Review by Andy Martin for Magic Pitcher (Milk Jug) by Owen Magic Supreme

Review by Andy Martin for Magic Pitcher (Milk Jug) by Owen Magic Supreme
Review by Andy Martin for Magic Pitcher (Milk Jug) by Owen Magic Supreme
5 out of 5

Easily the best Milk Jug I have owned. Very solid and looks amazing and beautiful.

Effect: From a large 2 quart pitcher a quantity of liquid is poured into a simple paper cone or other apparatus and immedi- ately vanished. The Owen pitcher is of heavy gauge lucite throughout and is crystal clear. Appears as a perfectly plain high class crystal pitcher.

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Review by Andy Martin for Set In Stone by 3D Magic Works

Review by Andy Martin for Set In Stone by 3D Magic Works
Review by Andy Martin for Set In Stone by 3D Magic Works
5 out of 5

If you think the routine is strong, just wait until you see the method!
Madison Hagler

What’s not to love about this extremely clean quadruple prediction with:

  • unique and intriguing props,
  • bright colors,
  • convenient storage boxes,
  • nothing added or taken away,
  • and no electronics!

Set In Stone follows a common theme in magic and has some comparisons with Alan Warner’s Mini Mental, Per Clausen’s Prediction Chips, Thomas Pohle’s Witch Boxes, Magic Wagon’s Mini Chairs Prediction, and more recently Magic Wagon’s Elite Premonition.  But none of these items use the same unique and self-working method that Kent has employed with these bad boys. 

Even Fabrice Delaure’s sophisticated Ten Little Giants, which also features the stone statues from the Easter Islands, leaves something to be desired when you see how cleanly and easily Kent achieves this beautiful piece of mentalism.  Remember Set in Stone doesn’t just get one prediction correct, but all four in the cleanest of possible ways.

It is great to see that high Quality Magic is alive and well in 2019 at 3D Magic Works.

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Review by Andy Martin for Jumbo Die Box by Delben

Review by Andy Martin for Jumbo Die Box by Delben
Review by Andy Martin for Jumbo Die Box by Delben
5 out of 5

I’ve owned a lot of Die Boxes over the years but few get close to the quality and refinement of Ben Stone’s solid and beautiful Jumbo Die Box.  This is built to be used by professionals for a life time of laughter and amazement. 

Features:

  • Beautiful highly lacquered Walnut Box is 10.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″
  • Solid white die is almost 4″ square (3.75″).
  • Unique Double Door Feature on one side – this method was invented by Ben Stone – and it allows you at any time to show the die in the box or not.  This is very different from the method used by Mel Babcock and others and it is the first time I have seen it used.  It is very effective, all you have to do is press the button on the front of the door to make it appear.
  • one of the best and most solid shells in the business (also made from Walnut) and unlike most shells it has the same wood on the inside so you don’t need to have the black interior that most die boxes require.
  • Very solid and audible thunk as the die moves from side to side.

Whether you are a collector or a performer you have to see this beauty – they really don’t make Die Boxes like this anymore!

_EF The basic effect is solid wooden die is shown along with this beautiful box having two compartments and four doors, The die is placed in one side ond sucker effect begins with magician showing one Side empty and then the other. Finally all doors are open and die is discovered in previously shown empty hat, bag, etc.

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Review by Andy Martin for Flexible Glass by Wellington Enterprises

Review by Andy Martin for Flexible Glass by Wellington Enterprises
Review by Andy Martin for Flexible Glass by Wellington Enterprises
5 out of 5

The original version of this effect known as Bending Glass (or Flexible Glass) was invented by British Magician Oswald Rae c. 1945, and was released by Max Andrews. A later improvement replaced the glass with a mirror which is what Wellington Enterprises are showing here. But they did not stop there.

This improved version of the Flexible Glass effect was initially designed for Doug Henning who made it a feature in his fifth TV Special in 1979. Doug came up with the idea of replacing the usual paper with a knitted bag to cover the frame. Wellington also improved the design of the mirror by employing a deceptive design for the frame. Though several have copied this idea, many have not fully understood the logic behind Wellington’s design.

Also the bag covering the frame is not larger than the frame and the unique frame method allows it to appear that the frame is being folded nearly in half. The bag may appear to be too small, but it will easily stretch over the frame. When inserting the knitting needle through the covered frame, it can be pushed through at an angle which makes the whole illusion even more effective.

This Flexible Glass is easily the most effective I have seen and there were very few built so they are hard to come by. I was sorely tempted to keep this bad boy 🙂

_EF A framed mirror is placed within a cloth bag and a large knitting needle is pushed through the bag and mirror. As a finale, the mirror is folded in half! The mirror is then removed from the bag and shown to be completely restored.

