I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now 🙂 As I post these last four marvels from my first batch I continue to be very impressed with Kent’s whole line of 3D Magic and I will continue to purchase every item he produces. This one has been created many times and is a solid paddle effect that matches the other Paddles in the 3D line.
And the magic keeps on coming! This is a great looking effect based on an clever idea from Al Wheatley (Chop Cup) idea that I’ve seen from Chuck Caputo and Louis Gaynor and I’m sure others. What is neat about this version is the size of the props make it practical for all performance styles – very solid, light and compact.
There have been many chip routines over the years one of my favorites coming from the great Willi Wessel. This is a well produced, bright and colorful set with a well trusted method, easy to follow routine, useful carrying case and an amazing price!
This next item has been produced by many craftsmen, but this is the first time I’ve seen it come with a large and small version of the frame. One of the many benefits of 3D Printing is that once you have the template created adding an extra feature is “just” a matter of letting the printer go for a little longer!
4 blocks are placed into a small box in any order, and there is literally no way to peek inside. Then this locked small box is placed into a larger locked box, secured with rubber bands, and covered with a piece of newspaper. The magician is able to divine the number without ever unlocking either box (really). This is a strong effect with a very clever method that I would have never guessed was possible.
A quick secret move occurs while the magician wraps the large box in newspaper. I prefer mentalism effects where the magician can take a “hands off” approach. The visual tell necessitates good lighting. I think if different colors or materials were chosen, the numbers could be divined a second or two quicker. This seems like a minor detail, but a few seconds separates the amateurs from the professionals.
I have used this prop for years. The gaff is delicate and will wear out. But it is a stunning effect if well performed. Ignore the instructions and work out your own routine and it will absolutely kill.
So I’m not so sure of the story line for this item and it uses water which most of the time is just a pain. However, it works amazingly well and is very clever. In fact, Magic Wagon give directions where you just use one die but I have done it perfectly fine with two and even three. Two is probably the safest but with some practice I think three is also very possible. Of course predicting two or three dice is much more impressive than just one.
The key thing is that the dice can be shaken up many times in the glass and on the tabletop and they will always show different numbers, but when you pour the magic water (Poseidon’s) in, you can always predict the numbers. It is very cool to watch.
So Magic Wagon make their props perfectly and this item is no exception. It is easy to operate and set-up and works every time. In many ways this is like Al Koran’s Gold Medallion – both use a similar method and require a little bit of boldness to pull off.
I’m not sure if this one is for me really, but the props are amazing as usual.
So this table from Creative Magic is a great idea and it works well. However the table is not quite as sturdy as I would like. It will hold props for sure but anything heavy – say this beautiful Sesme Drawer Box from Milson-Worth – will cause the top to bow a little. It will still hold it, but there certainly is a small sag in the middle.
It would have been nice if they had found a way to make it more rigid when it was open – kind of like the Spider guys do.
Even so it is still a worthy attempt and I can see it being a great time and space god send for those wise performers who don’t need too many box like props in their shows. And if you think along the lines of Tony Griffith you’ll love it!