Review by Andy Martin for The Wandering Mummy by Spanish Craftsman, Unknown

Review by Andy Martin for The Wandering Mummy by Spanish Craftsman, Unknown
Review by Andy Martin for The Wandering Mummy by Spanish Craftsman, Unknown
5 out of 5

As most visitors to this site well know, like many Magic Collectors I have a great affection towards the Wandering Mummy effect.  So you can imagine my excitement when I recently found this set built by an unidentified Spanish Craftsman c. 1990.  I don’t have any other details about who the craftsman was so if you do please contact me.

This set of mummies works very smoothly and does not employ the “floating” feature that the early mummies such as those from Inzani-Henley, Eddy Taytelbam, and Alan Warner used.  It is one of the lesser desirable features anyway and most recent mummy sets do not include it either. 

This set does not have the high design quality of Eddy but it is still  a wonderful set of Mummies and works very reliably. It also looks wonderful with the other mummies here.

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Review by Andy Martin for Visible Block Penetration (Third Edition) by Okito-Nielsen

Review by Andy Martin for Visible Block Penetration (Third Edition) by Okito-Nielsen
Review by Andy Martin for Visible Block Penetration (Third Edition) by Okito-Nielsen
5 out of 5

The first version of this remarkable illusion was invented by Okito c. 1904 (Dr Albo Vol 1, pg 103).  Among others, variations have also been built by Thayer, National Magic Company, Henry Bohlen and Town House Magic (Deluxe Visible Block Penetration c. 1946), Richard Gerlitz, Mel Babcock, Magic Wagon, Mikame Craft, and Nielsen Magic.  It is performed by Dr. Albo in the Ultimate Okito

However, not all Visible Block Penetrations use the same Okito method.  The key tell tale sign in performance is “slow-motion”: can the penetration be done slowly and visibly?  If it can then it is most likely based on the same method.  If it is visible but almost instant it is probably not using the same method.

Since 2008 Nielsen Magic (Norm and Lupe Nielsen) have created three editions:  in 2008 the first edition of 24 units in light aqua blue and a red block by Norm Nielsen.  Then in 2019 Lupe Nielsen built a second edition of 40 units in green with a red block.  Finally in 2020, Lupe Nielsen built the third edition of 50 units in red with a yellow block.  This version is from the Third Edition.

This edition looks beautiful and is mechanically perfect with detailed and clear instructions.  However, after reading Chapter 11 in Eugene Burger: From Beyond by Lawrence Hass and Eugene Burger a simpler and more effective presentation was described and demonstrated.  I have based my performance on Mr. Burger’s clever ideas and thoughts.  I would recommend getting a copy if you intend to actually perform this effect as he spends a whole chapter discussing this beautiful effect.

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Review by Andy Martin for Magic of Tutanchamun (Tutanchamuns Rätsel) by Thomas Pohle, Eckhard Boettcher

Review by Andy Martin for Magic of Tutanchamun (Tutanchamuns Rätsel) by Thomas Pohle, Eckhard Boettcher
Review by Andy Martin for Magic of Tutanchamun (Tutanchamuns Rätsel) by Thomas Pohle, Eckhard Boettcher
5 out of 5

Here is one of Thomas’ best items from his days with Eckhard Boettcher c. 1996.  It was released in Germany and called Tutanchamuns Rätsel.  It has been known in English as The Magic of Tutanchamun, and it is a very clean and perplexing routine.  It was re-released in 2015 here, but I prefer the look and feel of this original version.

I can’t recall seeing another one of these so I think distribution was limited pretty much to German collectors.  It is really easy to perform but a real fooler and you will love how you can show the lid of the Pyramid at the end – it all seems so clean.

Great job Thomas – good to see all these years later you are still creating amazing magic 🙂

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Review by Jon Wilson for Jack and Jill by The Trickery, Viking Mfg.

Review by Jon Wilson for Jack and Jill by The Trickery, Viking Mfg.
Review by Jon Wilson for Jack and Jill by The Trickery, Viking Mfg.
5 out of 5

Why did I pick this trick up? Upon Andy’s rating of course and also I thought the effect is simple, which in my terms means both easy to pull off and very beautiful at the same time. But, I also say, some of the most beautiful magic is in simplicity, not in planning or slight of hand. I was lucky enough to get this one the other day, and yes, happy in the simplicity and display. It I think, is very beautiful in terms, for your friends you do magic for a living or just a piece that will light up a room when someone comes to you home. Long story short, I am glad Andy ever suggested this one. Could not be happier with it!

