Magic Wagon are still blazing the trail with beautiful and clever magic! 2014 was a great year for Magic Wagon and items like this amazing and versatile Monarch Prediction Chest are hard to beat. It is all self-contained and 100% examinable, and yet it is possible to deliver nine different predictions at the drop of a hat. Zero electronics are involved, no double key mechanisms, and you don’t need an assistant. I don’t keep much magic these days, but this is one of them for now for sure.
One of my favorite effects is the old spiked coin penetration. Bob Solari created a wonderful version in brass. And then along comes Magic Wagon. Those clever guys. When I first received this I was thinking how the heck could it work – it looks nothing like the old penetration. But work it does and a real fooler for sure. I love this! A very clean, and self-contained, and amazing penetration! Great job guys!
I know a lot of people (myself included) are not too keen on electronics for mentalism effects these days. There are so many amazing things done with smart phones and the like, it is easy to think a lot of mentalist type effects are done using similar technologies. That being said, if you were to use electronics to do things, this would be the way – beautiful clean box with easy, fool proof mechanism.This box is so pretty and the electronics are very clean with no visible signs from anywhere. If you want do do this type of effect, and who doesn’t, then this is the way to go!
The old Ed Massey Ribbon Fantastique and all of its variations was one of the really early effects that I remember very clearly from my teenage years – I had no clue how the miracle was achieved! Well Magic Wagon have taken the basic method and really dressed it up into this beautiful close-up illusion.
Hard not to love Magic Wagon these days, lots of amazing winners!
The Magic Wagon machine keeps on moving forward and they seem to be getting more input from collectors and magic fans around the world because their effects are getting stronger and stronger. This is a wonderful illusion using ideas from already strong existing magic ideas combined together to make something of a feature mini close-up illusion. If you perform any sort of formal close-up you’ll love this. It is easy to do and totally amazing!
Highly Recommended for Magic Collectors everywhere!
I’ve always been a fan of the Tele-Vision type box, but I must say I do like the look and clever mechanism that Magic Wagon have employed here. It is simpler and more reliable than the old method and surely a fooler for those not in the know. Just another beautiful day in the world of Magic Wagon!
Sometimes you pay for what you get. In this instance it is true. To enter this form of entertainment, you have to think like a spectator. Anticipate what they will think. First of all, everyone is familiar with remote control car door openers. Remote control toy cars and planes. Authenticity is the key. This works fine but looks like a remote control toy. It is no Wenger Spirit Bell which I own. Also, there are other fine Bells on the market that look old and authentic.The base on this is too thick and the way the bell rings looks very fishy. If you are doing a young children’s party, this will be fine. However if you want to be taken seriously by an adult audience, my advice is to save up and spend more and get a Spirit bell which can be examined, looks very old and realistic and can be put together right in front of your audience. This is one product that you do not want to cheap out on. The spectator will see nothing. The Wenger Spirit Bell is also hand crafted. I highly recommend it.
Great Gimmick but ruins a perfect trick. Free Will by Deddy Corbuzier is the perfect strolling miracle! All props are 100% normal with zero reset and no moves whatsoever. What Fair Play has tried to do is “improve” Free Will. But to my mind it is a huge step backwards. The gimmick itself is well made and works well once you get the knack, but for this effect not only is it unnecessary it makes a simple premise – the fact that no matter what the spectator does the outcome is always the same (i.e. they don’t actually have any Free Will), but it also adds some necessary reset into the mix and now relies on the props to be in your hand when you do the reveal. Worse, if anyone ever sees the same trick twice they’ll want to really examine the gimmick because it changes based on the outcome – when it is meant to be a fixed piece of paper.
After speaking to Paul Richards at some length about Free Will I know a lot of Magicians don’t get it at first (if ever), but it is not a prediction, it is about the Spectator’s ability to exercise Free Will, which is why it is important the outcome is in fact always the same. I know it took me a long time to fully grasp this. In fact I used to carry two different outcomes around! When I had that mindset I would have given this item five stars, but now that I see the light I will stick with Free Will every time. It is one of my favorite strolling items and doesn’t suffer from any of the problems that Fair Play is attempting to solve.
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