Review by Andy Martin for Mental Die (Black and White) by Anverdi, Murphy’s Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Mental Die (Black and White) by Anverdi, Murphy’s Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Mental Die (Black and White) by Anverdi, Murphy’s Magic
5 out of 5

As a follow-up to Murphy’s amazing Mental Dice, these are the thumper (vibration) based individual dice in black and white.  They are just as amazing as the three dice set and now you can be blindfolded when you perform the effect.

All the routines that come with it are clever and entertaining but the Basic 3-phase routine  or the Color Match are more than enough to convince your audience you can do real magic with just a single die.  In fact, when I first saw the Color Match performed I was fooled by the ending too.  What is more if you have the Mental Dice already you can program the thumper to work with those too, (though you can’t have more than three dice trained to one thumper).

Many effects can be done with a single dice. They work perfectly every time and are easy to charge and easy to understand and work amazingly well.

These dice are so close to real magic, it almost feels like cheating  🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Mental Die by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Mental Die by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Mental Die by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

As cool and reliable as the latest version of Anverdi’s Mental Dice is there are plenty of magicians and collectors that avoid any sort of electronics in their magic.  Luckily, there have been a number of effects where you can discern the number on top without any electronics.  They began c. 1973 with Milson’s (yes before Milson-Worth) Mental Die, the next version was Chazpro’s Die-Cipher c. 1990, then Die-Cipher II was released c. 1994.  Last year (2020) Secret Factory released their Collector’s ESP Die which was another great non-electronic item. There have also been many other versions as can be seen in the final photo generously provided by Canadian Collector John M. Talbot (thanks John!).

But for quality and sheer simplicity of use (though certainly not simplicity of manufacture) this version from Magic Wagon is probably going to be moved to the top of the list for non-electronic Mental Die effects.  The method is very clever but easy to use and learn and you probably won’t need your reading glasses either.  It works so well when I first tried it out I didn’t think it was working, until I read the instructions again 🙁

No batteries, nothing added or taken away and the box can be examined pretty strictly.  Does the box look like a magic trick, yes probably, but I think most of the Mental Die effects do.  But either way I’m pretty sure you’ll love this method and the beauty of this product.

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Review by Andy Martin for Supreme Slate of Mind (Red Oak) by Joe Lefler

Review by Andy Martin for Supreme Slate of Mind (Red Oak) by Joe Lefler
Review by Andy Martin for Supreme Slate of Mind (Red Oak) by Joe Lefler
5 out of 5

This was Joe Lefler’s signature piece and it came in various colors and stains. This is the Red Oak version which looks amazing. Over the years Joe improved and refined the routine and this comes with the rarely seen updated full routine which really shows how best to perform this amazing non-force version of Hen Fetsch’s Mental Epic.

I have included:

  • The beautiful Supreme Slate of Mind (Red Oak).
  • A Goshman Foam Brick (for audience member selection!).
  • 4 dry-erase pens, not 2 as was supplied with the board originally.
  • Two versions of the routine – the original one and the improved one that only was provided in later sales.  It makes the whole routine easier to perform, more entertaining, and more amazing 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for The Enigma of Ankh by N8 Quality Magic

Review by Andy Martin for The Enigma of Ankh by N8 Quality Magic
Review by Andy Martin for The Enigma of Ankh by N8 Quality Magic
5 out of 5

Here we have another beautiful and collectible item from Ottavio Belli’s N8 Quality Magic.  The effect uses the same basic method created by Al Baker and Nate Liepzig c. 1934 with the introduction of the Al ‘N’ Nate Coin Box.

However, the effect that Ottavio creates has come along way from the original idea which has been used in probably 100’s of effects since, and unlike most of the different versions this multi-phase routine has enough going on that even magician’s familiar with the basic method could easily be fooled.

The props looks amazing and this is one way modern craftsmen can create incredible magic collections by finding their lane and creating a suite of amazing looking and effective  items, that have a distinctive look and each item adds some tweaks and improvements on the originals to keep them interesting and desirable by collectors.

This looks great and is easy to learn and perform.

Great job Ottavio 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Magic at The Porcupine

Review by Andy Martin for Magic at The Porcupine
Review by Andy Martin for Magic at The Porcupine
5 out of 5

The Porcupine was the name of my favorite local pub when I was working in London in the 1980’s.  I was in London in 2017 and The Porcupine is still going strong 🙂

I have many fond memories of going to The Porcupine and a couple of years ago I decided to renovate my old home office into the new Porcupine. My plan was to have a place where I could relax after work,  practice magic, listen to music, entertain a few friends and take all of my Speed Demo videos.

