Review by Andy Martin for Royal Redo by Bill Wisch

Review by Andy Martin for Royal Redo by Bill Wisch
Review by Andy Martin for Royal Redo by Bill Wisch
5 out of 5

This really surprised me and I love it!

Ok so we all think that the tired old Princess Card Trick is not for us and so have passed this one by … big mistake! This new version by Bill Wisch and those crazy cats at Elmwood Magic is amazing. It turns the Princess Card Trick into a full blown, multi-phase routine that is clean, clever, and entertaining.

Every year I look for new items that I can use at my Company Christmas party for walk around and this will be featured for sure. It looks like real mentalism, plain and simple! It requires no sleights, is easy to do, resets instantly, and can be repeated. For those of you inclined to practice a little more, and you should be, it also has some extra ideas that will really blow them away.

This is the big sleeper of 2009 and I love it!

Highly Recommend for Performers everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Red Jigged Bone + Turquoise Knives by Joe Mogar

Review by Andy Martin for Red Jigged Bone + Turquoise Knives by Joe Mogar
Review by Andy Martin for Red Jigged Bone + Turquoise Knives by Joe Mogar
5 out of 5

Wow A Stunning Set of Knives!

So I’ve been a big fan of Joe Mogar’s knives for many years now, but I just received this set of Red Jigged Bone and Turquoise and I must say they are absolutely breathtaking! Beautifully made as are all of Joe’s knives, with a perfect weight and feel. But these are so special you can’t help but feel a warm glow!

If you have not spent some time with Joe’s knives it is about time you did – I have never seen such amazing pieces of art that are such a pleasure to hold and perform with.

Highly Recommended for Performers and Collectors!

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Review by Andy Martin for Jack and Jill by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Jack and Jill by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Jack and Jill by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

A Beautiful Version of This Classic

Howie has redone this effect quite a few times over the years and most recently he has had them made by George Robinson down at Viking. These are as good as the ones made by the famous Jerry – they are very thin and beautifully finished. The cards are expertly made and the effect is just so clean now. You place the jack in one holder and the queen in the other and instantly they swap places. Even though they can see the cards at all times.

If you are a medium to high high-end collector that appreciates the fine Magic of craftsmen like Alan Warner and Mel Babcock, you will surely appreciate the workmanship in this new release.

Get these before they run out. They are exquisite!

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Review by Andy Martin for MC Box by Mikame Craft

Review by Andy Martin for MC Box by Mikame Craft
Review by Andy Martin for MC Box by Mikame Craft
5 out of 5

Not High-end but Practical and Innocent

These rattle boxes from Mikame might not be as cool or high-end as the beautiful rattle box from $link(4232,Craig Brooks). But they are very practical and have a clever mechanism that makes them very useful for close-up and walk-around. Because they look so innocent I believe they are likely to get more use than a special designer box. And you get three in the set. Wow, what a great deal!

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Review by Andy Martin for Topsy Turvey Bottles by Unknown

Review by Andy Martin for Topsy Turvey Bottles by Unknown
Review by Andy Martin for Topsy Turvey Bottles by Unknown
5 out of 5

Quality, Color and Entertainment all in one!

I’ve always like the Topsy Turvey Bottle idea, but have never found a set I like. These bottles from Joe Stevens are amazing! They are brightly colored and made of heavy metal, with sealed bottoms. What is also cool is that even though the bottles are different colors and can be examined the spectator can choose either one for themselves. The gimmick works with both colors.

The covers are made of thick card board, and it would have been nice to have them in plastic or metal, but otherwise this is a perfect set.

Highly Recommended for Comedy Magicians everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Giant Stag/White Knives by Joe Mogar

Review by Andy Martin for Giant Stag/White Knives by Joe Mogar
Review by Andy Martin for Giant Stag/White Knives by Joe Mogar
5 out of 5

Bigger is sometimes Better!

I’ve been a big fan of $link(nd=mogar,Joe Mogar’s knives) for many years. They are beautifully made and always feel perfectly balanced. However, I have found that when I’m performing knife routines to eight or more people in a close-up situation that the standard knives are not so easily seen and sometimes the changes are missed.

I have tried $link(1016,Joe Jumbo’s) before but they are a bit on the large size for me and so I was very pleased to find these "Giant" knives – of course they are not "Giant" but they are a great size for small and perfect for larger close-up shows. Or if you simply have bigger hands.

