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postheadericon Mind Paintings II…Coming Soon!

Mind Paintings II

While the trick has been around in various forms for many years, we are pleased to announce its newest revision! Several years ago, one of the best selling projects we did with magic Wagon was a piece entitled Mind Paintings. I wanted a different take on a classic mentalism piece where the performer could theme the subject matter to the venue he or she was playing. The concept was four miniature picture frames where the performer can insert their own picture or painting.  The original piece came with black and white icons of musical instruments. These icons could be removed and replaced with any picture the mentalist could conjure up in their mind. Thus, I felt Mind Paintings was the perfect name for this remake.

The newest take on this piece will be slightly redesigned. Furnished in Teak wood, the picture frames included will be miniature portraits of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali and Pierre Auguste Renoir, allowing you to perform this piece immediately after receiving it. Of course, like the original, the portraits can be removed and replaced with any pictures you have in mind. The box measures approximately 5.1″ (14cms) square by 3.14″ (8cms) high. It’s ideal for formal close-up and parlor performances.

The effect:

A small wooden box is displayed and opened revealing a tray containing four different portraits of the performer’s choosing. The performer then removes the tray and shows that the box is clearly empty. A velvet bag containing a prediction is then placed inside the box and the tray is replaced. Now, the spectator is asked to freely select their favorite portrait and then write down the catalog number on the back side of the frame. The performer now lifts the tray and clearly shows the velvet bag that was previously placed inside the box. The prediction is now removed by the spectator and read out aloud. Amazingly, the prediction matches the portrait chosen including its catalog number!

•  The prediction was indeed placed inside the box BEFORE the spectator makes her selection!
•  The spectator has a completely free choice of the four portrait displayed! No force!
•  The effect can be immediately repeated with a different outcome!

Production began about two weeks ago and we’re expecting them to arrive here in about four weeks. We will send an email and post it on the Trickery website as soon as we know they are on the way. As with most of the nicer items we’ve produced over the last 19 years, the quantities are limited. If you have questions, please call Howard at 973-657-0446.

postheadericon Victorian Balloon to Dove Chest (Electronic)

Victorian Balloon to Dove Chest

Every now and then I get my hands on something and have to purchase it for myself! Dave Powell’s Balloon to Dove Chest is an example of magic that I would classify as definitive! And the very cool thing…
You can use it to have a chest full of cash magically appear!

Sometimes, in an effort to better cash flow, especially these days, we drop ship the more expensive items. If I know the builder and I’m familiar with their work, I have no problem selling a prop sight unseen. I don’t do this often, but I’ve come to respect and love the quality of work I’ve seen in the last few years from Dave Powell.

After we ran this item for a while, I decided to purchase one for myself. This piece will replace a Mikame Money Chest I’ve incorporated into a new formal show. I’m using the chest full of money concept as a finale to my Bye George routine.
The piece arrived today and after a little while assembling the plexi case I tested it out! Wow! It’s absolutely perfect!

The base is fabricated from Walnut wood. The finish couldn’t be nicer! The hardware combined with the base make this piece look sleek and elegant. The electronics run on 2 9V batteries. It comes with a back-up remote, too. It is sure-fire so long as your batteries are fresh. When Dave called me when he was thinking about making this gem, I asked him to put in a manual release as well. Not that I doubt his electronics, but should we forget to change the batteries I wanted to see a fail-safe method as back-up. I asked for this knowing I’d purchase one for my own use. While I’m certain Dave cursed me a few times when adding the fail-safe feature, it works like a charm!

Most parlor or stage workers don’t work with doves today. Dove From Balloon Tray versions used to be a constant part of my stage show for years. As I pulled a balloon from my pocket and began to blow it up, Rose would enter from stage right with the tray. She’d spin it once proving it empty and allowing the audience to see all sides. I’d walk toward her and affix the balloon on the tray. I’d walk back to the other side of the stage and shape my hand like a gun and aim it towards the balloon. Just as the music hit the crescendo, a large fireball would shoot from my finger tip across the stage and just as it got to the balloon, the balloon burst and in its place a live dove! It always got ooohs and aaahs from the audience! Indeed it was a startling routine.

Today I no longer work with birds. And while I miss that routine, the use of the dove tray concept came back with Dave’s new version. I do like the plexi encasing so if you’re working with birds, they don’t fly away on you. That almost happened to me about 20 years ago at an outdoor show at a yacht club in Maryland. Thankfully I was quicker then and got the dove before he got too far! A quick comment about a sexy duck across the pond amused the audience and saved what was almost an embarrassing moment!

