Review by Andy Martin for KR Ultimate Card Box by Krazy Rabbit Professional Magic

Review by Andy Martin for KR Ultimate Card Box by Krazy Rabbit Professional Magic
Review by Andy Martin for KR Ultimate Card Box by Krazy Rabbit Professional Magic
5 out of 5

Krazy Rabbit (KR) Professional Magic was a British magic manufacturer dealer started by Stewart Murray in 1983 . They focused on high-quality props with significant original content for working performers and professionals.

The KR Ultimate Card Box is quite unique and although it has features found in Joe Berg’s Mento-Card Box among others, I don’t think there is any other Card Box with quite as many useful features found together.

It is the sort of box that you could play with and come up with some neat routines though sadly it only works with Bridge sized cards, not Poker.

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Review by Andy Martin for Betcha by Kent Bergmann

Review by Andy Martin for Betcha by Kent Bergmann
Review by Andy Martin for Betcha by Kent Bergmann
4 out of 5

One more from the talented Kent Bergmann! Before Kent became the king of 3D printing he created quite a stir with his Z-Wood (Zebrawood) line of magic. This is a rare beauty from those times. Anything from his Z-Wood Magic line is highly sought after by collectors.

Betcha looks really pretty, but the effects that come with it are a little disappointing compared with the quality of the props.  In essence there is a magician’s choice, a mathematical game, a corny joke, and a surprising magical transposition to end. Luckily all is not lost … if I was to perform Betcha I would incorporate one or two other effects:

  • Free Will using the props that come with Betcha (die, chess piece, domino, and prediction)
  • And for a real optional kicker the new Anverdi Mental Dice.

This is the order I would run them in:

  1. Play the game of NIM
  2. Free Will (play this last if you don’t do the Anverdi Mental Dice)
  3. Domino transposition
  4. Anverdi Mental Dice (Extra Optional Bonus)

If you don’t have either Free Will or the new Anverdi Mental Dice I would strongly advise that you get them …

Of course you can stick with the original routine and you might decide to tweak it a little.  It is not bad, but just felt a little light for the beautiful props. If it was a cheaper item it would probably be fine.  But who are we kidding, if you are a collector you’ll probably never perform this anyway, so it will look great on the shelf regardless 🙂

I would give this 5 stars if Free Will had been incorporated into the original effect.

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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 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 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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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Locking Drawer Box (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Locking Drawer Box (Willi Wessel Collection) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Mini Locking Drawer 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 is a great drawer box from Alan Warner. One of his earliest works, so it lacks some of the ornateness of his more recent creations. However, as a wonderful and functional drawer box it is superb. Unlike many drawer boxes there are no outward signs of holes or levers or pins and you don’t need to tilt the box one way or another – it is much cleaner than those methods. Whenever Alan applies his talents to even the simplest of devices he always comes up with something a little better. This drawer box is no exception. In fact, it is so well built that you could have a member of the audience open it up to show the load appear!

This box also comfortably fits both a bridge and poker sized cards in their card case with room to spare so is quite versatile.  It can almost handle Tarot cards (though not in a case) but I found removing them a little tricky.

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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

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

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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