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A Mummy Mystery: A tablet depicting an Egyptian mummy, is inserted into a cover where it repeatedly appears face up when the cover is turned over. The tablet can be turned over to reveal the back of the mummy figure. Finally, the mummy disappears altogether, leaving a cut-out of its image in the tablet.

Cleopatra’s Mask: A block has a recess on one side of it. Mounted inside this recess is the Mask of Cleopatra. The block, when it is imprisoned inside a cover with a wooden rod, falls free at the magician's command.

The Ankhs of Rameses: Two duplicate sets of tablets featuring the hieroglyph for the ankh are shown. Each set is comprised of five tablets: one set is handed to a spectator who freely selects a coloured ankh immediately after the performer has placed his selected ankh into the box supplied with this effect. These moves are repeated with the remaining ankhs. Finally, the ankhs are removed from the box to reveal that each pair of ankhs matches.

Hatshepsut: The routine with this particular effect is based on historical fact. Hatshepsut, one of Egyptian's greatest Pharaohs, was a woman. When she died, the Pharaoh who succeeded her, decreed that all trace of her had to be obliterated from all the records of her time as ruler. Fortunately, some artefacts were overlooked by the stonemasons instructed to carry out this work, thus enabling modern Egyptologists to piece together some record of her reign. Following this storyline, the effect involves a replica (or tablet) featuring some of the hieroglyphic carvings of Hatshepsut that survived. The replica is shown and placed into a cover. When the replica is tipped out, all of the hieroglyphic carvings have disappeared, leaving only a very faint outline of them on it.

Mummy Mantic: A spectator is given free choices of a coloured mummy and a plaque. He/she is then asked to indicate these choices by placing the chosen mummy on the selected plaque. The performer not only predicts which mummy would be selected, but also the spectator's free choice of plaque.

The Amulet: The performer removes an amulet from the recess in a block and then places it in his pocket. He then covers the recess with a solid block. A magic pass is made and the amulet returns to the recess. The amulet is then marked for identification purposes and this time, it magically travels from the recess into the performer's pocket.

The Eye of Horus: One of five different cartouches is randomly selected. The performer removes a tray from a cover (which has been on display from the start), to reveal that the tray contains a cartouche which matches the random choice that has been made. The empty tray is returned to the cover and another cartouche is randomly selected. A spectator is then asked to remove the tray, only to find that another cartouche has mysteriously appeared in the tray. This cartouche matches the second selected one.

This edition is limited to 12 pieces, only 10 of which were available for sale, the other two remaining with the Warner family.

The box is veneered in West African sapele with veneered inlays - banding highlighted with black stringing. The lid of the box is decorated with a fretted design of 'The Horus Falcon' and features a polished gemstone in its 'sunball' headpiece. The box measures 9.75 x 7.75 x 2.75 inches deep (approximately). Mounted on the inside is a signed serially numbered Certificate of Authenticity.  A comb-bound instruction booklet accompanies the seven effects.

Several innovative features have been used to decorate various pieces of the apparatus: e.g. on one of the items the image of a Pharaoh has been 'melted' into the wood so that the graining of the teak runs through the image: the 'sitting god' is actually a mosaic of individual coloured metallic 'dots': a set of cartouches features hand-rubbed silver-leaf work: a lapis lazuli gemstone decorates the cover of 'Cleopatra's Mask'; and special moulds have been made for the various resin castings.

Text Copyright © 1972-2005 Alan Warner Mini-Magic





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