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Topic: Where do I get a quality wand that won't break the bank?
Message: Posted by: MagicJuggler (Aug 21, 2013 05:12AM)
I'm looking to get a nice wand for my cups and balls set, but I'm having trouble finding wands I like that aren't over a hundred dollars. Any suggestions? I want something that looks classy.
Message: Posted by: cirrus (Aug 21, 2013 06:18AM)
Call a propmaker and let him make you a custom one.
You have the advantage that it's one of a kind and custom made to suit your style.
and it usually won't break the bank.
You also have full control over the process.
I had one specially made for my character.
Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: manananmaclir (Aug 21, 2013 08:27AM)
How would you go about locating a propmaker?
Message: Posted by: RJH (Aug 21, 2013 09:15AM)
MagicJuggler, here's a cheap and high quality close-up wand for you: http://lukascrafts.com/shop/goods/goods_view.php?goodsno=9&category=001

Message: Posted by: cirrus (Aug 21, 2013 10:02AM)
On 2013-08-21 09:27, manananmaclir wrote:
How would you go about locating a propmaker?

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 21, 2013 10:55AM)
Going to a propmaker for a wand is about as sensible as going to Ferrari or Bugatti to have a go-kart made.

Most propmakers will charge you a lot more for a wand than a magic shop will. As far as there being an advantage to having a wand custom made, that's debatable.

Unfortunately, some of the better wand makers are no longer with us. Tabby Crabb has departed, as has Ray Witkowski. But you can certainly get a decent wand at most of the mail order houses. A quick perusal of Hocus Pocus Magic's web site showed a dozen or so that were less than $100.00. There are even some handmade wands that are less than $20.00 that you might find useful.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Aug 21, 2013 11:03AM)
I only break out my Crabb/Witkowski weighted tip wand for special occasions. Donnie at Rings n Things has some nice ones. The wooden ones won't break the bank, nor will they hurt your cups.


I have the standard Mahogany wand and am quite pleased with it. It's not really heavy enough for wand spins and flourishes but it looks and works great.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Aug 21, 2013 11:58AM)
Many use a drumstick. I sometimes us an antique Opium Pipe and a dowel with 38 calibre brass bullet shells on the ends. Charlie Miller often used the white cardboard tube off of coat hangars. None of the above cost much.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 21, 2013 08:06PM)
When in doubt, use the LotaBowl.com magic search engine. It's, well...magical...
Message: Posted by: Magic from A to Z (Aug 21, 2013 10:22PM)
I have one of Michael Ammar's wands. It's a nice wand that's classy and won't break your wallet...
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Aug 21, 2013 11:15PM)

I have the solution for your wand needs. It is Michael Myatt of Moonlight magic. He can make any type of magic wand to suit your needs i.e. metal tipped wooden wands, all wood, wood with acrylic tips, etc. Michael has made wands for some of the best in our business such as Jeff McBride, Steve Dacri, Martin Lewis, Oscar Munoz, Chad Long, and Michael Finney, just to name a few.

He is very reasonable and great to work with. Here is his website; http://moonlightmagic.moonfruit.com/#

I have nine of his beautiful wands.
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Aug 21, 2013 11:22PM)
Here is another example of Moonlight Magic's work. Check out the wand in this picture of cups and balls; http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=521071&forum=115

You can PM Michael on Magic Café here; wandmgc8

Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Aug 22, 2013 12:27AM)
I got mine from Penguin magic and beat the hell out of it. Must have dropped it a thousand time perfecting the vernon wand spin and the drummer's spin among others. And it still looks great. Under $20.
check it out when its back in stock.
Message: Posted by: MagicJuggler (Aug 22, 2013 02:42AM)
I was thinking about getting that wand, but it's out of stock at the moment.
Message: Posted by: seraph127 (Aug 22, 2013 01:25PM)
The Mikame Craft wand is nice-looking and reasonably-priced. [url=http://www.seomagic-usa.com/catalog/product_info.php/manufacturers_id/26/products_id/451]Here[/url] is one source.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 22, 2013 11:10PM)
Be careful about those wands that separate in the middle. I've seen several of them that either did not align correctly or that broke when they got dropped. I used to make some interesting wands from brass rod.

