Review by Andy Martin for The Magic Pendulum by Georges Proust, Academie De Magie

Review by Andy Martin for The Magic Pendulum by Georges Proust, Academie De Magie
Review by Andy Martin for The Magic Pendulum by Georges Proust, Academie De Magie
4 out of 5

The original version of this effect was invented by the genius Robert Harbin c. 1946 as Dippy Magnet. The Dutch Micro Magic master, Eddy Taytelbaum, created a stunning version which earned him third place at the 1961 FISM Close-Up/Card Competition.  Another beautiful version was built by Carl Williams in the Okito-Williams style.

This version by Georges Proust though not as pretty as Carl’s is still very well made and is a lot cheaper and more practical to actually perform.  There are five routines included and some interesting ideas that I’m sure you will find one to use and perform.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Elfin Chest by Mary Tomich, Thaumysta Magic Co.

Review by Andy Martin for The Elfin Chest by Mary Tomich, Thaumysta Magic Co.
Review by Andy Martin for The Elfin Chest by Mary Tomich, Thaumysta Magic Co.
4 out of 5

Mary Tomich formed the Thaumysta Magic Co. in 1992 and catered for bizarrists and kindred spirits.  The Elfin Chest is almost a big hit – the props looks very interesting and the effect and method are all workable.  But the props are so small they are difficult to use.  The sun revelation etched into the crystal ball is ok, but not as clear as I would like.  If I was to perform this I think I would get some larger cards and maybe get a better image of the sun on the ball. 

A worthy and interesting attempt with an intriguing patter, but just misses the mark.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mental Sticks (Mentale Zauberstäbchen) by Magiro

Review by Andy Martin for Mental Sticks (Mentale Zauberstäbchen) by Magiro
Review by Andy Martin for Mental Sticks (Mentale Zauberstäbchen) by Magiro
4 out of 5

Here is another item offered through Howard Schwarzman’s Limited Editions Magic line created by Magiro.  It was originally released by Eckhard Boettcher as Mentale Zauberstäbchen.  It uses the same method that was used by Viking’s Trans-Mental c. 1988.  However, I spoke to George Robinson and he has never seen Magiro’s version, instead he came up with the idea from an old Brema effect called Coin Divination.  Viking’s version is certainly a more superior product, but they both work well.

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Review by Andy Martin for Houdini Block Escape by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Houdini Block Escape by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Houdini Block Escape by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Another strong effect from Magic Wagon for 2020 and this time based upon the amazing Jack Hughes’ Cuban Release c. 1951.  As with all the big hits from Magic Wagon there are no shortage of Video entries and I’ve also included a great version of Cuban Release by Brotherbor.

This effect is easy to do but it to do it well it does require some attention to the timing and the angles.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Card Clock by Franz Biemans, McGee Magic

Review by Andy Martin for The Card Clock by Franz Biemans, McGee Magic
Review by Andy Martin for The Card Clock by Franz Biemans, McGee Magic
5 out of 5

This is a faithful remake of Franz Biemans’ masterpiece the Card Clock, made in the UK by McGee Magic for the legendary performer Paul Daniels (Paul even signed the instructions).  With the exception of yellow dots instead of green and the smooth dial vs textured I could not tell any difference in the mechanism or quality of manufacture between this and the original.  And boy is this a clever and amazing item that will fool anyone not in the know.  Although there are similarities to Dial-X, it very quickly surpasses anything you can do with Dial-X.

Firstly, although you can certainly feel the difference in friction it is more subtle than Dial-X.  Next, the brilliant ruse to remove the “clock-hand” after you have selected the card throws anyone off the scent.  That is a genius idea by Franz Biemans.  In fact when I first tried it I could not really fathom how it could possibly work 🙁 Finally having the four phases that use a combination of three different methods just really confuses them all.

You can perform this with standard playing cards (the originals are included) but if you use the special ESP cards I have included six from Vince Wilson’s great ESP Deck it becomes even more mystifying.  The four stages are easy to do and build on each other to produce a really amazing miracle.

You’ll like this a lot 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Wun Fang and His Golden Coin by Len Belcher, Harry Stanley, Regow's House of Enchantment

Review by Andy Martin for Wun Fang and His Golden Coin by Len Belcher, Harry Stanley, Regow's House of Enchantment
Review by Andy Martin for Wun Fang and His Golden Coin by Len Belcher, Harry Stanley, Regow's House of Enchantment
5 out of 5

This is Regow’s House of Enchantment’s version of Len Belcher’s and Harry Stanley’s “Wun Fang and His Chinese Coin” originally released by Harry Stanley c. 1954, and released in America with permission of Harry Stanley.

And what a great effect it is.  The patter would need to be tweaked for modern day audiences but otherwise it has it all. Colorful props, a clever vanish with a great sucker piece and a wonderful final reappearance to really seal the deal. It is also easy to do once you have laid out the props and read the instructions.

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Review by Andy Martin for Deluxe Ring Grinder by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Deluxe Ring Grinder by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Deluxe Ring Grinder by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

This is probably the prettiest Ring Grinder I have ever seen. Works flawlessly and has a great sound. It also has the rattle box feature so that you can hear the ring in the box before it is grinded or vanished should you desire. Compares with Dave Powell’s wonderful Ring Grinder.

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