It has taken me most of this year to get something off the ground but I am about finished with the first phase – what is left is mainly small stuff, a few posters, accessories, etc., but all the heavy lifting is done.

I look forward to creating some great videos over the coming years and also to create a set of routines that I can perform when any one asks me in The Porcupine to “show us a trick Andy”.

I’m happy to say that this new Porcupine is my new Happy Place and I spend as much time as I can in here 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Dom-Dom Domino by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Dom-Dom Domino by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Dom-Dom Domino by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

This is one of Alan’s very early Children’s effects with super large (9.5″ x 4.5″) dominoes so they can be seen by the whole party.  The effect is very similar to the close-up effect do-mini-o though in fact the color change with this effect for the final domino uses all three ribbon colors (The painted close-up effect uses one color each and the teak close-up effect uses two colors.)

What is particularly satisfying about this effect is not only is it very solid, easy to do, and visual but the dominoes have a double locking action so they can be handled freely before and after should you desire.

A rare vintage beauty you don’t see very often and would look great as a backdrop to some of Alan’s smaller domino pieces 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Boxed Queen Mystery by Arlen Studio

Review by Andy Martin for Boxed Queen Mystery by Arlen Studio
Review by Andy Martin for Boxed Queen Mystery by Arlen Studio
5 out of 5

I always felt this was an amazing mirror box with a clever way of dumping the evidence and making it 100%  clean,  but the routine it was shipped with was not fully fleshed out.  So I spent sometime and added a few simple items to come up with this routine below which I think does a little more justice to the prop.

I have included:

  • The Original Box and Gimmick
  • A large 36″ Silk King Studio silk with a Full house beautifully printed on it (a $59 value)
  • A Plastic stand
  • Some spring flowers
  • A deck of cards

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Review by Andy Martin for Visible Coins in Glass by Abbott's, Jack Hughes

Review by Andy Martin for Visible Coins in Glass by Abbott's, Jack Hughes
Review by Andy Martin for Visible Coins in Glass by Abbott's, Jack Hughes
5 out of 5

Jack Hughes, the legendary British Inventor, Craftsman, and Dealer who invented many staples in magic that we take for granted today (including: TV Card Frame (1936), Attaboy (early 1930s), Clatter Box (1951) and many more. He also invented the first visible coins to glass c. 1937, way before Copenetro, even though when Bob Kline introduced his version of Coins in Glass called Copenetro (with the same method) almost 10 years later in 1947, he claimed he had invented it and that Jack Hughes was the pirate.  I think history speaks for itself here and there is little doubt these days that Jack Hughes was the originator of the Visible Coins to Glass effect that many people attribute to Bob Kline. You can read more here.

I used to perform a later version by Jack Hughes  all the time as a teenager and into my 20’s – it was always easy to set, reliable in operation, and a great crowd pleaser.  But this version built by Abbott’s to Jack Hughes’ specifications and under license is the best one I have tried. The reset is simpler than any version of Coins To Glass I have owned and the accuracy is as good as it gets.  Sometimes a coin might miss the inner glass but most fall squarely inside the inner shot glass.

It has a better action than any Copenetro I have tried too.  It is also very small which is really useful when you actually want to amaze your audience 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Hippity Hop Rabbits by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Hippity Hop Rabbits by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Hippity Hop Rabbits by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

The Elusive Rabbits or Hippity-Hop Rabbits was invented by The Great Norman (Norman Hazeldene) c. 1947.

These little beauties from Collectors’ Workshop are still the cutest Hip Hop variation I have seen.  Designed by Les Smith of Owen’s Magic over thirty years ago, there still has been nothing created since quite as cute as these little guys.  The covers and bases are solid walnut and the gimmicks are well built and function perfectly. 

Very hard to come by these days and you’ll love them to display in your collection or to show the grand-kids 🙂

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Anders Karlskov Hasseriis

Posted October 18, 2021:

Dear Andy,

What a wonderful collection you’ve shown on these pages. To browse these pages is like visiting a candy shop. I’ve spent numerus hours looking, reading and dreaming. I was surprised and glad to see a few items from my countryman, the late Per Clausen, with his wonderful brass chip effects.

Every time I visit these pages, I find something new, and often items I didn’t know existed.

Thanks for your great work!

Best wishes from Denmark.

Anders Karlskov Hasseriis
Denmark

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