Review by George Guerra for Taytelbaum Paddles by Eddy Taytelbaum

Review by George Guerra for Taytelbaum Paddles by Eddy Taytelbaum
Review by George Guerra for Taytelbaum Paddles by Eddy Taytelbaum
5 out of 5

I love paddles and Eddy’s are even better

One good thing about the recession is that these Taytelbaum paddles sold at a "reasonable" price…still several hundreds, but not 3 figures as in the past. That’s how much in demand Eddy’s work exists.

I find it sort of ironic how much complaints I read about the Tenyo line being made from plastic that a new Tenyo Elite venture will try to correct this for performers and collectors. The quality of the effects is there, it’s the material that turns people off. Yet, people are willing to pay the big bucks on one particular line of plastic magic tricks that happens to carry the Taytelbaum name. Of course, what Eddy sculpts from plastic are masterpieces and well deserved of the praise and prices these demands, but was just thinking.

Anyway, here are two paddles that sold as a set at a Swann auction. The top is a classic chalk paddle and the bottom is a rather unique version of the jumping peg paddle. The design is very interesting as the close-up image can attest. Not sure what inspired Eddy to design it as I have never seen another jumping peg paddle like this one. Both were in mint condition and so beautiful up close. One can only admire the workmanship. No recommendations needed here, the Taytelbaum name speaks for itself.

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Review by George Guerra for Cork Penetration by Eddy Taytelbaum

Review by George Guerra for Cork Penetration by Eddy Taytelbaum
Review by George Guerra for Cork Penetration by Eddy Taytelbaum
5 out of 5

Wish I had more Taytelbaums

Eddy Taytelbaum has no equal and inspired the mini-magic line that Alan Warner took on as the next generation with splendid results. This is Eddy’s cork penetration effect which, I am told, was invented by him.
The effect is clearly visible in the images. The cork can be examined before or after the effect. I have seen others copy this effect, but there is clearly NO comparison to the original.

The slide is so elegant as only Eddy can handcraft. It’s all wood with a beautifully applied dark green paint and his signature gold striping on the edges. The paint job is so smooth I can only think of Milson-Worth as the only other builder with such excellent results. It is hinged so it can be opened to expel any suspicions (the slide is ungimmicked). A brass hinge at one end keeps the slide locked closed.

Considering its age, this sample is in fantastic shape, as mint as you can get…what a relief as I have seen many Taytelbaums in poor condition. But, then, these were intended to be used. I only wish I had more of Eddy’s work in my collection, but it is hard to come by and expensive when is does.

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Review by George Guerra for Locking Card Box (MW) by Milson-Worth

Review by George Guerra for Locking Card Box (MW) by Milson-Worth
Review by George Guerra for Locking Card Box (MW) by Milson-Worth
5 out of 5

Solid performer from Milson-Worth

This is Milson-Worth’s version of the card box and it’s a masterpiece. The cover is heavy duty, solid walnut construction with a distinctive look to it to stand out from the many popular models out there. There would be no mistaking that this is a Milson-Worth card box.

One feature that stands out is the cover can be freely handled as the "flap" is a lockable one, both before and after the transformation. Don’t recall ever seeing this added touch in the many boxes out there. The locking and release mechanism is cleverly built into the cover and entirely under your control.

As with the famous painted MW line, Lyn Johnson also demonstrates his skills with woodworking on this item and it ranks among the best I have seen. Definitely, one of my favorite MW pieces in my collection

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Review by George Guerra for Phantom Die Cabinet by Owen Magic Supreme

Review by George Guerra for Phantom Die Cabinet by Owen Magic Supreme
Review by George Guerra for Phantom Die Cabinet by Owen Magic Supreme
5 out of 5

A Classic and the Best is an Owen

I have always had a fancy for this effect. The earliest models included Lloyd’s Jewel Chest of Ching See and, more recently, Richard Gerlitz updated it with his version, The Temple of Dragon and Jewel Chest of Sea-Ling. This is the Owen model and a treat to own.

Simplistic skeleton frame used for the cabinet, but beautiful solid walnut construction and bright, brass touches on the sides stands out. The block is an elegant yellow and black Oriental design..nothing fancy but perfectly complementing the cabinet housing it.

The effect is a solid block is shown and locked into the open cabinet with a solid, examinable rod. A top hat or any container is placed on top. In an instant the block is seen to visually fly up and penetrate into the container on top where the block is now removed and freely shown. For those in the know, the one problem with the Lloyd’s model was that the "release mechanism" was openly placed in front for all to see. Owen moved it naturally to the bottom of the cabinet within easy reach when you lay the apparatus on your hand for the performance. It’s fast, though a bit "noisy"…one of my only qualms.

