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Review by Andy Martin for Prison Block

Review by Andy Martin for Prison Block

Review by Andy Martin for Prison Block

4 out of 5

Simple and Effective Penetration

This clever piece of Mini-Magic represents the completion of my Alan Warner Mini-Magic collection that can be viewed in all its glory $link(https://warner.qualitymagic.com target=_blank,here). It is a old chestnut, and one of Alan’s earliest Teak pieces, but very well made by the master craftsman himself.

In this version there are no funny moves or sleights. The block is loaded, the bar locks the block in place, and then on the command of the magician the block falls!

Its nice to complete the collection Alan, thanks for making it all possible!

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Review by George Guerra for Prison Block

Review by George Guerra for Prison Block

Review by George Guerra for Prison Block

5 out of 5

A classic in such a tiny prop!

Remember the "Vampire Escape" effect…well, this is similar though the mechanics are, perhaps more sophisticated and much smaller, think pocket size. Not much is visible on the outside but the inside says it all. Remember that this is an all wood item. This is, without any doubt, another example of great craftsmanship from the man who can do it, repeatedly. This is one of Alan’s "earlier" items and is very welcomed in my collection.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mini Locking Drawer Box

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Locking Drawer Box

Review by Andy Martin for Mini Locking Drawer Box

4 out of 5

A solid Utility Device from Mr Warner!

This is a great drawer box from Alan Warner. One of his earliest works, so it lacks some of the ornateness of his more recent creations. However, as a wonderful and functional drawer box it is superb.

Unlike many drawer boxes there are no outward signs of holes or levers or pins and you don’t need to tilt the box one way or another – it is much cleaner than those methods. Whenever Alan applies his talents to even the simplest of devices he always comes up with something a little better. This drawer box is no exception. In fact, it is so well built that you could have a member of the audience open it up to show the load appear!

If there is a downside with this box, its the size of the load it can hold. It only fits bridge size cards, since in the UK that is the standard size for cards – not those huge Poker sized cards that American’s are so fond of.

Its always bigger in America, especially Texas! But as Alan Warner has repeatedly shown, mini is better and more beautiful!

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Review by George Guerra for Mini Locking Drawer Box

Review by George Guerra for Mini Locking Drawer Box

Review by George Guerra for Mini Locking Drawer Box

5 out of 5

I think "Mini" is an understatement

When I first heard of this Warner item, I figured it would be a nice prop to use for the miniature decks Alan uses in some of his other pieces, so I was quite taken by the size of it when I unpacked it. It will easily hold a full cased Bridge-sized deck. It’s beautiful and pictures really don’t allow you to appreciate it as when you actually hold this box in your hand. The mechanism is smooth and finely crafted. The teak is admittedly simple compared to the richly grained teak in other Warner pieces but Alan wanted the most seasoned wood he had to prevent shrinkage and problems with the drawer. I still love it. It does look "big" among my Warner collection, but I am not complaining.

Grading a Warner item can be a challenge because does one grade his item to the rest of his collection or to all props in general on the market. To keep perspective intact, there are 3,4, and 5 stars within the collection itself, but since I assume I am comparing these items to "everything" out there, then ALL of Alan’s pieces are a clear 5+ stars. Craftsmanship like Alan’s is hard to come by, folks.

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Review by Andy Martin for Karate Kard

Review by Andy Martin for Karate Kard

Review by Andy Martin for Karate Kard

5 out of 5

So small yet so cool!

Its amazing how small this beautiful effect by Alan Warner is. It’s an old discontinued item that Alan Warner has recently revived. And I’m glad he did!

The effect is very clean, convincing and entertaining and can be read $link(https://warner.qualitymagic.com/?html=full&key=1697 target=warner,here).

It’s been a while since I have picked up one of Alan’s beauties and its so nice to see his greatness continues. This effect is precisely and beautifully made and highly recommended!

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Review by George Guerra for Karate Kard

Review by George Guerra for Karate Kard

Review by George Guerra for Karate Kard

5 out of 5

Great magic in a very small package

This is a very cute effect. You have a small teak case divided into two adjacent compartments. One side holds a miniature red deck of cards and the other has a blue back deck. One deck is chosen and a card selected in a fair manner. The selected card is inserted in the compartment with the opposite colored deck with the purpose of finding its match in that deck. The case is covered with a teak cover exhibiting a contrasting white/blue banding. The selected card is revealed and the magician is shocked to hear the identity of the card for it is known as the karate kard. He removes the cover and finds that the red deck has been chopped up in its compartment and only one red card remains intact next to the selected card. They match. Beautiful props and clever method, all in one very small package. This is more micro than mini magic for Alan. Love it, but you have to love everything that Alan makes.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mummy II

Review by Andy Martin for Mummy II

Review by Andy Martin for Mummy II

5 out of 5

Finally Alan Warner has bought back his Mummy!

So after a long time Alan Warner is back making one of his favorite effects: the Mummy!

The new version is even better than the original, if that is possible, with more teak work, and some enhancements to the smoothness of the opertation and performance.

So, if you have been trying to track one of these down, now maybe is the time you can get one. It is sure to be a hit and is most highly recommended. $link(https://warner.qualitymagic.com/?html=full&key=1698 target=warner,more-info) for the effect.

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Review by George Guerra for Mummy II

Review by George Guerra for Mummy II

Review by George Guerra for Mummy II

5 out of 5

Another beautiful Mummy!!

What’s better than one Mummy…why, TWO Mummies. This new version of the classic Warner Mummy, named appropriately Mummy II, is gorgeous. Granted, no radical changes have occurred in overall design and method (but who wants to mess with a true masterpiece), there are some very nice new improvements. This is the first Mummy made by Alan using ALL teak components. The open coffin is all teak and finished in a satin varnish, thus sealing the natural oils that have a tendency to stain the mummy’s wrapping. Previous coffins used clear plastic curved ends and at one time the base was painted black. The hieroglyphics on the new rectangular wooden plague adds more to the Egyptian theme than the "shiny" golden plaque in the original. The mummy itself has a new head similar to the one used in Cairo Con. The choice of gemstone on the sarcophagus I received is very beautiful. This has always been one of Alan’s hallmark pieces and no Warner collection is complete without a Mummy. Most Highly Recommended!

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Review by George Guerra for Coin Con

Review by George Guerra for Coin Con

Review by George Guerra for Coin Con

4 out of 5

Nice piece of coin magic

Beautiful prop and great routine makes this Warner item a winner. Sure, it may get lost in Alan’s other gorgeous pieces but I particularly like the concept of the silver coin moving around the copper coins in an intriguing magical dance.

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Review by George Guerra for Matched

Review by George Guerra for Matched

Review by George Guerra for Matched

5 out of 5

Another impressive Warner piece!

Very clever prediction and it comes in twos! I could not believe the method and construction involved to accomplish the effect. I just kept examining the key component to the effect and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This is vague but further details would mean revealing the secret. Trust me, this is one excellent piece of magic. Thanks again, Alan.

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