Archive | December, 2015

Review by Andy Martin for Huitzilopochtli (2015)

Review by Andy Martin for Huitzilopochtli (2015)

Review by Andy Martin for Huitzilopochtli (2015)

5 out of 5

Thomas surprised me this morning when two more magnificent effects from his beautiful Aztec Series arrived at my doorstep just in time for Christmas! I must say these are the best of the series so far. Huitzilopochtli is the Aztec God of War and this effect involves a very clean and clearly impossible penetration of the figure of Huitzilopochtli (conveniently stored in the base of the unit) through a disk held securely in the frame.

You show the beautiful and colorful disk in the frame and cover it with two bars that each have a channel through which the figure will eventually be passed. Using some cleverly designed clips the bars attach easily onto the frame and the set-up looks quite amazing. The spectator can try to push the figure through the channel with no luck. The magician can show the unit all around – there is nothing to hide, add or take away, and then with a magic wave of the hand the magician or the spectator is able to slowly but surely push Huitzilopochtli all the way through the disk. It really looks quite magical to behold. If you desire you can show the disk again at the end.

Please Note: In the photo you will see a hairline crack along the disk this is because of the high resolution close-up photos I take with my camera, for only a few feet this will not be noticed. The penetration really looks quite impossible.

A wonderful addition to the Aztec Series, that I know collector’s will quickly jump to!

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Review by Andy Martin for The Golden Coin of The Aztecs (2015)

Review by Andy Martin for The Golden Coin of The Aztecs (2015)

Review by Andy Martin for The Golden Coin of The Aztecs (2015)

5 out of 5

This is the fifth effect in the Aztec Series and my personal favorite so far.  In fact this is one of my all time favorites of all the beautiful items Thomas has created.  Firstly the outer box looks amazing – with very intricate patterns throughout.  Thomas never spares any expense on creating the right atmosphere for his magic.  This is reminiscent of one of Thomas’ classic effects: the Witch Boxes.  However, the boxes are much higher quality and I think the main routine is more interesting and the mechanism itself is easier to work.

You show what looks like an intricately carved black box and take off the lid to find three smaller slides and a gold coin. You show how the coin fits in each of the smaller slides by dropping it in and dropping it back out – there is clearly nothing else in them.  You then do a 3 coin Monte type effect which gets too confusing so you go down to 2 slides.  Each time no matter how closely they watch they cannot find the gold coin.

For the finale you show that instead of a single gold coin, each box now contains a coin of a different color: green, red and purple.  And the gold coin has found its way back into the original box.

What I love about this apparatus is how smoothly you can switch between: gold, colored or empty coins because at any time any of the three can happen. This means the apparatus itself lends itself to other routines.  But the one supplied by Thomas seems to work pretty smoothly.

This is a real gem and please hurry to your favorite Thomas Pohle dealer to get one, they won’t last long!

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