Lamps are boring. I mean, the science of electricity is so impressive as to be inherently magical, but most lamps lack that certain pizzazz that fans of magic like us crave. If you want the book-reading light in your house to be more whimsical, then you should take a look at Flyte.
Using the power of magnetic induction, Flyte causes a single LED light-bulb to hover and spin in the air, as if by magic. You can pass flat objects underneath the bulb, and Flyte will continue to stay in the air and keep your room lit for you. Each LED bulb is 60 lumens bright and lasts for 50,000 hours of use, so it’s as practical as it is impressive.
Whoa. Dude. Whoa. Bicycle has a deck of hemp playing cards. Before you start up the “Legalize it” chants, let’s get the important info out of the way: No, you cannot get high by using the Bicycle Hemp Playing Cards. However, the herbally-inspired artwork and aged, burlap look of the cards does make this deck a good choice for any acts you book in, say maybe, Colorado. The deck is made by the United States Playing Card Company and features Bicycle’s Air-Cushion finish.
It’s pretty cheeky to declare one of your own products as the finest of its kind, but it’s hard to argue that Dan & Dave’s Magic Surface, Limited Edition isn’t exactly that. These things are gorgeous, made with exotic woods and colorways handcrafted to order. If you’re looking for something to really class up your close-up, this is it. I mean, just look at the dang thing. It just reeks of luxury:
Ok, now for the bad news. First, this gorgeous piece of furniture doesn’t come cheap – it’ll run you a smooth $395. Second, when they say limited, they mean it, as only twelve of each style, black or green, will be sold. Get it now or forever regret your hesitation.
If you have holes in your catalog of Magic Magazine back issues, now’s the time to fill them in. All of the back issue archives are being liquidated, all the way back to the very first year of publication. You can purchase individual issues for 50% or you can get the whole shebang – all 301 issues of Magic Magazine – for the first time ever.
The “complete collection,” as it’s being called, even includes some special bonuses, like the misprinted premier issue that’s previously never been for sale. The entire run costs $575, (plus $125.50 for postage), and is only available to ship to the US.
There is a catch, though. Supplies are naturally limited, and the sale only lasts through Monday, November 27th. If you want something, get moving over to Magic Magazine’s Moving Sale.
Update: The 50% off sale is over, but the complete collection is still in stock as of November 28.
The Gift is an effect that’s so good, says Ekaterina in the above review video, that she can’t believe its creator is sharing it. Fortunately for the rest of the magic community, Angelo Carbone is content to let his secret out into the wild, for a reasonable price tag of $75. He apparently created The Gift with the intent to fool other magicians, and according to Ekat, he succeeded. “This will fool Penn & Teller,” she says with confidence in the video.
Both Vanishing Inc (which is currently out of stock) and Penguin Magic seem to think The Gift is not only foolproof, but also fantastic. From Penguin Magic’s description:
A unique concept from master creator Angelo Carbone, The Gift is an effect with a method so clever that you’ll feel a giddy urge to reveal the method to your spectators. We don’t suggest that you actually do this.
UPDATE: The $50-off presale pricing on the new Outlaws Vault is scheduled to end Saturday at midnight… so you’ve got just over 48 hours if you want in on that. Tick, tock, people!
Scam Stuff has been making tricky, hand-crafted puzzle boxes for years, and this one might be their most diabolical yet.
Made of ornate raintree wood, the Outlaws Vault is designed to vex and confound even the most clever of puzzle-solvers. The box itself is covered in symbols and secret codes etched into the box, along with two combination dials on its side. There’s even a little story built into to the puzzle box that you’ll follow along with as you solve it. But be careful—the box has actually been designed to become harder to unlock if you fiddle with it too much.
Once you actually solve the box, you’ll be treated with your reward: Outlaws Crimson, an all-new deck from Scam Stuff. It’s a special, red-colored variant on the original Outlaws deck (which is also included inside the box). People who figure out how to open the box will also receive an exclusive numbered token, which not only signifies you as a member of an elite club of master logicians—if you flash your token at Brian Brushwood in the wild, he’ll buy you a drink on the spot.
