Review by Andy Martin for Majestic Meteor Ball by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Majestic Meteor Ball by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Majestic Meteor Ball by Magic Wagon
4 out of 5

And here is the final effect from Magic Wagon for 2019 and I’m actually caught up for the first time in years! This is another unique and well made effect which looks good and will certainly appeal to collectors. There appears to be no sign as to where the little golden meteor ball disappears too – it simply vanishes between the two blocks into thin air!

In some ways it is similar to the Atomic ball effect with a little more dressing. Some collector’s really love all the dressing up of the props, but if you are going to perform to lay people I prefer things stripped down – well made, but without all the frills. That is why I much prefer the original Magiro Hydro Die to the much more impressive Magic Wagon Majestic Hydro Die. In many ways this is why I like Eddy Taytelbaum’s magic so much – he makes really excellent props but with the possible exception of his Mummies they are understated without too many extra embellishments. But it takes all sorts and these beautiful props do make for a very wonderful display 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Diceolation (3rd Degree Psychic) by Magic Wagon, John M. Talbot, Viking Mfg., Tony Curtis

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Diceolation (3rd Degree Psychic) by Magic Wagon, John M. Talbot, Viking Mfg., Tony Curtis
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Diceolation (3rd Degree Psychic) by Magic Wagon, John M. Talbot, Viking Mfg., Tony Curtis
5 out of 5

If you actually want to perform to lay people in almost any situation and really fool them this is one of the very best items ever produced by Magic Wagon. It is created in conjunction with John M. Talbot, Viking Mfg., and Tony Curtis.

Although many Magic Wagon collectors rave about the original Diceolation to my mind it is a lot of prop for a pretty simple one off effect which just doesn’t get me that excited. But what I love about John M. Talbot’s routine 3rd Degree Psychic, that comes with this effect, is that it is a three phase routine that builds all the way to the end, and is done with much smaller props that can be held by the spectator, instantly reset and popped into the pocket as you walk to your next group. To my mind it is so much better than Diceolation or a related predecessor Badlands Box Dieluxe.  If you want a cool item to impress the boys at club Diceolation is fine, but if you actually want to perform it regularly, Mini Diceolation is the one to track down and use 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Horizontal Block Penetration by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Horizontal Block Penetration by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Horizontal Block Penetration by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

This is a beautiful illusion inspired by Harry Bohleno’s Visible Block Penetration c. 1946 though performed in a horizontal position. You know it is going to be good when you can find at least three YouTube videos of the effect. Yes three is the tell tale sign for Magic Wagon items 🙂 And although the videos shown are all good, Simon Corneille’s (Simcoscor) is exceptional. You will be very happy with this bad boy.

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Review by Andy Martin for P&L Copper Water Funnel by Petrie-Lewis

Review by Andy Martin for P&L Copper Water Funnel by Petrie-Lewis
Review by Andy Martin for P&L Copper Water Funnel by Petrie-Lewis
5 out of 5

This is a real beauty from P&L. It is not too bulky like others I have seen, and really looks like a vintage funnel and works perfectly with water flowing on demand. These were originally issued c. 1937 in nickel silver  (sometimes called Cupro Silverclick here for a discussion) and only later c. 1958 released in copper.

If you add a gimmicked ice pick you can “puncture” the boys arm before you start the pumping action!

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Review by Andy Martin for Copper Sandwich (Original) by Eddie Gibson

Review by Andy Martin for Copper Sandwich (Original) by Eddie Gibson
Review by Andy Martin for Copper Sandwich (Original) by Eddie Gibson
5 out of 5

Copper Sandwich was actually invented by Al Koran c. 1948 and was originally performed with a matchbox and the gimmicked coins of the time (see New Pentagram April 1973, pg. 13). Eddie Gibson refined it, using more advanced coins, and created the brass box for an even cleaner and more amazing penetration.

This is the original version of Copper Sandwich with UK coins and compares with this later version using US coins.

It is a great effect which is easy to do and leaves no clues as to how the penetration occurs.

