Review by Andy Martin for Pain Game, The by Jon Allen

Review by Andy Martin for Pain Game, The by Jon Allen
Review by Andy Martin for Pain Game, The by Jon Allen
5 out of 5

Finally, A Truly Safe Approach to Pain!

I used to perform one of the original $link(54,Death Trap’s) a few years ago, but my wife was so nervous about it that I had to explain to her how it worked. Even when she knew she was always worried it could go wrong. There is always the chance that you’d forget what you’re doing and hit the wrong bag and really cause some damage. With the Pain Game there is zero chance of you hurting yourself, even if you just guess and this leads to a much better routine.

Here are the things I like about the Pain Game: there is zero risk in hurting yourself, the audience member gets to choose which bag you hit next, the bags don’t fall off the table, there are no electronics or external devices of any kind including magnetic rings etc., and set-up is easy.

This really is the perfect solution to a safe Russian Roulette effect.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Roag Toad, The by Wolf's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Roag Toad, The by Wolf's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Roag Toad, The by Wolf's Magic
5 out of 5

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 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 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!

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Review by Andy Martin for Coin Bomber by Johnny Wong

Review by Andy Martin for Coin Bomber by Johnny Wong
Review by Andy Martin for Coin Bomber by Johnny Wong
5 out of 5

Stunning Routine and Wonderful Gimmicks

This is an amazing routine which looks absolutely impossible in Johnny Wong’s hands. Even in mere mortal’s hands is is still very possible to do the effect justice. The corner-stone of the effect uses a new coin set called the Trinity Coin Set. You get four of these coins to do the explosion of 12 coins from 1. But the routine is so smooth that you have plenty of time to pull in the other coins.

The gimmicks are flawless and there is a very clever non-sleight move that really makes it look like the coins are appearing out of thin air right in front of the spectators. I have never seen this idea used before and it really makes the production far simpler and magical.

These coins represent huge value and although we always talk about Todd Lassen and Jamie Schoolcraft when it comes to coin gimmicks, I think that Johnny Wong deserves a huge mention too. His coins are beautifully made and are an incredible value.

This is certainly one set of coins that you will use. BTW, the DVD comes with a number of other cool ideas that you can do with the Trinity Coin Set, none of which will disappoint!

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Traffic Lite by Herald & Kohler Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Traffic Lite by Herald & Kohler Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Traffic Lite by Herald & Kohler Mfg.
5 out of 5

My Favorite Paddle Effect

This is a wonderful paddle routine. Even though there appear to be many changes the paddle and slides are not gimmicked per se, they just employ the paddle move. It’s really quite amazing to watch and very logical.

I think this is actually a Tricks. Co. item, although the instructions say Herald & Kohler Mfg. It does look the same as an item I had a few years ago called $link(1265,Stop Lite Paddle). Either way, it is an amazing item.

Highly Recommended if you can track one down!

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Review by Andy Martin for Pro-Table/Case by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Pro-Table/Case by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Pro-Table/Case by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

The perfect table for your whole act!

Since purchasing these tables I have finally been able to turn up at a show with just the table. Having the draws and cabinet at the back make a huge difference. When coupled with $link(1199,the accessories) you dramatically increase the capabilities of this table. Made in the usual high quality manner that we expect from Viking.

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Review by Andy Martin for Jumbo Balloon Wand 2 by Wolf's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Jumbo Balloon Wand 2 by Wolf's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Jumbo Balloon Wand 2 by Wolf's Magic
5 out of 5

Time to Peform Magic again!

One of the problems of collecting a lot of magic is that you never find time to actually perform it. The real magic only occurs when you perform in front of a live audience. The ironic thing is that many effects that are prized collectibles are often not practical to perform. Not so with the Magical Wolf Man! His magic is for sure collectible, but it is even more performable.

This is the second version of his Jumbo Balloon Wand, based on the original Balloon Tray by Warren Stephens. The first Jumbo Balloon Wand was great, but it was aimed more for kids shows and slightly less streamlined. This new version works great for all audiences. It is a dream to set-up and like all of Chance’s amazing magic works 100% of the time. When it comes to performing magic, any prop that doesn’t work 100% of the time is going to stay on the shelf most of the time – maybe this is why they are called Collectible!

