Review by Andy Martin for Box$ by Jim Critchlow, Colin Rose

Review by Andy Martin for Box$ by Jim Critchlow, Colin Rose
Review by Andy Martin for Box$ by Jim Critchlow, Colin Rose
5 out of 5

$Money Box$ … is a brilliant idea from Jim Critchlow, brought to Colin Rose for further development and creation. A magical effect that allows you to vanish a US Quarter Coin from inside the box and to then re-appear again somewhere else. The Spectator places a US Quarter Coin into the box, and the Magician makes it disappear, the spectator can then examine the Box and there is nothing to see!

After extensive development and many prototypes, Colin has stamped his unique style on this effect and what you have is a beautifully crafted ‘Jointed’ wooden box, which conceals the ingenious mechanism and allows you to perform this ‘Close Up Miracle’. It also comes with a strong routine by Wayne Dobson, with additional ideas by Patrick Page.

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Review by Andy Martin for Block Off Cord Revisited by Shawn Reida, Louis Gaynor

Review by Andy Martin for Block Off Cord Revisited by Shawn Reida, Louis Gaynor
Review by Andy Martin for Block Off Cord Revisited by Shawn Reida, Louis Gaynor
5 out of 5

My good friends over at Stevens Magic have recently released this wonderful item handmade by Louis Gaynor and Shawn Reida. And what a beautiful version of this classic effect, invented by Lyman Allen in 1945, it is. Inspired by Howard Hale’s version this is certainly the prettiest and most robust version I have seen. The ropes and block are very solid and flow very easily. And because there are no gimmicks to worry about this bad boy is always ready to work. There is a simple move to learn but because the dimensions of the rope and block are perfectly designed it works so smoothly you’ll quickly forget you’re doing it!

At under $50 everyone can afford this classic item. Great job Shawn and Louis!

Highly Recommended for Performers and Collectors everywhere.

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Review by Joe Long for Mental Chess by Hardini

Review by Joe Long for Mental Chess by Hardini
Review by Joe Long for Mental Chess by Hardini
5 out of 5

A great mental magic effect beautifully crafted by the late Juergen Bluemel (AKA, Hardini) of Germany. His exquisite apparatus is now highly sought after. This is one of his best and hardest to find pieces.

Briefly, a spectator places three metal figurines (a King and two farmers) under three opaque decorative covers on a thin wooden tray, yet the performer will always be able to reveal the order of the hidden figures. For a second phase of the routine, the spectator is told to remove one of the figures and hide it inside a cloth drawstring bag. The performer turns around and immediately names the figure that was removed. The instructions suggest performing the routine blindfolded to add an extra element of mystery.

The method of cueing is a bit different from most. The light “signal” is visible in only a tiny spot on the back corner of the tray. And it’s a single dot of light which changes color to indicate the positions. I also like that there is no on-off switch which is common with many props of this type. There is nothing to find until the figures are placed on the tray. Once removed, everything could be displayed freely.

However, what really sets this apart from similar effects is the sheer beauty of the apparatus. It’s a true testament to Hardini’s wonderful craftsmanship. You’ll not only perform with these props … you’ll display them proudly. The icing on the cake is the included packing case, beautifully crafted from mahogany. There are fitted compartments for each of the pieces, including the tray.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Wandering Mummy by Francois Danis

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Wandering Mummy by Francois Danis
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Wandering Mummy by Francois Danis
5 out of 5

As most visitors to this site will know, like many Magic Collectors I have a great affection towards the Wandering Mummy effect.  So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that the talented French Craftsman, Francois Danis, had come out with a new Mini version.  What a beauty this is!  Smaller than any other set I have seen and looks amazing.  Works very smoothly and I’m sure Francois is being kept very busy producing Mini Mummies for his fans all around the world.

Highly Recommended for Collectors everywhere!

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