Review by Andy Martin for Telekinetic Chess by Gary Brown, Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Telekinetic Chess by Gary Brown, Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Telekinetic Chess by Gary Brown, Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

This is a very nice and well priced chess board based on a concept by Gary Brown and designed and manufactured by Collectors’ Workshop. With modern day audiences I don’t know how many of them are completely blown away by these types of effects anymore but George Robinson has built some neat features into the board. It has a key fob remote feature but also hot spot squares and timer feature that means pieces move and you don’t even need to use the remote.

I think if you could add this into a psychic/bizarre themed show then it would be very effective. The movement of the pieces and die is very reliable and sudden, and in the right context you’re definitely going to get some gasps from certain spectators! This is true for all psychic phenomena really – you can’t just walk on do a milk jug and linking rings routine then make something move with your mind. But with the right routine and theme you could freak some people out, or just have fun with it at your next club meet.

A chess piece is placed on a chessboard; so far nothing too exciting. But then the performer rubs his hands together and holds them a few inches from the chess piece. He now stands back all the while concentrating his energy on the chess piece. Suddenly the chess piece moves slightly and then topples over as if flicked by an unseen hand.

Next, a second chess piece is introduced. The spectator has his/her choice of either one. Both are placed on the chessboard. This time the performer asks the spectator to assist by placing his/her hands over his/her selected chess pieces while willing the chosen piece to move. The performer is well away from the board and the chess pieces yet the selected piece moves, almost tumbling over.

This is the bare-bones effect possible with our Haunted Telekinetic Chessboard. Obviously, the performer can use any theme he would like such as a spirit haunts the board, etc.

Comes with wooden chess board, five chess pieces, a die and all that is needed to perform these and other miracles. Board measures 15″ square when open and measures 15″ x 7.5″ when closed. And thankfully this uses commonly available AAA batteries.

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Review by Andy Martin for Ring Escape Deluxe by Holland Magic Studio

Review by Andy Martin for Ring Escape Deluxe by Holland Magic Studio
Review by Andy Martin for Ring Escape Deluxe by Holland Magic Studio
5 out of 5

A high-end remake of the Vienna Magic’s amazing Ring Escape. This beautiful version was created by the Dutch Craftsman: Frans Reijnier who is creating a fine line of beautiful magic at his new company: Holland Magic Studio whose items are exclusively available from Dynamite Magic also in Holland. The manufacture is faithful to the original but everything is a little better and in particular the ring holder is now on a transparent stand and the action works more smoothly. This also comes with an extra clear cover, that is part of the patter story and a nice presentation case.  What makes this effect so effective is that there is nothing added or taken away, and there is zero reset, unlike the famous, and later inspired Crystal Cleaver by Tenyo.

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Review by Andy Martin for Ring Tower by Holland Magic Studio

Review by Andy Martin for Ring Tower by Holland Magic Studio
Review by Andy Martin for Ring Tower by Holland Magic Studio
5 out of 5

A high-end remake of the Vienna Magic’s amazing Ring Tower. This beautiful version was created by the Dutch Craftsman: Frans Reijnier who is creating a fine line of beautiful magic at his new company: Holland Magic Studio whose items are exclusively available from Dynamite Magic also in Holland. The manufacture is faithful to the original but everything is a little better and the action works more smoothly. What makes this so effective is that there is nothing added or taken away, and there is zero reset, unlike the famous, and later inspired Crystal Cleaver by Tenyo.

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Review by Andy Martin for Ring Escape Deluxe (Chinese Version) by Holland Magic Studio

Review by Andy Martin for Ring Escape Deluxe (Chinese Version) by Holland Magic Studio
Review by Andy Martin for Ring Escape Deluxe (Chinese Version) by Holland Magic Studio
5 out of 5

A high-end remake of the Vienna Magic’s amazing Ring Escape. This beautiful version was created by the Dutch Craftsman: Frans Reijnier who is creating a fine line of beautiful and well engineered magic at his new company: Holland Magic Studio whose items are exclusively available from Dynamite Magic also in Holland. The manufacture is faithful to the original but everything is a little better and in particular the ring holder is now on a transparent stand and the action works more smoothly. This also comes with an extra clear cover, that is part of the patter story and a nice presentation case. What makes this so effective is that there is nothing added or taken away, and there is zero reset, unlike the famous, and later inspired Crystal Cleaver by Tenyo.

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Review by Andy Martin for Cubes and Tubes by Holland Magic Studio

Review by Andy Martin for Cubes and Tubes by Holland Magic Studio
Review by Andy Martin for Cubes and Tubes by Holland Magic Studio
5 out of 5

Another beautiful effect created by the Dutch Craftsman: Frans Reijnier who is creating a fine line of beautiful and well engineered magic at his new company: Holland Magic Studio whose items are exclusively available from Dynamite Magic also in Holland. This looks quite amazing and even close-up you won’t see a thing. Nothing added or taken away and the reset is a snap too. You’ll love the quality of the plastic work.

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Review by Andy Martin for Razzle Dazzle by Louis Gaynor

Review by Andy Martin for Razzle Dazzle by Louis Gaynor
Review by Andy Martin for Razzle Dazzle by Louis Gaynor
5 out of 5

This is the latest version of this wonderful old Con game built by Louis Gaynor created exclusively for Stevens Magic, and what a beauty it is.  Growing up I used to watch Paul Daniels on the TV every week and one of my favorite segments was the Bunko Booth where Paul would demonstrate some con game or other.  It was always very entertaining.  Mark Mason used to run a Razzle Dazzle game in the UK for real when he was growing up too. 

