Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Box by Losander

Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Box by Losander
Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Box by Losander
5 out of 5

Wow! Beautiful and Amazing!

I have always been a fan of Karson’s Zombie, but have never ventured past there until now. When I watched the video of this on Joe’s site I thought – wow that looks amazing. When this arrived the other day I was not sure what to expect. But when I opened the box I was very pleased indeed!

Not only is the gimmick very cleverly concealed the whole box is made beautifully and the routine, that is very clearly explained by the amazing Losander can be performed surrounded and there is nothing added or taken away.

If you want to perform a levitation in a close-up or stroll around situation you are now set – what a great idea! For those of you who don’t like the card production at the end (I think it is a perfect ending, but it takes all sorts), you can just use the box to store a few items for your show, giving you the perfect reason for having the box in the first place.

Everything about this box is thought out and you get a professional quality prop and routine. Now levitation of any description does require some practice – but it is not hard practice, more having a belief that the object is actually floating and being wary of how it appears to the audience. But if you are prepared to put some effort in you’ll have a great routine that is different and will reward you for years to come!

Highly Recommend for Collector’s and Performers everywhere!

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Review by George Guerra for Nelson Compendium by Colin Rose

Review by George Guerra for Nelson Compendium by Colin Rose
Review by George Guerra for Nelson Compendium by Colin Rose
5 out of 5

One Fortunate Collector!

I had raved over a Chinese Compass from Colin Rose because of the historical oak and copper it was crafted. I also raved over a Victorian style boxed set of magic that this incredible craftsman made for my collection. Well, I was blown away when I became aware of a special and unique project that Colin worked over the recent holiday. This was to be a “micro” boxed set of several pocket tricks made from the oak and copper sheeting of the H.M.S. Victory and the final touch to their Trafalgar Collection.

The set has topped everything I have ever received from Five of Hearts. The box housing these special pieces is made from 300 year old Seasoned Yew and it’s a beauty to behold. Colin’s workmanship is unsurpassed and definitely one of the best skilled with wood. I really appreciate his vision to protect the history of the wood by preserving some of its original character. The Dutch Sandwich bears quite elegantly the original exterior, while the Block Tube showcases the original Worm Traces. Thus, history and art are integrated in a way only Colin could have imagined with results that need to be seen up in person to fully appreciate it.

The tricks in this set are classics, still enjoyable, and an elegant choice for the wood. I particularly like that he included two paddle effects, as I have a longstanding liking to magic paddles.

As a final statement of my excitemement over this boxed set, I felt compelled to put up a $link(http://www.guerracollection.com/NC/main.htm target=_blank, special webpage) with the details to, hopefully, convey what I am enjoying.

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Review by Andy Martin for Card Sword Deluxe by Julio Lipan

Review by Andy Martin for Card Sword Deluxe by Julio Lipan
Review by Andy Martin for Card Sword Deluxe by Julio Lipan
5 out of 5

One of the Best Available Today and an Amazing Crowd Pleaser

The card sword is a beautiful effect and very impressive to lay people. This sword built by the master magical engineer Julio Lipan looks solid and heavy and feels like a real sword, not some cheap magicians prop. The mechanism is flawless and it will handle up to three cards easily. I prefer just one card and a powerful remote card fountain like the $link(33,Marcelo Contento) one or the $link(http://stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=10613 target=_blank,Dave Powell) one. With these two items you have a true miracle on your hands.

The card sword was responsible for my first spontaneous Standing Ovation and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Disecto (Supreme) by Supreme Magic Company

Review by Andy Martin for Disecto (Supreme) by Supreme Magic  Company
Review by Andy Martin for Disecto (Supreme) by Supreme Magic Company
5 out of 5

Still One of the Most Deceptive Methods!

When it comes to chopping things off Magician’s have no end of methods and contraptions to do this. The problem often is that the method looks obvious. For the small stage and parlor show I don’t think there is a more convincing and reasonably priced version than the classic Disecto. It just looks impossible.

