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Oriental Blocks by Alan Warner

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This effect originally called Bloxo, was invented by John Rice and sold by Harry Stanley c. 1950.  Eddy Taytelbaum created an exquisite version which many of the modern day versions emulate because they use a rod instead of a ribbon to secure the blocks.

This was my third Alan Warner piece and really what began my love affair with beautiful and clever magic props.

Effect: A miniature pagoda-style cabinet of first-class design and finish, as are all our props, and six coloured blocks are shown. TWO BLOCKS ARE FREELY SELECTED, then all six are returned to the cabinet and secured by a metal spike which is thrust through the cabinet and the centre of the blocks.

With the cabinet left resting on the table, a spectator is invited to hold each end of the spike: he then lifts the cabinet clear of the table, the cabinet AUTOMATICALLY REVOLVES ON THE SPIKE, the door open and THE TWO SELECTED BLOCKS flip out across the table leaving the remaining four blocks still securely imprisoned in the cabinet by the metal spike.


  • The cabinet (3 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ x 2″) is finished in yellow and red lacquers with a black trim.
  • A nicely designed and decorated prop which will create IMMEDIATE SPECTATOR INTEREST.

The apparatus comes complete with The Alan Warner Routine.

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Includes: Printed Instructions.

Approx. Price: $400.00 (2019) ***

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1 review for Oriental Blocks by Alan Warner

  1. Andy Martin

    The Original Three Mini-Magic Marvels are Back!

    36 years ago I was at an IBM convention in Brighton, England and my magic life was changed forever. In those days the dealer rooms were huge treasure troves of amazing magic that I had never seen before. I had a very limited budget and so was trying to spend my money wisely.

    The second day in I came across this small booth which was covered with these incredibly detailed and colorful min-magic tricks. They just looked amazing. This was the first time I met Alan Warner. He demoed his marvels and I wanted them all, but of course I could not afford them. In the end I chose just three: this item the amazing Oriental Blocks, the annoyingly simple but deceptive Dice-a-Matic, and finally the stunning Siamese Ribbon.

    After the convention I lost touch with Alan, but I performed those three effects all the time. To me they were not collectible effects, just great magic. I probably performed Dice-a-Matic more than all other Warner tricks combined!

    I did not get in touch with Alan for another 23 years, but in 2000 I was perusing some catalogs at Viking Magic and realized Alan Warner was the dealer who had built these three amazing illusions from all those years ago. I quickly set about making up for lost time and soon had a very sizable collection of Alan’s amazing magic. I created two websites for Alan (the first and the second) and got to know him and his talented wife Mignon very well. Today I consider them my close friends.

    Over the years I was forced to sell much of my collection including all three of these early painted items. However in the last two years I have been able to find mint copies of each one and they are better than ever. I feel very lucky to have all the gang back, and even luckier to have become friends with a man who turned my world around all those years ago!

    Thank-you Alan!

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