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Twister by Alan Warner

(c. 1990) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: A slim double-two domino is tipped out of a small wooden cover by the performer who then slides the domino back inside the cover with its face uppermost. The performer then twists the cover over. The domino should now, of course, be face-down, but when it is allowed to slide out of the cover, the spectators see that IT IS STILL FACE-UP.

The performer repeats this procedure with the same result, by which time the spectators have begun to suspect that the domino has two faces: however, when the performer turns the domino over IT HAS A BLANK BACK!

The domino is now returned to the cover face-up for the third time, the cover is twisted over as before, but once again the domino slides out FACE-UP.

Finally, the performer does things in reverse: he twists the cover over first, this time sliding the domino inside the cover face-down and then rapidly twisting the cover over several times. This confuses the spectators so much that they cannot be sure whether the domino should be face-up or face-down. ‘Maybe you are confused,’ says the performer, ‘but think how confused the domino must be!’ He then tips out the domino for the final time and reveals that the domino is indeed confused for it is now HALF FACE-UP, HALF FACE-DOWN, with a blank/two on one side and a blank/two on the other.


The cover is handcrafted in teak and measures approximately 8 x 4.8 cms. The wooden domino (7 x 4.2 cms approx.) has a matt black finish with white, recessed spots.

The cover has been specially designed so that the effect works automatically. All the performer has to do is to follow the routine! The effect takes only seconds to reset which makes it ideal for table-hopping.

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Approx. Price: $130.00 (2005) ***

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1 review for Twister by Alan Warner

  1. Andy Martin

    The Perfect Alan Warner Strolling Magic Effect

    Although Alan’s magic is beautiful and clever, for the most part I would not say it fits well in the category of Strolling or Walk-Around Magic. The props either require a table, have a fairly complicated set-up, or are simply too ornate to put up with the rigours of this type of Magic. Not so with this lovely piece.

    I think this is a bit of a Warner Sleeper. The basic routine that Alan supplies works well, reset is a easy and no table is required. However, with a few extra color-changing knife moves you can extend the routine and really have a beautiful miracle on your hands that is always ready and is easy to do.

    I would like to thank Doug Gorman for reminding me how great this little gem is and am glad to see it back in the Collection.

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