Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Card Box by Dave Powell

Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Card Box by Dave Powell
Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Card Box by Dave Powell
5 out of 5

Another Unique Miracle from Dave Powell!

I think this is a bit of a sleeper that more people should know about from Dave Powell. The walnut box is beautifully crafted and the effect is also a huge crowd pleaser.

A card is chosen, signed and returned back to the deck which is then shuffled and placed inside the box. The magician states he will cause the card to rise from the box. After much fanfare a single card eerily rises from the box, but it is not their card. Understandably upset the magician tries again and this time a whole stream of cards flies into the air – and the magician reaches into the stream with his thumb and fingers and catches a single card. Of course it is the signed and selected card.

In many ways this can have the same impact of the $link(55,classic card sword), without the need for the sword, which always requires a rather large performance area and is certainly a lot more bulky.

The built in card fountain is very powerful and along with the other mechanisms makes for a flawless operation of a very impressive effect.

Highly Recommended for performers requiring a real showy effect with the minimum of effort and expense!

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Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Dice Control by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Dice Control by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Dice Control by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

The Perfect Dice!

So in the early 90’s Gary Kurtz spoiled us all with an amazing routine called $link(304,Psycho Kinetic Dice). It used a specially gaffed set of dice and is very tricky to find these days. Over the years others have created the same gaffed dice – notably $link(4437,Soren Harbo of Labco) and even $link(4408,Magic Wagon) had a set last year using tiny dice.

But when you look at these dice they are perfect. High quality, flawless, standard size, with perfect balance. None of the dice I have seen, including Gary’s original ones, are as well made as these. Throw in the brightly colored porcelain cup and you have a perfect little miracle. You can use the dice to force any number or you can do a 3 way prediction if you get three cups or other containers.

A wonderful utility item with many uses and all very open and clean. I’m excited to see what those cats at $link(nd=wagoncollector,Magic Wagon) will produce over the next year, as they have certainly come out of the gate with all guns blasting!

Highly Recommend for everyone!

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Review by Andy Martin for Enigma Frame by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Enigma Frame by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Enigma Frame by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Beautiful and Convincing

Those guys at $link(nd=wagoncollector,Magic Wagon) are back!

They have started the new year with some amazing items and I can’t wait to see what else they come up with this year. This first item is based on Jimmy Hearsum’s Framed – I have not seen the original but used to own an item from H. Marshall and Co. called the $link(4118,Devil’s Picture Frame) based on the same idea. I liked this but it was pretty big and I found it tricky to reset.

The Enigma Frame is beautifully made, compact, easy to reset, and very convincing close-up. It can be used for a variety of switches, forces, and transpositions and due to it’s small size and flawless workings raises the minimum of suspicion.

When Magic Wagon are on form, they burn very brightly and this item is hot for sure!

Highly Recommended for close-up performers and mentalists everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Rings of Truth by Wolf's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Rings of Truth by Wolf's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Rings of Truth by Wolf's Magic
5 out of 5

Beautiful, Clever, Flawless, and Great Value too!

There have been plenty of positive reviews about this latest item from The Wolf Man, so when my unit arrived I was eager to see what all the fuss was about! So often in magic you get disappointed because an effect almost never lives up to your expectations. The good news is when it comes to Chance Wolf this is rarely the case and with Rings of Truth you will be 100% delighted! It is a true beauty. I spent a few minutes trying to look for the gaff when I first received it and nothing was obvious at all. Just a really nice box. I finally broke down and read the instructions … and thought: "Wow this is so much better than I expected!" (In fact I used some stronger words, but this is the gist of what I was thinking!)

The mechanism, based on an old, unpublished Jack Hughes idea, is very clever and works beautifully every time. You can use any rings, or coins, or bills – pretty much anything that will fit in the three slits in the box. It comes with some very fine looking rings, and no expense was spared in creating the whole outfit. First class all the way. There are no electronics or magnets and the mechanism is unique as far as I can tell – I’ve owned quite a few boxes that perform a similar function and none of them get even close to this method.

The other great thing is that reset is a snap and it can be done right in front the spectators without arousing suspicion. Try as you will look for clues you will not find them.

