Review by Andy Martin for Turtle Race by Harry Keyl, Keyl's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Turtle Race by Harry Keyl, Keyl's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Turtle Race by Harry Keyl, Keyl's Magic
5 out of 5

Another beauty from the Dutch magic dealer and craftsman Harry Keyl.  This is a wonderful piece of micro-magic that packs neatly inside itself for storage – that’s right the racetrack turns into a case to carry it all!  It looks very similar to the work of the Dutch master Eddy Taytelbaum and this is the first one I have seen.

These were also sold by Supreme Magic Company and it was one of Edwin’s favorite effects and he would often carry the neat set in his pocket ready for the perfect opportunity to perform this adorable miracle 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Egyptian Paddle by Harry Keyl, Keyl's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Egyptian Paddle by Harry Keyl, Keyl's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Egyptian Paddle by Harry Keyl, Keyl's Magic
5 out of 5

This effect was created by the Dutch magic dealer and craftsman Harry Keyl for his magic shop Keyl’s Magic in Holland.  Mr. Keyl made some wonderful magic in perspex including his fabulous Turtle Race which was also sold by Supreme Magic Company.

Keyl’s Magic is often confused with items from his fellow Dutchman: Eddy Taytelbaum.  However, although  Keyl’s items are very well made they don’t have quite the same color or detail of Taytelbaum. 

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Review by Andy Martin for Flight of Gold (Flyaway Discs) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Flight of Gold (Flyaway Discs) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Flight of Gold (Flyaway Discs) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

This effect was renamed Flyaway Discs in December 1972 as Alan realized it clashed with the name of an effect called “Flight of Gold” released by Roy Roth of R.A.R. Magic (c. 1970).

Flight of Gold is a rare effect from the very first year Alan began his Mini-Magic business in 1972.  It appears that Alan sold this for just about a year ending in late 1973 because it was never advertised again and did not appear in any of Alan’s Catalogs. 

It was not made in teak or brightly colored as his other items in his fledgling Mini-Magic line and is the only effect that I can think of that featured gimmicks made from metal.  Nearly all of his other effects have been primarily created from wood which was either left natural or painted in bright colors.

It is a clever item that is easy to do and although there are a couple of moves I would not call them sleights and everything is routined smoothly to keep the heat off the action. I chose to add a couple of extra items instead of the pen that is suggested in the original instructions as you can see in the video.

I’ve only ever seen one other of these before which is featured in George Guerra’s collection so if you are an Alan Warner collector you are in luck.

Includes:

  • Wooden Board with three Silver Discs and Gimmick.
  • Gold Disc and Gimmick.
  • Orange Silk.
  • Gold and Silver loops as shown in the video.
  • Bag to protect the apparatus.
  • Full instructions.

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Review by Andy Martin for Voodoo Doll by R.A.R. Magic

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

Wow what a great little effect from Roy Roth and his company R.A.R. Magic this item is.  It could be played for laughs or in the right hands this would really freak them out.  The little doll is made of a Play-Doh like material and although the figure that is pre-made is perfectly fine, it comes with eight other strips of colors to create a different effigy if you wish.  There is nothing gimmicked about the effigy or the coffin for that matter so you could use pretty much any modelling clay if you desired.

The method used to sever the limb or head is quite unique and very effective.  In fact, once the severance has occurred everything can be minutely examined.  I have added a better looking sword instead of the plastic one that comes with this.  I also created some bicycle card versions of the stick man cards because they are easier to work with, but the original set work fine too.

This is one you won’t see very often – this is in fact the first time I’ve seen it. I have not been able to find any ads for it in the old Abracadabra’s of the time, so I’m guessing there are not many of them out there.  It is a great idea.

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Review by Andy Martin for Commercial Matrix by Bob Swadling

Review by Andy Martin for Commercial Matrix by Bob Swadling
Review by Andy Martin for Commercial Matrix by Bob Swadling
5 out of 5

This is a wonderful no sleight version of the popular matrix effect from the British master craftsman, inventor, and performer Bob Swadling. It is a perfect effect to slip in after you have done some sleight of hand because it makes people (particularly magicians) think you are a true artist! The gimmicks are made really well and the routine is very clean and effective.

This uses half dollars which is much harder to find and is perfect 🙂

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Review by Andy Martin for Vest Pocket Slate (x 4) by Ken Brooke, Stanley Thomas, George Blake, Roy Johnson

Review by Andy Martin for Vest Pocket Slate (x 4) by Ken Brooke, Stanley Thomas, George Blake, Roy Johnson
Review by Andy Martin for Vest Pocket Slate (x 4) by Ken Brooke, Stanley Thomas, George Blake, Roy Johnson
5 out of 5

What a great set of slates these are! There are four slates here and each slate has three different flaps:

  1. A standard flap.
  2. A flap with the corner cut away.
  3. A flap with a red bicycle back on the other side.

They are well made and strong but still very thin and fit neatly in the shirt or jacket pocket and can be used for all manner of effects.  The included instructions has six pages with routines from Ken Brooke, Roy Johnson, George Blake, and Pete Biro.  But I’m sure you’ll find other uses for them too.  A real utility find!

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Review by Damir Djanis for Psychic Sword by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Damir Djanis for Psychic Sword by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Damir Djanis for Psychic Sword by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

This is a beautiful and simply designed trick with cards and a box. Everything is done at the highest level, and the Japanese sword is especially beautiful. Of course the cards and the box cannot be given out for examination but this does not diminish the value of the effect.

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Review by Andy Martin for Wonder Silk Box by Klingl

Review by Andy Martin for Wonder Silk Box by Klingl
Review by Andy Martin for Wonder Silk Box by Klingl
5 out of 5

This was invented by János Bartl from Hamburg in Germany c. 1934, and licensed to Davenports in April 1934 to sell under the name Demon Wonder Box. It was marketed in the 8th issue of the Demon Telegraph, a house-magazine from Davenport. In the early versions like this one only two sides could be opened. c. 1952 an advanced version like this one came to the market with the name “Silk Wonder Perfect” and you could open all four sides.

This version by Kling is easily the best quality version I have seen.  It is heavily chrome plated and if you hold this you will feel the difference from others you might have owned.  It is not stamped – most of the Klingl items I have are stamped Klingl-Wein but much of their earlier items were not.  The second you receive this you will know it was made for quality.

I’ve included some flags for production but you could easily double the size of the load if you wanted.

Klingl or Zauber-Klingl was an Austrian Magic manufacturer and dealer founded by Rudiga Michael Klingl c. 1869 and they continued until the 1980’s. Their creations are high quality and are keenly sought by collectors today.

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Review by Andy Martin for Wonder Wand (Wunder-Stab) by Klingl

Review by Andy Martin for Wonder Wand (Wunder-Stab) by Klingl
Review by Andy Martin for Wonder Wand (Wunder-Stab) by Klingl
5 out of 5

A beautiful mini version of the Pom-Pom Prayer Stick made by the famed Klingl using a different method to the standard approach. Instead of allowing two double length cords on both sides at once, they can only be half lengths, but there is also no set-up required after you open and close the two ends.  There is nothing to connect or go wrong either, if you are familiar with the standard method you will understand what I mean.

Another feature of this wand is that if you desire after showing the multiple connections and then opening the wand, you can hand it to the spectator, and they can screw it back together and it will no longer work. This will really fool those who think they know how the wand is gimmicked.

Klingl or Zauber-Klingl was an Austrian Magic manufacturer and dealer founded by Rudiga Michael Klingl c. 1869 and they continued until the 1980’s. Their creations are high quality and are keenly sought by collectors today.

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