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Review by Andy Martin for Magic by Miller by Donald Croucher

Review by Andy Martin for Magic by Miller by Donald Croucher
Review by Andy Martin for Magic by Miller by Donald Croucher
5 out of 5

A truly wonderful book and tribute to the incredibly talented and inventive craftsman Clarence Miller. DVD included with demonstrations and discussions by Clarence himself of some of his amazing creations. It was a big help in filling in details of Clarence’s work for my History Project.

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Review by Andy Martin for Chip Shot by 3D Magic Works

Review by Andy Martin for Chip Shot by 3D Magic Works
Review by Andy Martin for Chip Shot by 3D Magic Works
5 out of 5

Not since the late 1960’s and Erhard Liebenow’s award winning  Tricks With Chips, has there been so much excitement surrounding a clever close-up chip set with gimmicks and fabulous routine performed flawlessly by the 3D Magic Works resident Videographer Madison Hagler,  as you see with 3D Magic Works’  latest miracle: Chip Shot

Talk about jamming in everything but the kitchen sink, Kent has really surpassed himself this time.  And at $79 smackers what a great value.  This outfit has it all and although it comes with two routines and you have Madison’s amazing routine on YouTube if you have even  a little bit of creativity in you, I know you’ll come up with more.

Chip Shot – what a perfect effect to spend the Summer creating your own little miracles and keeping the kids entertained! Highly Recommended for jaded close-up magicians everywhere!

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Review by Andy Martin for The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Review by Andy Martin for The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Review by Andy Martin for The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
5 out of 5

The Rising Cards is a beautiful effect that has intrigued both magicians and lay people for centuries.  There is no finer book on this subject than Claude Klingsor’s amazing book: The Big Book of Rising Cards. This book has been really useful as I work on my History Project 🙂  I could drone on about how great this book is but there is little point because Chris Wasshuber makes such a strong case here, and why he was so impressed with the book he felt compelled to purchase the English language rights, have it translated and offer it to the world.

Not only was I fascinated and impressed with stunning 3D diagrams and detailed historical analysis of countless methods to achieve this effect, but I also found Chapters 2 (“The Rising Cards & the Audience”) and 3   (“Definition and Classification”) very refreshing as the author looks very frankly at the effect from the magician’s and the spectator’s point of view.  So often in magic, magicians and particularly “Collectors” look at magic through Rosy Colored Glasses and ignore the obvious issues with so many magic props.  For example on page 20 it says:

The conjurer thinks the use of these suspicious devices can be justified by claiming that the pack needs to be isolated. He actually does not fool anyone. For as soon as the audience sees a device of an unusual and suspicious shape such as a houlette, a lyre, or a card box, its members think  that if a mechanical device is required, it is rigged.

which really resonated with me.

This book is written by someone who clearly loves magic, but is not fooled by many of the trappings we often fall into (myself included).  I wish I could be as honest as Mr. Klingsor – that would be refreshing!

You should buy this book, it is historically detailed and interesting but you will be even more delighted to see the most intricate methods and explanations exploded using 3D Computer Aided Software by Fabrice Delauré  that will change your view on what constitutes a good explanation of a magic effect.  I have never seen anything quite like it!

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Review by Andy Martin for Rainbow Streamers by David Cresey

Review by Andy Martin for Rainbow Streamers by David Cresey
Review by Andy Martin for Rainbow Streamers by David Cresey
5 out of 5

I love these streamers! Jam a couple in your Dove Pan and it looks amazing!

Throw streamers are an instant classic among magicians — they’re easy to conceal and make a stunning visual impact! five coiled streamers are packed into one flat disc, unfurling into a cascade of dazzling color with just a flick of the wrist. hand-rolled and cut by cresey.com staff, our throw streamers are well known for their consistent high quality.

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Review by Madison Hagler for Tom Thumb Sword Box Deluxe by Thomas Pohle

Review by Madison Hagler for Tom Thumb Sword Box Deluxe by Thomas Pohle
Review by Madison Hagler for Tom Thumb Sword Box Deluxe by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

This is a gorgeous apparatus. Its beauty is eye catching. The method is strong and very deceptive. Unlike many more traditional thumb cabinets, this one uses a different principle which allows the inside to clearly be seen empty. Essentially, this is a miniature version of a classic stage illusion usually done with someone’s head. I love having micro illusions like this in my collection. It looks great, it works well, and audiences love it. If you get a chance to add this to your collection, I highly recommend it.

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