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Papasmurf
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These are the ones I have in order of performance preference.

Khartoum Ring Fantasy
Samurai Sword
Ring Cruncher
Ball Through Hand
No-Fake Card Frame
Trans-Mental 3
Ch’Ang’s Dowry

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Papasmurf,

You have to be careful what you call "Collector's Workshop" items. To a real CW collector, the Viking items don't really count. Ball Thru Hand, the No-Feke Card Frame and Trans-Mental are actually items from Viking. Granted, Viking/George does own the rights to the CW line, but there is a definite distinction between the 2 lines of products.

Steve
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OopsaDasy, I just got too excited about this topic.

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I traded my Marakesh Mystery to George for his collection. I didn't realize how rare it was, but I'm glad he has it now. I think it was the only piece he didn't have.

Here's one of the best CW effects ever, IMO.

http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=77

Robert

PS - I like that Runaway Deck, too.
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I have at least two dozen of CW's smaller effects, and they are all wonderful. Even the ones that are not as commercial, or performer-friendly, they all still represent care, quality, and distinction. My favorite affordable effect, which is very performable is the horizontal card rise. It's not only a wonderful effect, but the workings are quite sinister.

George by the way, is great to deal with. One of the few dealers/craftsmen out there who actually respond to their emails. My only complaint (not really), is that he can't work fast enough to keep the cool stuff in stock (again...not really. I'd much rather get something right and slow, than wrong and fast).
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I just read Robert M's post, and I must agree. Psychic Sword is wonderful, affordable, and much more than described in the ads. I just purchased this about a month ago and couldn't believe how cool the workings were when I received it. Plus, it's an odd enough looking prop to fit into anyone's set. If you can't weave a story around these beautiful objects you need to go back to story telling school.
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Trans-Mental is a nice one. Well-made brass mentalism trick. I really like mine. I also have the Mental Cube trick. Made out of walnut. Nice.
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The 2 I use is: Hemmingway Lock
templar sword ... nice pieces.


And zodiac...
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I had Clock of San Marcos and LOVED IT...
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I own "The Phoenix Watch" and "The Geneva Watch" and it has pay me back in turn ten fold, since both I used and abuse them in my working set

it is not only a Fine Gimmick, it is also a fine collector piece
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I used to visit Nick often when he was at the farm in Middleburg although it always turned out to be an expensive stop. George has done a terrific job in enhancing many of these great concepts. My CW originals that I still use and love include: Jumbo Card on Seat, Khyber Kobra, Midas Cups, World's Second Greatest Card Trick and Any Card to Wallet. I know that I'm missing a few others but these are items that I currently and actively use.

Dan.
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Other elements of my collection, but not currently in use, include: Perfect Time, Fireflower, Powerbox, Creation, Horizontal Card Rise, Burmese Bells, Jacks or Better and the Breather Card. I still have Silver Odessy and Jumbo Sidekick on my list. I'm sure George will bring some wonderful enhancements to their function and design.

Dan.
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I've got a Perfect Time which needs band repair and a Sidekick which I will offer for sale/trade after I take photos.
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On 2009-08-14 14:22, Stevethomas wrote:
Papasmurf,

You have to be careful what you call "Collector's Workshop" items. To a real CW collector, the Viking items don't really count. Ball Thru Hand, the No-Feke Card Frame and Trans-Mental are actually items from Viking. Granted, Viking/George does own the rights to the CW line, but there is a definite distinction between the 2 lines of products.

Steve


Steve is absolutely correct. No offense to George and Viking, but the serious collector only considers the ones by Rich Bloch and Nick Ruggiero that came out of the shop near Middleburg to be real Collectors' Workshop products.

For those who think that some of the original products didn't work as intended, in almost every case the problem was due to careless set-up or performance by Rich (he has greatly improved since those early days) and NOT due to any defect in the props themselves.

I am the proud owner of probably 80-90% of the original product line. The one I use in all of my "Cabaret Magic" stage shows (my comedy magic act for adults) is Jumbo Sidekick. I own one of the very first they produced. It quickly became their biggest hit with over 1,000 sold before the CW name and line were sold to Viking. It's a killer effect that I continue to use after almost 20 years and hundreds and hundreds of performances without a single malfunction.

Shortly after Sidekick was introduced, I was surprised to learn that they were producing a version that operated by remote control rather than being triggered by the sound of the gunshot at the request of performers who wanted to use it in kid and school shows where they couldn't (or didn't want to) use a gun. I don't know whether it was me or Nick who was more appalled at the number of people who bought the "gunless" version, apparently oblivious to the fact that the whole premise of the effect was shooting the gun. We shared many a good laugh that a number of performers didn't seem to realize that without the use of a gun and the sound of the gunshot it becomes a visual nonsequitur. One can only wonder how many other great tricks those folks are screwing up because they completely miss the point.
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I am troubled.

I got a duck from auction.
However, there is not a pull handle.
so I'll make reconstruction it.

I want to look this part of pictures.
handle shape.

Somebody,Please send it me!

I want to revive my duck!


Thanks.

Koichi Sato.

Click here to view attached image.
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Koichi,

Is yours a Viking duck? It is probably NOT a Collector's Workshop "Mini Card Duck" judging by the size in the pics. I know that George Robinson can fabricate a new RING piece to go inside your duck. He's very good at that sort of thing. Don't expect an instant turnaround, only the best quality work.

Steve
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How could anyone not mention Gift of Time from the original CW? It blows all the other clock predictions right out of the water.

The little duck is a Hearsum duck.
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Runawayjag,

I'm hoping you don't mean the ORIGINAL, original "Gift Of Time", with the gigantic model airplane remote! Hahaha. Always found that particular prop a little "iffy" as far as performance. I know you mean the newer, updated one with the smaller remote for activation, but that original was a monster.

Steve
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