Reviews

Review by Andy Martin for Siamese Ribbon Special Teak Edition

Review by Andy Martin for Siamese Ribbon Special Teak Edition

Review by Andy Martin for Siamese Ribbon Special Teak Edition

5 out of 5

The Dragon Has Landed!

So perhaps my favorite impossible illusion from my good friend Alan Warner is the Siamese Ribbon. It was the first item I ever purchased from Alan some 36 years ago and still amazes me to this day.

It looks like a miracle. You cut the ribbon cleanly in front of the spectator – in fact the spectator can cut it if you want; they can clearly see the two pieces both inside and outside of the box. You then close the front door and at all times can see the ribbon dangling from either side of the box. You pull the ribbon from one side of the box, and the ribbon at the opposite goes in and out comes a single ribbon again. The box can then be opened and it is also empty. It is an amazing effect to see and yet it is simplicity itself to perform. Truly a cut and pull miracle with no funny business and nothing is added or taken away.

For a few years I have been asking Alan to create a new version in teak and when I was visiting him and his talented wife Mignon at his home last week he totally floored me by presenting me with this first completed version of his latest release. It is an amazing beauty and proves that Alan continues to shine even after all these years of creating mini-magic miracles. If you don’t have any other Warner items then this would be the one to get. If you are already a collector then there is no way you can pass this up.

A true miracle. Highly Recommended for everyone who appreciates fine miracles that they can actually perform.

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Review by George Guerra for The Gillyman

Review by George Guerra for The Gillyman

Review by George Guerra for The Gillyman

5 out of 5

Delightful New Warner Magic!

This is one clever and ingenious piece from Alan. The method is so diabolical and the craftsmanship is impeccable, as one expects from this master craftsman. Beautiful effect and all so nicely stored in an elegant case. This is one where examining all the (secret) components of the appartus makes you appreciate what value you are getting than from simply seeing the images from this review.

Owning many of Alan’s magic, I thought he couldn’t surprise me (well, I have witnessed great magic from this man) but I felt like a child on Christmas Day when I took this out from the parcel. This will definitely be on the list of my favorite Warner pieces, if that is possible to have favorites.

Thanks again, Alan, for another beauty and a most welcome addition to my collection.

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Review by Doug Gorman for The Talisman

Review by Doug Gorman for The Talisman

Review by Doug Gorman for The Talisman

5 out of 5

A Fortunate Choice (for me!)

I just acquired this magnificent piece from an estate sale. It has been available for quite some time, and it is one of Alan’s finest creations. There are two different things at work here, and both are clever and immaculately crafted (as usual). The effect is easy to understand, easy to perform, but very hard to figure out. In other words, it is a great trick. Alan’s routine makes for a very entertaining presentation; I’ve already entertained with it several times. Thanks, Alan, for another masterpiece from the master!

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Review by William C. Jarvis for Jack the Lad

Review by William C. Jarvis for Jack the Lad

Review by William C. Jarvis for Jack the Lad

5 out of 5

Fantastic Magic

Jack the Lad is extremely well made and thought out as a magic effect. In particular I like the fact that the spectator choses the painting.

I am pleased to ad it to my Warner collection.

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Review by Doug Gorman for Red Chinese Puzzle

Review by Doug Gorman for Red Chinese Puzzle

Review by Doug Gorman for Red Chinese Puzzle

5 out of 5

Peiking Puzzler

I just picked this piece up in an estate sale. Boy, was I lucky! This is typically beautifully crafted and marvelously conceived. What I like about almost all of Alan’s effects are the clever methods, and Red Chinese Puzzle is no exception. It is a steal at the current retail price. Get one!

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Review by Doug Gorman for Scarab-A-Scarab

Review by Doug Gorman for Scarab-A-Scarab

Review by Doug Gorman for Scarab-A-Scarab

5 out of 5

This one’s hard to beat(le)

What a wonderful effect! Not difficult to perform, but very clever with great built-in subtleties. I just love the way you think, Alan. And of course, the craftsmanship is superior.

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Review by Doug Gorman for Jack the Lad

Review by Doug Gorman for Jack the Lad

Review by Doug Gorman for Jack the Lad

5 out of 5

Better get this one…it’s a steal!

Jack the Lad is a wonderful piece of magic with more great subtleties built into the routine. There are two major pieces in this effect. The teak cover is beautifully made and handles wonderfully. The pine crate is very realistic in appearance and fits the presentation perfectly. This is the most I’ve spent for an Alan Warner piece, but it was worth every penny. Thanks, Alan!

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Review by Doug Gorman for Maverick

Review by Doug Gorman for Maverick

Review by Doug Gorman for Maverick

5 out of 5

What a domino theory!

I tried and tried to figure out the method for this trick before I bought it. I couldn’t, and when I received it I found out why. What clever thinking from the master himself! This is a great item for tablehopping. It’ a compact trick that packs a huge wallop!

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Review by George Guerra for Spirit Cabinet

Review by George Guerra for Spirit Cabinet

Review by George Guerra for Spirit Cabinet

5 out of 5

I am one happy guy!!

I received this gem from Andy today and it’s a beautiful item. Under Andy’s loving care, the teak has developed a gorgeous patina…what richness the wood takes in appearance with time. I now look forward to all my Warner pieces to do the same in the years to come. Well, I am very happy as this piece now completes my teak Warner collection and what a finish with this special item.

The workmanship on this piece is impeccable… but that is why Alan’s magic is in such great demand by discriminating collectors. He is no doubt the Taytelbaum of teak mini-magic. Thanks Alan for bringing such Art to magic and thanks Andy for selling me such a precious piece from your collection.

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Review by George Guerra for Fool's Gold

Review by George Guerra for Fool's Gold

Review by George Guerra for Fool's Gold

5 out of 5

Another worthy masterpiece from Alan

Having such a large collection of Alan’s magic, I thought he couldn’t surprise me. Well, I thought I had seen it all. After unpacking this latest limited release from Alan, I felt like a kid on Christmas day. The first thing you see is the large teak chest with the beautiful fretwork design topped by a natural amber at its center. Alan’s choice of teak wood on this chest is to be commended..lovely grain!

Inside the chest, fitted side by side are the box and the casket. The box design and workings is similar to the casket in Alan’s Flight of the Falcon. It’s square with a dark blue mosaic stone on the center. Black banding decorates the lip of the lid..excellent! But the REAL treat is in the casket with the gold alchemic symbol. The mechanics in this piece is simply amazing. The only other piece from Alan with comparable intricacy is his Voodoo. I just can’t find words to express my admiration over the workings. As I played with it, I could only revel in Alan’s talent for woodworking and the use of magnetic principles.

All I can say is to those still awaiting for their copy, you are in for a real treat from Alan. Many thanks, Alan and I will try to be patient for your next release.

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