Review by Andy Martin for Thoughts Transformer by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Thoughts Transformer by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Thoughts Transformer by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

Another unique item from German master craftsman Thomas Pohle. This appears to be the forerunner to the very rare Treasure Chamber of The High Priest as the effect is similar, but the apparatus is a completely different design.

A small open frame cabinet is shown which holds two hexagonal shaped boxes. One has a blue spot on the cover, the other yellow. With the performer’s back turned, a a spectator is told to place any small item in one of the boxes and remember which color box the object is in. The performer then slides the boxes back into the cabinet which is shown all around. Asking the spectator to concentrate on the chosen box, the performer names it. He then takes the experiment one step further and asks the spectator to open the chosen box. The box is found to be empty. When they open the other box, their personal item is now found inside … having transported from one box to the other.

The amazing magic and craftsmanship of Thomas Pohle has long been unsung, and thanks to some initial exposure from Joe Long (who wrote the description) I am trying to help Thomas become a household name in the USA and beyond. Thomas certainly deserves it after creating beautiful, clever magic for over thirty years!

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Review by Andy Martin for Treasure Chamber of the High Priests by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Treasure Chamber of the High Priests by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Treasure Chamber of the High Priests by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

A very rare piece of micro magic sold in Germany over 20 years ago beautifully crafted by Thomas Pohle, whose limited edition magic is now highly sought after.

Performer displays a colorful and decorative chest with lid. The lid is removed to reveal a gold plate which covers an interior chamber. This plate is slid out to reveal two boxes mounted inside. One is red, the other green.

A spectator places any small object (their ring, a signed coin, handwritten note, etc) into either the red or green box. It’s a free choice which one they select. Once this is done, the gold plate is placed back on along with the lid.

When the inner boxes are again uncovered, the box containing the borrowed object is found to be empty! The other box is opened, and the object is found to have mysteriously traveled from one box to the other! The spectator herself opens the
boxes!

A clever effect and a beautiful piece for display.

The amazing magic and craftsmanship of Thomas Pohle has long been unsung, and thanks to some initial exposure from Joe Long (who wrote the description) I am trying to help Thomas become a household name in the USA and beyond. Thomas certainly deserves it after creating beautiful, clever magic for over thirty years!

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Review by Andy Martin for Number Miracle, The by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Number Miracle, The by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Number Miracle, The by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

Another beauty from the sadly little known Thomas Pohle.

If you enjoy number predictions like Jack Hughes’ Figures of Foo, Number Logs, or Gerlitz’ Modern Math, then you’ll absolutely love this beautiful piece of imported micro magic. There’s an added twist to the second phase of the routine which would fool those “in the know”.
You display a small stand with a solid cover that has the number 933120 affixed to the front. The cover is removed to reveal six blocks with various numbers printed on all four sides. The blocks may be removed, mixed about and placed back in any order/orientation. You explain that the number on the cover is the actual number of possible combinations in which the blocks may be positioned. A spectator is told to rearrange the blocks as they wish. This is done while your back is turned. You then instruct them to use a calculator to add the rows of numbers formed. As they begin, you turn around and instantly write down a 7 digit number on a piece of paper. When they finally have their total, you show that your lightning calculation total is correct! Impressive, but the second phase is even better.

Show that the cover you removed earlier is solid and completely opaque. This time instruct the spectator to mix the blocks in any order while your back is turned, add the numbers formed to get a new total and then place the cover back over the blocks before you turn around. This is done. When you turn to face the spectator, you slowly call out a number one digit at a time (or all at once)…and once again you’re correct! This time having mentally divined the total. The apparatus is beautifully made. The black/yellow finish matches many other Pohle items. The gaff for the second phase is very clever and well concealed.

The amazing magic and craftsmanship of Thomas Pohle has long been unsung, and thanks to some initial exposure from Joe Long (whose description he let me use) I am trying to help Thomas become a household name in the USA and beyond. Thomas certainly deserves it after creating beautiful, clever magic for over thirty years!

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Review by Andy Martin for VIBE + Deck by Bob Solari Magic

Review by Andy Martin for VIBE + Deck by Bob Solari Magic
Review by Andy Martin for VIBE + Deck by Bob Solari Magic
5 out of 5

The Jersey Devil is back! This is one of the best ideas I have seen in card magic for years, and certainly one of Bob’s best ideas. I love it.

It really is a very basic principle that I’m pretty sure will be copied by many. But as far as I can tell my good friend Bob Solari was the first person to use it. Once you know how it works you will most certainly be thinking – You Clever Bastard Bob!

The instructional video is also very well produced and Bob looks the best he has for years; you get the impression he even enjoyed making it! Bob sells the gimmicked decks for $10 a pop with the DVD, but that is amazingly cheap for the work involved.

On the video there are four great tricks – three from Bob and one from his buddy (and Slydini student) Bill Wisch. A very clean Out of This World effect, a lost and found card effect, a 4 of any kind effect and another color separation where not only are the colors separated into reds and blacks but also odds and evens.
And you will certainly find other uses for this idea. You will be performing it straight away and love the power you have. The deck is gimmicked but to all intents and purposes it is not – no rough and smooth, short cards, longs cards, slick cards or any other such madness.

