Real World Product Reviews
Reviews from the repertoire of a real working professional!
Two professional props from a professional magician. There seems to
be something about Leo Smester, something in his demeanor, that gives
you a sense that he knows what he is doing. I got that same feeling when I
first meet Chris Kenner.
Over the last year or so, Leo has put out a number of products for the
magic community. On a cursory glance, they all seem to be of high
standards and well thought out. Here are two of my favorites.
Three Shell Game
How good a trick is the three shell trick? Bob Kohlar told me it was so
strong, he would open up his trade show act with it. Just taking out the
props would help build a crowd. Bob Sheets has spent the last 25 years
studying and innovating this trick. For those of you who perform it already
know how powerful it is.
Bob Sheets now uses bottle caps to perform the three shell trick, it gives
it that street look. He may change his mind to Leo`s caps once he see`s
them. I have.
Leo`s Three Shell Game consists of three highly polished stainless steel
caps that have a really good weight to them. The weight of the caps allows
you to perform the moves used in the three shell trick effortlessly and
The coolest thing Leo did was create a customized container that holds
the three caps and peas. It is designed and manufactured specifically for
this purpose. All I can say is CLASS. Even the rubberized grip around the
tops of the caps show the thought put into the props.
I know that the cost of the Three Shell Game will be prohibitive to some
of the readers of this column. All I can say is, in this case, you get what
you pay for. A professional prop that will last a lifetime. A manufacturing
Three Shell Game
Harmonica Chop Cup (Silicon)
When I was a kid I was in the Boy Scouts. Yes, I`m that uncool. A
camping item I had was a telescoping cup that would fold flat for easy
packing. Leo has gimmicked a similar type cup, creating a very portable
This is a chop cup that folds flat, so flat it easily fits in your pocket or
close-up case. If you do walk-around magic, or have limited space in your
close-up case, this chop cup is for you.
It has a unique shape when expanded, looking more like a tapered cone
than a cup. But it works perfectly as a chop cup. It is also visually
interesting when you expand and flatten the cup. I performed it this
Tuesday at my restaurant after doing balloons at the tables, and it worked
Packs small, plays big, perfect.
Harmonica Chop Cup