Andy Martin

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 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 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 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 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 Andy Martin for Eye of Isis

Review by Andy Martin for Eye of Isis

Review by Andy Martin for Eye of Isis

5 out of 5

To see it is to believe!

Well I waited over 8 months for this, but the wait was well worth it. This is one of the final pieces in the Alan Warner teak collection, at least for now. To see and touch Alan’s magic is really the only way to appreciate the time and effort he spends in every intricate detail of design and construction.

This is certainly one of his finer pieces of craftmanship and the effect is also very clean and surprising. It blends in very nicely with his other Egyptian effects.

I will miss receiving my monthly packages from you Alan, so please start thinking up some more of your wonderful magic!

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Review by Andy Martin for Money Maker

Review by Andy Martin for Money Maker

Review by Andy Martin for Money Maker

5 out of 5

Ah my good Friend Alan Warner always shows me the money!

Finally, more quality from the marvellous Alan Warner! There have been many versions of the money maker, I have been parital to the $link(http://www.martinsmagic.com/?key=827&html=full,Delben Blotter) and of course $link(http://www.martinsmagic.com/?key=1493&html=full,Owen’s Denver Mint). However, Alan Warner in his usual imagintive style has taken a fairly simple effect made it look beautiful and added the double whammy of the note changing not once but twice. It works cleanly, of course, and is actually quite amazing how he gets the change to work twice without removing or stealing anything away. Very simple to do and a sheer delight to behold.

The Money Maker follows along the same lines of Alan’s recent works – more intricate detail to the boxes, bigger and more impressive teak work. Another winner from Mr. Warner.

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Review by Andy Martin for Mummy

Review by Andy Martin for Mummy

Review by Andy Martin for Mummy

5 out of 5

One of the Warner Signature Pieces!

I have spent two years trying to track this down and finally I got a lead from a fellow ebayer. Alan Warner sadly no longer makes this effect, but this set I picked up was in mint condition and they are beautiful.

The effect is similar to the $link(http://www.martinsmagic.com/?html=full&key=1337, Voit Mummies) with an extra piece of magic where the mummy is seen to actually float in the coffin. Then the transposition of the mummy going from one coffin to the other occurs.

Its a shame that Alan stopped making these, but I am more than a little pleased that I managed to track one down.

Just beautiful and amazing!

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Review by Andy Martin for Millennium Mini-Magic Collection

Review by Andy Martin for Millennium Mini-Magic Collection

Review by Andy Martin for Millennium Mini-Magic Collection

5 out of 5

So much beautiful magic!

When I first saw this I wasn’t sure how strong each effect in the set was. As usual however, Alan Warner very plesantly surprised me! This really is a beautiful set of small close-up magic.

Maybe the individual pieces don’t have the strength of some of Alan’s larger items, but the magic is still very strong. And the outfit is just a delight to have!

Thank-you as always Alan for producing some wonderful works of art.

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Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Cabinet

Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Cabinet

Review by Andy Martin for Spirit Cabinet

5 out of 5

On my word!

Well I am very, very lucky to have this beautiful piece. Alan Warner himself gave me this from his own personal collection as a thank-you for this new website. This was a most wonderful surprise, since this is one of his very early teak pieces, that he discontinued years ago.

The effect is simple but beautiful of course.

This really is a very beautiful piece – did I say I was very, very pleased to receive this today? Thank-you Alan very much!

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