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reed kammerer
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I no longer do close up shows, sold most of my close up effects and have gotten into collecting mini magic by Alan Warner,Magic Wagon and various collectors effects. Any suggests what other areas I missing for close up collector effects.
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Hi Reed! Welcome to the Café! Smile

I like the hand-made wooden items from Clarence Miller. The Big Box, The Little Box and The Finger Chopper come to mind. I have The Little Box and a rare, locking Lippencott that I both treasure!

Doug
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Reed, you cannot get into the Secret section yet, you have to have 50 posts (there is a long discussion going on there currently), but you might be interested in a place in The Magic Wagon owned by an Englishman Tony Curtis. He lives in Taiwan or one of those Asian Countries and makes all kinds of collectable and working magic tricks in wood and leather.

http://www.magic-wagon.com/index.asp
reed kammerer
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Thanks guys. Cant want to get to 50 posts!
algebraic
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You need to have a chat with Café member George Guerra. He has the most beautiful close-up collection. I'd love to have his collection!
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When you do get your 50 posts - click on this address:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......m=37&349
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WOW, thanks for the compliment, algebraic. Reed is an old friend and we have corresponded in the past.

Aside from Alan Warner, there is also
1 - Mel Babcock who released several beautiful mini items in exotic woods
2 - Kent Bergmann with his zebra wood based mini line, but he seems to have vanished
3 - Jim Riser released a few mini versions of classic effects but we're extremely limited (1 or 2 only)
4 - Eddie Taytelbaum of course
5 - Zauberzentrale (Volt) --> a most beautiful Mini Blue Phantom
Julie
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Vienna Magic makes (made?) some very nice micro magic, too.

Julie
Nick Birch
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Mark Teufel has made some stunning peices in the past and are well worth a look. I have his zig-zag coin in Zebra wood. It's one of those peices that you can just play with over and over and marvel and the engineering. Stunning!

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Hi Nick

I'd forgotten about Mark Teufel. Smile I have only one of his offerings: an early paddle with geometric shapes/colors. It's great from a design point of view, but I have never figured out a reasonable (read "entertaining") presentation for this gem...

Julie
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Mark Teufel lives close to me in Santa Monica (California) and I drove over to his home to pick up a zebra wood Zig Zag but was more impressed with his Teufel Chop Cup made in several exotic woods
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OK I have a question for discussion since Mark Teufel was mentioned.

What constitute "mini-magic"? Where does it become "close-up" or "pocket" magic and not mini-magic. I can see very small version of well known larger items fitting this description (and Babcock fits this rule well) but what about other unique items with no parlor or stage versions in existence and Warner fits this. It is simply all about size?
Nick Birch
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Hi Julie

That's the thing with a lot of collectable magic, be it mini magic, micro, close up or whatever - often they end up as magical whimsies that I wouldn't necessarily perform with. They are beautiful collectors items that we enjoy personally and show other magicians, or 'mantiques' as I explain to my wife!

Interesting question George. I generally view mini-magic as self contained effects using small scale apparatus specifically designed and manufactured for the purpose. Sometimes they can be scaled down versions of larger items, like Babcock as you mention, or be specifically designed as small illusions like Taytelbaum items. I'd also place some Magic Wagon, Francois Danis and Schwarzman items in the mini-magic category. Close up or pocket magic is differentiated because it can utilise every day (full size) items such as rings, rubber bands, coins, cards etc. Just my thoughts.

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Quote:
On 2013-09-16 12:54, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Reed, you cannot get into the Secret section yet, you have to have 50 posts (there is a long discussion going on there currently), but you might be interested in a place in The Magic Wagon owned by an Englishman Tony Curtis. He lives in Taiwan or one of those Asian Countries and makes all kinds of collectable and working magic tricks in wood and leather.

http://www.magic-wagon.com/index.asp


Just for the record, I don't own Magic Wagon but I do help them with new effects and answering questions on the Café.

Tony
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