Spring bills make a perfect appearance piece for this device. Due to the largeness of the prop, four or five packages of spring bills will fill the entire space. I like to mix a few real bills in with the spring bills. While the spring bills look real at a very close distance, it adds to the realism. In my routine, Bye George, I start by borrowing a dollar bill from someone. In a series of moves, 8 quarters are produced from their bill and then a jumbo coin! The natural progression of the effect had me create the ultimate finale by placing their bill into the chest and then having it replicate itself what appears to be 100 fold! I then reach into the pile of bills and return the borrowed bill to them bringing the entire routine home!

postheadericon New Release – ESP Chip-Sational

ESP Chip-Sational
Use the code ESP995 to receive FREE U.S. Ground Shipping or $9.95 OFF your International Shipping.
Order before Saturday, January 21st, 2012 and receive a free gift valued at $30.00!
The Plot: The performer shows the audience two sets of five ESP chips. These will be used in a Psychic experiment involving one of the spectators. The twist is, the spectator will actually be able to ‘see the future’!


ESP Chip-Sational is en route to us now and expected here some time next week. I know you’ll enjoy this little piece of mentalism!
Best regards,
The Trickery, LLC
Copyright © 2012 The Trickery, LLC, All rights reserved.

postheadericon Appearing Wand

Appear Wand from The Trickery Magic ShopA wand is a thin, straight, hand-held stick of wood, stone, ivory, or metal. Generally, in modern language, wands are ceremonial and/or have associations with magic.

In our industry, the wand is key to creating the magic. It directs the energy used to make something magical happen. Depending on the magician’s presentaion, it is the source for the Magi’s powers or it channels the Magi’s power to a particular place.

For years I’ve stocked an item simply called the Appearing Wand. A wand would magically appear from nowhere. Another presentation may have a silk scarf visibly and instantly turning into a magic wand.

A few years ago these wands were made from metal and while they very well, they often the the hands of the magician dirty with an oily residue. We recently brought in a different style of wand. This is made from metal and it never ever leave any residue or oily film on your hands or the scarf. The beautiful thing about this newer version is that it is smaller than its predicessor. This makes it absolutely perfect for bare-handed productions. I use old cigarette moves to conceal the wand in its collapsed position. My hands are small and the new wand is hidden without effort. Of course you can still attach a scarf for a Silk to Wand type of effect.

Two years ago I was hired for a week long engagement at a theater in Philadelphia. One segment was an elaborate Do-As-I Do routine with an audience member. When their scarf didn’t react magically like my scarf, I turned my scarf into a magic wand, took hold of their scarf and with aid of the magic wand caused their scarf to come alive in my hand!

If you work parlor or stage events, and of course kid shows, this new version Appearing Wand is a perfect addition to your act.

postheadericon Just Added

Victorian Balloon to Dove Chest

Victorian Balloon to Dove Chest

Preorder Now !      Available December 5, 2011

Limited Edition of 50 Signed and Numbered !

The Remote Control Victorian Balloon to Dove Chest is as beautiful to look at as it is to perform. Completely Electronic and Handcrafted out of solid walnut with gold trim and solid brass accents it looks more like something you would find in a museum.

Get the full details!

postheadericon The GWB is Here!

“The Ghost Writer’s Box, by Howard Baltus, has me very excited! When I first saw it I couldn’t believe the craftsmanship. Not only is the box itself a work of art, but the design and applications have my mind working overtime with ideas for it! Between the box and the included cloth bag, which stands alone as another utility device, you can create countless applications for the apparatus. If you are a serious performer, then you need to know this is a serious device, designed and built by a serious magician for serious work.”
Richard Osterlind
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Quick Read…

Another View

Far beyond the scope of Spirit Slates!

Key notes:

  • +You are not limited to cards as a prediction. Our routines suggest many other concepts that are very strong for any audience.
  • +Includes 2 brand new routines from Richard Osterlind!
  • +You never ever have to touch the Ghost Writer’s Box.
  • +Execution is self-working and failsafe.
  • +The box may be examined should you desire.

Side notes:

  • +The Ghost Writer’s Box is designed with the utmost quality and care.
  • +The finest hardware and hinges were used in its fabrication.
  • +The box itself is sheer elegance with a sleek black color and piano finish.
  • +You will be proud to display this wondrous prop in your showcase of treasures.
  • +You will do more than just display the GWB, you will use it!
  • +The GWB was created by Howard A. Baltus in 2002.

