This is one of my favorite pieces from Rip Van Winkle. As a Tenyo collector I always loved the Crystal Clever, but wished the quality was not of the typical plastic they use. Well Mr. Vanwinkle has made a beautiful version of Collector quality to truly adorn. The version I own has a classic look that he made only three of a few years back. Recently he made two of the Exotic version like the one on this site for a total of five. They work on the same principle as the Tenyo Crystal Clever does so there is no funny move to release the gimmick. The inner workings are is clever as the outside is beautiful with full attention to detail. As with all Rip Van Winkle magic he only makes a couple and I am very fortunate to own this piece. If you ever get a chance to own a piece of his magic please do so as the quality is right there with the best.
I am very fortunate to own several pieces from Rip Van Winkle. I love his natural wood pieces but also enjoy his painted ones. This vintage looking item is a version of Len Belcher’s that he called Wun Fang and his Golden Coin. The effect is simple but very magical. You have two stands, one of the stands has a coin on it. You place the two panels in front of the stands to hide them from the audience. You remove the coin from the stand on the left and place it on the stand to the right. You then lift the panel to show the coin has disappeared from the stand on the right. At that point the audience sees the coin hanging out of the panel your holding. You grab the coin and as you slide it out of the panel it transforms into a little China man. you then lift the other panel to show the coin has never left the original stand on the left.
Though this is one of Mr. Vanwinkle’s simpler pieces, it is all hand painted including the little China man. The gimmick stands and gimmick wood coin make it very easy to perform. If you have the chance to buy one of his pieces do so as he only makes a couple of each one. Highly recommended….
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