Review by Andy Martin for Johnny Hart – International Star of Magic by Stephen Short

Review by Andy Martin for Johnny Hart - International Star of Magic by Stephen Short
Review by Andy Martin for Johnny Hart – International Star of Magic by Stephen Short
5 out of 5

I’m not 100% sure why Johnny Hart had such am impact on me, but I remember being so mesmerized by his magic. He would sometimes perform the same effects as other world-class magicians but when they were in Johnny’s hands I swear he used different methods unique to himself, because the magic looked so much better. When you watched Johnny Hart you were inspired to work harder on your own act because he always delivered and made you want to do better.

Stephen Short has put together an amazing account of the life and magic of Johnny Hart which will surely be loved by any one who was lucky enough to see Johnny, or just heard about this incredible performer. He truly was in a class of his own, and this book brings all the great memories I had of Johnny back. Thank-you Stephen for taking the time to put together such a wonderful tribute to one of the all time great performers of our time.

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Review by Andy Martin for Full Bloom (Vols. 1 & 2) by Gaetan Bloom, Todd Karr

Review by Andy Martin for Full Bloom (Vols. 1 & 2) by Gaetan Bloom, Todd Karr
Review by Andy Martin for Full Bloom (Vols. 1 & 2) by Gaetan Bloom, Todd Karr
5 out of 5

What a beautiful set of books featuring the unique and amazing creations of the talented Gaetan Bloom. I rarely buy books these days but every now and then I spot a few that I think should be in my longer term library for those times in my future when I finally settle down and have time to practice and read all that I have missed!

A set that takes a unique look into the fertile mind of Gaetan Bloom. These books have been years in the making. Over 150 effects about Stage Magic, Close up, Illusions, Cabaret and Mentalism. Hundreds of beautiful James Hodges drawings. Historic photos of Gaetan and many great magicians. All of Gaetan´s lecture notes.

Rounding out the surfeit of magic are intros from Todd Karr, Kevin James and Gaetan Bloom; a few essays by Gaetan; chapters on Gaetan’s marketed items (the Intercessor, the Escorial Monte, the Escalator); and a two-chapter appreciation of Winston Freer.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Compleat Magic & Index by Bascom Jones

Review by Andy Martin for The Compleat Magic & Index by Bascom Jones
Review by Andy Martin for The Compleat Magic & Index by Bascom Jones
5 out of 5

I’ve been meaning to get the full set of Bascom Jones’ masterpiece for some time and finally broke down and brought a set from the publisher and my good friend George Robinson. One day in the not too distant future I hope to have time to fully read these volumes and experience the the real Magick! These volumes are beautifully produced with over 2400 pages of material culled from 1000’s of contributions by the best thinking performers in Magic and Mentalism. Over 1400 effects!

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Review by Andy Martin for Ribbon Clock Time Machine by Øyvind Kaurstad

Review by Andy Martin for Ribbon Clock Time Machine by Øyvind Kaurstad
Review by Andy Martin for Ribbon Clock Time Machine by Øyvind Kaurstad
5 out of 5

This item is the brainchild of the the talented Norwegian Øyvind Kaurstad and it has been causing quite a stir over at the Cafe and on YouTube. Check-out Rob Rand’s wonderful video to view the action!

It is a very clever device built to some pretty tight tolerances using a Digital Printer and some people even prefer it to Richard Gerlitz’s Family Ties which of course was based upon Ian Ogilvey Blocks of San Yen. There is no doubt it looks very convincing. I found setting it up to be a pain, but Øyvind assures me it gets easier with practice. This is one of those effects where the set-up is harder than the performance for sure. If you have poor eye-sight, arthritis or lack of patience I would not recommend this item, because you may struggle to set it up. I will say that Øyvind provides excellent printed and online instructions to help with the set-up and it certainly makes it easier if you watch the video first.

Once you have it set-up you have a rare and amazing fooler on your hands for sure!

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Review by Andy Martin for Magical Hexagram by Thomas Pohle

Review by Andy Martin for Magical Hexagram by Thomas Pohle
Review by Andy Martin for Magical Hexagram by Thomas Pohle
5 out of 5

I love this item from Thomas! More magical and more convincing than any item like it (even than the beautiful Mystery of the Pyramids Outdone by Wellington). It is just 6″ high and you can show inside the the tube before and after each move, you can separate the cubes during the routine, and you also have the cubes changing color at the end too!

I think it is one of the cleverest things that Thomas has put out in the last few years. Really clever magic and now hard to find.

Great Job Thomas!

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Review by Andy Martin for Quarter Thru Matches by Hayakawa

Review by Andy Martin for Quarter Thru Matches by Hayakawa
Review by Andy Martin for Quarter Thru Matches by Hayakawa
5 out of 5

This is a beautifully made item and a very clean, convincing and simple penetration. This effect is easy to do and made in high quality plastic, similar to the beautiful items created by the master himself: Eddy Taytelbaum. You rarely see this sort of quality work these days.

Highly recommended for lovers of fine close-up magic.

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Review by Andy Martin for Banner Nest of Boxes by Illusion Arts Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Banner Nest of Boxes by Illusion Arts Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Banner Nest of Boxes by Illusion Arts Magic
5 out of 5

The Banner Nest of Boxes is not your standard nest of boxes effect and this beautiful set from Illusion Arts Magic is no exception. Instead of simply vanishing an item and finding it nested in the smallest box with the Banner Nest of Boxes you introduce the boxes and take out the smallest box and place the item (it could be a Dove or any other valuable object) inside. You place the smallest box on a tray (supplied) and rebox the two larger boxes and hand them to the spectator. Everyone can see the small box on the tray, and you cover it up with a large foulard, lift the foulard up into the air, and with a big display the box appears to disappear in mid-air and the foulard can be shown on both sides with no sign of the little box. Now the Spectator can open the boxes again, with no prompting or moves from the magician, and they find that the smallest box has appeared back inside the nest and contains the object.

This is a wonderful illusion, made beautifully by Craig Beytien and comes with everything you need to perform.

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Review by Andy Martin for Oriental Mirror Box (Medium, Painted) by Mel Babcock

Review by Andy Martin for Oriental Mirror Box (Medium, Painted) by Mel Babcock
Review by Andy Martin for Oriental Mirror Box (Medium, Painted) by Mel Babcock
5 out of 5

This is another wonderful item from Mel – the trusty Mirror Box – and what a beauty it is. It comes in three sizes and this is the medium size. If you ever need to produce something, these mirror boxes will cover most things – and they feel so good in your hands.

What continues to amaze me about Mel’s work is not only how consistently well made his magic is, but also how he keeps the prices so low, his pricing is even more amazing than his products.

Highly Recommended for everyone!

(Load not included!)

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Review by Andy Martin for Dragon's Chamber by Magic Wagon

Review by Andy Martin for Dragon's Chamber by Magic Wagon
Review by Andy Martin for Dragon's Chamber by Magic Wagon
5 out of 5

Dragon’s Chamber is inspired by Alan Warner’s wonderful Siamese Ribbon and the limited edition here. It is much larger and more ornate than Alan’s version and like the Lintenkabinet, which came later, this version can be shown on all sides. In addition, set-up is the easiest I have seen. I’m very tempted to keep this bad boy.

Really one of the best things Magic Wagon have put out and highly Recommended!

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