Review by Andy Martin for Silver Symphony by Al Vitali

Review by Andy Martin for Silver Symphony by Al Vitali
Review by Andy Martin for Silver Symphony by Al Vitali
5 out of 5

This is a great parlor/stage item invented by Al Vitali.  It is beautifully made in brass with a wooden coin holder that is quiet and deceptive.  You can clearly show the container empty and the the magic happens very cleanly before their eyes – coins vanish one by one from the easel and can be heard landing in the canister.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Syned Soy Box by Jos Denys

Review by Andy Martin for The Syned Soy Box by Jos Denys
Review by Andy Martin for The Syned Soy Box by Jos Denys
5 out of 5

This is the original version invented by Syned Soy (an acronym for Jos Denys) c. 1996 and sold by his company Select Magic of Belgium.  Manufacturing rights were purchased by Viking Mfg. c. 1997 and Viking released their first version in oak c. 2008 and their later version in walnut c. 2010.  They all work the same way, but I prefer the look of this original and this is the first original one I have seen.

The box looks amazing and intriguing with the chain. The effect is as clean as a whistle and there is absolutely nothing to find. It uses a very clever idea and the amazing thing is that the box and deck of cards are 100% ungimmicked and nothing is added or taken away. And yet you can always predict the card they count too. 

Includes:

  • Syned Soy Box.
  • 2 chains with pins at each end.
  • A small optional hook.
  • Deck of normal poker playing cards.
  • Envelopes and gimmick.
  • Full English translation of the instructions.

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Review by Andy Martin for Fusion Stones by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Fusion Stones by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Fusion Stones by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Magic Wagon will often remake and enhance old effects and so it is nice to see them creating something that as far as I know is a unique method and routine. When I first opened this and read the method I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to perform.  Then I checked out the three videos on YouTube (which is always a good sign that it is easy) and was very pleased when I tried it out.

So this is certainly a winner from Magic Wagon.  It checks all the boxes and then some:

  • it is different,
  • easy to perform,
  • easy to reset,
  • easy to to understand for the spectator,
  • nice and visual,
  • no tricky angles.

It would be nice if the box were a little smaller or the cubes were larger, but I don’t think it would work if that was the case and it is a minor point. 

Great job Magic Wagon!  2021 has been a very good year so far 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Scotty York's Color Changing Knives (7 knives) + Booklet by Scotty York, Bill Wells

Review by Andy Martin for Scotty York's Color Changing Knives (7 knives) + Booklet by Scotty York, Bill Wells
Review by Andy Martin for Scotty York's Color Changing Knives (7 knives) + Booklet by Scotty York, Bill Wells
5 out of 5

I’m a big fan of Joe Mogar’s knives, but it’s hard not to fall in love with these beauties from Scotty York and Bill Wells.  The standard four set are hard to find these days, but this set includes three extra knives, in total you get seven matching knives:

  • One knife with white ivory handles on both sides.
  • One knife with black stag handles on both sides.
  • One knife with a black stag handle on one side and a white ivory handle on the other side.
  • One knife with a black stag handle on one side and a Swiss Army red handle on the other.

Plus these three extra ones:

  • One knife with Swiss Army red on both sides.
  • One knife with a white ivory handle on one side and a Swiss Army red handle on the other.
  • One knife with a Swiss Army red handle and a white/red Visible Change on the other.

Although this outfit comes with the 34 page booklet, it does not include routines to use all the knives but I’m sure that won’t stop you once you get a taste for these beauties 🙂

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