Archive | February, 2015

Review by Joe Long for Number Miracle, The

Review by Joe Long for Number Miracle, The

Review by Joe Long for Number Miracle, The

5 out of 5

If you enjoy number predictions like Jack Hughes’ Figures of Foo, Number Logs, or Gerlitz’ Modern Math, then you’ll absolutely love this beautiful piece of imported micro magic. There’s an added twist to the second phase of the routine which would fool those “in the know”. You display a small stand with a solid cover that has the number 933120 affixed to the front. The cover is removed to reveal six blocks with various numbers printed on all four sides. The blocks may be removed, mixed about and placed back in any order/orientation. You explain that the number on the cover is the actual number of possible combinations in which the blocks may be positioned. A spectator is told to rearrange the blocks as they wish. This is done while your back is turned. You then instruct them to use a calculator to add the rows of numbers formed. As they begin, you turn around and instantly write down a 7 digit number on a piece of paper. When they finally have their total, you show that your lightning calculation total is correct! Impressive, but the second phase is even better.

Show that the cover you removed earlier is solid and completely opaque. This time instruct the spectator to mix the blocks in any order while your back is turned, add the numbers formed to get a new total and then place the cover back over the blocks before you turn around. This is done. When you turn to face the spectator, you slowly call out a number one digit at a time (or all at once)…and once again you’re correct! This time having mentally divined the total.

The apparatus is beautifully made. The gaff for the second phase is very clever and well concealed. The effect is very easy to do, as no real mental gymnastics are required.

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Review by Joe Long for Missing Thought

Review by Joe Long for Missing Thought

Review by Joe Long for Missing Thought

5 out of 5

A baffling multi-phase mental magic effect using a very thin drawer with cover and three chips with ESP symbols. The three chips are placed into the drawer which is closed. One of the symbols is chosen … no force or equivoque. When the drawer is removed from the cover, the chip matching the freely chosen symbol is now missing and is shown to be the one you predicted they would select.

The mechanical drawer is cleverly designed. You can make whichever chip needed vanish while closed. Perfectly crafted as usual by Thomas.

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Review by Joe Long for Jewel Cupboard

Review by Joe Long for Jewel Cupboard

Review by Joe Long for Jewel Cupboard

5 out of 5

Another beauty from Thomas Pohle in the 90’s. A very clever penetration of three solid blocks held in place by wooden swords inside a small “jewel cupboard”. The blocks are shown locked in place until the moment of release. The cabinet is shown completely empty, and the blocks and swords may be handed for examination

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Review by Joe Long for Continuous Coin Slide

Review by Joe Long for Continuous Coin Slide

Review by Joe Long for Continuous Coin Slide

5 out of 5

A thin drawer is removed from an equally thin wooden cover. On one end of the drawer a quarter is found in a recess. The quarter is dumped out and the drawer is shown cleanly on both sides…there’s only the empty recess on one side. The drawer is slid back into the cover. When the drawer is slid out again, there is another quarter in the recess! It’s dumped out and placed in the performer’s pocket … and the effect & production of quarters can be repeated continuously!

This would puzzle many magicians. There are no coins hidden in the cover at any time. Because of how the slide is handled and openly shown at the start, it just seems impossible. Not self-working, but not difficult either.

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Review by Joe Long for Chinese Coin Production

Review by Joe Long for Chinese Coin Production

Review by Joe Long for Chinese Coin Production

5 out of 5

This is a very deceptive piece of apparatus imported from Germany years ago and long unavailable. What appears to be a standard coin slide hardly thick enough to conceal one coin, will produce SEVEN “chinese coins” during the routine. The craftsmanship on this is amazing. Without the enclosed instructions you’d never figure out the method. Nicely decorated in yellow and black, the “coins” are what appear to be thin discs finished in red and gold.

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Review by Joe Long for China Tunnel

Review by Joe Long for China Tunnel

Review by Joe Long for China Tunnel

5 out of 5

This is a multi-phase routine:

Three Chips in different colors are pushed through a flat “tunnel”, one Chip that has been selected by a spectator disappears and only two chips come out the other side. The performer explains that the vanish of the chip has to do with the “Chinese wishing formula’ that is engraved in the plate used to push the chips through the tunnel. The two remaining Chips are placed in the tunnel and pushed through with the plate, but now those two disappear without trace as well.

