The Sign of The Snake is a unique Mini-Magic effect invented and crafted beautifully by Alan Warner. A story of the Spirit of Cerastes the Egyptian Snake God lives on in the beautifully carved and colored Cartouche. A blank tablet is first placed into the cartouche and then the spectator is shown the five small plaques that each have a carving of the sign of the snake god carved into it. Each carving on the plaques is a snake of a different color. The spectator picks one colored plaque of his choice and then the tablet that was in the cartouche is removed and the first magical effect takes place as the once blank tablet now is covered with interesting hieroglyphics. The story teller with tongue in cheek volunteers to read the message sent by the spirit of the snake god. A comical moment takes place and then the storyteller reads the true message which leads the action to displaying the sign of the snake that is actually a prediction of the same color as the snake carved into the plaque freely chosen by the spectator. A second magical moment. Another wonderful Alan Warner trick to add to my collection.
Coinfounded is one of the most magical of coin effects I have ever seen. Even the coins that accompany the beautiful case and slide are exciting to look at and hold in your hand. The spectator holds the slide in his hand where the coins have just been placed. They seem impossible to move without the spectator knowing it. Magically they do move and no one is any the wiser. The method although easy to execute is very clever and the workmanship on the box with its inlaid design is especially artistic and mysterious. Alan Warner has once again shown his very special ability to create an ingenious trick in beautiful surroundings. What more can the magician desire? Coinfounded is very special.
As my small collection of Alan Warner Mini-Magic grows my small audience that I continually show my tricks to has become fascinated with Alan Warner’s Mini Magic as I was all ready fascinated. Needless to say I too have received the request “oh you do magic please do something.” I find it wise to carry some thing special with me at all times to really knock the socks off the person that asks me “to do something”. I have found a beautiful velvet bag and I keep my Twister in it in my pocket ready to go. Lately when I get the request I dig down into my pocket and come out with my velvet bag ( the bag is to keep the Twister safe from scratches as well as sharpen the spectators curiousity). All ready my spectator is intigued and when I take Twister from the bag and show them first the beautiful case and then the domino I can see the interest growing. I then perform the trick and at the end I say something like “If you were twisted so much you would be pretty mixed up. I am sure the little magic genii inside the case is mixed up too. What side of the domino do you think is up?” No matter the answer the magic proves the spectator wrong as well as amazed and very often laughing. The beauty of the case and the feel of the wood that has been so cleverly designed and carried out by Alan Warner impresses all. Perhaps most of all me. This trick is as many magicians call a trick that really works a “Worker”. It can easily be done all in your hands and the spectators which makes it wonderful for strolling and it resets in seconds.
Many years ago I had the wonderful experience of traveling through Egypt from the pyramids at Giza to the Temple at Karnac. One of the highlights of that trip was visiting the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. In this museum you see the treasures of ancient Egypt and the spectular collection rescued from King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. If you were to walk through the museum and saw the outer casket of Alan Warner’s Cairo Con you would admire the ancient hand work on the cover and the beautiful inlay work around the base. If you happened to see a sign next to the small casket and it read that this box was one that Queen Nefertiti had kept her most precious jewels in, you no doubt would nod at its beauty as you might many of the ancient treasures in the museum and continue on enjoying every so often your memory of this very special box. The truth is that you do not have to go to Egypt to see this box and not only can you enjoy the beauty of the casket you can find the mystrey of the box. In fact the box holds several msyteries for you and the specators you show this Mini Magic box to. The pieces of the effect are made with the careful hand of the master craftsman Alan Warner. The magic methods are subtle yet compelling. The story that goes with Cairo Con fits the magic perfectly and I am so pleased to have come to own my Cairo Con. If you are looking for something very special be sure you see the box that might have been owned by Nefertiti had she lived in a different era.
I had seen Alan Warner’s collection of Mini-magic on the Internet. When I purchased my first piece it was Mini Mental. I was not surprised at the beauty and workmanship that glowed as I opened the package greatly excited. Handling each component was a pleasure almost as if the pieces were made for my hands. My biggest thrill came after I had practiced a short time and showed the trick to my three children (their spouses) and seven grandchildren. As I revealed the prediction and was correct on each color all of the group’s jaws dropped in consort. I have seldom received this amazing reaction from this, my most critical audience before. Since that performance I have shown the trick at my club and to several other groups, some magicians, and some layman. The reaction to the prediction was always the same. The Mini Mental fooled every one that it was shown to. It was particularly satisfying to have the magicians completely baffled as they stood and admired the unique quality of my first (I hope of many) Alan Warner miracles.
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