Click here for GWB details.
here for Executive Playtoys!

Best regards,
Howard Baltus
Executive Playtoys
A division of The Trickery, LLC

The GWB made its debut at Richard Osterlind’s Mind Mysteries Seminar a couple of weeks ago. It was very well received!I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with this piece over the last several months. It plays to any audience. And by plays … I mean really plays! It is a true performance piece.
The GWB’s are being packaged today and will be ready to ship beginning tomorrow morning! Your instruction booklet will also contain a link to the new site created just for this effect. There will be a password protected forum strictly for the owners of the GWB to exchange their thoughts, ideas and presentations.
We are expecting the first run to sell quickly. The $495.00 introductory price + shipping will be held throughout the sell-through of our first run. The price will be increased for the second run.
While I am truly proud of everything I have developed, this is by far my favorite piece and will be difficult for me to top! I am pretty certain, once you see this in action and work with it a bit, you will agree!

postheadericon New Exclusive Release

Brand New and Collectible!
We are very pleased to have added another handsome item of collectible quality to our exclusive line. We present to you…

The Enchanted Card Box.


It’s not your grandpa’s typical card box! Those of you who own the Mysterious Card Boxes or Mysterious Coin Box will understand the working of our new Enchanted Card Box. It’s quite opposite of everyday card boxes in its method. This principle opens up the possibilities of other effects making it quite versatile.

Click here for details.

In an effort to offer more of our unique items, we have decided to keep the runs smaller than we have in past years. This simply means quantities will be extremely limited on our newer exclusives.

Something Good on Black Friday!
Watch our site for an announcement on Black Friday, November 27th.

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Howard & Rose Baltus
The Trickery

postheadericon Blue Phantom

Blue Phantom by Magic Wagon

Blue Phantom by Magic Wagon



Blue Phantom was invented by Austrian magician and magic inventor, Hans Trunk more than four decades ago. In recent times, Owen Magic, Zauber-Zentrale and Abbott’s Magic manufactured their version of the famous trick. In 2009, one of my favorite companies, Magic Wagon, created their version of this now collectible piece of old world conjuring.


This elegantly designed version of the classic Blue Phantom has been exquisitely hand crafted by a master craftsman. Each unit demands high precision woodworking skills as well as turning skills. A combination of teak and brass is simply striking in appearance!


While I normally do not use this forum as a venue for self-promotion, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to write about this prop. While we have two left in stock as I write this article, I have kept one aside for myself. Today was the first opportunity I had to actually sit down and look at it in person for the first time. The mechanics are well thought out and designed perfectly as with all Magic Wagon creations.  While the trick itself will puzzle an audience, using the checker-type pieces from the prop, a larger more astounding routine can easily be developed.


The effect in brief…


Seven separate checkers are stacked on the rod with the blue one at the top. They are then covered by the attractive cylinder. Upon lifting the cylinder, it is seen that the blue checker has mysteriously moved to the center of the stack! The cylinder is replaced and it once again removed only to find the blue checker has melted all the way down to the bottom of the stack! The checkers are then removed one by one and shown once again to be just seven solid and separate checkers.


At this point taking several checkers you can very easily go into a Chink-A-Chink or matrix type of routine. One in the Pocket-Two in the Hand seems to be a logical choice as well. You can segue into Block Cord and Checker X.


Back to some other key quality facts…
The beautifully turned base has a unique locking mechanism built inside rather than having to lift and lower the rod as found in the usual Blue Phantom. The mechanism has been completely re-designed and carefully handcrafted using centuries old techniques. Blue Phantom is 7” high with 3” diameter at the base.  The cover is made from brass with teak at the top. The photos really don’t do justice to how beautiful this apparatus truly is. The pleasing combination of teak and brass is very attractive. The decorative brass rod & cylinder are the finishing touch of elegance!


While the $300.00 price tag is a good outlay of cash in today’s current economy,  I have every certaintly you will be extremely pleased with this purchase.

postheadericon Doubletake Monte

Doubletake Monte

Doubletake Monte


Some time back we shot several dvds with Bill Wisch. Finally, we’re almost  ready to release Doubletake Monte.  This truly is one of the best monte effects you will perform! It’s a mix of doubletakes which you will receive from your audience members as well as some serious double-talk for your patter and presentation! You will be taught how to create the necessary elements that make this impossible routine a reality. All the moves are explained in painstaking detail. Your other montes will become drawer stock as you will make this yours! Watch The Trickery web site for its release date!

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