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Payner44
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John, good move ordering one of these and I am happy to receive your presentation idea in my Inbox whenever you want to sent it my way! Smile

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This is an astounding design for a cut and restore ribbon effect. The black and red model is perfect like it is. If you want it to resemble wood then wood infused PLA would be the way to go I would think. Don't see it mentioned that the black and red model has a clock wind up type removable key on the back to turn back time which I think was a great addition to this item. You can have it on the shelf set up ready to go if someone asks what's that and looks great on display. A perfect new design from a perfect new designer. Congrats on a simply fantastic looking and convincing new prop. Smile

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I rate these cut-ribbon-and-restored tricks primarily on the basis of the length of the original ribbon to the length of the final ribbon. The closer they are to each other, the better the trick.

I have seen a few of these where the final ribbons turn out to be 30% longer than the original one, or so it seems to me.

But this is a top notch effect.
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I agree that the ribbon lenght should be the same before and after, and that's true for this trick.
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That is a fantastic prop. As clever as any Tenyo trick. Beautifully designed and executed.
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The Ribbon Clock is, IMO, the best cut-n'-restored ribbon effect ever devised! The big innovation over Gerlitz's "Family Ties" is the elimination of the base, and the fact that the ribbon remains in-line as it runs thru all three pieces, not to mention the fact that the ribbon is wider and therefore more visible than "Family Ties". I have "Family Ties" and I don't think I will every use it again!

The only down side to this trick is the required set-up time. When I first got the prop, it took me well over 1/2 hour to set it up. I have since learned to set it up in 10 minutes with no fumbling around. There really is a learning curve to this, but it is well worth the investment as it is a killer effect!

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Goodingda, you really put a smile on my face with that review, thanks! And regarding setup time, I think I've been down to around 5-6 minutes, but 10 minutes isn't too bad considering the effect when showing it to people, IMO.
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5 minutes or less is about what it should take for set up and, as others have stated, we’ll worth the time!
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Finally had time to work with the Ribbon Clock on Sunday, Very cool prop! I will admit it took me awhile to get it working the first time but eventually worked everything out. Can see a 5 minute set-up being feasible now. Couple of shots below... I will be using a white ribbon as it fits my routine, also added some black velvet to the base of the pieces.

My routine is a little off the wall. The clock will be presented as an old souvenir piece commemorating the accidental plane crash death of Buddy Holly (early Rock and Roll icon) in 1959. The fact that the clock is in three pieces is perfect as along with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The "Big Bopper" also tragically died in the plane. It was just the three of them and the pilot. At the time the Big Bopper had a hit called "Chantilly Lace"... the white ribbon represents a piece of Chantilly Lace holding them together. The clock is frozen at the time of the plane crash on February 3rd , 1959.

I will talk about how fans would love to go back in time and hear them sing again (turn the clock hand backwards)... I will then recite a few lyrics from Chantilly Lace as I pull the restored white ribbon from the clock. I may change the dial to incorporate an image of Buddy Holly to help set the mood.

Congrats on a great piece!

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Thanks John for sharing your ideas. There are so many possibilities this prop!


I am still enamored by this trick! I am a mechanical engineer by profession, and so I took the clock to work the other day to show my co-workers. This is my ultimate test for a magic trick! These people are really smart and very hard to fool. No one could figure it out! Several people had bits and pieces of how it worked but no one had the complete solution.

What makes this trick such a fooler is that there are a number of principles working together. The odds of some one figuring everything out are nearly impossible. With most tricks, it's one, maybe two things that constitute the secret, so it is a whole lot easier to discover how it works.

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I just happen to stumble upon this thread and I fell in love with The Ribbon Clock Time Machine - It was love at first sight. Smile
When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. - William Shakespeare

The Red-n-Black clock with its White dial looks so elegant but at the same time it's so mysterious in its working.

I straightaway shot a PM to John (J M Talbot) for his valuable advice and opinion on the prop. John promptly responded and gave me his green signal. I then PMed Mroek, the creator of this wonderful mind boggling prop, and I got a very favorable reply (lucky ME! Smile). THANK YOU Mroek.

I liked John's presentation idea. Also I liked his idea of fixing black velvet to the base of the prop. Thank you John for sharing your ideas.

I can see the future of this wonder clock - It will be a collector's PRIDE. Smile

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Today I received the Ribbon Clock Time Machine (probably this was the last one available). It's a mind boggling prop.

The written as well as the video instructions are very nicely done. I had no problem in setting up the whole prop quickly. Threading of the ribbons was quite easy for me. Overall a very well thought out and produced prop. Works like a charm. IMO the 'Ribbon Clock Time Machine' is a magicians fooler. I believe, if one can fool a magician he can fool the world. I can very well visualize that a lot of time and effort has gone into building each prop, its highly labor intensive. Mroek has done great job including the 3D printing.

If one watches the demo video, you will notice that unlike many other versions of similar effect, in this version while restoring the ribbon, you don't have to hide the RIBBON at any stage during the course of the effect. This I feel is a good invention in itself.

Being into Magic for over half a century, thousands of effects/ props/ books etc. have passed through my hands - some good and some not so good. And I can say that this is one the BEST trick I own. The 'Ribbon Clock Time Machine' is one of my prized possessions and has a very prominent place in my Magic man-cave. The 'Ribbon Clock Time Machine' will be the PRIDE of any magic prop collector.

My thoughts on this wonder Ribbon Clock Time Machine.

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