Suddenly the “Chinese Wishing formula’ disappears from the plate which can be shown on both sides. A magic spell and the chips appear back in the tunnel but this time they have Chinese symbols on them.

The tube is approx. 4.5×2″ and the chips are approx. 1 3/8″ diameter

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Review by Joe Long for China Block Penetration

Review by Joe Long for Chinese Cube Mystery

Review by Joe Long for Chinese Cube Mystery

5 out of 5

This is a fooler that would puzzle most magicians familiar with the working of similar block penetrations … as there’s no black art used. A yellow block decorated with Oriental characters is displayed cleanly, all sides shown. It’s banged on the table and even tossed in the air! It’s completely solid except for a hole running through it from one side to the other. A thin walled cabinet consisting of only two sides and base, no front back or top, is also freely shown together with a small magic wand. There are holes in the walls of the cabinet similar to the ones through the block. The wand is inserted through the holes so it now runs across the cabinet.

The block is placed (or dropped!) into the cabinet where it’s seen resting on the wand. A spectator is asked to push on the block, but it doesn’t move as the solid wand is blocking it’s path. The block is once again shown all around and then placed back on the wand. This time the performer uses a single finger and slowly pushes the block through the wand to the bottom of the cabinet….visibly penetrating the wand! For the killer ending, the entire cabinet is turned upside down. The block hanging at the top still locked in place by the wand which runs through both the block and cabinet. The performer now takes the block and pulls it down….through the wand and free of the cabinet! The block is immediately shown all around once again with nothing to find.

The craftsmanship is outstanding. The work is completely invisible. The method is unique and a fooler.

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Review by Joe Long for Missing Scarab, The (2015)

Review by Joe Long for Missing Scarab, The (2015)

Review by Joe Long for Missing Scarab, The (2015)

5 out of 5

A great piece of micro magic with Egyptian themed props, now extremely difficult to find. Performer slides the drawer out of a thin wooden case which is decorated with Egyptian symbols and removes three wooden tablets. The case is shown completely empty and the drawer replaced. Two of the tablets are black and red with Egyptian symbols printed on them, and the third is black and gold with a scarab beetle figure in the center. The tablets are stacked together and when separated, the figure of the scarab is now missing…leaving a hole in the previously solid tablet!

When the case is opened again, the missing scarab figure is found inside. Very clever and precision made by Thomas Pohle.

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Review by Joe Long for Dragons Gate, The

Review by Joe Long for Dragons Gate, The

Review by Joe Long for Dragons Gate, The

5 out of 5

a stunningly beautiful edition of an older Boettcher item that was long unavailable. I’m sure this one will be gone soon and then highly sought after again. The ornate stand is app. 7″ tall. In the center are two doors/flaps which drop open and two drawers mounted to the base of the stand. Also included are four wooden Chinese coins which can appear or vanish.

A suggested routine involves showing the drawers empty and placing the coins one at a time into the center of the stand. The coins vanish completely and one is found in each of the previously empty drawers.

Cleverly designed (the vanish of the coins at the center of the stand is very deceptive) and beautifully crafted. Looks fantastic on display.

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Review by Andy Martin for The Dragon Coins of Li Fi Fi (2015)

Review by Andy Martin for The Dragon Coins of Li Fi Fi (2015)

Review by Andy Martin for The Dragon Coins of Li Fi Fi (2015)

5 out of 5

Another beauty from Thomas’ 2015 line of magic the beautiful Dragon Coins of Li Fi Fi. The effect is simple: you show a small wooden box around and take the lid off to show three “dragon” coins. Whilst you turn your back the spectator is asked to remove one, two, or three coins from the box and place them in their closed hand. They then replace the lid. The lid is 100% opaque and there is no way you can see inside. You clearly show all sides of the box, and yet you are always able to tell what coins and how many they removed.

The mechanism is 100% mechanical but invisible to the spectator and works very smoothly – nothing is added or taken away and there are no external magnets or hidden switches to mess with. This will fit in very nicely with your other color divination boxes and uses a very different method to them all.

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