Review by Andy Martin for Intangibility by Damir Djanis

Review by Andy Martin for Intangibility by Damir Djanis
Review by Andy Martin for Intangibility by Damir Djanis
5 out of 5

What a beautiful and clever idea from the talented craftsman from Croatia, Damir Djanis.  This is the third of Damir’s items released by George Robinson at Viking Mfg. and I think it is the best so far. 

I’ve always liked the Cabala type effect but have never been happy with the angle issues. But now thanks to Damir and George those issues are gone.  This is a brilliant solution and works perfectly.  You can have the whole unit examined and do the magic right in front of them with nothing added or taken away.

The only issue I had with it was that I was not too excited by the patter about Alan Turing.  Being a computer guy for almost fifty years I admire and respect Alan Turing as much as the next person but the routine did not work for me.

I came up with idea of using the box as a counterfeit detector and my routine is below.  However, to do my routine you need three Silver Morgans (one of which is real) and the other two are fake, but only one is magnetic.  I used to think all fake Silver Morgans were magnetic (certainly all the ones I had were), but it turns out that is not the case and when I realized it, this feature led me to my routine.  When you purchase this from Viking you will only get one fake non-magnetic Silver Morgan.  But for my routine you’ll need three Silver Morgans (two fake, only one of which is magnetic) and a real Silver Morgan too.

Thanks Damir and George this is a wonderful item 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Ornate Silkola by DS Magik

Review by Andy Martin for Ornate Silkola by DS Magik
Review by Andy Martin for Ornate Silkola by DS Magik
5 out of 5

This is a really beautiful version of Silkola from a new manufacturer Darren Heppel and his company DS Magik. Darren has been interested in magic for many years but has only recently started building his own props. Though based on his first two items he has released you could never tell.  His finish out and eye for detail will give even the modern-day prop master Michael Baker a run for his money 🙂

This is Darren’s take on the Silkola effect invented by Lennart Bondesson of Sweden c. 1966 and sold to Supreme Magic Co. of England when it was first marketed c. 1967. It is very similar to Michael Baker’s version, they even use the same ornate bottle.  Michael’s graphics and finish still have an edge but it is close.

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Review by Carmine Zambrotto for Inlayed Die Box 3" by Mel Babcock

Review by Carmine Zambrotto for Inlayed Die Box 3" by Mel Babcock
Review by Carmine Zambrotto for Inlayed Die Box 3" by Mel Babcock
5 out of 5

I recently purchased this box by Mel Babcock from Houston magic. It is definitely five star all the way home. High quality and craftsmanship in every little detail. I highly recommend Mel’s magic props to anyone who is a serious collector and wants to perform their magic too.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Talismanic Card in Wallet (Window Wallet) by R.A.R. Magic, Ed Brown

Review by Andy Martin for The Talismanic Card in Wallet (Window Wallet) by R.A.R. Magic, Ed Brown
Review by Andy Martin for The Talismanic Card in Wallet (Window Wallet) by R.A.R. Magic, Ed Brown
5 out of 5

This is the Talismanic Card in Wallet or Window Wallet that inspired Dave Bendix to create the Bendix Bombshell.  This wallet was made by Roy Roth, but it is based on the original ones made by Ed Brown. Ed Brown created the Window Wallet c. 1975 and a routine using it was published in Kabbala Vol.3, No. 1, January 1976, called: Between Elmsley, Brown, and Himber. The Window Wallet was the inspiration for a number of great card men including, Ed Marlo, Dave Solomon (using Ed Brown’s own wallet), Jon Rachenbaumer (Talismanic Card in Wallet – Lecture Notes 1, 1976) , and Dave Bendix to create some wonderful Card to Wallet routines.  The second you see the the diagram on page 1 of the Kabbala article you will recognize the familiar set-up for the special Himber wallet that we recognize today as the Bendix Bombshell.

Having seen both wallets up close I really like the cleanness of The Talismanic Card and made it up using some of the new Jerry’s Nuggets cards and it looks and works perfectly.  The Bendix might be a tad more impressive but it is also a little harder to work so for many people the Talismanic  will be a welcome surprise.

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Review by Andy Martin for Hot Cross Cards (Improved) by R.A.R. Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Hot Cross Cards (Improved) by R.A.R. Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Hot Cross Cards (Improved) by R.A.R. Magic
5 out of 5

This is a very funny routine created by Roy Roth.  Roy had already marketed Lubor Fiedler’s Red Hot Wire (with permission) as Hot Line c. 1972 and came up with this funny routine that really made the most of the wire gimmick.

