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Topic: Zig Zag Pop
Message: Posted by: plink (Jun 28, 2013 07:14PM)
Can anyone give me any background on the Frank Klein Zig Zag Pop? I have tried contacting Mr.Klein with poor results. Value??? Thanks! http://www.qualitymagicreviews.com/index.php/tag/frank-klein/
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jun 28, 2013 11:37PM)
FWIW one of Frank's sold on the auction sight last year for $61.00 with only 2 bids.
Message: Posted by: Merc Man (Jun 29, 2013 09:32AM)
Had one many years ago, purchased via Repro Magic in London. Repro used to sell quite of number of items from the USA in the late 1970's.

From what I remember, these were pretty badly made. After a while, once the centre section had been zig-zagged, the top third/section hang down on the other side (due to either it's weight, poor manufacture, or both).

The blades were also made of a very poor, flexible steel plate (sprayed blue on one side for some apparent reason). This meant that once the centre section was pushed out, when coupled with the aforementioned problem, the section didn't sit true on the flimsier, lower blade. This also meant that pushing the section back into place wasn't exactly smooth in operation.

From what I also remember, the lid at the top was also hinged with black felt - adding to the general lop-sided appearance of this prop once it had been 'worked' a few times!

I seem to remember a later version being released whereby the spectator had a choice of any one of 3 different cans; and upon the centre section being pushed out, you could open a small door on this section to show the middle of the can - just as in the original Harbin Zig-Zag illusion.

A nice illusion at the time - but the build quality (for regular use) was pretty atrocious!
Message: Posted by: plink (Jun 29, 2013 07:33PM)
Thank you both for the information. I've used this for many years in the past and was excited when I saw it on a magic site. Mine seems to be pretty sturdy,no sagging. The blades are brushed aluminum, but the top hinge is felt.Thanks again!