Review by Andy Martin for Card Punch (Steel Ball) by 3D Magic Works

Review by Andy Martin for Card Punch (Steel Ball) by 3D Magic Works
Review by Andy Martin for Card Punch (Steel Ball) by 3D Magic Works
5 out of 5

So Kent is clearly taking his business very seriously.  Not only is he continuing to create amazing magic he is now providing video demos and instructions for his items so you get printed instructions, which are already way more detailed than most, and online video instructions too. I only wish all magic creators took this much time with their items.

This clever beauty is a novel effect, inspired by an old Werry item, which is easy to learn and perform and yet looks quite amazing.  It comes in a Die version too and although both items work the same way, most collector’s are going to want to snap up one of each.  As usual Kent provides a useful stand so this looks great in your collection when you are not performing it.

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Review by Andy Martin for Card Punch (Die) by 3D Magic Works

Review by Andy Martin for Card Punch (Die) by 3D Magic Works
Review by Andy Martin for Card Punch (Die) by 3D Magic Works
5 out of 5

So Kent is clearly taking his business very seriously.  Not only is he continuing to create amazing magic he is now providing video demos and instructions for his items so you get printed instructions, which are already way more detailed than most, and online video instructions too. I only wish all magic creators took this much time with their items.

This clever beauty is a novel effect, inspired by an old Werry item, which is easy to learn and perform and yet looks quite amazing.  It comes in a Steel Ball version too and although both items work the same way, most collector’s are going to want to snap up one of each.  As usual Kent provides a useful stand so this looks great in your collection when you are not performing it.  In addition, he goes the extra mile to use genuine casino cards and a real casino die.  Kent always takes the effort to go the extra mile.

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Review by Andy Martin for Ribbon Ruse by 3D Magic Works

Review by Andy Martin for Ribbon Ruse by 3D Magic Works
Review by Andy Martin for Ribbon Ruse by 3D Magic Works
5 out of 5

So another clever and self-working item from the amazingly detailed and inventive Kent Bergmann.   This item is easy to do and works smoothly with no tricky moves.  The video presentation shows you all you need to see.  The video, by Madison Hagler, who has a great youtube channel called Presenting Tenyo, cracks me up when he says “something begins to emerge, like a butterfly from a cocoon!”

These videos, and their explanations, are a great addition to an already perfect offering from Kent.  Rarely do magic creators provide quality printed instructions and consistent demonstrations and explanations online and I hope more dealers are watching Kent and raise their game in response.  Some people learn better from print and others need the videos.  Providing both is perfection.

Great job Kent!

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Review by Andy Martin for Elevator Dice by Eddy Taytelbaum

Review by Andy Martin for Elevator Dice by Eddy Taytelbaum
Review by Andy Martin for Elevator Dice by Eddy Taytelbaum
5 out of 5

What an absolutely stunning version of this popular effect. Holding Eddy’s props in your hands is already magical enough, but when you watch Dominique Duvivier’s incredible performance (from the 3 DVD set Intimiste) it really inspires you to raise your game.

Everything about this beautiful prop screams quality. The finish and weight of the dice are perfect. I plan on keeping this and hope to do justice it to both Eddy and Dominique one day soon.

This is the sort of magic that makes collecting so worthwhile and addictive!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mystery of Three Boxes by Michael Baker

Review by Andy Martin for Mystery of Three Boxes by Michael Baker
Review by Andy Martin for Mystery of Three Boxes by Michael Baker
5 out of 5

Another stunner from the talented craftsman Michael Baker. There are not many craftsmen left who make classic magic apparatus with this much color, consistency, attention to detail, and high quality. And to top it off all of Michael’s magic is quite affordable, particularly when you look at the amount of work involved to make each piece.

What I also like about Michael’s work is that he was a performer for 35 years so he has a vast knowledge of what works in the real world. When he switched gears to start building and selling props he took all of that knowledge and uses it when he creates items as though he building for himself.

There are some interesting subtitles with this set which to the untrained eye are not really noticeable until you point them out, and they all have the impact of selling the illusion. I won’t describe them here, but almost one page of the directions is dedicated to these key features making it all the more effective when performed.

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