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GeorgeG
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The Gift of Time made by George Robinson is a beauty as the mantle clock is NOT stock bought but handmade of solid walnut and brass by one of his craftsman. The remote is smaller than a match box.
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BUT, the first run utilized one of those massive remote controls for model airplanes. The kind with 2 big antennae. Assistant had to stand in a nearby closet or another room. Actually seemed like something that would be a gag, and not a real performance piece. The new one is great!

Steve
Koichi Sato
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Hi Steve!

Thanks for comment and his information.

This is collector's item,mini card duckling.
bottom side on "Rich Block's Collector's workshop" sticker.
I saw this sticker first time,I think early version.
or this sticker are fake??

I saw before it,push duck head to appear like pistol trigger and storing it.
is it brass? connection part shape?

Somebody,Please send me these pictures!

Thanks!
algebraic
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Tray of Doom(with chalice) is presently in stock at Viking/Collectors Workshop for those of you who are interested.
runawayjag
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If your Duck is a CW, I would imagine George Robinson would have the little ring and arm parts that you are looking for. Contact him at Viking Magic.
Barry Gitelson
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I have owned a lot of their stuff at one time or another.

I love Bagels and Locks!
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." Author: Leo Buscaglia
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Many years ago they made a close up performance table called "Book of Spells" where the front cover opened up slowly by itself and you could use the cover as a close up mat. It also held your routines. I always wanted one but couldn't afford it at the time. Now that I can, they are not made anymore. Oh well,
GeorgeG
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I bought Book of Spells around the time it was released, but wasn't too crazy about it when it arrived and had time to play with it up close. With their easy return policy, it was one of the few items from CW I returned for a refund (the other ones were the Flash Wand and the Geneva Prediction Watch).
auriuspd
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For those that are interested the Horizontal Card Rise from Collector's Workshop is currently available from the Viking Magic site.
Kamal
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Jumbo Sidekick is the business.
Dick Christian
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Re: the VERY early electronic items produced by CW. As Steve Thomas has noted, they used primative RC equipment that was cumbersome and often unreliable. As a friend of Rich from the inception of CW I was able to put Rich and Nick in touch with the electronic genius I knew from my days in the USN and who had custom designed fabricated some wonderful effects for me and they immediately engaged him to design and make all the electronics for their effects from that time on. His identity must remain a secret, but he still designs and makes custom items for me and a few others from time to time.
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Not many have mentioned the large Carnival Countdown, it's a great looking stage prop. I also have the Gift of Time, and Jumbo Sidekick, Jumbo Card in Glass, all original versions.

I also love the workings of the original wind-up Silver Odyssey, it's almost a piece of art. The Gilded Cage effect with the watch is another beauty.

Jumbo Sidekick is the one I most use for corporate and theatre shows.

I have most (?) of the C.W. props, including one that I cannot find in the catalogues or flyers. It is a Card Between Glass, using a minature card, and a hand held shooter. A real fun piece to play with. Anyone know when these were made, and why they were not kept as part of the C.W. product line??

Blair
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I have Jumbo Sidekick, and use it quite often. But, I consider it more comedy, and not particularly asonishing. For sheer impossibility, Nostradamus' Chest is about as good as it gets. I've created a routine "The Joker's Prediction", which absolutely fries. Rather than the supplied routine, I've created multiple outs, and 1/3 of the time, this effect is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to deconstruct - a real magician-fooler! For the remainder of the performances, the outcome is similar, but just slightly less impossible, at least for magicians.
One of my favourite magic routines. NO sleight-of-hand, but boy, you have to think fast and furiously to perform it well.
I did come up with a lovely comedy presentation, but have discovered that the average audience can't follow it, so I now make it short and sweet. Devastating!
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GeorgeG
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The original spring motor or "windup" version of Khartoum Ring Fantasy is a beauty. The base is crafted from gorgeous solid walnut wood, presenting a nice contrast to the remaining brass apparatus. The later electronic version were all brass bases.

I also have both versions of Silver Odyssey and both mechanisms are a work of art.
magicmann
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Silver Odyssey is great I have the remote control and it is a work of art.

Paul
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You've listed many of my favorites, but no one has mentioned Anneman's Perfect Card! It is such an ingenious piece, I'm tempted to display it for my magician friends with the workings open (but I don't). And in a show, it plays as real magic.
I also have Nova, which is even more ingenious - both in the workings and in effect. But Nova is TOO spectacular - it intimidates me. So I see Anneman's Perfect Card as one of CW's most memorable achievements.
GeorgeG
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Nova was/is an Collectors' Workshop item, an expensive one at $12,000, though in the later days of the old CW, it was up to around $25,000. Perfect Card is actually a Signature Pieces item, a post CW company by Nick Ruggiero. It's his best item.
Stephen Young
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I have Zodiac that I will never use. If anybody wants it they can have it( maybe some mentalism something as a trade would be nice)
I'm not that bothered about getting it's value in trade, it's justb a shame it's not being used (or collected) but the postage may be a tad high.
It's a heavy thing and I'm in Europe so postage to the states might sting somewhat


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mimo67
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I sent you a PM steveline and I live in Europe too ;-)

Does someone have an opinion about Zodiac ? Practicable or not in close-up situations ?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~MiMo~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Jack & Jill Card Transpo
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