Review by Andy Martin for Balance by Joshua Jay

Review by Andy Martin for Balance by Joshua Jay
Review by Andy Martin for Balance by Joshua Jay
5 out of 5

For the types of shows I do these days I knew I was never going to perform this but I was very  intrigued by the effect so purchased and watched the detailed instructions though I have never actually opened the box.  I will say this is much better than I expected.  Jay goes into great detail on how to perform the effect to its best advantage and talks about how the whole effect came about.

There is no doubt performed well this looks like real magic.  Performed badly it will not look like real magic.  The fact that you start out by having everything minutely examined really removes any suspicions that the audience might have.  It is best performed in a formal close-up or parlor setting, and in the right situation this will leave then gasping.  It is easy to do but will take some practice to make it look as good as Josh does, but it is certainly not hard to do.

This could just be the effect you have been looking for to raise your game and really bring back moments of astonishment and true magic to your audience.

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Review by Andy Martin for Meteor Card Gun by Tannen's

Review by Andy Martin for Meteor Card Gun by Tannen's
Review by Andy Martin for Meteor Card Gun by Tannen's
5 out of 5

This amazing vanish was created from an old 1940’s Hubley “Army 45” Cap Gun die-cast pistol.  The pistol is very solidly made and the gimmick added to make the card or bill vanish is also well engineered.  Hubley was from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and started in 1894. The Hubley company made some of the finest Cap Guns you ever saw. 

You will not believe how quick and effective the vanish is. You clip the card or bill or note into the special holder attached to the barrel of gun.  Point the gun at the target and simply pull the trigger and in an instant the card has disappeared.  There are some angle issues – you can’t be behind the gun or at the side in front of the gun, but from the front it looks very convincing.

A real nice prop from Tannen’s in the 1950’s and 1960’s 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Card Transformer (Horizontal Card Rise, Gedanken Transformer) by Tony Lackner, Eckhard Boettcher

Review by Andy Martin for Card Transformer (Horizontal Card Rise, Gedanken Transformer) by Tony Lackner, Eckhard Boettcher
Review by Andy Martin for Card Transformer (Horizontal Card Rise, Gedanken Transformer) by Tony Lackner, Eckhard Boettcher
5 out of 5

This is a lovely effect which is as baffling as it is entertaining. The original idea comes from Karl Germain (1878-1959) using a large goblet to hold the cards. Eric Lewis also created a version called Comedy Come-back Card c. 1947 which is still available from his son Martin Lewis. The most popular version of this idea was created by Nick Ruggiero and Collectors’ WorkshopCard Transformer is better than the CW version because the base can be shown all around before and after the effect, and the gimmick is more precise and requires less motion.

According to the instructions Eckhard Boettcher did not base this upon the CW version (which was released five years earlier c. 1986 vs c. 1991) but instead based it upon an idea from a German magazine c. 1957.  Which was then turned into an automated effect by Herbert Martin Paufler a few years later and Eckhard produced his Nepomuk II. Then c. 1991 he continued the idea with Tony Lackner and this effect was released.

If I had a choice I would choose this Tony Lackner version over the CW version but they are both beautiful and clever effects.

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Review by Andy Martin for Tablets of Ra (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Tablets of Ra (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Tablets of Ra (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

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A clean penetration effect where any tablet can be freely chosen and even though they clearly are all entrapped by the wooden strip at the command of the performer the chosen tablet will penetrate and fall. What I like about this effect is any tablet can be chosen (so yes it can be repeated), and there appears to be no funny business. The tablet is chosen, all five are placed inside the cover, the strip is cleanly placed through the cover and you lift it above the mat – nothing falls, until you want it to.

Simple and clean with nothing added or taken away, zero reset and it can be repeated if desired.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Pharaoh's Curse (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for The Pharaoh's Curse (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for The Pharaoh's Curse (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

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I’ve always liked the solid feel of the beautiful effect from Alan. The effect is quite stunning because everything seems so clean and above board and the spectator even gets to open the box to find the missing scarab inside. You can’t go wrong with this bad boy. It is easy to do with no sleights or tricky moves – just follow the instructions and wow your audience!

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Review by Andy Martin for Lightning Box (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Lightning Box (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Lightning Box (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

For more details on Willi Wessel’s unique Alan Warner collection click here.

This effect has always pleased me. The box looks wonderful with inlaid wood and the routine is fun, magical, and amazing. If you add something like Vapr by Sans Minds I think you could really freak out the spectators and make this a real Shin Lim moment 🙂

Yeah this is definitely one of those effects you could make a feature of in your act – and it all is clean and easy to do.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Collection (04) of Alan Warner Magic by Willi Wessel, Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Collection (04) of Alan Warner Magic by Willi Wessel, Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Collection (04) of Alan Warner Magic by Willi Wessel, Alan Warner
5 out of 5

For more details on Willi Wessel’s unique Alan Warner collection click here.

As Willi Wessel created his unique custom boxes for each of his Alan Warner items he also created four Collections where he grouped together multiple pieces to form Mini Collections all contained in their own custom box.

I cannot think of anyone who has spent so much time and effort to store, protect and display Alan Warner’s magic or dare I say anyone else’s.  It is such a treat to see all of the effort Willi went to for one of his biggest influences: Alan Warner.

_EF  This forth Mini Collection includes the following items:

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Review by Andy Martin for Die 'N' Dice (Painted) (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Die 'N' Dice (Painted) (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Die 'N' Dice (Painted) (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

For more details on Willi Wessel’s unique Alan Warner collection click here.

This is one of the funniest and earliest effects Alan created and just one look at Madison Hagler’s will sell you – Madison does an amazing job, and you can really feel the frustration he has with these perverse dice. This is the original painted version, not the teak version shown in the video, but the effect is the same.

Great magic and comedy all come together in this fine package 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Wotzit (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Wotzit (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Wotzit (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

For more details on Willi Wessel’s unique Alan Warner collection click here.

This is a rare item from Alan’s early works for Children. It is a large size paddle with multiple color changes. It works very well and unlike every other paddle of its kind I have seen, each color change is independent of the other side so one side can change and the other does not.

Whether you perform to Children or Adults or are just looking for a missing piece to your Warner Collection, you’ll love this unique paddle effect.

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Review by Andy Martin for Runic (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Runic (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Runic (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

For more details on Willi Wessel’s unique Alan Warner collection click here.

Runic is one of the more overlooked pieces from Alan. It is an incredibly clean and deceptive force of two runes that is simplicity itself to perform and it is performed in the spectator’s hands. It even comes with some blank runes to create your own symbols. It is also very easy to adapt the effect to use different symbols other than runes – such as these scrabble tiles.

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