The Outlaws Vault normally retails for $149.99, but Scam Stuff is currently hosting a special pre-order price of $99.99, with an expected ship date of November 24—which means it should arrive just in time for the holidays. Scam Stuff is expecting them to sell out, however, and they will be shipped on a first come, first served basis. You can also try your hand at winning one of five boxes being given away. Of course, if you just want the cards, you can buy either the original or Crimson variant by themselves for $9.99.
The number of Harry Potter books in existence is greater than the entire population of the United States (450 million books to a reported 323 million in 2016), so it’s pretty safe to say the franchise is popular with…well, everyone. Fans of the books and the films are eager to get their very own piece of that fantastical world, and the demand for “Harry Pottery,” as its referred to by collectors, has grown dramatically. A new book, The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard Harry Potter, is less a buyer’s guide and more a tourist’s guide to the Pottery phenomenon.
Even if you never plan on visiting an auction in the hopes of netting a genuine Hogwarts sweater ($286) it’s fun to peruse the pages and explore the kinds of things fans covet. A pair of Harry’s glasses from the first movie – several were made – went for $20,000 at auction, and Hagrid’s crossbow sold in 2012 for $25,000. The Arithmancy sign from Diagon Alley went for a mere $800, and the chocolate frog card from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (which is actually two cards, one with green screen and one without) sold for just $600.
Mixed in between the gorgeous photos are interesting tidbits of Harry Potter history. The first printing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for example, featured an unnamed wizard on the back and on the spine. Supposedly, children were upset to learn that the wizard on the back wasn’t actually in the book, so he was removed and replaced with a drawing of Professor Dumbledore. (Copies from that original print run routinely sell for $40,000 and up.)
The Unofficial Guide probably won’t be helpful for any hardcore collectors, as prices will change and the book doesn’t pretend to be a comprehensive list of everything you could possibly collect. But it’s a wonderful companion for those of us who long to share a butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.
So, while we here at GeniiOnline are doing our part to elevate the art of magic into the public consciousness, we’re also not above messing with people for our own amusement. The Web actually combines a pretty neat card trick with some extreme creep-out factor. The routine begins innocently enough, as webs appear and disappear on four seemingly blank cards. The volunteer then covers the cards to discover a real (plastic) spider perched on the back of their hand. Yes, it’s evil. Yes, it’s perfect for Halloween. Yes, it’s only $10.
Whether you’re looking for a spooky new parlour trick or simply want to entertain a few guests at a Halloween party, the Penny Dreadful Detective turns mentalism into a fun round of whodunit. Inspired by Edwardian parlour games, the Penny Dreadful Detective simulates a murder mystery with a small pack of cards and a pendulum, allowing you to instantly transform your volunteers into psychic sleuths. Includes everything you need to make the trick work, including a stunning vintage pocket watch and velvet pouch.
If you find yourself in the San Diego area in early November and have a thing for magic, puzzles, cards, Chris Ramsay, or free food, definitely head to Art of Play‘s open house. Here’s the description from their Facebook page:
Join us this fall as we open the doors to our secret warehouse in San Diego, CA. Guests are invited to browse our collection of designer playing cards, games, puzzles, and unique items that you will not find anywhere else.
Mingle with magicians, cardists, puzzle masters and playing card collectors. Enjoy complimentary food and beer on tap. Play a game of Giant Janga or try and solve one of our many puzzles. Shop our entire catalogue or browse dozens of out of print exclusives in our annual warehouse sale.
For those not familiar with Art of Play, they sell “luxurious playing cards to ingenious puzzles and stimulating amusements— each beautiful item in our collection holds a whisper of mystery, brimming with potential for surprise and delight.” The open house is a kid-friendly event, and a good opportunity to browse their wares in person. (And if you find any of the 2015 Virtuosos, hit me up, ok?)