Archive | August, 2005

Review by Doug Gorman for Twister

Review by Doug Gorman for Twister

Review by Doug Gorman for Twister

5 out of 5

Twisted!

That’s the way I play this one. I act completely baffled about the way the domino won’t turn over in spite of the turning over of the case. When it appears that I have hit on the solution to the problem, the domino becomes almost as twisted as I am. This gets great reactions, and I love it. Thanks, Alan, for making something so good out of something so simple.

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Review by George Guerra for The Chinese Money Box

Review by George Guerra for The Chinese Money Box

Review by George Guerra for The Chinese Money Box

5 out of 5

Chinese Change on Steroids!

WOW! Is this one BIG apparatus! Mine is actually a little bigger than the dimensions quoted in the description. It’s ironic that I became interested in Alan’s magic because of the small, or "mini", sizes to his apparatus. But as I endeavor into his now discontinued $link(nd=childrens, Children’s Magic), the sizes take on a huge leap up in dimensions.

This is a very, very large version of his painted mini-magic release, the Chinese Change, with one big exception. It has a mechanism built into the box under complete control of the performer to allow a large silver coin to appear stuck in the middle of the box as it’s viewed in the left side. It’s a nice comical touch for the kids, and the adults, in the audience. One thing about Alan’s Children effects is that they really pack a great deal of entertainment value.

The construction and paint finish of the box is of high quality, considering the age (Alan stopped making his Children effects in the late 1980’s, I believe). Both Alan, as builder, and the previous owner(s), as caretaker(s), of this old prop are to be commended. The Chinese characters on the doors are not just simply painted, but actual black lacquered wood cut-outs set in relief. The huge coins are solid wood and painted. An extra silver coin is included for a re-appeartance option and my purchase came with a silvery fabric change bag that I don’t think was included in the original sale.

Overall, a great prop and I thought I would never buy any huge magic apparatus, again, but it is a Warner!

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Review by George Guerra for Block-Buster

Review by George Guerra for Block-Buster

Review by George Guerra for Block-Buster

5 out of 5

A clear FAVORITE of the painted Warner pieces

When I received this piece, I immediately knew I would like it a lot. The construction of the apparatus and the glossy red colour stood out prominently. After reading the instructions, I knew this would be my favorite of the painted Mini-Magic pieces I already owned.

I have always liked the block penetration effects. Mel Babcock made me a “mini” version of the classic method in gorgeous Australian Lacewood that I cherish, but this truly mini-magic piece from Alan is a winner. The twists in this little version is commendable. First, the block doesn’t just penetrate the obstacle, it becomes impaled in it. Second, the tube is cleverly and visually one tube, yet composed of two joining halves. And finally, because of the size of this apparatus, doing that something at the end to finish “clean” is not that difficult, thus allowing the entire apparatus to be examinable, if one desires.

I am so glad I was able to find this now discontinued and rather rare item from Alan’s past for my collection.

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Review by George Guerra for Silhouette Sorcery

Review by George Guerra for Silhouette Sorcery

Review by George Guerra for Silhouette Sorcery

5 out of 5

Simply Incredible Early Warner Magic

I have been a collector of Alan’s mini-magic since my first piece in December 2001. I never looked into his early children effects simply because they were big props and I have never been interested in children’s magic. This apparatus came up for sale and I hesitated buying it, so it sold quickly to another buyer. Fortunately the new owner later offered it to me and, after some long thinking, I finally gave in to buy it. I am glad I did.

First, it’s large compared to Alan’s current line and the method later incorporated into Kryptic Keys. The card houlette is 4-5 times bigger than the teak one used in Kryptic Keys. Overall, the apparatus provided is simply beautiful. The cards are plastic but the painted designs are actually wood cuts perfectly glued onto the white plastic cards. It looks gorgeous. The paint job is first class, reminiscent of the Milson-Worth apparatus..and that’s a bold statement.

The effect is most entertaining with a strong patter, clever method, and again, fantastic props. The story centers on Shamus, the rabbit of an Irish magician, who loves doing his own magic. First, the full silhouette of the rabbit is seen and hidden behind the house, laid on a black easel which provides support. Attention is then turned to his colored hats in the houlette. The red hat card is chosen by the day of the week and the stack of colored hats held by a child. Shamus scampers off to his hats and makes his magical appearance on the selected hat. But has Shamus really left the house? His silhouette is then discovered to now be a cut out of a rabbit. What a Shamus!

Alan is truly a master craftsman with brilliant ideas behind all his magic. I am most fortunate to add this beautiful apparatus to my collection.

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Review by George Guerra for Colour Vision Box

Review by George Guerra for Colour Vision Box

Review by George Guerra for Colour Vision Box

5 out of 5

What a surprised find!

When I first head of this item on sale, I just thought that it must be some unknown painted Warner item from the past. The shock came when I saw the first images of the item and realized it was teak. Now, I was perplexed as I thought I knew all of Alan’s teak releases. I didn’t hesitate to buy it and it turned out it’s one of those very lucky finds for a Warner collector. It’s the only one ever made!

Now, it’s not the clever gimmicked teak construction that Alan is well known, but it is still a beautiful piece that has acquired a gorgeous patina over the years. The effect is a classic. The best one I have owned was an Owen, but I really love this one. The Owen color box was long ago given away as a gift.

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