Review by Andy Martin for Morison Pill Vase by Airship Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Morison Pill Vase by Airship Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Morison Pill Vase by Airship Magic
4 out of 5

Since 2016, Mad Jake Jr. and his brother Frederick have been growing their company Airship Magic into a successful magic manufacturing and distribution company. Jake focuses mainly on the metal and coin work and Frederick on the wood work and turning. They also collaborate with smaller, and often unknown, craftsmen to bring a unique line of magic that you rarely find elsewhere in the industry. Their commitment to quality and innovation is high and I’ve been very happy with the products I have purchased from them directly and through Stevens Magic. Just browsing through their website you will find all sorts of cool items that you won’t find elsewhere.

This is a pretty version of this classic wood turning effect made by Frederick at Airship Magic with a snug fitting ball and shell.  It looks great and works well.  It is not as fine as Colin Rose’s work or Owen’s or Floyd Thayer’s  but that is also reflected in the price.

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Review by Jimmy for Buma Board Wallet by House of Magic

Review by Jimmy for Buma Board Wallet by House of Magic
Review by Jimmy for Buma Board Wallet by House of Magic
5 out of 5

The review here makes no sense. The wallet is just big to be able to make a bigger drawing and to use it for a larger audience too. It’s a pretty normal looking wallet and the quality is fantastic. This piece is really amazing and it’s a real shame they aren’t made anymore.

If you own one, be careful with it because this is now a collector’s item of a quality that is no longer made anywhere.

Cons:
It’s a little big – but that’s an advantage too!
You need a special marker (but these are very easily available these days)

Pros:
Super quality lasts a lifetime (and longer)
You can show the wallet on 2 sides
The wallet also has a slot for card to wallet (Kaps wallet style)
You can store other (packet) tricks in it
The impression is really very clear (and can be seen from a great distance)
The impression is nice and big
Obtaining the information is very easy and completely invisible!!!
Obtaining the information can be instant and with a delayed peek!!!
The special gimmick is indestructible.
And this wallet looks amazing!!!

Very highly recommended

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Review by Andy Martin for Multiplying Bottles by Rings 'N' Things Magic Co.

Review by Andy Martin for Multiplying Bottles by Rings 'N' Things Magic Co.
Review by Andy Martin for Multiplying Bottles by Rings 'N' Things Magic Co.
5 out of 5

This is an amazing set of Liquor Multiplying Bottles from the Original Rings ‘N’ Things and 45 years later they still look amazing and like new.  Expect to see these adorning the shelves of your local Porcupine soon 🙂

Although these nine bottles were purchased at the same time from Rings ‘N’ Things c. 1977, this set actually contains three bottles from the very first run (the bottles were a little darker and the line at the top was higher up) with six from the next run.  You’d never notice in performance of course and it took me a while to even realize there was a difference.  After a bit of research I confirmed it was true that the very first ones were darker as can be seen in the final photo.  Either way still some beautiful bottles.

The tubes are typical Rings ‘N Things quality with no seams to be found, rolled rims and accents, Mike Brazill’s exclusive epoxy-baked miracle finish, realistic labels, basically they’re perfectly made. You won’t find any passe passe bottles better than these.

The Liquor Bottles were more plentiful than the Bubble-Up (7-Up copies) but both sets are rare, meticulously made and are minor miracles. These bottles are pure perfection.

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Review by Andy Martin for Enhanced Miniature Zig-Zag by Frank Klein, Carlton Bradford

Review by Andy Martin for Enhanced Miniature Zig-Zag by Frank Klein, Carlton Bradford
Review by Andy Martin for Enhanced Miniature Zig-Zag by Frank Klein, Carlton Bradford
5 out of 5

This beautiful effect was invented by Carlton Bradford and built and marketed by Frank Klein c. 1978.  When I first saw this in 1980 at the IBM convention in Brighton, England I fell in love with the amazing little Plexi-Glass box.  But I didn’t get to own one until almost twenty years later in 1998 🙂

There were actually four different versions of this effect released by Frank Klein:

  1. Miniature Zig-Zag in wood c. 1978
  2. Miniature Zig-Zag in stunning Plexi-Glass c. 1988
  3. Enhanced Miniature Zig-Zag c. 1992 (this had the extra feature of the lifting the flap in the center section)
  4. Ultimate Miniature Zig-Zag c. 1994 (a choice of three cans could be chosen)

To my mind the difference between the Enhanced and the Ultimate was almost a backward step since an extra couple of moves were required that bought you very little, and even when I performed the ultimate (which had no structural changes to the cabinet) I still stuck with the original single Coke can effect and ignored the option to have a can chosen. 

It is easy enough to change the beverage should you want something different.  When I last performed this in c. 1998 I only drank Coke Classic, but a few years later I switched to Diet and haven’t drank Classic since so the first thing I did when I pulled this out was change.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Butterfly Box by Okito-Williams

Review by Andy Martin for The Butterfly Box by Okito-Williams
Review by Andy Martin for The Butterfly Box by Okito-Williams
5 out of 5

Here we have another beautifully made item from Carl Williams and the latest addition to my collection in the Okito-Williams series of effects. Carl has meticulously recreated this beauty from the original prop made by Okito c. 1933 all the way down to the transfers used on the original boxes.

Okito added the box and the automatic wind-up mechanism (which Carl faithfully follows) and it makes performing this effect about as easy as it could be. The butterfly looks amazingly realistic with not much practice at all. The key thing with this effect is timing – my video went on a little long, but I am still happy with it. Hope you like it too 🙂

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