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Review by George Guerra for Lightbulb Penetration by Milson-Worth

Review by George Guerra for Lightbulb Penetration by Milson-Worth
Review by George Guerra for Lightbulb Penetration by Milson-Worth
5 out of 5

Atypical MW item, but one great illusion

Saw this item for sale on ebay by John Mendoza and decided to bring out the one sitting in my collection for 19 years. Forgot what a great illusion this is. I guess it’s easy to miss this one for it’s simple, straightforward design and construction in contrast to the rest of the Milson-Worth line. However, it is a well built fooler and one you will want to perform, while the rest of your MW collection sits pretty on the shelf.

The pictures tells it all. With a simple idea, the whole apparatus can be examined in the beginning and at the end of the routine to further add confusion to this mystery. As far as I can tell, it was never pictured in any MW catalogue, but casually mentioned in the price lists that accompany the catalogues.

The brass light stand is of heavy construction, 24 3/4 inch tall with the globe bulb, and the base has a 5 1/2 inch diameter. Overall, a beautiful effect and recommended if you can find one for sale.

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Review by George Guerra for 100th Anniversary Die Box by Owen Magic Supreme

Review by George Guerra for 100th Anniversary Die Box by Owen Magic Supreme
Review by George Guerra for 100th Anniversary Die Box by Owen Magic Supreme
5 out of 5

Tough to top this Die Box

I must first admit that I am not a die box aficionado, but the beauty in the work of this die box was irresistible. Only one other die box adorns my collection for the same reason and that is the new version of the $link(1819,Milson-Worth Deluxe Oriental Die Box).

The construction is solid and meticulously built to please the most neat picky of any collector out there. The choice of wood is Padauk and the grain, color of this gorgeous African wood shows throughout. The people at Owen, on my visit to that mecca of magic, told me only about a dozen were made; the rest being Walnut.

However, the most attractive appeal to me was that this was a part of a select group of items specially commissioned to celebrate their 100th anniversary in business. That was clearly and artistically branded onto the back panel of the box as shown. I just love it!

Of course, the box functions perfectly and the slide is a smooth, solid thump to convince the spectators that the die is indeed moving side to side. The paint job on the shell and die are perfect, reminiscent of the quality on Milson-Worth apparatus, but then, this is an Owen item and to be expected.

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Review by Rick Morein for Color Changing Bottles by Sitta (Italy)

Review by Rick Morein for Color Changing Bottles by Sitta (Italy)
Review by Rick Morein for Color Changing Bottles by Sitta (Italy)
5 out of 5

Highly recommended!

I bought this beautiful set many years ago from a private collector who showed it to me at the Annual Houdini Club of Wisconsin Convention, and it was made by Sitta, I believe.

I sometimes use this trick in my platform show. The quality of the props is outstanding.

It’s very colorful, very pretty and very mistifying, and unlike any other trick with bottles I have ever seen. The handling as detailed in the included instructions makes for a very unique and nice presentation and routine.

These are very rare and very hard to find, as of today (May, 2009), I have no idea what these are worth, but considering their rarity and quality, if you can find a set, and can use it in your act, or just want to collect these color changing bottles, expect to pay somewhat of a premium.

In the words of my friend, Dick Oslund, this is "Magic Jewelry!"

If you can find a set (Good luck!)…..buy it!

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Review by Andy Martin for Color Changing Bottles by Sitta (Italy)

Review by Andy Martin for Color Changing Bottles by Sitta (Italy)
Review by Andy Martin for Color Changing Bottles by Sitta (Italy)
5 out of 5

European Quality All The Way!

What a wonderful outfit this is with beautifully crafted bottles and a very clean and simple routine. I have not seen anything like this quality for a while and am pleased to have them looking so nice in my collection.

I can always rely on Ron Allesi to find me some great magic at a good price. Thanks Ron!

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Review by Andy Martin for Vintage Close-up Case by Unknown

Review by Andy Martin for Vintage Close-up Case by Unknown
Review by Andy Martin for Vintage Close-up Case by Unknown
5 out of 5

Great Quality!

Don’t confuse this Close-Up case with the one put out by MAK Magic – this is far superior and comes from a time when they knew how to make good quality tables and cases.

I’ve just ordered a heavy duty table base from my good friend George at Viking Magic and I look forward to having a very useful performing and storage area.

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