Review by George Guerra for Zig Zag Coin – Snakewood by Mark Teufel

Review by George Guerra for Zig Zag Coin - Snakewood by Mark Teufel
Review by George Guerra for Zig Zag Coin – Snakewood by Mark Teufel
5 out of 5

Zig Zag Maximus

I had heard of Mark Teufel in the past, but never owned any of his magic, then I recently read a very positive comment on this item by John Mendoza. For some reason, that piqued my interest in obtaining one.

Eventually, I learned the whereabouts on Mark and it turned out he is a 50 minute drive from my home. When my order was finished, I drove over to pick this up and he turned out to be a very pleasant and friendly man, clearly enthusiastic with his magic. Though I suspected how this apparatus worked, his demonstration left me in doubt, as the magic was amazing to watch.

Not only is this a great trick, the apparatus is a BEAUTY! Heavy, solid brass construction throughout, all masked by a gorgeous, exotic Snakewood exterior (at extra cost and if Mark has it in stock, which is very infrequent, I am told). I knew this would be special, so I had bought on ebay a pair a AU 1945 Walkers to replace his standard clad Kennedys. The result is an apparatus that is a pride to display and perform. Oh yes, as expected, the mechanics is smooth and flawless in operation.

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Review by George Guerra for Teufel Chop Cup by Mark Teufel

Review by George Guerra for Teufel Chop Cup by Mark Teufel
Review by George Guerra for Teufel Chop Cup by Mark Teufel
5 out of 5

A Cup Worthy of a Museum

I own and treasure a segmented chop cup that incorporates Padauk, Zebrawood, Wenge, and Red Oak. It was handcrafted by Howard Hale and I had never seen one that equaled it or surpassed it on the market, till I acquired this cup from Mark Teufel. It’s a big one, capable of hiding a tennis ball, but look at all that beautiful exotic wood! While my Hale cup was just rings of wood, this one has a gorgeous geometric pattern to it. Not sure how Mark accomplished this.

This Teufel cup incorporates 5 different exotic woods, stands about 4 inches and the mouth opening is 2 3/4 inches. It’s a sturdy cup with the walls much thicker than my Hale cup. To top it, the price is quite a bargain for the quality that you are getting. For all you chop cup collectors, this is definitely a must.

NOTE: the woods used in this cup are Bocote, Ebony, Padauk, Satin Wood, and Figured Maple.

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Review by George Guerra for Card to Money Clip by Richard Gerlitz

Review by George Guerra for Card to Money Clip by Richard Gerlitz
Review by George Guerra for Card to Money Clip by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

Powerful Mental Effect

It’s been 2 years since the last Gerlitz was released, Orb of Truth, and that was quite a mechanical marvel. Now he has released three effects under a Pocket Mentalism Series banner. This one is clearly my favorite. The effect is powerful! The prop looks ordinary enough to divert suspicion but, more importantly, it all works effortlessly so you can concentrate on presentation.

For those who love magical mechanical devices, this will not disappoint. I am glad Richard showed an image of the underlying brass mechanism on his site to fully appreciate what one is getting, as he sends the apparatus already prepared, as pictured, for immediate performance. This is definitely one that will entice you to carry and perform as it wouldn’t be one to display in your magic collection. As I said earlier, the effect packs the power to impress any spectator!

Richard continues the tradition he set when he started his line of magic: great effects, great apparatus, and all in very limited edtions that he strictly adheres to. SO, don’t wait and be disappointed when that "Sold Out" comes up on his site.

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Review by Steve Perry for Lassen UWC Coin Set by Todd Lassen

Review by Steve Perry for Lassen UWC Coin Set by Todd Lassen
Review by Steve Perry for Lassen UWC Coin Set by Todd Lassen
1 out of 5

A Horrible experience

Have to say that when I got the coin set it was horrible. It had dings in the set the s**lls were bent and the faces were concave.
I called Todd Lassen Up and he made every excuse up in the book for why the edges had dings and the face was concave including the fact that that is the way there supposed to be. He also would not fix them when i sent them to him and he sent them back and claimed that I damaged them . He had my credit card information in his house the day thieves broke into his house and stole coins and god knows what else information wise on orders he had filled or not filled. I have since decided to purchase my coins from Schoolcraft. I will never spend money with Todd Lassen again he is too unreliable. I do not recommend him at all.

