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June/July 2017

Home for The Summer...

… well Summer has finally arrived and we have had a few nice blasts of hot weather, continuous hot weather here in Lincolnshire is not something we can rely on so when it does arrive (for however long) we are most grateful … our window boxes are finally starting to offer the red, white & blue we imagined back in April when we bought the tiny plug plants full of anticipation of what was to come… our courtyard has become our alternative dining room and breakfast, lunch & dinners have been enjoyed ‘al fresco’ along with the ubiquitous ‘glass of wine’… pleasant surroundings indeed for staying home and ‘making’ the magic…


New Department at the Website...

* Out of Print,Rare & Hard to Find Collectable Books ...Take a look when they are gone they are GONE!!

For those of you who enjoy a good read, we have some fabulous ‘out of print’ and hard to find books on the site now under Private Collections…

” Twenty Years of making magic for Magicians is a wonderful reason to collect Magic Books and create a resource library ...and over the years that is exactly what I have done, some of the books listed here have been gifts & trades from Magicians and Dealers from around the World, and as part of my collection they have made interesting reading and wonderful inspiration for my 'making'... what I have asked Sharron to list for me here are some titles which I no longer have use for and which I know are no longer in print…If you need any further assistance or information you can contact Sharron via e-mail sales@fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk in the usual way…

Thank you

Colin

**Following on from my earlier posts we have had quite a lot of enquiries about the new Private Collection Section on the Website, and ‘Germain The Wizard’ (long out of print now) has been sold… there are still some very special titles in the collection so do have a look before the one you’ve been looking for  gets away….

 


Add some excitement to your next show with 'Russian Roulette'...Adult, Family Friendly or Children's Shows

‘Russian Roulette Routines’ have always captured the imagination and racked up the atmosphere and nervous anticipation for the audience; this is one of the reasons why they have remained high in the popularity charts and why so many professional performers have looked to make a mark using their own particular style with this very old concept…it is still one of the most exciting magic presentations to perform and watch… We have for several years now been making a number of variants on a theme, Smash & Stab, Bish Bash Bosh & This Is Your Knife all have their roots in the idea that the magician is going to get hurt …BUT… of course through his magical powers he cheats the inevitable death, torture whatever fate beholds him and lives literally to ‘perform’ another trick…

**Bish Bash Bosh designed for Children's Shows with Egg Cup and the Cabaret Set which offers a Recess to place small objects as an alternative to the Egg

**We have been making this effect for almost fifteen years and it remains one of our most popular lines...

'This Is Your Knife' ...*'Cabaret Edition'...neat, compact and perfect for the more intimate performance...

'This Is Your Knife' Stage Edition *Limited ,Numbered & Made to Order...

Perfect for Television, Stage & Cruise Ship Performances...



Signature Magic…

Magic has an extensive history going back many years of Fine Craftsman ... but it is rare to find a ‘working magician’ who is able to bring thirty plus years of ‘performance’ and experience in the ‘The Magic Art Form’ to his work as a maker of quality magic effects & illusions… Many of Colin’s creations call for precise & detailed work….and in almost all cases, will take several weeks to complete, each stage carefully undertaken and completed before the next stage can begin…

The beginning of any project, is choosing the right wood… choosing each blank of wood carefully from his large stock of varied Hard Woods & Exotics…considering Colour, Grain, Character and Stability is an integral part of the process of making ‘signature magic’… development and experimentation is also part of the process in making sure that his creations not only look good from an aesthetic perspective but that they will work and give 100% reliability in performance…now as Colin celebrates twenty years as Five of Hearts Magic ... he continues with the same level of excellence and attention to detail and his reputation as a maker of Fine Bespoke Magic  has confirmed his place in this enviable Hall of Fame…

His magic collection reflects the Masonic Jeweller, The Turner, The Wood Craftsman, Cabinet Maker, and The Magician, concealed in the unique component parts he makes, the ‘box joints’, metal spring hinges, turned & bevelled edges and of course the understanding and knowledge of knowing what it is he is making and what it has to do in performance … in the guise of a modern day ‘Magic Engineur’ his abilities are not held hostage to one Magician, as in days of old.. He is available to all those who have an appreciation of Hand Crafted Bespoke Magic and an understanding of what ‘Signature Magic’ really means …


People Say The Nicest Things... about 'The Black Jack Briefcase Table'

"...Well as expected the quality and workmanship is second to none and the prop itself is just superb. It has transformed not just the look but also the whole feel of my cabaret/after dinner show! I kick myself that I did not purchase one years ago. There are so many good things to say about this that I will do in due course, for now I just wanted to say a massive thank you again for wonderful service and a beautiful prop!..."