Not only is it a piece of Hustling History, but the greatest con game ever. It’s the only game to be banned in the entire world. Monte, shells, endless loop, etc., aren’t even in this bad boy’s league. The Razzle Dazzle can offer an amazing display of chance that one can surely win every now and then, but even if played fairly is all, but impossible to win. Wonderful demonstration at Trade Shows not to mention the fun at your shows and with friends!

This is not a magic trick per se, but it is beautifully made and if you like con games you’ll love this bad boy.

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Review by Frank Lehmann for Vintage Merrill Style Knives by Al Cohen

Review by Frank Lehmann for Vintage Merrill Style Knives by Al Cohen
Review by Frank Lehmann for Vintage Merrill Style Knives by Al Cohen
5 out of 5

From the pictures, these look like Merrill knives made by Al Cohen. I understand that Al bought the rights from Merrill. Al’s knives have brass ends while the original Merrill knives were a silver colored metal. The first batch Al had made were fantastic and as good as the original Merrill’s. Later batches weren’t as well made.

I like these better than the Mogar knives because they have metal at both ends, eliminating the possibility of flashing, and they look more like a regular pocket knife (which they are) than the Mogars.

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Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Mental Boxes by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Mental Boxes by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Ultimate Mental Boxes by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

This is an update to the earlier version Magic Wagon created called Mental Boxes in 2012. Both versions use the same method which does not require any electronics or external devices. I think some people were less impressed with this item because it is not a James Bond like method. But this method and effect is much more likely to be used and fool people than some of their other items. If you actually want to perform their magic you could get some real mileage out of this item. If you want it to just look pretty on the shelf of your collection (or website!) then it will look perfect as always from Magic Wagon.

Six small boxes and six numbered chips are displayed. While the performer’s back is turned, a spectator is asked to mix the chips thoroughly and then to place one chip in each of the boxes so to create a six digit number, for example let’s say the number is “326415”. Each of the boxes are then closed and mixed completely by the spectator. Once the performer turns around, he is able to reveal the exact six digit random number selected!

Please note that six numbers in total can now be used, which was not possible with any other version that we have previously produced!

Each box measures approximately 5cms wide, 3cms high and 5cms deep and has been individually and meticulously handcrafted from high quality metallic silver faux leather and fully lined with velvet fabric.

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Review by Andy Martin for Block of India (Der Indische Wurfel) by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Block of India (Der Indische Wurfel) by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Block of India (Der Indische Wurfel) by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

Beautiful precision magic expertly manufactured and although it comes with a spare block to switch I have never seen the need because the gimmicked block is so well made, and unless you really know what you are looking for you’ll never spot the gimmick.

This is the version created by Thomas Pohle and it is much smaller than the Bill Adams’ World of Magic version – the block is just 1.75″ x 1.75″, otherwise the effect is the same. The size is really convenient however, but finding rings and coins that fit the block is a real challenge, luckily I tracked down some correctly sized rings with Chinese characters on which look and work perfectly, and they are included.

The effect briefly is a ring is borrowed and vanished (using your favorite method). A beautiful wooden cube with a hole running through the center is introduced and ‘threaded’ onto a wand (a chopstick, cord or ribbon can also be used). The spectator holds both ends of the wand whilst the performer covers the cube with a handkerchief. In a few seconds the performer comes out from under the handkerchief with the cube. The spectator is still holding both ends of the wand.

But that is not all, the performer removes the handkerchief from the wand and threaded on the wand is the borrowed finger ring. The spectator is still holding both ends of the wand. Top quality magic, superbly made, Block of India is not difficult to perform and once the handling is mastered the presentation can be a knock-out.

Comes complete with two blocks, two chinese rings, a wand, and original German instructions and a copy of the Mandarin Exchange instructions in English.

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Review by Andy Martin for Anverdi Spirit Bell by Anverdi

Review by Andy Martin for Anverdi Spirit Bell by Anverdi
Review by Andy Martin for Anverdi Spirit Bell by Anverdi
5 out of 5

There is no doubt that Anverdi was decades ahead of his time. This Spirit Bell was not only the first of its type but it was the one to own for about 40 years before some seriously amazing bells came out with equally amazing modern technology. It may not be so difficult to figure out for modern day audiences but it is still an amazing piece of magic and history. It was almost 40 years before Nick Wenger’s Sprit Bell came out to really unseat Anverdi from his throne along with Tim Wisseman and of course Cesaral.

This bell came out almost 50 years ago and it still works perfectly today. What I’d be interested in seeing is in another 50 years how many of these bells will still actually work? I’m sure Anverdi’s will, but what about the others?

Magician controls ringing of bell by remote control. Bell can answer questions, tell the spots on a card, etc. The bell rings loud and clear. A trick you and your audiences will enjoy!

Anverdi’s Sprit Bell works perfectly but do it at a slow steady pace. Don’t go Ding, Ding, Ding one right after the other, allow a second before each ring. This comes with a wonderful routine by my good friend George Robinson of Viking Mfg.

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