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The Witch’s Tunnel (Ring-Automat) by Magiro, Howard Schwarzman

(c. 1978,1984,1989) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: Matthias “Magiro” Weißl invented this effect c. 1978 and named it Ring-Automat. Upon first importing it in 1984, Howard Schwarzman renamed the effect to The Witch’s Tunnel. Magiro’s effect has been remade by both Magic Wagon as Ring thru Sword Mystery and the legendary Richard Gerlitz as Sea-Ling’s True Love.  Magiro made the gimmick itself, which has magnetic, wood, and steel components. However this gimmick is housed within plastic, which was manufactured by Werner “Werry” Geissler — yet another underrated German inventor.

The gimmick is simple but brilliant. It appears and vanishes in the blink of an eye. The working is entirely mechanical and foolproof. You must ditch something to end clean, but the misdirection is so strong that this should not be a problem. And then everything can be examined, the base, cover, pin, and ring. One of Magiro’s finest inventions, and well worth the hype.  One of the key things that makes original Magiro items so much better than the remakes is how small and basic they often are.  When people like Magic Wagon come along years later to make over these effects although they often look amazing, they are rarely as magical because they are so much larger.

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Approx. Price: $349.95 (2009) ***

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2 reviews for The Witch’s Tunnel (Ring-Automat) by Magiro, Howard Schwarzman

  1. Kirk Warren

    The Witch’s Tunnel

    This is a fantastic effect! You show a tube that has two slits going half way up its sides and is topped with a slotted wooden lid. Slide this tube down over a clear Plexiglas tube which rests on a base and has holes through its sides. Thread a metal rod or needle through both tubes and drop a solid ring through the slotted lid. (Or you may have the spectator do this) When the outer tub is raised off, the ring has magically penetrated into the rod. Everything can be thoroughly examined both before and after the effect is performed. The spectators will find nothing! I examined the props before reading the instructions and could not figure out the method. Very Diabolical! This item is very hard to come by so if you should fine it, get it. *The instructions were all in German with the one I got so I had to translate them into English.

  2. Daniel D

    Matthias “Magiro” Weißl invented this effect, likely in late 70s, and named it “Mikro Ringautomat.” Upon first importing it in 1984, Howard Schwarzman renamed the effect to “The Witch’s Tunnel” — presumably for the catchier title but perhaps also to hide his source. Magiro’s effect has been remade by both Magic Wagon as “Ring thru Sword Mystery,” and the legendary Richard Gerlitz as “Sea-Ling’s True Love.” Magiro made the gimmick itself, which has magnetic, wood, and steel components. However this gimmick is housed within plastic, which was manufactured by Werner “Werry” Geissler — yet another underrated German inventor.

    The gimmick is simple but brilliant. It appears and vanishes in the blink of an eye. The working is entirely mechanical and foolproof. You must ditch something to end clean, but the misdirection is so strong that this should not be a problem. And then everything can be examined, the base, cover, pin, and ring. One of Magiro’s finest inventions, and well worth the hype.

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