Review by Andy Martin for Temple of Goo by Jack Ruda

Review by Andy Martin for Temple of Goo by Jack Ruda
Review by Andy Martin for Temple of Goo by Jack Ruda
5 out of 5

This is probably Jack Ruda’s finest hour. It is The Temple of Goo, a hand-crafted gem that quickly became a favorite among collectors. Jack created this in two sizes the first had just 3 choices and was know as The Temple of Goo Fong sold by Ron Allesi as a limited edition of 50 units. The second version which was the better of the two was this one with 4 choices.

This version has been altered (for the better in my opinion) from when it was originally released. It used to have a switch in the base to turn the power on and off.  Unfortunately, no attempt was made to hide the switch so you could never show the bottom of the temple.  In this unit the switch has been removed and integrated into the statue of Goo himself.   On the the base is now a lush green felt which is attached by magnets (not screws as before) so when you need to change the batteries you just need to pull the felt away from the magnets. As long as you don’t leave Goo in the temple when you are not performing this the batteries should last for months as the circuit is only completed when Goo is in the temple.

The other thing that sells this is having a prediction in the wallet lying next to the temple before they even make their selection.  The wallet I use in the video and show in the photos is the Viking Working Performer’s Card to Wallet Plus, but many wallets would work and it doesn’t have to be a gimmicked wallet.  The way I use it is no sleights or anything, but you could do that if you fancied, just doesn’t seem necessary.  This wallet works well because it has enough pockets so it looks like the prediction is the only one in the wallet.  Of course this is not the case, but using the wallet is a good convincer that you knew all along they would choose the number.  You could equally have 4 cards in 4 envelopes in your pockets, or use a Himber wallet, or double envelopes etc.  But the clean and simple wallet works for me (so I included it for you to use).  The key thing with the wallet is to have it in view before they choose, and to remove the prediction before their answer is exposed – this way you have to do no extra work, unless you want to.

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Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Svengali Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Svengali Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Svengali Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
5 out of 5

Created by Burling Hull c. 1909 at the tender age of 15. Like so many magicians before me my very first magic effect was a Svengali Deck – it changed my world ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve just started using the Svengali Deck again recently thanks to a effect by Paul Curry.

These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more.  These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.

If you need any sort of standard or custom gimmick deck I suggest you contact Stevens Magic and I’m confident you will switch too, I know personally I’ll never go back to the mass dealer ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Belly Stripper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Belly Stripper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Belly Stripper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
5 out of 5

Belly Strippers were invented by card sharps by 1865, and their main advantage is you can mix them up end for end and always strip out the necessary cards.  These ones allow you to strip out the reds from the blacks effortlessly. So if you ever wanted to do the cleanest version of Paul Curry’s masterpiece: Out of this World, using this deck is the way to go.

These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more.  These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.

If you need any sort of standard or custom gimmick deck I suggest you contact Stevens Magic and I’m confident you will switch too, I know personally I’ll never go back to the mass dealer ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Reverse Svengali Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Reverse Svengali Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Reverse Svengali Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
5 out of 5

This is basically the same as the normal Svengali Deck, however it is reversed.  This means you riffle it in the opposite direction to show all the cards the same and vice-versa.  What is useful about this approach is you can drop cards face-up and they are all different.  It is useful to have both versions as you never know which set you want.  For the Paul Curry effect below the Reverse Svengali is better for a cleaner experience.

These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more.  These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.

If you need any sort of standard or custom gimmick deck I suggest you contact Stevens Magic and I’m confident you will switch too, I know personally I’ll never go back to the mass dealer ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
5 out of 5

The Pop-eyed Eye-Popper Deck is a routine for R.W. Hull’s Nu-Idea Deck created c. 1935. If you want one of the cleanest forces by simply fanning the cards these are the way to go.

These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more.  These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.

If you need any sort of standard or custom gimmick deck I suggest you contact Stevens Magic and I’m confident you will switch too, I know personally I’ll never go back to the mass dealer ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade 4-Way Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade 4-Way Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade 4-Way Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
4 out of 5

This is a variation of R.W. Hull’s Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck which allows you to force up to four cards instead of just one. I’m not sure how useful this is because you lose the easy of forcing which you are used to with the traditional version.

These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more.  These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.

If you need any sort of standard or custom gimmick deck I suggest you contact Stevens Magic and I’m confident you will switch too, I know personally I’ll never go back to the mass dealer ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Nudist Deck (Mental Photography Deck) by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Nudist Deck (Mental Photography Deck) by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Professional Grade Nudist Deck (Mental Photography Deck) by Steven Perry, Stevens Magic
5 out of 5

Another popular Rough and Smooth deck this time invented by Ralph W. Hull c. 1934.  As a teenager I started with the Nudist Deck but a few years later I discovered The Phanto Deck.  The Phanto Deck is similar to the Nudist, but there are two other transformations and I have been using ever since.

These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more.  These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.  The roughing is solid and will not let you down under pressure.

If you need any sort of standard or custom gimmick deck I suggest you contact Stevens Magic and I’m confident you will switch too, I know personally I’ll never go back to the mass dealer ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand by Shawn Reida

Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand by Shawn Reida
Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand by Shawn Reida
5 out of 5

I love these beautiful brass bullet wands from Shawn Reida ๐Ÿ™‚

Shawn has been the resident pro and right hand man of Mark Stevens at Stevens Magic for many years.  He has created a few items over the years, some of which have been sold directly by Stevens Magic and some are sold on at his store on eBay.

But my favorite of his items are easily these hand-made brass bullet wands.  They come in four main models:

  1. Standard Size (this one)
  2. Standard Size with magnetic tips
  3. Mini Size (7″)
  4. Mini Size (7″) with magnetic tips

Shawn will also customize the location of the magnet if you don’t want it directly in the tip and he’s a really nice guy to work with, and will go out of his way to make you happy.

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Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand (Magnetic Tips) by Shawn Reida

Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand (Magnetic Tips) by Shawn Reida
Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand (Magnetic Tips) by Shawn Reida
5 out of 5

I love these beautiful brass bullet wands from Shawn Reida ๐Ÿ™‚

Shawn has been the resident pro and right hand man of Mark Stevens at Stevens Magic for many years.  He has created a few items over the years, some of which have been sold directly by Stevens Magic and some are sold on at his store on eBay.

But my favorite of his items are easily these hand-made brass bullet wands.  They come in four main models:

  1. Standard Size
  2. Standard Size with magnetic tips (this one)
  3. Mini Size (7″)
  4. Mini Size (7″) with magnetic tips

Shawn will also customize the location of the magnet if you don’t want it directly in the tip and he’s a really nice guy to work with, and will go out of his way to make you happy.

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Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand (Mini) by Shawn Reida

Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand (Mini) by Shawn Reida
Review by Andy Martin for Brass Bullet Wand (Mini) by Shawn Reida
5 out of 5

I love these beautiful brass bullet wands from Shawn Reida ๐Ÿ™‚

Shawn has been the resident pro and right hand man of Mark Stevens at Stevens Magic for many years.  He has created a few items over the years, some of which have been sold directly by Stevens Magic and some are sold on at his store on eBay.

But my favorite of his items are easily these hand-made brass bullet wands.  They come in four main models:

  1. Standard Size
  2. Standard Size with magnetic tips
  3. Mini Size (7″) (this one)
  4. Mini Size (7″) with magnetic tips

Shawn will also customize the location of the magnet if you don’t want it directly in the tip and he’s a really nice guy to work with, and will go out of his way to make you happy.

Click here for more information.

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