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Review by George Guerra for Egyptian Sun Gods Game, The by Alan Warner

Review by George Guerra for Egyptian Sun Gods Game, The by Alan Warner
Review by George Guerra for Egyptian Sun Gods Game, The by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

The Magic of Egypt!

It was Alan’s Egyptian style magic that first captivated my attention when I learned of his mini- magic back in 2001. It may be the mystique of this ancient land and its mythology, artwork, and magic that is alluring and, now, all well captured in beautifully grained handcrafted teakwood as only Alan has ever been able to accomplish. This new release is no exception and a welcomed addition to this themed portion of Alan’s magic.

Selected colored tablet matches the colored sun god tablet not once, but twice, all in a fair manner. It’s the beauty of the props that sells and the wonderful routine that entertains…all easy to perform so you can concentrate on the presentation. I love it!

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Review by Joey Butler for Al Stanger's Miracle Poker Machine by Al Stanger, John Mendoza

Review by Joey Butler for Al Stanger's Miracle Poker Machine by Al Stanger, John Mendoza
Review by Joey Butler for Al Stanger's Miracle Poker Machine by Al Stanger, John Mendoza
4 out of 5

Unbelievable

Al Stanger’s Miracle Poker Machine is truly unbelievable. It fries an audience and makes magicians capable of murder. I have heard that when a group of ‘card men’ once saw John Mendoza demonstrate this, someone was heard to say, ‘Guys will kill for that.’
It was my pleasure to see John perform this twice at a SEAM convention in Nashville a few years ago. It dropped jaws all over the small room where his close up session was held.
I would give this four and one half stars if there was such a rating. In all good conscience I cannot give it a (perfect) five stars because it is somewhat difficult to master. It looks like the machine does all the work, but, of course, it doesn’t.
I understand that Gaeten Bloom reacted the same way and has created a simpler handling. I have not worked on that presentation yet, but if it is up to Bloom’s typical excellence, it may well be the ‘improvement’ that this awesome effect deserves.

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Review by George Guerra for Rainbow Puzzle by Alan Warner

Review by George Guerra for Rainbow Puzzle by Alan Warner
Review by George Guerra for Rainbow Puzzle by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Ultimate puzzler

It never fails to feel like a kid on Christmas Day opening his favorite gift when a parcel arrives in the mail from Alan Warner. Even after so many deliveries in the past years, that enchantment has never dwindled. I also know that many collectors have their favorite Warner items, selling off those that didn’t please them, yet I have kept every single Warner piece I have bought. I can’t say the same with the many great names in magic I have been a loyal customer over the years. I guess this is a testament to the great magic from this one man.

This is indeed another beautiful puzzle effect, distinct from The Oracle or Red Chinese Puzzle, both marvelous effects, too. There is the gorgeous design, the bright colours, and the meticulous teak craftsmanship. The classic puzzle mystery is enhanced by a transposition effect involving the missing piece, and all comes nicely packaged in that classic mini-magic size. Love the lid decor which also serves as an aid in the performance…Alan thinks of everything.

Most Highly Recommended!

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Review by George Guerra for Uncorked by Doug Gorman, Jim Riser

Review by George Guerra for Uncorked by Doug Gorman, Jim Riser
Review by George Guerra for Uncorked by Doug Gorman, Jim Riser
5 out of 5

More than you think…

So, you are probably thinking, just another chop cup set…WRONG! This is innovative, extremely clever, and entertaining magic at an impressive mini-magic level…my favorite kind of magic. See the video of Doug’s performance and you get only a glimpse of what Jim Riser put together in his workshop. There was a great deal of thought and ingenuity put into the beautiful props that are not so apparent from just seeing the performance. I am telling you that the price justifies what you are getting. You get three double layered gimmicked aluminum spun "shot glasses, two rubber olives, four corks (three gimmicked), special leather performance mat, instuctional DVD, and draw string red bags for storage. This is definitely not your usual chop cup set. And to top it all, Doug sure came up with a very elegant and funny magical routine worthy of the wonderful props.

I sure wish I could say more, but suffice to say that the one stickler on watching Doug’s video was the cork vanishes. Was I in for a great surprise on learning the method when I received my Uncorked set…most diabolical and one I had never seen nor heard of in all my years in magic. I don’t have one Riser item that has not greatly impressed me and held a special place in my collection.

What also brought a smile was Doug’s mention of a “series of magic” coming from him. The first one, Stones of Tutankhamen, was also impressive, both the props, again made by Jim Riser, and the accompanying routine. I will definitely be looking out for the third release from this team.

A highest recommendation on this one!

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