I assembled these props using basically the routine that Larry Wilfong devised (and that ships with the Rainbow Die Box instructions). It requires 4 silks (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue), a Silk Production Box (which has been renamed thanks to the wonderful world of P.C.!) and of course the Rainbow Die Box.
It’s a great little routine and allows you to make the most of each phase of the Rainbow Die Box.
When it comes to Die Boxes, Mel Babcock really is in a league of his own. If you have never experienced the giddy feeling you get when you receive one of his packages you are truly missing out on one of Magic’s great experiences!
This latest version of the Die Box, based on an old Thayer design, is surely the best Die Box Mel has ever made. As with his standard Die Box, the weight and feel of the box is perfect. You have to hold it to really appreciate how well it sits and works in your hands. All the actions are incredibly smooth.
Now for the extra features – the doors and ends of the box have inlayed wood panels which truly look beautiful. In addition you are supplied with two brightly colored and superbly painted dice, which during the course of the routine change places and finally change into two dice of totally different color.
I can’t express how wonderful I felt as I opened my package today!
Most magicians I have known have, at one time or another, sold a prop that they never used only to really regret it later. Dean’s Box is one of those for me.
I don’t really know why I sold it, but I’m glad to have purchased a new one. Interestingly enough, the cloth has changed color from red to black and back to red since the first time I purchased this effect.
This is a beautifully made box with a really wonderful series of three effects with some rope and a ring. It is easy to do, though it takes some handling practice.
Highly recommended, and this time I hope not to sell it!
This vase caught my attention when it was first advertised on the Five of Hearts Magic site, but I held back from buying it till finally giving in recently. Now that I have it, I am glad it is in my collection. Many will recognize this as part of a larger effect and apparatus: "Rice, Orange, and Checkers". Though a classic, I much prefer a simpler transposition and this vase is a beautiful start. Not sure if I care for the checkers in the overall effect.
Made from gorgeous African Sapele, this wood has an amazing lustrous wavy pattern to its grain that seem to shimmer as your eyes scan across the wood. The vase has many fine delicate details and several pyrographic accents, clearly a product of the finest turning skills on a lathe. I have said this before, but there is no better craftsman with the lathe than Colin Rose and C.Paul Coker of Five of Hearts Magic.
The vase stands tall at 12 1/2 inches with 4 inches at the widest. The mechanism is smooth and blended well into the interior of the vase that the vase can be casually shown after the vanish of the rice, without arousing any suspicion.
Steve Dusheck might not be the best craftsman in the world, but his ideas are second to none. This is an old item that I managed to track down again and I love it. It is not made as well as I would like from a Collector’s point of view, but it is a very clever idea and works perfectly.
The effect allows you to tell which number they select on the die without any funny peaking or moves. Instant reset too. Very clean.
I’d love to see this made in Walnut or something similar – I wonder if my good friends over at the Trickery are listening?
Most rainbow decks are made up of a collection of random cards from real decks. Sometimes the colors are wrong, they don’t have borders, they don’t fan smoothly, or they are not all precisely cut to the same size.
This deck is different: it was specially printed to have different backs from the outset. Very well produced and useful for many different card effects if you use your imagination.
The only possible issue I have with it is that some of the designs don’t really look like card backs at all – just 52 almost random images. Not sure if this is really an issue, but if I was to show you some of the designs you would not think it was a card back. Again this might not really be an issue, just a thought.
This is a fun routine that logically makes sense from R.A.R magic back in the ’80s. I updated it to use Randay Wakeman’s Rainbow Deck II instead of the deck it came with. The wallet is beautiful of course as is all the leather work of Roy Roth, and has 3 color changings.
By now it is obvious who is making the best electronic magic today: Soren Harbo and his team at LabcoMagic. This final piece for my collection is the epitome of why their magic is so great – no sign anywhere of electronics and beautiful old world craftsmanship combined together to create an amazing piece of mental magic.
100% reliability is necessary for any sort of electronic effect – you just can’t have it work 90% of the time. This is where LabcoMagic really make their mark. The box arrives in the mail and once you have figured out how to turn it on – which is always a challenge since they do such a great job of hiding everything – it just works from then on.
I’m not sure which is my favorite item of theirs but they are all special in their own way and I am very proud to have them sitting nicely in my Collection.
Joe Porper is well known in the world of Pool Cues for his amazing cues and cases, and he seems to be bringing that knowledge and expertise to these beautiful folding wands.
They are perfect and beautiful and unique. Some of Joe’s magic line is over priced, but these wands are not one of them. They are certainly worth the money and something you will treasure for the rest of your life.
What a wonder this little rattle box is – and I do mean little, it is a fraction of the size of regular rattle boxes. Craig Brooks has a real winner on his hands with this amazing little device. I have sold all my other rattle boxes and now only use this one. Unfortunately, this means I could not put a picture of a more traditional rattle box as a side by side comparison – but there is a huge difference in both height and length.
It looks beautiful and works perfectly too. This level of detail and very fine craftsmanship is something you rarely see these days, particularly for such an inexpensive item. The small size makes it all the more convincing as it is much closer in size to the coin you are vanishing. The new style rattle mechanism, which takes a little while to get used to, is unique to Craig’s box too and you soon realize what you’ve been missing all these years!
All in all, a very perfect addition to my collection – I can’t wait to see the next magical item that Craig produces!
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