Review by Andy Martin for Block Off Cord Revisited by Shawn Reida, Louis Gaynor

Review by Andy Martin for Block Off Cord Revisited by Shawn Reida, Louis Gaynor
Review by Andy Martin for Block Off Cord Revisited by Shawn Reida, Louis Gaynor
5 out of 5

My good friends over at Stevens Magic have recently released this wonderful item handmade by Louis Gaynor and Shawn Reida. And what a beautiful version of this classic effect, invented by Lyman Allen in 1945, it is. Inspired by Howard Hale’s version this is certainly the prettiest and most robust version I have seen. The ropes and block are very solid and flow very easily. And because there are no gimmicks to worry about this bad boy is always ready to work. There is a simple move to learn but because the dimensions of the rope and block are perfectly designed it works so smoothly you’ll quickly forget you’re doing it!

At under $50 everyone can afford this classic item. Great job Shawn and Louis!

Highly Recommended for Performers and Collectors everywhere.

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Review by Joe Long for Mental Chess by Hardini

Review by Joe Long for Mental Chess by Hardini
Review by Joe Long for Mental Chess by Hardini
5 out of 5

A great mental magic effect beautifully crafted by the late Juergen Bluemel (AKA, Hardini) of Germany. His exquisite apparatus is now highly sought after. This is one of his best and hardest to find pieces.

Briefly, a spectator places three metal figurines (a King and two farmers) under three opaque decorative covers on a thin wooden tray, yet the performer will always be able to reveal the order of the hidden figures. For a second phase of the routine, the spectator is told to remove one of the figures and hide it inside a cloth drawstring bag. The performer turns around and immediately names the figure that was removed. The instructions suggest performing the routine blindfolded to add an extra element of mystery.

The method of cueing is a bit different from most. The light “signal” is visible in only a tiny spot on the back corner of the tray. And it’s a single dot of light which changes color to indicate the positions. I also like that there is no on-off switch which is common with many props of this type. There is nothing to find until the figures are placed on the tray. Once removed, everything could be displayed freely.

However, what really sets this apart from similar effects is the sheer beauty of the apparatus. It’s a true testament to Hardini’s wonderful craftsmanship. You’ll not only perform with these props … you’ll display them proudly. The icing on the cake is the included packing case, beautifully crafted from mahogany. There are fitted compartments for each of the pieces, including the tray.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Wandering Mummy by Francois Danis

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Wandering Mummy by Francois Danis
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Wandering Mummy by Francois Danis
5 out of 5

As most visitors to this site will know, like many Magic Collectors I have a great affection towards the Wandering Mummy effect.  So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that the talented French Craftsman, Francois Danis, had come out with a new Mini version.  What a beauty this is!  Smaller than any other set I have seen and looks amazing.  Works very smoothly and I’m sure Francois is being kept very busy producing Mini Mummies for his fans all around the world.

Highly Recommended for Collectors everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for Box Ninety-Eight Pro Limited Edition 1 of 1 by Handcrafted Miracles

Review by Andy Martin for Box Ninety-Eight Pro Limited Edition 1 of 1 by Handcrafted Miracles
Review by Andy Martin for Box Ninety-Eight Pro Limited Edition 1 of 1 by Handcrafted Miracles
5 out of 5

I was so impressed with the basic version of Box Ninety-Eight that I contacted Dan (or Dannicus as he is known) to see if he could build me a pro version.  And boy did he ever!  Dan created a limited edition of one for this beautiful box in Bubinga (Brazilian Rosewood) with ebony inlays.   It’s hand finished with 8 coats of boiled Linseed oil, beeswax and buffed.

This box is slightly smaller than the basic version and fits in the hand even easier.  It works like a dream and if you wonder what sort of items I keep in my collection – well this is one of them.  Perfect in every way and such a clever and secret mechanism.

Working with Dan was a pleasure and I look forward to buying more from his great company  Handcrafted Miracles in the future.  Thank-you Dan for giving so much to the craft, it is always a pleasure working with a genuine craftsman who appreciates the art of magic.

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Review by Andy Martin for Fully Loaded by Mark Mason

Review by Andy Martin for Fully Loaded by Mark Mason
Review by Andy Martin for Fully Loaded by Mark Mason
5 out of 5

What a clean and beautiful effect this is from one of Magic’s best dealer/demonstrators: Mark Mason.  There is no doubt if you perform this item it will flaw your audience.  The special gimmicks, set-up and tips have been honed over decades of performances and it is surprisingly easy to perform.  Having said that there is no quick reset and you need a fresh deck each time you perform it so it is not great for a walk around performance.  However, if you want to save it for the head table you’ll slay them every time!

