Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling's Doesn't Matter by Richard Gerlitz

Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling's Doesn't Matter by Richard Gerlitz
Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling's Doesn't Matter by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

One of the most popular and mechanically perfect items from the amazing, and still unbeaten when it comes to really incredibly engineered props, Richard Gerlitz.

Watching this slow motion penetration is quite breathtaking. Like many of Richard’s masterpieces the method and mechanics used to bring about such a beautiful illusion is as rewarding as the effect itself. What I really appreciate is how easy the set-up is. Once you’ve watched the video once you are golden and you have a really beautiful “push button” illusion that looks amazing. There are no electronics to worry about and you can set the unit up and it is ready to wow them at the drop of a hat.

Another Highly Recommended masterpiece from Richard Gerlitz.

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Review by Andy Martin for Close-up Table Version 2 by Jim Zee

Review by Andy Martin for Close-up Table Version 2 by Jim Zee
Review by Andy Martin for Close-up Table Version 2 by Jim Zee
5 out of 5

This is the second Jim Zee Close-up Table I have and it is even prettier than the first!

I’ve always fancied one of those tables they use in the L&L videos and now finally I have my very own Jim Zee Close-up Table.

What a beauty it is too, large enough for any complex card or close-up illusion and beautiful enough to keep my wife happy. It even has a little drawer at the front for cards and other smaller items. Hard to find these days, but worth the search and the price.

Highly Recommended for the magician who already has everything else!

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Review by Andy Martin for Close-up Table Version 1 by Jim Zee

Review by Andy Martin for Close-up Table Version 1 by Jim Zee
Review by Andy Martin for Close-up Table Version 1 by Jim Zee
5 out of 5

Beautiful Table.

I’ve always fancied one of those tables they use in the L&L videos and now finally I have my very own Jim Zee Close-up Table.

What a beauty it is too, large enough for any complex card or close-up illusion and beautiful enough to keep my wife happy. It even has a little drawer at the front for cards and other smaller items. Hard to find these days, but worth the search and the price.

Highly Recommended for the magician who already has everything else!

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Review by Robert Snell for 3Cast by Paul Richards

Review by Robert Snell for 3Cast by Paul Richards
Review by Robert Snell for 3Cast by Paul Richards
5 out of 5

I just bought this trick from Paul Richards, at a live event in San Diego. I am partial to mentalism effects, and when he performed this, I knew I had to have it. The deck is divided into roughly 3 equal piles. A prediction is written down and placed in front of each pile. In the first pile, the cards are dealt face down and the spectator says stop (they can choose the card in hand, the card still on the deck or the card on the pile). In the second pile, the cards are dealt face up, and the spectator can say stop at any time. In the third pile, and cards are spread and the spectator thinks of a card. In all cases the predictions are viewed, and are all accurate. There are some clever twists in the predictions, to keep the trick from being repetitive. Also each pile uses a different method, so the spectator is unlikely to figure anything out. Very clever trick…lots of thought put into the creation. Once the initial setup is done (only necessary to do the first time), the trick is basically self-working. Allows you to focus on the presentation and story. Highly recommended.

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Review by Andy Martin for Casino Royale (Mini) by Howard Schwarzman

Review by Andy Martin for Casino Royale (Mini) by Howard Schwarzman
Review by Andy Martin for Casino Royale (Mini) by Howard Schwarzman
5 out of 5

This is the “mini” version of Casino Royale distributed by Howard Schwarzman. I used to have the larger one and in fact much prefer this smaller one. The effect is basically the same as Jack Ruda’s Turning Stone but performed with better quality props.  It is one of those items that resets instantly, is easy to perform and looks great.  Because this is the smaller one it fits more easily in the pocket or bag too.

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Review by Andy Martin for Red, Blue Perfect Prediction Dice and Clear Prediction Ladder by Kreis Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Red, Blue Perfect Prediction Dice and Clear Prediction Ladder by Kreis Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Red, Blue Perfect Prediction Dice and Clear Prediction Ladder by Kreis Magic
5 out of 5

So Magic Wagon tried this effect a couple of times with Rhine’s Dice I and II, but to my mind Kreis Magic have really nailed it with this relatively expensive set.  The Dice are perfect, but make sure you get the “Perfect” ones because they can hold up to extreme investigation.  The dice are larger than the Magic Wagon ones too and look better.  In fact, because these dice are clear they even look better than the ones created by LabcoMagic for their Magic Dice Set.  They cost a little more, but the extra cash is worth it.  The ladder works very well, and unlike the Magic Wagon ones the glass can be locked into place so nothing moves.  I like the routine of having red and blue backed cards and the spectator choosing a card from each and then rolling the dice.  Makes for a colorful, impossible effect!

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Review by Andy Martin for Wizard's Wand, The by Milson-Worth

Review by Andy Martin for Wizard's Wand, The by Milson-Worth
Review by Andy Martin for Wizard's Wand, The by Milson-Worth
5 out of 5

Ali Bongo made famous the Pom-Pom Prayer Stick and I have been performing it for over 40 years.  It is really a beautiful effect full of comedy and mystery.  My goto set for years has been the ones put out by Kovari Magic and this is the first time I’ve actually held the Milson-Worth version.  They look amazing and are very well engineered.  In fact, this is the first set of pom-pom’s that I have seen that use actually pulleys inside if you know what I mean.  These may quickly become my goto set of sticks.  Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Dr. Q Spirit Hand by Thayer Quality Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Dr. Q Spirit Hand by Thayer Quality Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Dr. Q Spirit Hand by Thayer Quality Magic
5 out of 5

I’ve always loved the Spirit Hand effect and although I’ve tried a few the best one is the Thayer Quality Magic one (which of course became Owen Magic Supreme).  The key to this effect is that it has to look authentic.  The props, the mechanism and the movement.  This version even looks better than the more recent boards from Owen’s because it has the benefit of age.  It just looks perfect and works perfectly with no possibility of detection.  The board is clean and nothing is added or taken away, and yet the hand raps on the board on demand.

If you ever wanted to perform some sort of seance or communicate with the other side, this is the tool to use. Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Oriental Twin Die Boxes by Michael Baker

Review by Andy Martin for Oriental Twin Die Boxes by Michael Baker
Review by Andy Martin for Oriental Twin Die Boxes by Michael Baker
5 out of 5

Wow! What a beauty this Die Box is from Michael Baker. I thought his Oriental See-Through Block Box was amazing and this one is the same if not better and were only two of these created, so they are much rarer than the See-Through version.  This is also the first die box I have ever received where the sliding gimmick is secured during shipping.  Normally it is let loose to move back and forth (and sometimes do damage during transit), but not with this one since it is secured in an easy and clever way.  Michael Baker really does produce some of the best die boxes available today.

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