Review by Andy Martin for The Silent Witness by Jenzo Harmonics

Review by Andy Martin for The Silent Witness by Jenzo Harmonics
Review by Andy Martin for The Silent Witness by Jenzo Harmonics
5 out of 5

This is an amazing add-on to Tenyo’s Mystic Scope (T-230) by Tomoyuki Shimomura and really takes the effect to the next level and beyond. This is easily my favorite of the Jenzo Harmonics effects I have seen, and apparently is quite popular. There is no force and yet you can predict two levels of outcome – who was the killer and how did they do it. And once you get comfortable with the basic version there is also an advanced version to squeeze even more out of the effect.

Performed in the right setting this will 100% freak out the audience, it looks so genuine with such authentic looking props. Effects like this are few and far between for sure.

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Review by Joe Long for China Ring Miracle (Band Penetration) by Willi Wessel

Review by Joe Long for China Ring Miracle (Band Penetration) by Willi Wessel
Review by Joe Long for China Ring Miracle (Band Penetration) by Willi Wessel
5 out of 5

The beautiful magic apparatus crafted by Willi Wessel from Germany is now very collectible. He stopped building many years ago, and even then, his releases were in extremely limited quantities.

This is a fantastic multi-phase routine involving decorative wooden rings that penetrate a ribbon and then change color. The props are precision made and the finish on them is beautiful.

Includes two special bonuses – a nice cardboard box, velvet lined inside with compartments – made by Willi himself to carry the props PLUS a special video by Willi demonstrating the routines and clearly explaining all. It makes learning the effects a breeze. Mint condition. With photocopy of the original German instructions as well.

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Review by Andy Martin for The PerpleXing Pyramid by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for The PerpleXing Pyramid by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for The PerpleXing Pyramid by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

This is one of the most interesting things that the talented German Craftsman, Thomas Pohle, has released this year.  Just watch the video that Madison has put together – it looks amazing!  It just looks magical and even when you know how it works, you aren’t quite sure why it works 🙂

Great Job Thomas!

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Review by Andy Martin for Silk Dice by Pavel

Review by Andy Martin for Silk Dice by Pavel
Review by Andy Martin for Silk Dice by Pavel
5 out of 5

What a clever piece of magic from the amazing Pavel.  He gets a lot of mileage out of this fairly simple set of props, and it is easy to do filled with striking and visual transformations.  This is one you probably haven’t seen.  Everything is self contained and because of the holes in the dice you can see right into the cubes and everything appears to be above board.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Ring, The Watch, and The Wallet #1 by Tommy Wonder, Ken Winters

Review by Andy Martin for The Ring, The Watch, and The Wallet #1 by Tommy Wonder, Ken Winters
Review by Andy Martin for The Ring, The Watch, and The Wallet #1 by Tommy Wonder, Ken Winters
5 out of 5

This effect is one of Tommy Wonder’s most amazing achievements and truly one of his signature pieces – it is Tommy’s version of the Oswald Williams Hold-up premise*.  There have been a number of versions of this effect over the years by various builders, but  this one, by Ken Winters, is considered the best.  Ken has followed every detail in Tommy Wonder’s routine and spared no expense or detail. This version even work’s smoother than Tommy’s own unit that retailed for $5000. 

This unit is the very first set that Ken Winters created in 2007 with a plaque stating #1 and comes complete with all necessary props to perform Tommy’s full routine: the regular watch, the incredibly gaffed watch, the reel, the harness, the notched wallet and even the ring. Also included is a template for correctly gaffing the envelope which is simple and just requires two cuts in the right place.  It also includes the full and detailed instructions from the Books of Wonder.

If you ever wanted to perform this amazing routine, this would be the set to do it with.  Here are some words from Tommy Wonder explaining why the trick is so effective:

I’ve used this trick to open my close-up and parlor acts for years, and I’m pleased to say it seems to fool everyone-even well-posted magicians- as thoroughly as I hoped it would.

The main reason the trick is so deceptive is because, although all three items are seemingly placed into the envelope, each is vanished from it by a different method. Each method cancels thoughts of another of the methods employed, thus strengthening the whole and making the procedure impossible to reconstruct.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Crystal Prison of Serica (Silkola) by Michael Baker

Review by Andy Martin for The Crystal Prison of Serica (Silkola) by Michael Baker
Review by Andy Martin for The Crystal Prison of Serica (Silkola) by Michael Baker
5 out of 5

Michael Baker is one of the very few craftsmen left who not only creates beautiful parlor and stage sized collectible magic, he is also a performer in his own right. Whenever you purchase an item from Michael you know he has thought through the routine such that each move and design decision make it as smooth as possible to entertain and perform.