This is an old Supreme one, but MAK and Abbott’s still make some good ones too. If you’re looking for a quality mini-illusion that is well priced and deceptive, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better than Disecto!

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Review by Andy Martin for Departure by Derek Roberts

Review by Andy Martin for Departure by Derek Roberts
Review by Andy Martin for Departure by Derek Roberts
5 out of 5

Practical and Amazing Ring Flight

I’ve had many ring flights over the years and really like this one from Derek Roberts. It doesn’t use a case like so many others and instead uses what looks like a simple car door key fob. The ring release is also large and easy to operate.

The DVD has some great performance ideas and really makes you want to get out and perform this effect. The set-up is a snap and you could easily be doing this for your next walk around or close-up show.

Highly Recommended if you actually want to perform this effect!

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Review by Andy Martin for Absolutely Impossible Wallet by Ken Brooke

Review by Andy Martin for Absolutely Impossible Wallet by Ken Brooke
Review by Andy Martin for Absolutely Impossible Wallet by Ken Brooke
5 out of 5

A Great Routine and Wallet

This is one of Joe’s favorites and I know why. The wallet is made of a soft high quality leather and is practical enough to use as your real wallet. The effect is beautifully clean and takes a second to set-up. Hand an ungimmicked deck to the spectator and have them shuffle the deck. They then count down cards one at a time and stop anytime – absolutely no force. The spectator can then open the wallet and pull out the prediction and it matches the card they stopped at.

It is clean with no palming or tricky moves.

Highly Recommended for walk around and trade shows!

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Review by Mark Clayton for Hole In One (Vintage) by Abbott's

Review by Mark Clayton for Hole In One (Vintage) by Abbott's
Review by Mark Clayton for Hole In One (Vintage) by Abbott's
5 out of 5

Looks like real magic!!!

I love using this prop. Ive had mine for many years now and it has always been a jaw dropper. It doesnt seem possible that a freely chosen ball could in a split second appear inside an inverted glass sitting on a shot glass. The original thoughts on this trick were to present it as an expo’se but I find it to baffing a trick to show how its done. I love it and do a routine where a child helping me causes the magic to happen and not me. This makes it even more baffling.

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Review by Andy Martin for Add A Number by Basil Horwitz

Review by Andy Martin for Add A Number by Basil Horwitz
Review by Andy Martin for Add A Number by Basil Horwitz
5 out of 5

The Best Add A Number Wallet

I’m a big fan of the $link(2774,Horwitz Wallet) and I know if you like it too, you’ll love this wallet. It uses the same principle as the Horwitz but is gimmicked differently so that it can be used as a beautifully clean add a number notepad.

Easy to set and flawless in execution, throw out all your other versions, this is the best!

Highly Recommended for Performers everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mystery Box II by John Kennedy

Review by Andy Martin for Mystery Box II by John Kennedy
Review by Andy Martin for Mystery Box II by John Kennedy
5 out of 5

Still one of my all time favorites!

The John Kennedy Mystery Box has got to be one of the most convincing and impressive signed card effects ever. Quite simply the effect is exactly this: a small box is placed on the table in front of the spectator then they choose and sign any card, and it is shuffled back into the pack. The performer attempts to find their card behind his back and he announces he has found it and that now it is in the box that has been in front of the spectator all this time. They open the box and see a single card folded in the box. This card is tipped onto the spectator’s hands – and the performers hands are clean and the box is empty. It is their card with their signature.

This never fails to amaze them!

Most Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Casino Royale by Larry Becker

Review by Andy Martin for Casino Royale by Larry Becker
Review by Andy Martin for Casino Royale by Larry Becker
5 out of 5

Larry Becker’s Masterpiece!

This is a very entertaining and also very amazing piece of mentalism from Larry Becker. Its a 3 way prediction with each prediction clean and convincing. What I like most about this is that it is one of the few mentalism routines I have that can be played for laughs but in the end really knocks them out. A great routine with well made props from Viking. Larry Becker also has a lite version out: $link(3065,Casino Light) which uses different methods and has a slightly different routine.

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