This is a great effect! I carry one with me every day. It can be used for a lot of different things. Card tricks with a deck of cards. Mental effect with no cards at all. Transpositions! It just has everything. Great story line too. I give it 5 stars for sure. You will love this one, I do!
Tom Craft Full time working Magician for over 20 years!
This paddle looks good, feels good, and the effect sounds good. Unfortunately, it simply doesn’t work good. The handle of the paddle is basically the same dimensions as a popsicle stick, and just too thin to successfully maneuver and perform the classic paddle move. At least not with any degree of confidence.
Without giving away the method, I can see why the paddle was designed the way it was. The construction allows the paddle to appear the same at the beginning of the routine as it does at the end. Still, one has to wonder who, if anyone, actually performed with this item before it was produced en masse.
As the old adage states, "form follows function." Unfortunately in this case, this form doesn’t function.
So here is the latest Collector Quality item from Magic Wagon, and what a beauty it is! As with all of their Collector pieces you will be hard pressed to find anything that is made better – unless you go to a high-end furniture store.
This piece is a very clean card prediction that allows the audience to shuffle a normal deck of cards and then choose any one from 1-5 and you can always predict the card. There is no force of the number they choose, they can change their mind at the last minute, and the result can be different next time.
The method is simple but very effective and works like a charm. If you have not started collecting the Collector line from Magic Wagon there is still time. If you have then I’m quite confident you will want to add this beautiful item to your collection. It is truly beautiful.
Where have you been Bobby? Good to see that Bob Solari has finally got his A-game back with this new release. Although it is the same principle as the old Chazpro Card Swami (as Bob rightly points out in his instructions and ad copy), this gimmick is more practical, easier to use and, unlike the Card Swami, available today. Bob was totally unaware that the Card Swami even existed until I pointed it out to his good buddy Howie at The Trickery.
The gimmick allows you to determine which card or cards are chosen in a very clean way. And your hands are clean before and after as the gimmick is added to a normal deck and is almost undetectable.
The instructions are clear and photo-illustrated, though they are only of the basic handling. There is a booklet (Card Swami) you can get from Chuck Leach at Chazpro that has a more detailed set of ideas with this wonderful gimmick.
I bought this little CW curiosity from a fellow collector not too long ago because 1) it’s an early discontinued CW item, and 2 ) always had a fascination with this long time classic of magic. Now, the best of the bunch is the CW BulletProof, but this one is unusual as no frames are involved and it uses a miniature deck of cards.
The principle is still basically the same, except the mechanics is all brass construction and, well, kind of "hidden". The choice of using a miniature deck makes it a little more doable. This is one of those review items where the "works" is almost needed to be photographed as that is the heart of the whole thing. As usual, CW did a very nice job and for those fascinated by magical gadgetry, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I don’t think I would be comfortable performing this, but, if you collect Collectors’ Workshop, as I do, it is a welcomed piece to add. I give it 5 stars for ingenuity and as a unique version of a classic effect.
This is another clever and beautifully made effect from Ton Onosaka. All of Ton’s magic is a pleasure to work with; it is typically clever, commercial, well made in high quality plastics, and very affordable.
In this particular effect a Spectator chooses a card and you claim that you have a prediction on the chosen card in an envelope. When you pull the prediction out it is seen to be a frame with minatures of the entire deck: faces on one side and backs on the other. The spectator is not impressed!
So you ask the spectator to wave their hand over the frame. Suddenly there is a card turned face over! You slowly, but surely, turn over the frame and there is one card turned over – it is there card!
This is a beautiful effect and very clever in operation. Buy it now!
Ton Onosaka makes really nice props in high grade plastic – his stuff looks good and makes sense. This effect is very visual, very clever, and easy to perform. The thinness and quality construction makes it stand out from its card board counterparts made famous by those long gone, but sadly missed, boys (Edwin + Ian) at Supreme Magic.
The construction will last a life time of performances and because there are so many changes this will surely fool those know it all types in the audience.
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