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Review by Andy Martin for The Serial Killer Deck by Taylor Imagineering

Review by Andy Martin for The Serial Killer Deck by Taylor Imagineering
Review by Andy Martin for The Serial Killer Deck by Taylor Imagineering
5 out of 5

A great looking and a little disturbing deck from Christopher Taylor and Taylor Imagineering. The cards are perfectly produced complete with a booklet of profiles for 54 serial killers. There are many killers from all over the world you have never heard of, but you can quickly get up to speed by reading the included profiles.

If you want to add a little extra something to your bizarre routines this is the deck to do it.

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Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Coffin (Serial Killer Upgrade) by Prometheus Studios

Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Coffin (Serial Killer Upgrade) by Prometheus Studios
Review by Andy Martin for Haunted Coffin (Serial Killer Upgrade) by Prometheus Studios
5 out of 5

The Haunted Coffin by Prometheus Studios is a great idea and works very well.  Unfortunately the Coffin that comes with the effect completely destroys any credibility for any patter story you might decide to use.

So I tracked down a much nicer coffin which looks and feels amazing and also added in a set of Christopher Taylor’s Serial Killer Deck and now you have a routine worthy of the clever electronics 🙂

This candle works really well and looks amazing too, and the cost is very reasonable.  This is how Stevens Magic and Prometheus Studios should have sold it, and with this coffin and cards it might even send a few chills down their spine  🙂

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Review by Jon Wilson for Chiang Mai Block by Magic Wagon

Review by Jon Wilson for Chiang Mai Block by Magic Wagon
Review by Jon Wilson for Chiang Mai Block by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

l also agree with Andy and others that posted their review of this Magic Wagon piece of magic. Just got mine the other day and yes, the trick itself is simple, but between the wood work that was completed on this and detail involved, makes this a Wagon Wagon topper for me instead of the newer products. The pictures that Andy put of this beauty on his site is also what you get in real life. I bought it because of the colors and attention to detail on this one. What a wonderful piece from Magic Wagon! Always my best Andy! And thank you for everything you do for magic. Jon

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Review by Andy Martin for Switch by Heirloom Workbench, Alakazam Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Switch by Heirloom Workbench, Alakazam Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Switch by Heirloom Workbench, Alakazam Magic
5 out of 5

This is the nicest quality of the full deck switching devices I have seen.  On Alakazam’s website it mentions this is based upon an Alexander De Cova idea without any other details (as is so often the case).    The box is almost identical to Peter Scarlett’s Pimpernel Card Box but I don’t have any reference for De Cova’s version.  The one big and useful difference is that Heirloom Workbench’s version handles Poker sized cards – whereas Scarlett’s only handled Bridge size.

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Review by Andy Martin for Improbability (Phantom Penetration) by Sherms, Brian Godfrey

Review by Andy Martin for Improbability (Phantom Penetration) by Sherms, Brian Godfrey
Review by Andy Martin for Improbability (Phantom Penetration) by Sherms, Brian Godfrey
5 out of 5

A Super Card Penetration that was originally called Phantom Penetration and was invented by the English magician and inventor Brian “Tish” Godfrey c. 1933 and sold by Davenports.  Brian Godfrey also created an improved version c. 1936 called Penetrating Giant Card Mystery. This was also released by Davenports, who purchased the sole selling rights.

It was subsequently renamed to Improbability and released c. 1937 by the National Magic Company in Chicago, Sherms Inc. (Robert Sherman), and Stanyon’s.  None of these versions gave credit to Godfrey.  Even Dr. Albo states it was invented by National Magic Company in Vol. 3 of his Classic book series.  A notable version was also released in 1970 by Buma’s House of Magic in San Francisco.

This is the Sherms version I believe although I am not 100% certain as it came with the N.M.C. instructions, but it is very different from N.M.C. version here (which I have confirmed is a genuine N.M.C as I have matched it in the color pages in Dr. Albo Vol. 3).

This really is a beautiful illusion and thanks to John Davenport the real inventor, Brian Godfrey, is finally been given his recognition and I’m happy to promote that information on my site too 🙂

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