Review by Tim Flynn for Johnny Thompson's Nemo 1500 Deluxe by Paul Stone

Review by Tim Flynn for Johnny Thompson's Nemo 1500 Deluxe by Paul Stone
Review by Tim Flynn for Johnny Thompson's Nemo 1500 Deluxe by Paul Stone
3 out of 5

Not as advertised

I purchased this product at the Innovention in 2012.
I had the pleasure of watching Johnny Thompson perform this effect live and in person. It is and was amazing. The handling by Johnny was superb and a real fooler. So… I purchased the effect for $150.00.
The instructions say there is a dvd coming soon. That was written in 2005. It is 2013 as I write and no dvd is forth coming, however, my issue is that the instructions and most of the selling hype is that this is a signature effect used by Johnny Thompson for about 30 years. Well, the set you get is not the same as the one Mr. Thompson uses. I believe that Johnny uses something called a five star wallet. In Mr. Thompson’s performance, he allows the spectator to cut the deck and begin dealing the cards immediately. The instructions I have for this do not allow for that type of handling. I can only assume that I have four wallets and a different deck of playing cards than Mr. Thompson employs. While I will still use this effect as it is sold, I do not believe it to be the same trick that Mr. Johnny Thompson uses.

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Review by Andy Martin for Pencil Without A Middle by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Pencil Without A Middle by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Pencil Without A Middle by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

What a clever illusion!

(Spoiler Alert!) So how many times have you heard the phrase: "it’s all done with mirrors" when it comes to magic? And how many tricks do you actually have that use mirrors? 1 maybe – a mirror production box, or a sword box?

Yes this miracle does use mirrors. I probably shouldn’t have said that but it is late! I think the illusion is perfect, which is more than I can say for my photos. I can’t believe I did not add a visual item like a deck of cards so you can see it through the box – Magic Wagon have one on their site.

But as with most of Magic Wagon’s items, this is the perfect little illusion. It just looks amazing! Beautifully made and wonderful to watch.

Keep them coming guys!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Phantom by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Phantom by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Phantom by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

A Wonderful Take on a Beloved Effect

So every collector loves the Blue Phantom. Magic Wagon themselves produced a memorable version of this classic back in 2009. And here they produce a new classic: the Mini Phantom.

Although the effect is very similar it works quite differently and is a more open, in your face, method and presentation.

Just as with the original the odd colored chip rises one by one. This item looks amazing and is very solidly made. I could see this getting a lot of use.

Just great magic from these Magic Wagon cats. I always look forward to the next shipment. In fact with the exception of packages from my good friend Alan Warner, there is no other manufacturer I look forward to more.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Zingana Box by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Zingana Box by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Zingana Box by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

The Magic Wagon Train Keeps on Rolling!

These guys really are on fire! I received five items last weekend and each one is a winner. I didn’t cherry pick their five best items, but just the last five to come off the block. They are all winners, and no one creates boxes with this amazing jewelry box finish like Magic Wagon. What Milson-Worth did for beautifully painted parlor props in the 70’s – 90’s, Magic Wagon is doing for close-up wooden props in the 2000’s and beyond.

This item fell under the radar of many – I’m sure some thought it was another electronic marvel (less trusted by many collectors) but it has no electronics. The routine is a clean 3 way prediction with multiple simple but effective methods, and you are left 100% clean. The box is gimmicked and does the work for you. This box is so clean and beautiful I’m thinking about keeping it in my small, but demanding collection.

Magic Wagon just keep producing amazing beautiful magic!

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Review by Andy Martin for Qble – Cube Table by Spider

Review by Andy Martin for Qble - Cube Table by Spider
Review by Andy Martin for Qble – Cube Table by Spider
5 out of 5

Spider Magic!

I love these Cube Tables from Spider! Their props are just very solid and functional. They are a perfect complement to the Spider Flex Complete Backdrop that is also one of my favorites.

They hold a lot, are very solid, and a snap to set-up and take down. They are a bit pricey, but if you can afford them you will be very happy.

Highly Recommended for working pros everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Diceolation by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Diceolation by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Diceolation by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Wow! Another Amazing and Beautiful Effect from Magic Wagon!