Highly Recommended if you’re looking for that one card effect to make your reputation.

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Review by Andy Martin for Victorian Single Deck Box (with flap) by Dave Powell

Review by Andy Martin for Victorian Single Deck Box (with flap) by Dave Powell
Review by Andy Martin for Victorian Single Deck Box (with flap) by Dave Powell
5 out of 5

Wow this card box is so thin – you really can’t believe it can hold a full deck in it’s case. Some real fine work by the amazing Dave Powell for sure. It makes a great companion to Dave’s Two Deck Box, which is also amazingly small.  Looks beautiful and with the loose flap you can perform all of the miracles you can do with a regular card box, often twice the size.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Zambini Box by Eddie Gibson

Review by Andy Martin for The Zambini Box by Eddie Gibson
Review by Andy Martin for The Zambini Box by Eddie Gibson
5 out of 5

What a clever idea this is from one of the original coin masters: Eddie Gibson.  The amazing Zambini Box!  You show the box with the pound coin stamp in the two halves and you add one of the blank brass disks and after a suitable gesture you open the Zambini Box to show the disk has now been transformed into a bonafide coin.  Looks great and easy to do of course.  Comes complete with all the coins you need to perform the effect out of the box.

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Review by Andy Martin for Jack Avis's Poker Pot by Louis Gaynor

Review by Andy Martin for Jack Avis's Poker Pot by Louis Gaynor
Review by Andy Martin for Jack Avis's Poker Pot by Louis Gaynor
5 out of 5

I missed this item when I first received it and finally had time to take some new photos and read the instructions properly. What a great idea this is! Watch the video and see Daniel Cros perform some amazing miracles, not one shell is involved, and nothing is added or taken away – everything you see is in plain sight. I really would like to spend time to get to do justice to this routine because it seems very doable even for a nervous fumbler like myself!

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Review by Andy Martin for Crystal Money Chest by Owen Magic Supreme

Review by Andy Martin for Crystal Money Chest by Owen Magic Supreme
Review by Andy Martin for Crystal Money Chest by Owen Magic Supreme
5 out of 5

I’ve always loved the flash appearance of cold hard cash in a crystal casket, and I think audiences love it too!  The first box I purchased was the 6″ square Crystal Casket by Ickle Pickle back in 2000 and I’ve tried various others since.  My most recent performance was in 2012 with Dave Powell’s Victorian Balloon To Dove Chest, and although I really like the look of Dave’s chest, I found the remote feature temperamental.  Luckily the manual release works perfectly every time 🙂

So recently when I saw a great deal on an original Crystal Money Chest by Owen Magic Supreme I had to leap on it.  This is easily the best money chest on the market.  Loading is a breeze – I loaded over 100 bills into this bad boy without issue.  Try that on any other chest and you’ll struggle for sure.  Although this is not a close-up item, I created a quick demo video to show how good it looks stripped right back with no frills.  Now imagine in a real performance setting on stage with some music or patter and you have an utter miracle on your hands.

Highly Recommended for everyone who loves getting gasps from the audience!

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Review by Andy Martin for Tommie Toad’s Tie by Scottie’s Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Tommie Toad's Tie by Scottie's Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Tommie Toad's Tie by Scottie's Workshop
5 out of 5

What an adorable kids effect this is: colorful, entertaining with very well made wooden props and a great story line. For any kids entertainer how can you not love a routine that begins …

“Poor Tommy he’s hiding behind the lily leaf because he doesn’t have a bow tie to attend the annual hop at Toad Mansion”, to which he wanted to take his girlfriend Natalie Natterjack, (here you explain to the children she is a very special lady toad and they are very rare, so that is why Tommy wants to be the one to show her off to all the other ordinary toads). Otherwise Bertie Bullfrog, would want to take her because he has a beeee-autiful bow tie!”

This item is similar in effect to Harries Bow-Tie Mystery or Supreme’s Tiddly-Hi-Tie but the method is different and in this version the tie disappears from the box and appears attached to Tommy’s neck as he stands embarrassed behind the lily leaf (which looks like a toadstool to me!).  The vanish and appearance work very well and are easy to do.

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