I’ve always liked the premise behind Hot Cross Cards, but there were a few weaknesses in the original offering:

  1. An ESP symbol needs to be forced out of the five cards and the only force given was “The Classic Force.”.  Which is fine, but not going to work for a lot of people.  So I added a full deck of ESP cards (26 cards) and created a bank of 12 cards that were all the same, so now you could casually show the cards apparently different, but also easily force the correct one.  (For a while I even created a Svengali ESP deck but that actually proved to be problematic as part of the routine requires you to deal out the five ESP cards which proved to be difficult with a Svengali deck.)
  2. The effect required the use of five slices of real bread which were messy and required replacement frequently.  Luckily these days it is possible to get fake slices of bread that look and feel real from a short distance, without the downsides of flaking and going moldy which is what I supplied.
  3. I also upgraded the ring box that housed the red hot wire as the original cardboard one was prone to damage.
  4. I added a nice red velvet bag to hold the slices of bread to improve the delivery of the joke regarding fine engraved leather covers all the way from Italy.
  5. A minor annoyance was the original instructions did not include the routine that appeared in the first adverts that were released to sell this effect. So I also included a full routine with patter based on the advert and the instructions for easy reference.

With these changes you now have an almost perfect and truly offbeat effect which I think Roy Roth would be happy with.  It is a really fun item 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for The Fastest Wallet In The West by R.A.R. Magic

Review by Andy Martin for The Fastest Wallet In The West by R.A.R. Magic
Review by Andy Martin for The Fastest Wallet In The West by R.A.R. Magic
5 out of 5

The wallet is a pocket secretary type wallet with a pocket on the exterior of the wallet to hold an identification card. This pocket has a transparent window.  

Just like all of Roy Roth’s wallets, it is a very made and works smoothly.  The Billy Me Comb routine is quite different because it uses a credit card instead of a playing card.  But as Billy explains below the use of a credit card has a lot going for it.

Billy McComb’s routine which follows uses the wallet and a borrowed credit card. It is a well thought out professional presentation and does not require any reset. Despite Billy’s strong argument for using the credit card, and with different routining, the wallet could, of course be used for a playing card to wallet effect.

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Review by Andy Martin for Rainbow by R.A.R. Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Rainbow by R.A.R. Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Rainbow by R.A.R. Magic
5 out of 5

I remember purchasing one of these from Roy Roth himself at one of Ron MacMillan’s One Day Conventions (Ron’s Day) back in the 1970’s and have always loved the premise.  No one makes wallets as unique as Roy Roth.

The Piatnik rainbow deck that was supplied with the original did not spread very well so I replaced it with a better one from the United States Playing Card Company.  I also cleaned up the routine a bit as in the original you just choose the card off the top of the deck instead of having the spectator choose a card, which seemed a little lame to me 🙁

The routine you see in the video seems to flow pretty smoothly and is certainly something I could see myself doing.

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Review by Andy Martin for Coin Go! by Stevens Magic, Thayer Quality Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Coin Go! by Stevens Magic, Thayer Quality Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Coin Go! by Stevens Magic, Thayer Quality Magic
5 out of 5

The first version of this effect was released by Floyd Thayer as Coin Go c. 1926.  However, as far as I can ascertain, that version was permanently attached to a palming coin rather than the gimmick provided here, which can be added and removed in an instant and works with many coins.

This version is a great gimmick that works perfectly.  I had something similar when I was a teenager in the UK, but this gimmick is 90% smaller and just as reliable.  It works perfectly with half dollars and probably quite a few other coins too. 

You can borrow a half dollar or use your own that can be examined, and it takes but a second to be ready to go.  Then whenever you want you can vanish that bad boy, and look like a pro sleight of hand expert.  The audience will have no clue. One of the other nice things about this gimmick is unlike The Raven it works with normal half dollars.

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Review by Andy Martin for Coin-Travel Paddle by Frank Garcia

Review by Andy Martin for Coin-Travel Paddle by Frank Garcia
Review by Andy Martin for Coin-Travel Paddle by Frank Garcia
3 out of 5

If you read the Tannen’s ad below you would think this was a complete miracle, and I spent a couple of hours trying to understand the two pages of instructions but try as I did, I could not figure out how to do this. I have to assume it is possible, but I’d really like to see a Speed Demo of this bad boy – I wonder if someone out there has this and can do a demo for me and the rest of the folks?

The paddle is well constructed and moves easily in the hands. It sounds amazing and the effect is quite different from the more common Money Paddle, but I was unable to understand how to perform it from the instructions. Maybe you will have more luck?

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