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Review by Andrew Payne for Johnny Paul Cups (Steel, Bright Chrome) by RNT II

Review by Andrew Payne for Johnny Paul Cups (Steel, Bright Chrome) by RNT II
Review by Andrew Payne for Johnny Paul Cups (Steel, Bright Chrome) by RNT II
5 out of 5

These cups handle effortlessly and sound great. They have a clear resonant tone when struck mouth up and a very bright sound during stacking, cup through cup moves, etc. The nickel finish seems very durable and polishes up beautifully with nothing more than a wipe down with a soft cloth. I was pleasantly surprised to find that each cup in my set could take a single 1 1/8 ball in the attic without any problems whatsoever. Although to be safe, make your purchase based on the dimensions given in the description. If using the Johnny Paul technique with the sponge balls, be aware that while a sponge ball will “vanish” easily, you’ve gotta bring the cup down with some force to bring it back. That’s not a flaw. Watch Johnny’s routine and you’ll see that’s what he did. The good news is that this set of steel cups should handle that with no problem as well as the juggling moves, etc. Overall, this is a very pretty, functional set of cups. If you’re thinking about getting a set, go ahead and do it before they’re gone.

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Review by Andy Martin for Deluxe Shooting Wand by Abbott's

Review by Andy Martin for Deluxe Shooting Wand by Abbott's
Review by Andy Martin for Deluxe Shooting Wand by Abbott's
5 out of 5

They don’t make them like this anymore! Abbott’s started making high end shooting wands or Bang Wands c. 1938. I believe this one comes from c. 1987 because it has gold tips and the earlier wands had chrome plated tips. But it could be earlier. It is easily the heaviest and most substantial Bang Wand I have ever handled. For a brief moment I thought it was an Owen’s wand as it looks very similar to the Owen’s wands (see final photo), but it is not stamped Owen’s, the tips are slightly shorter, I could not find a Wand like this from Owen’s and finally it clearly matches the Abbott’s description.

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Review by Andy Martin for Destiny Chest by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Destiny Chest by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Destiny Chest by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

This chest is inspired by one of my favorite prediction chests, The Dr. Q. Prediction Chest. It has two main differences:

  • It is quite a lot smaller than the Owen’s chest (see the last four photos for comparisons)
  • The chest really can’t be examined or handled closely by the spectator because there is no locking mechanism to protect the gimmick – if you touch the gimmick it will move!  Whereas with the Dr. Q. you could search all day and not find a thing.

Having said that because there is no locking mechanism it makes it a little easier to use.  It is a fine box for sure and John M. Talbot’s routine about the Titanic is perfect for this little box.  If you like neat little boxes with secret gimmicks you will for sure find a use for this bad boy.

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Review by Andy Martin for Rex Ignis (Advanced version with Remote control) by Paralabs

Review by Andy Martin for Rex Ignis (Advanced version with Remote control) by Paralabs
Review by Andy Martin for Rex Ignis (Advanced version with Remote control) by Paralabs
5 out of 5

What a beautiful, clever and mystifying effect this is! 

When you first see this performed it is hard to fully comprehend how quickly your hand will burn when you put it over a candle.  Even from a few inches it feels like it is burning within a couple of seconds.  If you try it you will see immediately that almost the second you put your hand over the flame you have to remove it.

However, with this well engineered and clever gimmick you can literally keep your hand there for minutes without any discomfort.  How it works it kind of amazing and it really doesn’t matter how high the candle is – I tried it with 4″, 6″ and 9″ candles and they are big candles.  So it will cover a whole slew of candles, and none of them are gimmicked.  You can pretty much use any candle though it does work better with wider pillar candles.  I use 3″ wide ones with the various heights as shown.

The gimmick is expertly engineered and the remote control is a small key fob size and works perfectly.  You don’t actually need the remote control, but it does add that  extra kicker effect where you can have a spectator be able to withstand the heat or not without even getting close to the candle.

This is some powerful magic and a really interesting effect that is unique.  It can be done in a variety of situations with no set-up and simply looks amazing and just how real magic should look!

This is the Rex Ignis Advanced Version with the remote option.  The Advanced Version allows you to use a matchbox, card box, or the classic invisible set-up, so it is more flexible for the performer.

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