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Enigmatic by Alan Warner

(c. 1986) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: Two duplicate sets of five lucky Oriental charms are tipped out of their individual compartments in a small wooden box. A spectator is given one set of charms, the performer retains the other. The performer places one of his wooden charms face-down in one of the compartments, then the spectator freely chooses a charm from his set and places it face-up in the other compartment. This continues, turn and turnabout, until both sets of charms are once more back in the box.

The performer then tips out the charms into two neat piles; he removes the top one from each pile and places them side by side on the table, then continues to do the same thing with each pair in turn.

One of the charms which are face-down is now turned over by the performer to reveal the Oriental character on its reverse side. Enigmatically, it matches the Oriental character on the charm which is alongside it.

The performer then continues in like fashion with each pair of charms. ALL FIVE PAIRS OF CHARMS MATCH! Truly, we think, an enigma!

NOTE: The performer places his charm in the box in every instance BEFORE the spectator makes his choice.

The spectator has a COMPLETELY FREE CHOICE of charm every time he selects one.

At no time during the performance of the routine are either the spectator’s or the performer’s piles of charms switched for another set.


  • The gimmicked box, which is made in teak, measures 9 x 5.8 x 2.5 cms high (approx.) and has an Oriental character made in ebony wood inlaid into its lid.
  • The two sets of charms are made in wood and have matching Oriental characters cut into them.
  • The backgrounds of the individual characters being lacquered in different colours for quick visual identification when matching up the two sets at the climax of the routine.

The apparatus comes complete with The Alan Warner Routine.

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Approx. Price: $146.50 (2001) ***

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3 reviews for Enigmatic by Alan Warner

  1. Andy Martin

    One ahead eat your heart out!

    The one ahead principle is often ignored, but this beauty by the Wonderful Warner shows how it can really be put to use. With the clever gimmick, it really make this effect a miracle!

  2. George Guerra

    Here’s an entertaining mental effect!!

    Mental Epic with Chinese characters! Great props, great mental effect and repeatable with different endings…what else can you ask.

  3. Steve Payne

    This is a great looking, but sneaky, mental effect that will fool any laymen. It’s very entertaining because an audience member participates during the entire performance. There other versions of this effect out there, but none as pleasing as this one to perform!

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