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Profile of ChessMess
My local magic dealer has two version of this effect, one by E-Z Magic for about $3 and one by someone else for about $13.

Now the $13 dollar one is more solid and the shell *locks* into place. The E-Z Magic one does not. Also the more expensive one has a more solid look to it.

My question to you guys who've done this effect is, which would you choose? It may seem pretty simple to choose based on what things look like, but many times (as us Magi well know) looks can be deceiving!

Is the locking one more trouble then its worth? Sometimes simplicity is preferable. Plus I'm a bit worried that the locking one would not hold up under examinations.

You guidance and sharing of experience is greatly appreciated!

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I had a Johnson version, I think it cost about $30 or so. It worked fine, but it seemed more like a puzzle to me. It's not very magical in my opinion. I just didn't want to have to carry around another gadget with me, so I traded it off.

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I like the simple one that doesn't lock.
It doesn't look so much like a prop, and I remember I was fooled by it when I was very young.

It just looks like a ball and tube, and you could make the ball smaller with your mind! Or the tube bigger? I was so confused.

The gimmicked one I saw later on didn't make much of an impression in my mind. It looks too precious and prop like. Even if you didn't know the method you would assume it was gaffed in some way.

Go for the simple one!

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The simple trick is the better one. I have a great little clean-up and idea with it in my book too. If you decide to get one, e-mail me later at and I will send you my idea OR just get my book and have it all.

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