I am very proud to have played my part in Magic Wagon’s success over the last seven years – I started buying their magic way back in May 2006 and have been promoting them ever since. They have really created some incredible magic and really risen the bar as far as quality of manufacture and method are concerned. Just look at the amazing magic they have created. It is hard to find any other manufacturer who has produced as much quality magic, in such a short period of time.

These days every new release sells out almost immediately. Diceolation is no different, it looks beautiful and is about as clean as you can get to real mentalism. And one thing that will appeal to the purists – it does not use any electronics at all.

Basically they can choose any number on the dice (no force) and when they open up the little box that has been enclosed in the big box (to prevent any tampering) that number is shown on top. There are no dice to switch and in fact all you use are the big box, the little box, and the die. It is clean, easy to do, and very convincing.

I hope one day they will find time to redo some of their Greatest Hits, their are so many favorites to choose from.

If you can find one of these beauties, make sure you snap it up! Another Highly Recommended item for lovers of fine quality magic.

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Review by Andy Martin for Supreme Prediction Chest by Louis Gaynor

Review by Andy Martin for Supreme Prediction Chest by Louis Gaynor
Review by Andy Martin for Supreme Prediction Chest by Louis Gaynor
5 out of 5

Roy Roth would be Proud!

This beautiful and clever item is Louis Gaynor’s version of Roy Roth’s Star Prediction Box. Sadly Roy passed away in May 2013 at the ripe old age of 83, but I think he would be pleased to see this wonderful version. Roy made the Star Prediction Box, but I believe it is a Larry Becker idea, and we all know how clever Larry is!

If I was honest I would say that Lou’s version is better than Roy’s – the wood is better quality and the manufacture just seems slightly higher quality and it just looks a little richer. There is not a huge difference, but if I had to choose just one, I’d pick Lou’s new one. The basic capability of these boxes is to easily load an item into the inner box, even though it is locked and tied. It works amazingly well and is pretty much undetectable unless you know the secret.

Mark Stevens tells me that the routine that comes with this box will be very special, and although I have not seen it yet I’m sure it will do justice to Lou’s amazing work and Roy’s memory.

Great job guys!

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Review by Andy Martin for Rhine's Dice by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Rhine's Dice by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Rhine's Dice by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Foolproof and Very Intriguing Looking

My most recent batch of Magic Wonder marvels was filled with some really amazing items. I particularly like this one as it something that looks very intriguing, and at the same time totally above suspicion.

The tower is designed to create Test Conditions for throwing dice, by using the tower any potential for trickery is removed. And yet the magician can throw any number asked for between 2 and 12 (there are two dice thrown).

What is particularly amazing to me is that no matter how many times I throw the dice I have never missed once – I always get the number I was attempting to get.

This is the sort of thing you could easily have in your magic den or on your desk. It certainly is an attention getter!

It is 100% foolproof and nothing is added or taken away, but you can always predict what the dice will display. No electronics either.

Highly Recommended for serious mentalists and lovers of interesting magic props!

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Review by paul berriman for Sweet Treats Wonder by Don Potts

Review by paul berriman for Sweet Treats Wonder by Don Potts
Review by paul berriman for Sweet Treats Wonder by Don Potts
5 out of 5

sweets treat wonder is F.A.B.

WOW never knew this existed, as a for sale item. i made one of these myself and it took from an idea on paper to 10 years later being made when i found my art work and realised how to get it to work, (the simplest idea’s are always the best and most mystical) even when i wrote it down i thought "thats not going to work … is it ?" so i built one and WOW, the impossible can be done, 🙂 (mine has a tower of 7 colours and a half inch taller tube) i showed this trick to an engineer and he could’nt believe what he saw me do, the look on his face made this a worth while trick and over ten years to suddenly realise how it worked (to get it to do it) was worth the time.
to unstack / restack and cover with the tube (rotate the tube) lift off and….the stack still remains the same way up (small one at the top etc) ? and unstack them again.
i would / could possible update it to even more shockingly amazing, but need proper equipment to do it, better than a 10+/10 for this effect.

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