As with all of my recent Wolf’s Magic purchases this will stay in the collection and I look forward to performing it to real people soon!

Thanks Chance for maintaining such consistent high standards in all of your great Collectible and Performable Magic!

Highly Recommended

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Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Ring Grinder by Wolf's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Ring Grinder by Wolf's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Ring Grinder by Wolf's Magic
5 out of 5

Grind Away Wolf Man!

Ok so the only thing we have come to expect from Chance Wolf is incredible quality and innovation with props that you can really use. Well Chance has done it again! What a wonderful bright prop with all the right buttons and switches and everything so solid you know it will not only last a lifetime, but it will not let you down on the night either.

If you ever need to vanish a ring and want to make it more of a feature then using this Ultimate Ring Grinder is the only way to go. The word "Ultimate" is used a lot, just like the word "Awesome" – neither of which should be used lightly. This is the ultimate ring grinder for sure, and the Grand Canyon is still awesome. Whether it be for Ring in Gumball, Nest of Boxes, or one of a million other places – there is only one Grinder to use and that is the one from The Wolf Man!

As usual Highly Recommended!

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Review by Rich Hurley for Dean's Triangle by Dean Dill

Review by Rich Hurley for Dean's Triangle by Dean Dill
Review by Rich Hurley for Dean's Triangle by Dean Dill
5 out of 5

Unique and astonishing

I am proud owner of Dean’s Triangle #1. I was privillaged to watch Dean develop this routine over a period of about 3 years. It started as a fun trick and ended up as a signature piece of magic that creates true astonishment.

The Prop is perfect. Rarely do coin magicians have large pretty props to jazz up a show, but this table is beautiful. The pictures do not do it justice. It is precision made by Doug Malloy, Joe Porper, and Dean Dill. The sneaky design features are undetectable and the spectator is welcome to examine it very closely.

Dean is a master of detail. every little thing has been thought out and perfected over years of constant design modifications. While this is not a knuckle buster, it does require good timing and smoothness. Dean is also a master of the moment and all the dirty work is done at precisely the right moment. There is no heat. Once you get comfortable with the pace, it’s easy to perform. (it will take practice)

Each coin penetration looks totally air and becomes more impossible with every phase. It is a 4 phase routine that builds to a wonderfully visual and impossible penetration that is visually awesome.

This is a fun routine to perform and it’s different from anything else on the market. I highly recommend Dean’s Triangle!

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Review by Stephen Christopher for Wiz-Kote Machine by Chalet Magic

Review by Stephen Christopher for Wiz-Kote Machine by Chalet Magic
Review by Stephen Christopher for Wiz-Kote Machine by Chalet Magic
5 out of 5

Inventor of the wiz Kote??

Hi, this product does indeed look fantastic. I can attest to it being a real crowd pleaser for all ages. I perform one version for smaller Birthday party shows and an expanded version for my Stage Shows. It is GREAT in either venue.

I have been performing this routine since I first saw it performed back in 1976 at a MECCA MAGIC CLUB show in East Orange, N.J. It was created by a man named Jim Gerrish (who created and sold many magic effects under the name MERLYN). I had the pleasure of working with him on several shows. I do not believe he is in the business actively anymore but back then he had many original and entertaining magical creations that he sold to dealers.

I believe you can find his full routine for this one published in one of the Linking Rings or Genii’s in the late 70’s. It is worth the effort to find.

Just wanted to give Mr. Gerrish his "props" and let people know about the history of this great routine.

Stephen Christopher www.optimystiks.com

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Review by Tom Pearson for Chest of Nostradamus, The by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Tom Pearson for Chest of Nostradamus, The by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Tom Pearson for Chest of Nostradamus, The by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Diabolical and Beautiful

This is a beautifully crafted chest that is another exemplary effort by George Robinson of outstanding magic that is a wonderful addition to any collection. Besides being beautiful to look at and handle, it is a diabolical effect. George continues to amaze me with his craftsmanship and attention to detail in everything he makes. A great effect that really knocks them off their feet!

I highly recommend this to the collector and the performer.

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