Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling’s Family Ties by Richard Gerlitz

Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling’s Family Ties by Richard Gerlitz
Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling’s Family Ties by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

One of Richard’s most intricate, but also amazing, creations.  As I find myself adding a few select effects to my collection that I missed the first time around it is hard to ignore this amazing beauty from the master engineer and designer himself: Richard Gerlitz.  The first time you set this up you have to take it slowly and read the instructions two or three times.  It almost seems impossible that this could work so smoothly, but once you have set it up and run through the sequence everything happens as it should and you are left with one damn fine illusion!  Once you have set it the first time it gets much easier and with practice you could do it in five minutes or less.  If you break this item down there are three main magical moments:

  • You begin by showing three ornately decorated blocks from all sides and clearly show that the ribbon goes through all three.  You can pull the ribbon from end to end or in between each block.  There is no doubt that a single ribbon goes through all the blocks.  And there are no funny moves either.
  • You then separate the blocks and cleanly cut the ribbon attached to the center block.  Again the ribbon is most certainly cut in two places.  This block is placed on top of the other two and every one can see the ribbon sticking out of the top block and the bottom two.
  • You snap your fingers and the ribbon in the top box vanishes (effect #1).
  • You then pull the ribbon from the left hand side and the 100% severed ribbon from the right hand side travels too (effect #2).
  • Finally, you pull the ribbon all the way out from the left and you again clearly have one long single ribbon (effect #3).
  • The blocks are clean there is nothing added or taken away and you really have performed a miracle!

I can’t stress enough the first time I did this I was struggling a bit with how it would work.  But thanks to the Richard’s amazing engineering – it just works.  And it is perfect every time.

Highly Recommended for lovers of beautiful magic everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Bermuda Triangle Mystery (Deluxe Hydro Die) by Magiro/Saller

Review by Andy Martin for Bermuda Triangle Mystery (Deluxe Hydro Die) by Magiro/Saller
Review by Andy Martin for Bermuda Triangle Mystery (Deluxe Hydro Die) by Magiro/Saller
5 out of 5

This is a deluxe version of possibly Magiro’s finest hour: Hydro Die. It was created in a limited edition of 15 in Germany I was told. You place the submarine clearly in the bottom of the container, fill it with water, say the magic words and it disappears with out trace. Works really well and large enough to be seen in a parlor setting but it could be performed in a formal close-up setting (assuming you could find the water).

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Review by Andy Martin for Tai Ginseng (Headless Magician) by Tony Lackner

Review by Andy Martin for Tai Ginseng (Headless Magician) by Tony Lackner
Review by Andy Martin for Tai Ginseng (Headless Magician) by Tony Lackner
5 out of 5

A wonderful classic piece of magic from the great German master Tony Lackner from the early 1980’s. The little guy just sits there headless and alone until the chosen card is waved over him them he jumps out and impales the card! Visually great and surprising to the audience!

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Review by Andy Martin for Buddha Boston Box PLUS by Omar Ferret

Review by Andy Martin for Buddha Boston Box PLUS by Omar Ferret
Review by Andy Martin for Buddha Boston Box PLUS by Omar Ferret
5 out of 5

This box might resemble the standard Buddha Boston Box put out by Chazpro, but it is much better!  Built by hand from a solid block of brass by the talented Omar Ferret, not only do they look and feel great, they have the amazing PLUS feature where the base has a false magnetic cover so that you can show the base whenever you feel like, and nothing will be seen.  I don’t know of any other Boston Box that has this feature, and what a neat idea!

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Review by Andy Martin for Cagliostros Key (Spirit Key)

Review by Andy Martin for Cagliostros Key (Spirit Key)
Review by Andy Martin for Cagliostros Key (Spirit Key)
5 out of 5

This key created by an unnamed European craftsman is so good, the first one I received I sent back as I was 100% convinced it was not gimmicked.  When Mark graciously sent me my second one, and partially exposed the gimmick I realized how wrong I had been.  Truly amazing construction!  Perfectly balanced to do the classic spirit key moves, with the amazing kicker ending where the bit rotates 90 degrees and then is immovable and 100% examinable.

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Review by Andy Martin for Nest of Boxes by Walter Sheppard Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Nest of Boxes by Walter Sheppard Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Nest of Boxes by Walter Sheppard Magic
5 out of 5

This is my first item from Walter Sheppard and these boxes are amazing!  Very solidly built, beautiful bright colors and something that really looks amazing on stage and in your collection!  These are second only to the Richard Gerlitz’s Butterfly Boxes and a lot cheaper, but it is close for sure!

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Review by Andy Martin for Zig Zag Illusion by GEM Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Zig Zag Illusion by GEM Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Zig Zag Illusion by GEM Magic
5 out of 5

It turns out that just because your wife can jump into a Zig Zag box 16 years ago, doesn’t mean she can do it again today without some practice.  So although my wife was almost able to demonstrate the full illusion when I was taking photos she could not quite make the full zag this time around.   Next time we try she’ll be more prepared, but in the meantime what a beautiful version of Robert Harbin’s finest hour this Zig Zag is.

Built by the perfectionist John Pomeroy in the 1970’s, it stands 69″ high and breaks down into two fiber cases.  John Pomeroy was a prolific Builder, Inventor & Performer as well as owner of GEM Magic Manufacturing.  His quality was equal to Owen magic and many other fine builders.  This beautiful custom built Zig Zag Illusion by John Pomeroy is one of the best versions of this stellar illusion I’ve seen and is a typical example of John’s fine craftsmanship. John was so inspired by Harbin’s Zig-Zag Illusion that he suggested 35 improvements for its construction all of which were endorsed by Harbin and the two corresponded up until Robert Harbin’s death in 1978.

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Review by Andy Martin for Locked Book Release by Magikraft Studios, Eric Lewis

Review by Andy Martin for Locked Book Release by Magikraft Studios, Eric Lewis
Review by Andy Martin for Locked Book Release by Magikraft Studios, Eric Lewis
5 out of 5

This is a beautiful version of Eric Lewis wonderful effect Locked Book Release from his book A Choice of Miracles, built by his son Martin Lewis at Magikraft Studios in 1993.  This version really looks and feels amazing and unlike the P&L version it uses real books instead of blocks of wood styled to look like books.  The books can be freely displayed and the pages riffled to show they are real.  This effect works using an old block release method and although I’d be the first to admit it takes a little finesse to make it smooth, when you put the time in you’ll have a beautiful effect that looks really stunning in your collection.

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