I’ve never been let down by Mr. Powell’s effects and this lovely piece is no exception.
The effect is not new, but the method is. Or sort of. It actually combines several old ideas into a new design. But how come? And that is why I’m giving this review 4 stars instead of 5. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT regretful for purchasing this. I love it. The quality is top notch, and the design is unique. This box can play in a variety of settings. I just question why Mr. Powell put so much effort into fixing something that may not have been broken.
Let me go into detail without letting on too much. This box looks like a Lippincott box, feels like a Lippincott box, delivers the same effect as a Lippincott box, but doesn’t function like one. This probably will fool your magician friends at your IBM meetings, but laymen, who probably could never figure out a traditional Lippincott Box, will never know the difference. It is devious, and the secret – to those who aren’t familiar with its workings – is undetectable. But is it necessary?
A gentleman by the name of Joe Porper also recreated the Lippincott box with his ingenious Strong Box. It was brilliant in design and construction, and in some ways – due to its added weight and design – functioned a bit quicker than a standard wood box. Dave Powell’s beautiful Antique Pill Box also brings some new ideas to the table. But did either of them NEED to be made? I guess you can argue that it’s human nature to improve upon our past accomplishments. The classic Linking Rings effect for example, has been redesigned to include a practically seamless, locking key ring. A lot of magician’s love this update. So, maybe I’m just being too analytical.
Let me close this already long review with this…if you are a collector, and love Dave Powell’s creations as much as I do…buy this. If you are a professional, or casual performer who appreciates quality, and can afford this piece…buy it. If you are an amateur, or beginning magician who can’t spend the money for a top shelf effect…don’t buy this, there are much less costly options.
Myself? I’m a hybrid. I am an amateur magician and an avid collector who has a habit of buying beautiful, hand-crafted magic, created by artisans who have pride in their work
Anything new from Alan is always so welcome. Missed the days when I was building up my Warner collection and feeling like a kid in a toy’s store when his parcels arrived. This is Alan’s latest in his teak mini-magic line and it is definitely a treat.
The drawer type, rectangular box is gorgeously decorated on all viewable sides as can been seen, comes with solid brass feet and knob and works like a charm. I believe the method in revealing the coins at the end has not been incorporated in any previous Warner piece. It’s ingenious in operation with perfect workmanship to match.
There is a definite ease in performing this routine, so that lets you relax and tell the story of Chan Chu, the three legged money frog. Clearly, a beautiful Warner piece to add to my collection. Wondering what Alan will release next?
Yes! You may think this item’s effect description sounds a bit over-exaggerated…but you must see the performance of this trick in order to believe it! I know of two different ways the effect can be done, and both are VERY visual! It’s been seen on TV how a cigarette can penetrate through a quarter, but imagine seeing it melt through TWO half dollars, then in the blink of an eye, see those two half dollars change into two Chinese coins…of a different color! YES! It does happen this way, and you, too, can make people rub their eyes in disbelief. It is SO visual that you fool yourself in the mirror while practicing! So buy Opium Coins today! You will be performing this wherever you go!!
This is my first Rip Vanwinkle magic prop and I’m very impressed. I love the attention to detail and handcrafted pieces; the quality is excellent.
The combination of having a fine crafted prop tied to a magical story line makes this a wonderfull addition to my collection. If you get an opportunity to see a Rip Vanwinkle prop for sale I suggest you consider adding it to your collection, show, or shelf.
I am very fortunate to own several pieces from Rip Vanwinkle. I love his natural wood pieces but also enjoy his painted ones. This vintage looking item is a version of Len Belcher’s that he called Wun Fang and his Golden Coin. The effect is simple but very magical. You have two stands, one of the stands has a coin on it. You place the two panels in front of the stands to hide them from the audience. You remove the coin from the stand on the left and place it on the stand to the right. You then lift the panel to show the coin has disappeared from the stand on the right. At that point the audience sees the coin hanging out of the panel your holding. You grab the coin and as you slide it out of the panel it transforms into a little China man. you then lift the other panel to show the coin has never left the original stand on the left.
Though this is one of Mr. Vanwinkle’s simpler pieces, it is all hand painted including the little China man. The gimmick stands and gimmick wood coin make it very easy to perform. If you have the chance to buy one of his pieces do so as he only makes a couple of each one. Highly recommended….
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