China Fortune (Wun Fang and His Chinese Coin) by Rip Van Winkle, Len Belcher(c. 1954,2009) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
I am very fortunate to own several pieces from Rip Van Winkle. I love his natural wood pieces but also enjoy his painted ones. This vintage looking item is a version of Len Belcher’s that he called Wun Fang and his Chinese Coin, it was released by Harry Stanley c. 1954.
Though this is one of Mr. Van Winkle’s simpler pieces, it is all hand painted including the little China man. The gimmick stands and gimmick wood coin make it very easy to perform. If you have the chance to buy one of his pieces do so as he only makes a couple of each one. Highly recommended.
Effect: The effect is simple but very magical. You have two stands, one of the stands has a coin on it. You place the two panels in front of the stands to hide them from the audience. You remove the coin from the stand on the left and place it on the stand to the right. You then lift the panel to show the coin has disappeared from the stand on the right. At that point the audience sees the coin hanging out of the panel your holding. You grab the coin and as you slide it out of the panel it transforms into a little China man. you then lift the other panel to show the coin has never left the original stand on the left.
Approx. Price: $125.00 (2009) ***
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