Review by Andy Martin for Madarin's Temple by Camelot Creations, Fred Story

Review by Andy Martin for Madarin's Temple by Camelot Creations, Fred Story
Review by Andy Martin for Madarin's Temple by Camelot Creations, Fred Story
5 out of 5

This is a beautiful Children’s effect made by the talented professional magician and master craftsman, Fred Story, from Texas and his Camelot Creations.  Fred and his wife Ann performed for over twenty years throughout the USA with one of the last great touring illusion shows.  Amongst collectors Fred is best know for Camelot Creations  which were active in the early 1980’s.  Fred also built props for companies like Stevens Magic Emporium and ran The Magic Shop in Lubbock, Texas.

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Review by Andy Martin for Nest of Seven Boxes by Arsene Lupin

Review by Andy Martin for Nest of Seven Boxes by Arsene Lupin
Review by Andy Martin for Nest of Seven Boxes by Arsene Lupin
5 out of 5

Arsène Lupin (Slawomir Piestrzeniewicz) is a qualified medical doctor from Poland who  became a full-time professional magician in 1980.  He placed second for Manipulation in FISM 1982 and 1991, and third for Invention in 2003.  He creates some really wonderful and unique magic that is well priced. 

This nest of boxes is not quite as stunning as Mel Babcock’s beauties, but it is much lighter, cheaper, smaller and more practical to use.  The method is the simple and reliable coin in ball of wool approach and the look on their faces when you pull their ring or signed coin from the seventh box is priceless – just check out the video … I can say for sure I’ve never been kissed by a man or a woman after performing a trick so maybe this effect is what I’ve been missing all these years 🙂

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Andy Leafield

Posted April 28, 2020:

It was great to see Tommy Rowe’s “hair Rabbit” invention. Tommy was a friend of my late parents, so being a child at the time I always looked forward to my birthday and Tommy’s shows. Tommy’s did try to get my own magic shows going and supplied me with lots of tricks. Unfortunately I did not have the bottle to stand up in front of a live audience. I wished I kept in touch when he moved from his Swindon home to HIghworth, but when I did try, he had passed away the year before…Many Regrets, a great Magician, full of energy.

Andy Leafield
New Zealand

Review by Andy Martin for Trans-Mental (TransMental) by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Trans-Mental (TransMental) by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Trans-Mental (TransMental) by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

This is a really beautiful and amazing mentalist effect from Viking that works every time with almost no effort.  It checks all the boxes and you’ll love the impact on the audience, not to mention how smooth the method is.  It is hard to believe the price is still only $50 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Enchanted Cylinders by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Enchanted Cylinders by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Enchanted Cylinders by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

Jan’s Mfg. created the effect Enchanted Cylinders (Divination Rods) c. 1976. They have been off the market for many years, but Viking have decided to bring them back in typical Viking quality. 

It is another easy to do but very effective routine that can be used with any object that fits in the tube and the spectator will be none the wiser.  You can even use a borrowed item or have it signed.  Or you can use both pencils supplied and have them change places while in the spectators hands.

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Review by Andy Martin for QuartOkito Coin Vanish by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for QuartOkito Coin Vanish by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for QuartOkito Coin Vanish by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

Here is another overlooked classic effect created by George Robinson at Viking Mfg.  It might seem similar to other Okito Box type effects, but it is quite unique in effect and method.  In essence the QuartOkito Coin Box is a Boston Box designed to hole a single quarter.  But there is really nothing like it and it is simpler to use that most boxes and due to the visual vanish in mid air is under less scrutiny than usual because the spectator sees the coin disappear!

If you play with this for a ten minutes you will very quickly see how effective and easy to perform this is.  What is particularly effective is that the coin that the spectator thinks they signed can be seen right up to the second it vanishes instantly in front of their noses. Why this is important is that there is no heat on the switch into the box or tube that the coin reappears in, and the spectator swears that the coin was still in the box after you hand them the Lippincott box (which is supplied separately).

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Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Nut Set by Viking Mfg., Brema

Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Nut Set by Viking Mfg., Brema
Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Nut Set by Viking Mfg., Brema
5 out of 5

Originated by Master Machinist Carl Brema c. 1927, this has become a staple in the close-up arsenal of many professional performers.  Yet another  classic close-up effect from Carl Brema and produced perfectly by Viking Mfg.  You can’t go wrong with these beautiful brass items from George Robinson and his team.

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Review by Andy Martin for Star's Wandering Lipsticks (Tele-Tubes) by Viking Mfg., Brema

Review by Andy Martin for Star's Wandering Lipsticks (Tele-Tubes) by Viking Mfg., Brema
Review by Andy Martin for Star's Wandering Lipsticks (Tele-Tubes) by Viking Mfg., Brema
5 out of 5

Wandering Lipsticks (Stan Payne). The Wandering Lipsticks are an updated version of a Brema effect called The Demon’s Bars c. 1925.  These amazing tubes do not require a forth tube up your sleeve, but instead are 100% self contained.  What is even more amazing is they are so finely balanced if you unscrew the lids you can easily show how just one tube has a brass weight inside and it falls out onto the table and the others are clearly empty.  You can only demonstrate such control when the tubes are manufactured correctly.

This comes with two wonderful routines – including one from Stephen Minch.  Great quality and great magic!

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Review by Andy Martin for Coin Producing Tambour (Coin Tambour) by Viking Mfg.

Review by Andy Martin for Coin Producing Tambour (Coin Tambour) by Viking Mfg.
Review by Andy Martin for Coin Producing Tambour (Coin Tambour) by Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

This effect was first produced by A&B Magic and then by Paul Diamond c. 1975.  Subsequently the rights where purchased by Viking Mfg. It is a great way to begin an Okito Box or Matrix routine.

It is not really a walk around effect because the set-up takes a few minutes of preparation and glue or a glue stick.  In fact if you pre-cut some paper (I use this packing paper from Amazon and fold it up and cut up a whole sheet with a guillotine to get lots of matching small pieces quickly) you could do the set-up in 30 seconds, but this is not the sort of thing you want to be messing with in a restaurant.  That being said, it is a very effective production of four or five coins that you almost never see these days. 

Just think about it – you hand the three rings and pieces of paper to the spectator and they seal everything up – the nature of the tight paper really precludes any trickery, and yet almost without them taking their eyes off the rings in an instant they can hear something rattling inside the rings – the paper is still sealed and when pierced out fall the coins.  A lovely moment.

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Review by Andy Martin for Vanishing Lifesaver (Elusive Life Savers) by Viking Mfg., Edgar Ralston

Review by Andy Martin for Vanishing Lifesaver (Elusive Life Savers) by Viking Mfg., Edgar Ralston
Review by Andy Martin for Vanishing Lifesaver (Elusive Life Savers) by Viking Mfg., Edgar Ralston
5 out of 5

This effect, originally known as the Elusive Life Savers was invented by Edgar Ralston and built by Okito c. 1947.  It was a favorite effect of Okito’s and he often carried it with him and performed it to both children and adults. 

It is  a wonderful effect and can be used to switch for anything that fits inside the tube from candy, silks, necklaces, and even liquid.  Easy to do with a quick reset time.

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