Most of the standard moves work perfectly, but now everyone can see them. The photo shows the difference in size between the $link(4164,standard ones) and the giant ones.

If you’re into beautiful knives, and why wouldn’t you be, these are perfect to add your performance and collection.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mighty Mini – Light Heavy Chest Limited Edition by Gimpy's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Mighty Mini - Light Heavy Chest Limited Edition by Gimpy's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Mighty Mini – Light Heavy Chest Limited Edition by Gimpy's Magic
5 out of 5

What a Beauty and Works Better too!

So I’m a big fan of Gimpy’s Light and Heavy boxes, and think the original Mighty Mini is amazing. $link(nd=reviews&search_realsku=4027, Click here) for my previous review. So imagine my joy when I open this bad boy up. Hopefully from the pictures you can see how beautiful it looks, all decked out in solid Walnut and veneered in a rare Ash Burl, but what surprised me is how much better it seems to work. Maybe I’m fooling myself, but the mechanism seems to be more precise and easy to use.

Gimpy says that he has tweaked the gimmick, and whatever he did it certainly makes a difference. There are only twenty of these so get them before they all disappear.

This is truly a beautiful item.

Highly Recommended for Performers and Collectors everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Sword of the Ring by Magic Wagon, The Trickery

Review by Andy Martin for Sword of the Ring by Magic Wagon, The Trickery
Review by Andy Martin for Sword of the Ring by Magic Wagon, The Trickery
5 out of 5

Still an Amazing Beauty with just a few left!

Readers of my reviews know already how enamoured I am with the items from the $link(nd=magicwagon,Magic Wagon). Their $link(nd=wagoncollector,Collecter Line), in particular, is amazing! Well this item created in collaboration with Howie at The Trickery continues to be one of my favorites. The Sword of The Ring is a real fooler for sure.

You show the ornate box very openly and cleanly, take out the ring holder at the bottom and borrow any ring. The spectator places the ring in the holder and it is placed at the bottom of the Ring Tower. Everything is exactly as it looks. You close up the tower and hand out the sword for examination too. You now rest the sword at the top of the tower in two grooves and then slowly but surely lower the sword. Both ends can be clearly seen at all times and yet when you reach the bottom the ring is clearly on the sword and can be taken out by the spectator if desired.

This is a very clean penetration with beautiful props. Reset is immediate and there are no sleights, nothing is added or taken away, etc. There is one thing you have to do but it is trivial and covered beautifully in the routine – there is zero heat on you at the time of this "move". What is particularly nice is that when the penetration takes place the audience can really be staring and they’ll see or hear nothing – it looks very convincing.

The tower unit cannot be fully examined but the sword and holder can be and everything looks clean.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for MC Card Case by Mikame Craft

Review by Andy Martin for MC Card Case by Mikame Craft
Review by Andy Martin for MC Card Case by Mikame Craft
5 out of 5

One of the Best Mikame Pieces

I’ve always liked this item from Mikame Craft – it is beautifully made and really a very clever, but simple idea. I remember talking to George Robinson about it a few years ago and he remarked how he wished he had come up with the idea – this is often the case with simple ideas. Once you know how it works you can’t help but think: "Why didn’t I think of that?" But such ideas are often the ones that elude us the most.

This item is also very well priced and if you don’t already have one you should get one now!

Highly Recommended for performers and collector’s alike!

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Review by Andy Martin for Inconsistent Treasurer, The by Francois Danis

Review by Andy Martin for Inconsistent Treasurer, The by Francois Danis
Review by Andy Martin for Inconsistent Treasurer, The by Francois Danis
5 out of 5

Wow What an Entertaining and Colorful Beauty this is!

So I’ve been watching $link(nd=danis,Francois Danis) grow for the last few years and it is very clear with this latest release how far he has come. This is a perfect collector’s piece of magic. Each part of the prop from the beautiful presentation box to each of the engaging pieces are intriguing and superbly crafted. In the past I would not have said that Francois was as good as Alan Warner – but I do believe this piece is worthy of comparison. Very intricate with everything finished flawlessly.

As with all of Francois’s items it comes with an interesting story to fit the props – I found the translation not quite as good as I would like, but it is workable for sure. The effects are not new and neither are the ideas but the way they have been incorporated into the props and story line is very fresh.

I would go as far as saying this is the best prop that Francois has made thus far and I look forward to his new items. One thing you can always rely on Francois is some new twist on an old idea, and in this the Treasurer is very consistent.

Highly Recommended for Collector’s everywhere!

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