Chance Wolf and the team at Wolf’s Magic continue to amaze and amuse me and I look forward to many new items over the next few years.

A real beauty for Collectors and Performers everywhere. Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Super Flower Box Frame by Tora Magic Company

Review by Andy Martin for Super Flower Box Frame by Tora Magic Company
Review by Andy Martin for Super Flower Box Frame by Tora Magic Company
5 out of 5

An Impossible Miracle!

I have just a received a couple of Tora Magic items and I must say how impressed I am with their quality and effectiveness. This particular item is really amazing because no matter how often you show the tube empty there are always more boxes of flowers to be produced. In the end you produce 12 boxes and without any body loads or other madness.

Three is cool, six is amazing, nine is unbelievable and twelve? Well twelve is real magic!

The tube is very well made and can be shown from all sides and all angles and yet at any instant you can produce another flower box. The display at the end really fills the table and yet it all packs away neatly in the tube.

The flowers are high quality too, with leather backs and with some care will last a lifetime.

I’m keen to try out a few more of Tora’s line as this experience was so positive.

Highly Recommended for stage and parlor performers – dump the big production boxes, and use this compact unit for a much more impressive display!

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Review by Andy Martin for Creation (2011) by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Creation (2011) by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Creation (2011) by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Still the King!

George Robinson continues to surprise me. When I received my first $link(1554,original CW version of Creation) back in 2002 I thought it was an amazing effect and a collector’s dream: very clever mechanism, small, no reset, and absolutely stunning impact on the audience. This new version is all of that and more. George has gone to the trouble to plate the cage in 24K gold so now none of the solder marks can be seen and the cage now really looks stunning.

I have found over the last couple of years that I have $link(nd=gallery&keywords=again&flag=Rebuying+Madness!,re-bought a number of effects) and in many cases have been happier with the newer version. When it comes to Collector’s Workshop, every single piece that George has rebuilt has been better than the original. This jewel of the whole CW line is more incredible than ever. I know George has limited supplies so I suggest you stampede over to his site to get this beautiful Creation. If you ever want to see the look of utter disbelief on a spectator this is certainly one way to achieve it.

Most highly recommended – $link(http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=87&myaf=2 target=_blank,get it now!)

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Review by Andy Martin for Coin of the Realm by Dave Powell

Review by Andy Martin for Coin of the Realm by Dave Powell
Review by Andy Martin for Coin of the Realm by Dave Powell
5 out of 5

A Beautiful Rendition of this Classic

I have seen other versions of this classic effect, but none that work as well or look as beautiful as this one from Dave Powell. Boy does Dave know how to produce the classics? He’ll often add a little twist here or there and they all work so smoothly.

Look at $link(nd=davepowell,all these amazing magic products) from Dave. He has a $link(http://www.powellmagic.com/ target=_blank, new website) where all of these and more are available. I don’t know how many of each item he has in stock, but if you like fine wood magic I suggest you stop by.

Highly Recommended for Collector’s and Performers.

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Review by Anonymous for Giant Cervon Monte by Bruce Cervon

Review by Anonymous for Giant Cervon Monte by Bruce Cervon
Review by Anonymous for Giant Cervon Monte by Bruce Cervon
5 out of 5

A real stunner

Bruce was a good friend and one of the best performers of magic you could find. This effect is Bruce at his best. The patter may not work for all, but suited him to a tee. I have performed this effect to a variety of audiences. Modifying the patter to suit the atmosphere at the time. It is simple to perform and a shocker to watch. God must have loved it now that Bruce is performing to a eternal bunch now.

I miss him

Norm.

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Review by Andy Martin for Harlequin Box by Dave Powell

Review by Andy Martin for Harlequin Box by Dave Powell
Review by Andy Martin for Harlequin Box by Dave Powell
5 out of 5

Beautiful AND Amazing!

I think that Dave Powell does not get enough praise for some of his amazing wood creations. This box is beautiful to look at and works flawlessly. The method is not new but the box hides the gimmick so well and it is so clean that you just can’t help but love it. His work is right up there with Mel Babcock and it is always a pleasure opening up a package from Dave.

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