodwork is exquiste and the routine by Alan Wakeling is huge.
Labco Magic make some very fine, and expensive, electronic mentalism. This item is not electronic and is probably their cheapest effect, but what a wonderful effect! In essence it is mental epic with cards, chips and a die. But the whole routine is very portable with an instant reset and just fits in the pocket so neatly.
The poker chips and royal flush really adds interest to the effect and everything about the routine makes sense. The props are high quality and durable too.
This is another item for my Xmas show this year. Perfect for the walk around performer!
Mark Mason puts out a lot of "cool" magic effects, most of which are easy to do and demo really well. Unfortunately, I often find that I don’t perform them. Well this one is different and is already short-listed for my christmas close-up this year.
It really is one of the cleanest transformations of two cards changing from two nines to two tens to a straight black jack where the final two cards can be freely shown from fully from both sides and thrown onto the close-up pad.
The cards are so well made and the gimmick is so clever it is hard to see how you cannot amaze them with this. I’m amazed I missed this before!
Nearly all of Masuda’s effects are clever, but not all of them are going to be performed particularly in a walk-around setting. Not only is this one going to be performed, it can be performed in a walk-around setting because there is no reset.
It looks as clean as the demo – you show a photo of a wine bottle and a black dot on your finger. You place the dot on the photo and it suddenly starts moving around on its own, and you can even see your finger beneath the photo thanks to the hole you’ve just placed on it. Then you can just as easily pull the hole from the photo and the hole is once again on your finger and the photo can be shown cleanly on both sides.
It does take a little practice to get the timing right, but once you have it down you have a mini-miracle that works everytime!
Roy Roth invented the original Grinda Ring which we know more often that not as the Ring Grinder these days. And so it is appropriate that he also came out with this version for Credit Cards.
The box is very nicely made and makes for a perfect switch of the real credit card for a duplicate without any moves or sleights. It all looks totally above board. You place the card in the box, grind it up and the spectator hears the pieces shaking around in the box. You take out the cassette that holds the card pieces in – and they can be clearly seen through a window in the side, you then tip these into an envelope and the pieces can be seen to have gone. Your work is done. It all looks clean, no palming or other moves, and you end up with the restored card in the envelope.
Joe Steven’s puts out some great, high-quality magic, much of which you don’t see at the other guys. When I saw these Hi-Low Spinning Tops I was very excited – they looked different and I knew they would be high quality.
These spinning tops are designed to roll high or low depending on which way you spin them MOST (about 75%) of the time. They are specifically not designed to spin high or low 100% of the time as that would be too easy to spot. Well this is certainly true if you were gambling with them. However, if you are a magician and wanted to use them for a force, you will need to know that they only land high/low about 75% of the time. I verified this by spinning them around 150 times and they are quite amazing.
However, if you were planning on just spinning them once, be ready for an alternate out, because every now and then – to throw off the wise – they will change.
The quality and consistency of these items are great however, and if you’re looking for something different and have a use for these babies you will be hard pushed to find anything like them anywhere else.
You will be impressed with the quality of the Chiang Mai Block. The effect is simple (i.e., the item isn’t gaffed in any way), but the beautiful workmanship results in an elegant presentation of a simple but old trick.
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