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Do-mini-o (Painted) by Alan Warner

(c. 1976) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

This is the first version of Do-Mini-O that Alan produced (the later version is here) and it is a simple and clean effect, but even here Alan shines with his attention to detail.  There are three beautifully gimmicked dominoes and they have a locking mechanism for each change (so for white and the color change). Many manufacturers, if they added a lock at all, would provide one just for the final state.  With two locks it means you can hand them to a spectator before and after the change should you desire, and you don’t have to worry if the wrong color will show when you first show them or retrieve them from you bag – they will always be set as you prepared them.

Also there is a very simple, but useful mnemonic built right into the numbers of the dominoes that means you will never forget which way to place the dominoes into the cover.  You might think that these ideas are not that big a deal, but they make all the difference when you want to perform them, because you just don’t have to think about how the trick works, just how to make it entertaining.

Alan’s magic is filled with such elegantly simple ideas which is why his Mini-Magic has been so popular for almost fifty years.

Effect: Three black dominoes with white spots and a slim empty wooden cover are freely displayed. A yellow ribbon is draped over the open end of the cover and one of the dominoes is dropped into the cover. Some of the ribbon is, of course, forced down into the cover by the weight of the domino, but the ends of the ribbon remain outside the cover.

The performer now takes hold of the ends of the ribbon and pulls downwards on them. This action causes the domino to rise out of the cover and it is now seen that the domino’s white spots have changed to yellow, matching the color of the ribbon. The effect is repeated with the other two dominoes, using blue and red ribbons, and each time the spots on the dominoes change to match the color of the ribbon.

  • The dominoes measure approximately 7.8 x 4.2 cms and have a hand-burnished, matt black finish.
  • The cover is beautifully finished in glossy white lacquer with a glossy black painted diamond shaped wood relief on one side.

The apparatus comes complete with The Alan Warner Routine.

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Approx. Price: $128.00 (2003) ***

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1 review for Do-mini-o (Painted) by Alan Warner

  1. George Guerra

    Classy Color Changing Dominoes

    This very stylish item looks great in my Warner collection, but what props from Alan doesn’t. The teak version uses a straightforward case, though admittedly the wood looks rich and beautiful, but this painted case with its glossy pure white background topped by a long slender black diamond steals some of the attention to the props. Dominoes keep changing to match the colored ribbon as the domino is inserted in the case with the ribbon. Construction of the dominoes to accomplish the effect is top quality and has a "locking" feature to make handling the dominoes a ease. Brilliant item from the one and only Alan Warner.

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