Colin has been amazing over the last few weeks & months, busy juggling quite a lot of complicated ‘builds’ from the website and other back orders & special commissions…after twenty years he is getting quite good at ‘juggling’ but despite what you may think, there is a good side to being so busy in that it does allow him to alternate his work and keep it varied by switching back & forth… keeping his work varied and fresh while working on ‘small runs’ or building repeat issues…the large table in the studio is covered with various boxes containing component parts which will shortly emerge as the recognisable pieces of magic we all know & love… almost a chrysalis to butterfly transformation which I have watched over the years… still very much a process which I marvel at as much today as when I first saw it…meanwhile my role in all of this is to keep the teas, coffees and cold beers flowing and the orders moving down the Workshop Schedule in a timely fashion…with Colin making everything himself and with no outside help or subcontracting of any kind, sometimes the schedule can become a bit of a ‘Moveable Feast’ , but as many of you will understand the ‘hand crafted bespoke aesthetic’ is as much about ‘The Artist ‘ as it is about what he makes… that said some of the larger commissions are running behind currently, but Colin & I are not attending any Conventions so will be home throughout the Summer going forward and plan to have most completed and shipped over the course of the next few weeks…


 

'The Anniversary Boxed Magic Sets'

1997 -2017

Time passes all too quickly and the moments we share together are always worthy of celebration… as we approach our twentieth year of making beautiful hand crafted magic we feel that such a landmark in our personal journey is worthy of something special to mark its passing… We are offering a Brand New Commission “The Anniversary Boxed Magic Sets” in celebration of twenty years of ‘Putting Fine Art into Magic’… a Limited One Time Collection of Twenty Sets, one for each of the years we are celebrating… Each Set will be named & numbered and the Certificates of Provenance will be issued with the Owners Name. The anniversary dates will appear on the Issues but in view of the body of work Colin will begin taking pre-orders now ...

*Our journey began in 1997 and over the years Colin’s reputation as a maker of fine magic has been firmly established around the world, a vast body of work which has been used in magic performance and held in private collections worldwide…this new Limited Edition celebrates not only the past twenty years of his extraordinary work but ensures that his magic continues in these beautiful boxed sets for you to treasure,use and enjoy…

...you can see the names that are still available on the Website page and orders can be placed on line or you can contact me directly at sales@fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk for any additional information or assistance….

***'The Anniversary Boxed Set' Numbers #9 & #10  Available for Pre-Order Now***

He has done it again…

***** Five Star Review on ‘The Houdini’ #1 Anniversary Boxed Magic Set

“… I just opened it up and all I can say is it takes my breath away! I have not even taken the red tissue of the individual effects yet and I love it. I love the way you made the box itself with the wooden hinges and the wooden front clasp.... just exquisite! It’s just "Brilliant" I must say. I can't wait to go through each effect and look at what wood you used and the effect itself (some I own which you know of course). Well done to the both of you! You could have charged double and I would have paid it!”

Charles Van Horn


Companion Pieces…
…very often when building new material for your Show part of the enjoyment is to find effects, apparatus and routines that lead into each other and work well as ‘companion pieces’, very often we have a number of individual ideas which need to be linked together in an entertaining way…this helps with continuity and also adds valuable minutes to your performances… here are a few ideas that you may want to consider… Coin Wand & Coin Stand * Dollar & Half Dollar Editions Available, Orange & Rice Vase & The Shennong Bran Vase for a Classic Victorian Style Presentation, Baffle Box with Hoffman Coin Wand Or Chinese Chopsticks, Jap Box, Silk Wand and Ball & Silk Vase…