Pleasing his son and Children’s Entertainers Everywhere!
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: the most consistent creator of unique, collectible and performable magic today is Chance Wolf and his small team at Wolf’s Magic. I have yet to see anything from Chance that is not beautifully made and practical to perform. Just like in Chef Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen, nothing gets out unless it is perfect!
The hardest thing for Chance is to keep all the magicians that have grown to love $link(nd=wolfsmagic,his beautiful magic) happy. There are high-end collector’s, medium-end collectors, cool magic trick addicts, classic recreation collectors, magic speculators, stage performers, close-up performers, and of course children’s entertainers.
With this wonderfully cute effect he gets to please the children’s entertainers and his young son Roagie too! This item is clearly aimed at children – it is suitable for a mixed audience but I think children benefit the most. It comes with a highly entertaining routine to get the most out of the props and will be a hit for kids of most ages. A brief routine is outlined $link(http://wolfsmagic.com/Roag_Toad.htm target=_blank,here)
This won’t appeal to all of Chance’s fans but I know there are some very happy children’s entertainers out there and one very happy little boy called Roagie!
Highly Recommended for Performers and Collectors of Quality Magic!
This product is the best I ever bought. It feels like you can do real magic. Labco Magic gives you the best you can get on this kind of products. It gives you the power to predict in which hand a spectator holds a dice, left or right. You can do it with three spectators at the same time, and as a climax name even the different colors of the dice they picked.
It also comes with five ESP cards for amazing readings. It is so good, you really have to make it more believable than it is, or they get crazy.
The best is: you can be very creative with these tools and make up your own routines. It is not just one thing, the possibilities are endless.
And best of it all: it works all the time. The apparatus you get has versatile extra’s, so it is a complete mindreading kit. And there is super service on everything. I had one problem with a part and SÃ¶ren Harbo replaced it within 3 days. His service and advice is great.
Since getting the Wolf Classic Coin Ladder and Levent’s âUltimate Guide to the Miser Dreamâ DVD, I have been on the lookout for related props or gaffs to enhance this classic effect. Colin Rose of Five of Hearts has released an ingenious, beautifully crafted, solid brass tweezers to make a coin repeatedly appear on its tips and give the perfect illusion of the coin dropping into a container, with convincing sound effect.
The tweezers are heavy duty, measure close to 10 inches, and the method will intrigue you as it did me. The handle has the Five of Hearts trademark beautifully engraved on the handle. Though the tweezers are available mainly in American Half dollars or Euros, I believe, I challenged Colin to custom build one using a 1921 Morgan silver dollar I mailed him. This makes the prop useable with my Wolf Coin Ladder. He came through and it’s a prop I am most proud to ownâ¦I am always nervous when I get a new effect for my collection, fearing it will not meet my stubborn picky taste.
There are certainly minor angle issues, especially with the heavier dollar coin, but easily overcomed with a different handling than found in the instructions. It is quite entertaining and magical to practice in front of a large mirror. Seeing that coin suddenly appear as if caught out of the air is astonishing.
John Ramsay’s Cylinder and Coins is a classic effect, but among the few props needed to perform this routine is a special gaffed stack of coins. I have owned several types over the years. There are fixed ones with three pins holding the coins together, either well aligned or slightly staggered to give it a more ânaturalâ look. There were the ones with only one pin to allow the stack to pivot, but the range was only one dimensional. Remember, these are supposed to be just a stack of coins to the spectator and naturally would be misaligning as you handle them.
Now, we have Todd’s Magnetic Ramsay Stackâ¦evolutionarily ahead of everything I have ever seen. NO PINS, whatsoever to be found! But, quite solid with no chance of separation during the routine yet quite natural in handling this stack of beautiful old Morgan dollars as can be seen in the images. Todd picked some choice soft Morgans with gorgeous patina. The design also allows you to use either a 3 or 4 coin stack (I remember churning that choice when I ordered a fixed stack from one well known craftsman)
I have to say that, even though I had an idea how this gaff was likely constructed, on inspecting my purchase the day I received it in the mail, I smiled and just shook my head in disbelief over the precision craftsmanship and ingenious design that Todd incorporated into this gaff. I was surprised! There is absolutely no better stack for this routine to be found anywhere and I doubt anyone can come up with a better one, too.
At the moment, I am building as large a collection of Todd’s work as I can get my hands on. He is the best coin gaff machinistâ¦period! This is not speaking out of air as I do have gaffs from his competitors.
Anyone in coin magic doesn’t need any introduction to Todd Lassen, frankly, the finest coin craftsman anywhere today. It was a Lassen gaff, the original U3F, that made me a convert to coin magic. Over the years, I have owned many of his gaffs, but more recently I have focused my attention with a vengeance on his stuff. Much of it comes from seeing up close all the great goodies coming from his shop, AND without the usual long wait, though well worth it, of course. First it was ebay and, presently, it is his new blog site. Didn’t realize how many neat stuff there was aside from the usual "standard" stuff one is accustomed to seeing.
Pictured here is the hottest new gaff set from Todd…the Ultimate Wild Coin set that, with the accompanying regular remilled coins, will allow you to perform some incredible magic. The gaffs are so perfect that I always have to lift the coins to see which one drops an insert to distinguish the gaffs from the regular coins in the set. Todd has a video on his blog showing one routine where the coins appear, change from silver to copper, and back to silver in an amazing display of coin magic. More routines will be available from the likes of David Neighbors.
This is, without a doubt, most highly recommended, but, then, anyone who has owned a Lassen gaff doesn’t need any encouragement to "shell" out hard earned money on the very best tools to perform miraculous coin magic. Even if you are only a collector, a Lassen gaff is pure metallic Art to savor and enjoy.
QUIZ: can you tell which of the two overlapping sets in the first image are gaffs or the regular companion coins…the answer is in the second image.
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