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Block-Buster (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner(c. 1978) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
As with most of Alan’s effects there is always more going on with his items than at first appears. Firstly this outfit it quite tiny and well constructed with very fine tolerances, you would have no clue the tube breaks open into halves, which is a key part of the effect at its conclusion. Also, because it is so small it is very easy to dispose of the “dirty” at the end, and because the eye is on the penetration there is really no heat on the moment. Which means you can cleanly do the penetration and offer the whole outfit for examination at the end.
If you are familiar with this sort of penetration the surprise with this effect is that the block does not fall through to the bottom but gets trapped and embedded on the plastic slide. Also, because this is so well engineered there is no guess work with lining up the slots and holes – it all works pretty much automatically. In fact you could do it blind-folded if you so desired.
These are pretty rare and to see one in this condition is quite remarkable – Willi’s unique boxes really have kept everything in amazing like new condition.
Effect: The performer shows a small wooden tube (which is actually two tubes fitted together, one on top of the other) with a slot running through the middle of it. He then places a SOLID plastic slide through the slots in the middle of the tube, thereby effectively preventing a small block from traveling right through the tube.
Holding the tube vertically, the performer drops the block into the tube from the top. THE BLOCK IS HEARD TO HIT THE PLASTIC SLIDE, BUT DOES NOT FALL THROUGH THE TUBE. Mystified, the performer separates the two halves of the tube to reveal that THE BLOCK HAS IMPALED ITSELF ON THE PLASTIC SLIDE.
The block may be examined by the spectator AT ANY TIME during the whole routine. If the spectator wishes, the spectator can also remove the impaled block and plastic slide from the half-tube at the completion of the effect and examine all the apparatus.
Finished in red and black gloss enamels, the complete length of the tube is 2 3/4″, approximately 1″ square.
A TOP QUALITY PROP DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR THE CLOSE-UP PERFORMER.
Approx. Price: $230.00 (2020) ***Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site: qualitymagicsales.com, but not from here so please do not ask.
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