Here is a rare beauty from the German master magic duo of Tony Lackner and Eckhard Boettcher c. 2000.
The props are well made and look interesting and colorful and the method is easy to do. It comes with a great patter story filled with drama and intrigue which I have done my best to edit and enhance below (beginning with a basic google translation). Basically the princess is hidden under one of the three pillars and if her brother, the prince, cannot find her on the first attempt, the lovely and beautiful princess will be forced to marry a hundred year old Persian scholar who is possibly the ugliest person in the world.
The pressure is on to save the princess … which of course you do by successfully producing an envelope with the name of the pillar that the princess is under 🙂
This effect has recently been remade and significantly upgraded using an electronic gimmick as The Mystery of Horus by N8 Quality Magic. This is the original that uses an old school method that needs no batteries, and requires no reset or maintenance. Not a sexy method but reliable and just as amazing to the spectator 🙂
Salutations from Montreal, Canada, Thankyou for sharing your wonderful collection with us all over the Years. A great resource for most of us magicians to look up info on most effects. we have used or aquire & need info for.
Giuseppe (Joey) Incollingo
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
My single most favorite magic site on the WWW! I use it for reference, I use it for nostalgic reasons and I use it to be introduced to many effects I had no idea even existed! Andy, to say “you have done well,” would be the understatement of the decade. You have hit a game-winning, GRAND-SLAM in the last-at-bat, bottom of the ninth inning, with a score of 10-7.
The Coin Wand was first exposed in Hoffman’s Modern Magic as The Half-Crown (or Florin) Wand (pg. 203), it was first used in performance c. 1872. Stanyon’s advertised their version c. 1902, Roterberg advertised there version c. 1904, and Thayer were advertising theirs at least as early 1921 but probably earlier. Thayer also had a Slender Coin Wand, but this did not use the same mechanical approach.
Colin’s Coin Wand is about as smooth as the Owen’s Coin Wand though the finish is not quite as nice and there is no flared end with the Owen’s. Like the Owen’s this does makes a slight scraping sound which can be heard very close-up, but this is not a close-up item anyway so it is moot. Very fine motion.
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