Did I say I love this idea? Go Bobby! Get a copy now!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mental Die by Anverdi

Review by Andy Martin for Mental Die by Anverdi
Review by Andy Martin for Mental Die by Anverdi
5 out of 5

Another Anverdi classic that looks and works perfectly. I’ve been meaning to track one of these beauties down for a few years now, and finally found one in almost new condition that works flawlessly. When this came out 20 – 30 years ago (?) it was a sure fire miracle. Now of course there are probably dozens of similar effects and I’m not sure how convincing any of them are these days, with the amazing things you can do with smart phones.

Even if it is not as amazing as it once was due to technologies advances, it clearly shows how advanced Anverdi himself was. The fact that his electronic miracles still work so well today is a testament to his genius. With this die the transmitter is fairly large, but it has a long lead that allows you to hide the small LED output under your watch strap (for example) so you can easily see which side of the die up without apparently having anything in your hands or looking off stage. Works perfectly and in the right setting can still be a fooler for sure.

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Review by Andy Martin for Atomic Ball (Improved) by Nick de Palma

Review by Andy Martin for Atomic Ball (Improved) by Nick de Palma
Review by Andy Martin for Atomic Ball (Improved) by Nick de Palma
5 out of 5

Good old Nick!

Nick de Palma was an inconsistent builder – sometimes his magic would just not work, but when he got it right he great job. This is my third copy of this effect from Nick, and it works perfectly. It looks great and is smoother in operation than even the Magic Wagon version.

Howie at the now closed Trickery used to work closely with Nick and I know he misses Nick since he passed away in 2009 I believe. I am glad to have this memory of simpler times from a builder that wasn’t well known, but when he was on his game really did create some great magic and make me smile.

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Review by Andy Martin for Ten Little Giants II by Fabrice Delaure

Review by Andy Martin for Ten Little Giants II by Fabrice Delaure
Review by Andy Martin for Ten Little Giants II by Fabrice Delaure
5 out of 5

This is still my favorite effect from Fabrice Delaure and I was pleased to pick this up back in August of 2014. I believe it was produced around 2001-2003. Fabrice no longer makes magic like this – it is all white board and iphone related gadgets. Whilst some of these are cool, I don’t think they are as magical, since there are so many screen transmission systems available to the general public anyway.

The effect is simple: you hand the box of “giants” to the audience and they can take out as many of them as they desire – you can be out of the room and never need to see or touch the box again. I have affixed the names of American Presidents to the bottom of each giant so you can tell who they are. I leave a wallet in full view of the spectators, and when I return, I pick up the wallet and unzip the compartment and there are 3 (say) cards in there each depicting the name of the president.

What I like about the box is that it is not high tech or glitzy – I preferred the original brown wooden boxes he used, but this black one up close doesn’t look as modern as it looks in the photos, and certainly looks devoid of any electronics.

The transmitter and receiver work 100% of the time and are very reliable.

Highly Recommended for collector’s of fine old school electronic miracles!

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Review by Andy Martin for Color Changing Box by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Color Changing Box by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Color Changing Box by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

Thomas Pohle creates some beautiful, clever magic and original that you don’t see so much of these days. This clever color changing box features a dramatic change from an all white box that can be shown all around to an all blue box. Nothing is added or taken away either, and reset is almost instant.

The amazing magic and craftsmanship of Thomas Pohle has long been unsung, and thanks to some initial exposure from Joe Long I am trying to help Thomas become a household name in the USA and beyond. Thomas certainly deserves it after creating beautiful, clever magic for over thirty years!

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Review by Andy Martin for Jewel Cupboard by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Jewel Cupboard by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Jewel Cupboard by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

Thomas Pohle started his magic manufacturing business around the same time as Eckhard Boettcher opened his Magic Dealership: Zauber Butike, and they worked closely together. As is often the case, the name of the dealer was featured and the name of the craftsman behind the magic was sadly neglected. So I’m trying to change that one trick at a time!

Another beauty from Thomas Pohle in the 90’s. A very clever penetration of three solid blocks held in place by wooden swords inside a small “jewel cupboard”. The blocks are shown locked in place until the moment of release. The cabinet is shown completely empty, and the blocks and swords may be handed for examination

The amazing magic and craftsmanship of Thomas Pohle has long been unsung, and thanks to some initial exposure from Joe Long I am trying to help Thomas become a household name in the USA and beyond. Thomas certainly deserves it after creating beautiful, clever magic for over thirty years!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mysterious Cube of Chung Fu by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Mysterious Cube of Chung Fu by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Mysterious Cube of Chung Fu by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

Another beauty from Thomas Pohle which not only looks amazing it is very clever in its method. The routine is a three-phase routine. In the first phase, the spectator places the cube inside of the box as you are turned away and you are able to reveal the color on top without touching the box. You then are able to turn the cube over inside of the box – yes one minute is has Blue (say) on top then it has Red (say) – and the cube itself fits very snugly inside the box. For a final phase and something that truly knocks their socks off, you place the cube back inside the box and it vanishes from the box only to penetrate the table and appear beneath. This really is an amazing effect. Built only the way Thomas Pohle knows how.

The amazing magic and craftsmanship of Thomas Pohle has long been unsung, and thanks to some initial exposure from Joe Long I am trying to help Thomas become a household name in the USA and beyond. Thomas certainly deserves it after creating beautiful clever magic for over thirty years!

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