Archive | March, 2007

Review by Doug Gorman for Voo Doo

Review by Doug Gorman for Voo Doo

Review by Doug Gorman for Voo Doo

5 out of 5

You do VooDoo? I do VooDoo!

Without a doubt, one of Alan’s most intricate and cleverly operating pieces of apparatus. This jewel allows a completely free choice by the spectator–absolutely any one of four choices can be made. Without any hedging, equivoque, magician’s choice, or any other form of Tom-foolery, the performer clearly shows he has perfectly predicted the choice. And not only that, the next performance may have a completely different outcome, as may the one after that, and the one after that, and so on, and so on. In short, the routine is very impressive. But even more impressive is the craftsmanship, both visible and invisible, in this piece. Who do VooDoo? Alan do VooDoo! Thanks, Alan!

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Review by Doug Gorman for Domino

Review by Doug Gorman for Domino

Review by Doug Gorman for Domino

5 out of 5

Domino, Dom-i-don’t-no!

This is a clever set of dominoes whose spots change color depending on which color ribbon is associated with a given domino. So, a yellow ribbon changes white spots to yellow; a blue ribbon changes white spots to blue. Now, just as you think you know, you don’t know! The yellow and red ribbons are used to change white spots to red and yellow! Finally, the red and yellow spots are subjected to the red ribbon alone, and, you guessed it, all the spots turn red! What is so great about Alan’s magic in general, and this effect in particular, is how he takes a principle of operation, applies it, and then, part way through the routine, he extends the principle to amplify the impact of the effect. Once again, absolutely wonderful craftsmanship and creative genius is on display here. Thanks, Alan, for making so many of us so happy by sharing your skill and creativity.

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Review by Doug Gorman for Eye of Isis

Review by Doug Gorman for Eye of Isis

Review by Doug Gorman for Eye of Isis

5 out of 5

Eye-yi-yi-yi-yi, I like it!

Just received my newest Alan Warner creation: Eye of Isis. Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful pieces in the Alan Warner Collection, and the clever design of the prop makes the magic baffling. What I have come to love about Alan’s magic (in addition to the obviously beautiful craftsmanship) is the clever presentations and subtle handlings of the props which Alan provides in his detailed and well-written instructions. Eye of Isis is no exception to this. My wife was completely bamboozled when I performed the effect for her. She said, "I kept watching for you to do [a move], but I never saw you do it!" Guess what? Didn’t need to, thanks to Alan’s cleverness. This piece has been around for quite a while. I’m sure glad I finally got it. It’s a beaut!

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