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From Daryl's "Essentials in Magic" DVD-series -  SPONGE BALLS: $9.95

We're told "you'll learn: Passe Passe Sponge; Concealments; Producing the Ball; Sawing a Ball in Two - Poi Yung Chong; Passes and Vanishes; Retention Passes; Ball to Spectator's Hand; Routines
And much, much more!" What a modest understatement! It shows and explains 100's of great tips.

I've performed sponge-magic for years and carry some for those"show me" occasions; but Daryl's clear, thoughtful and well performed explanations immediately had me practicing what he was showing.

Offered as an introduction to sponge. it is sincerely recommended for beginners and seasoned-performers as well!  Available at - and, under #10-
Terry Harris operates the "Old Magic Props" website
as a consignment-site for magicians and collectors
to buy and sell "investment-quality magic".
He personally steps-in and resolves any disagreements.

I've personally experienced his promptness and fairness in this resolution-process and
highly recommend Terry and his site to other magicians and collectors.

"Problema-Deluxe" - by: Viking Manufacturing Company & Collectors Workshop
02.05.07: Highly recommended ... Best-quality and complete; quick re-set for second-result.

Performer shows a beautiful Rosewood box containing 6 black dice - arranged as shown. Box is closed; spectator is given a die and a shot glass; after shaking the die/glass, tosses the die onto the box-lid. Whatever number comes up, each/all-of-the-other dice in the box will now match." Can now be inspected.
"Magnetic Thinking Putty" (Like Silly-Putty) ...
a product in need of a magical-presentation - invite us to review if you develop one
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Great Big Ol' Book-O-Magic - submitted by Mac & Bill King
080217: Highly recommended ... Mac's magic, Bill's illustrations (cousins),
and production-quality are tops! At only $14.99, it is a "must-have"
for everyone learning and interested in magic -
you'll feel guilty for not paying more!

"A complete magic kit in a book - Over 50 incredible and incredibly easy-to-learn.
By using the amazing
punch-out props in this book and a few household items you'll be able to perform
dozens of awesome
magic tricks for kids 8-88. Including:
    Two card Transposition
    Giddy Up Pup
    Folding Money
    Voodoo that You do
    Exploding Monkey Head
    3-D Monkey in a Cage
    Find the Banana
    Number 9 Number 9
And many more mind-blowing tricks -
Includes a DVD with Live-Action Video Instructions!"
"Harry Potter Wizarding Ideas" - Lecture Notes by Tommy Jones
03.12.07: Highly recommended to "theme" your performance for Harry Potter fans

This is a collection of ideas was presented at a special workshop at the Society of American Magicians Convention in Louisville, KY in 2006 and also at the KidAbra Convention. It contains effects and presentation tips for tying in to a Harry Potter themed magic show - A must for the children's performer.
Photo-Pictorial ... Stan Kramien's,  20th Northwest Magic Jamboree ... Recommend 2008

Other Pictorials by

If you want your magical-event to appear on our Photo-pages, CONTACT US. This is a great way to have your attendees "re-live" their great-time, and, to let the non-attendees see what they missed ... helps future sales-efforts !!!
"Entourage" - by Gordon Bean
05.22.07: Highly recommended as pocket and close-up magic

Spectator names one-of-the-Queens (no force) and then takes three-of-the-four "upside-down" cards (no force). The remaining card (which the spectator has been holding) is the named-Queen ... AND, the other three-cards have turned into Jokers.

We emailed a suggestion to Mr. Bean that he consider offering this in "Jumbo-cards" version
"Deluxe Gopher" - Reaching-tool
05.30.07: Recommended - as seen on TV

For the magician who is unable to bend - due to age and/or disability. This tool bends for carrying and will pick-up almost anything - including playing-cards, silks and coins. Imagine no-longer being embarrassed when something drops.
"Balloon School" - by Joe Montella
05.30.07: Recommended for beginning balloon sculpture

4-hour DVD will leave you exhausted and interested in beginning to do balloons. Not for the balloonist looking for advanced sculpturing. A Penguin Magic production with occasional problems - Joe's hands and/or balloon will be "out-of-frame".
Street Magic Magazine - John L. Clark, Editor-in-Chief
06.20.07: Recommended for magicians - whether "street" or "Stage"

Well written and informative; glossy-printed, quality production.
June/July, 2007 issue is 100-pages and includes: reviews, articles,
interviews, contests and product-information
"SPREADWAVE" - by Mathieu Bich - FISM Invention Award in 2006

Recommended to confident close-up magicians
The Mystics DVD - The Long Beach Mystics
080318: Recommended - entertaining, informative and well-produced - 54-minutes; $20-

The Mystics:  A 50 Year Legacy chronicles the existence of the famous magic club from Long Beach that never grew up. Features interviews and performances with many LB Mystics legends such as: Mike Caveney, Mark Kalin, Armando Lucero,  Kevin James, Dana Daniels, Bill Smith, Randy Pryor, James Hamilton, Victor and Diamond, Michael Weber, Stan Allen, David Deeble and Les Arnold. Also, a moment with Amazing Johnathan and a never-before-seen 2004 interview with the Late Billy McComb."
"FORCED" - submitted by Joe Fox & Brent Geris
071025: Recommended as a Packet-trick - uses the 10/11 force-concept to reveal a prediction-card

11-cards, gimmick-card, card-packet and 5-pages of comprehensive instructions; reasonably priced ($12.95)
- presented by - and available at - The Magic Apple
071214: Not recommended - gimmick's glue does not hold
"Elite CardGuard" (Exclusive Silver Edition) - by Murphy's Magic Supplies
"Sleek and classy with a beautiful design. The Elite Card Guard is made from durable aluminum and offers the best protection for your cards."

080204: Not recommended - made of aluminum and bends/dents from normal use.
Also, if carrying in pocket - without card box - there is an annoying/loud "clatter".

Better solutions are the stainless-steel card-guards by Viking and Porper
Flash Appearing Utility Table - by Sunil Batra
080215: Not recommended - we purchased 2-tables last-month and used for first-show yesterday; elastic-in-core broke on one-table. Wells are adequate for coins, but, not large enough for eggs or sponge-balls. Considerable difficulty getting legs stay firmly-extended to support/steady the table.
Great idea but poor quality ... Update-080216: manufacturer is reviewing materials to determine if future-products will show improved-results.

Table - almost 3'-high and 5"x12"(top); springs into view;
metal-stand with working table top, 2-wells with tassels.


Fantastic !!!
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Shawn Faquhar's, "Shape of my heart" - moved to OnLineVideo
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