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Maverick (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner(c. 1998) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
There has never been any doubt about how beautiful Alan’s work is, but where he equally scores top marks is how he thinks through all the nuances of a relatively simple effect. This is easily one of the cleanest and easiest multiple out predictions I have seen. What is so good about it is that whatever color they choose the result almost looks the same and no matter what color they choose the result is shown directly and it looks perfect every time.
This is a wonderful combination of clever gimmicked props and a cleverly thought out routine. With this beautiful prop the spectator is asked to select any one of the 4 colors shown on the front of the fine teak holder. Then without any strange moves you simply take all 4 dominoes out and there predicted is the one chosen by the spectator. The dominoes can be replaced and are instantly ready for the next performance. It must be noted, that although there is no force of the colors the seemingly clean method of revelation of the color does not bear repeating to the same audience.
What strikes me with all of Alan’s magic is how he makes use of every chance to help the performer. In this case, the holder itself with the layout of the colors provides a subtle reminder how to remove the dominoes.
Effect: A small wooden case contains four dominoes. The dominoes have the same spot values, but the spots are in a single different colour: red, blue, yellow and green. These four colours are incorporated in the design on the front of the case and a spectator is asked by the performer to select one of them.
After having done this, the performer remarks that by a strange coincidence, the spectator has selected a very single-minded and independent domino: in fact, this particular domino is known as the ‘maverick’ domino.
To show just how independent this domino is compared with the other three dominoes, the performer removes all four dominoes from the case and lays them out in a line on the table. One domino is seen to be reversed. ITS COLOURED SPOTS MATCH THE COLOUR FREELY SELECTED BY THE SPECTATOR. The ‘maverick’ domino has proved its individuality; and so that there can be no mistake about this, when the performer turns this domino over, ITS BACK IS SHOWN TO BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE BACKS OF THE OTHER THREE DOMINOES.
FREE CHOICE OF COLOUR – NO FORCE
The spots on the reversed domino will always be the colour freely selected by the spectator. The ingenious apparatus does all the work for the performer: all he needs to do is to learn the handling necessary to present the effect.
BEAUTIFUL HANDCRAFTED APPARATUS:
- The case is made in teak and measures 5 x 4 x 8.5 cms high (approx.).
- The front of the case features a decorative panel in relief utilizing the four colours of the dominoes for easy spectator selection.
- The dominoes are 7.8 x 4.2 cms (approx.), with a matt black finish, recessed spots and hand-painted design work on the backs of the dominoes.
The apparatus comes complete with The Alan Warner Routine.
Approx. Price: $234.00 (2020) ***
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