This is Michael’s take on the Silkola effect invented by Lennart Bondesson of Sweden c. 1966 and sold to Supreme Magic Co. of England when it was first marketed c. 1967.

This is quite simply the most stunning version of Silkola you will ever see – it stands at 18.5″ high and even the bottle is ornate and beautiful.  The routine is a wonderful story and the moves are timed perfectly with the action – this really is a miracle and it comes with everything you need except for the vanish of the silk (use your favorite method).

The market for this type of magic is tiny, but God bless Michael for continuing to create his beauties, we’ll all be worse off when these types of effect are no longer produced.  They beat a slick download, a fancy deck of cards or the latest computerized watch any day!

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Review by Andy Martin for Total Serendipity by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Total Serendipity by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Total Serendipity by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Talk about the Land of Missed OpportunitiesTotal Serendipity is a really amazing, clean and beautiful switching device.  The feature effect it is shipped with could have been so much better if Magic Wagon had spent just a little more time with the props and routine, instead of stampeding to produce the most beautiful prop without spending an equal amount of time with the finished product 🙁

I reported when Magic Wagon created the Utopia Prediction  how they they have a great effect and method, but did not think it through and created a box that held only half the deck, when in fact if the device had held the whole deck it would have made so much more sense.  Well, I feel this effect is even more so – you have this neat looking box with close-up pad area and the place to hold two packets of cards – but the holes for the cards are so small the only way you can easily remove the cards is to place a rubber band around the packet and lift the packet via the band.  But this means you can’t use the device as a way to draw cards one by one, which if you did would allow you to streamline the routine AND provide a reason why you stored the cards in the base in the first place.  These changes to the props or the routine are not hard but they can often be the difference between a contrived routine and a killer one.

That being said, if you ignore the provided presentation you have the opportunity to create some amazing routines with things like: dice, billets, coins, bills, etc.  Although I don’t love the shipped routine I do think that this unit is so well made that it is worth it.  I hope to find time to create some cool ideas with small articles such as: dice, billets, coins, and bills.  In fact, I’ve just ordered a second one of these because I think it has so much potential.

Even though they miss an opportunity here, the device is so good I will not ding a point this time. But please Magic Wagon, spend a little more time on the routines before you go to production, because with a little bit of extra thought you could really blow them away!

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Review by Andy Martin for Okito-Nielsen Chinese Sticks by Nielsen Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Okito-Nielsen Chinese Sticks by Nielsen Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Okito-Nielsen Chinese Sticks by Nielsen Magic
5 out of 5

Finally, I have a set of Okito-Nielsen Chinese Sticks not just the Millward-Nielsen ones that were built by George Millward and decorated by Norm Nielsen that are featured here. From the outside it is difficult to tell them apart – the Okito-Nielsen ones are a little bit darker, have yellow not red tassels, are a little longer, and have Okito-Nielsen stamped on them, but at a glance they look basically the same. I’ve included a couple of photos of both sets so you can see them side to side. But the real difference is when you use them – then the difference is very clear. Norm’s are much smoother and quieter which is why his sticks are seen as one of the best Chinese Sticks available today – and rightly so, they look beautifully and operate incredibly smoothly.  You’d be hard pushed to find a better set of Chinese Sticks.

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Review by Andy Martin for Chinese Lion Mystery by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Chinese Lion Mystery by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Chinese Lion Mystery by Magic Wagon
4 out of 5

The Aldini Bowl Production was created by Aldini (Alex Weiner) c. 1964 and was an approach to the Westgate Bowl of Water Production c. 1940 with the goal of removing the need for an assistant. Both of these effects are really stage effects.

The Chinese Lion Mystery was inspired by the Aldini version and scaled down to be more suitable for a formal close-up setting. You still cannot perform this right on top of the spectator but a large circular dining table should provide enough distance to perform it effectively. The method does not use any body or table loads and the mechanical method for this is very ingenious. With a little practice you’ll have the perfect dual production on your hands from what seems like an empty “table” and foulard. The set is quite stunningly decorated, very solidly built and works smoothly.

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