BTW, RnT 2 has some really nice wands.
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Aug 23, 2013 12:29AM)
I had A magic makers wand that separated in the middle. Looked nice and spun great. Couldn't handle the abuse when I was learning to wand spin. That wand from penguin took way more abuse and still performs great.
I have the Mikame craft wand. Good wand. I prefer a heavier wand.
Been thinking about making my own wand. Wood dowels and paint would do the trick. Or stain.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 23, 2013 12:36AM)
If you take a 3/8" diameter brass rod and cut it to 14", you will have a great wand for general purposes.
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Aug 23, 2013 12:45AM)
Hmm. I should give that a try. Wouldn't have to worry about dropping it. How's the weight for wand spins ?
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Aug 23, 2013 10:54AM)
Great! Just remember to wear protective gear while you practice.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 23, 2013 11:14AM)
On 2013-08-23 01:45, jcrabtree2007 wrote:
Hmm. I should give that a try. Wouldn't have to worry about dropping it. How's the weight for wand spins ?

Probably better than most wooden wands. It's a heavy beast. Also great for rapping knuckles.
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Aug 24, 2013 06:29PM)
Yeah. My wife was mad enough when I spun my 5oz wand when I was learning. CRASH!!! Sent outside to practice on more than a few occasions.
Message: Posted by: leomagnus (Aug 26, 2013 12:25PM)
Brian Cook at http://www.magiccrafter.com/ makes high quality props at reasonable prices. Contact him through his site, and you can have him make a wand to your specifications. I had Brian make me a cocobolo wand a couple of years ago, and after two years of use it still looks as beautiful as the day I got it.

Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 26, 2013 08:50PM)
I love Brian's work. From my dealings with him, his whole attitude and philosophy regarding his love and commitment to this art is nothing but inspiring and refreshing.
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Aug 28, 2013 11:01AM)
You could always make your own from wooden dowels found at your local hardware store. These dowels are made from oak, different diameters, and can be cut at your desired length. Paint the ends to your desired color and then stain them any color you want.

Have fun folks,
Message: Posted by: manananmaclir (Sep 3, 2013 10:16AM)
If you went the dowel route one of the posters suggested using .38 Special brass for the ends, which would make it look a bit more finished. Could use it to conceal a magnet or weight too if needed. I would suggest some kind of protective finish, though. Brass cartridge cases tarnish.
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Sep 3, 2013 10:23AM)
I suggest using either a polyester wand or a wand with wood ends so you don't beat up your metal cups.

I collect wands...I must have around 50 of them, and THE BEST is the wand I had Joe Porper make for me. NOT INEXPENSIVE...but WORTH EVERY PENNY!!
Message: Posted by: gary31525 (Sep 7, 2013 02:19AM)
I just bought some Timbale sticks and wrapped them in electrical tape, best dang magic wand I've ever had. For about $10.00 or less you have a rugged 'magic wand' that will last you for a long time and is easily and cheaply replaced.

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 7, 2013 11:42AM)
Re: Cartridge cases --

You can find cartridge cases that are nickel plated. They are quite common.

Or (and here is a really radical idea) you can CLEAN them once in a while. ;)
Message: Posted by: Magic.J.Manuel (Sep 7, 2013 12:28PM)
I do like the oak dowel with the peppermint stick stripe. :)
Message: Posted by: Rook (Sep 8, 2013 04:25PM)
After I broke my favorite wooden wand, I obtained my replacement from Ace hardware. It's a 12" bit of brass tube (precut) with copper caps glued to the end. It's darn-near indestructible, the tube (if you choose not to glue the ends as I have) have some uses, it has a very pleasing bit of heft, and I particularly like the look.

The fact that it took about $6 and 15 minutes to make didn't hurt, either.

Message: Posted by: snowpuppy (Sep 8, 2013 08:03PM)
Hello Juggler (from Anchorage) Mike (from Juneau)says Hi...
I own three types of Wands,...1)Wooden Wand from Cambodia 16 in. which I cut down to 14 in and tried (poorly)to paint it.Perfect weight for spins and won't damage your Cups.$15.00 at Penguin when in stock. 2)"Professional Wand" a two piece Wooden Wand w/Silver Tips (14 in) I bought on ebay.A bit on the heavy side and perfect balance,but the Tips can damage your Cups.$22.50 3)Not as flashy as the others,but my choice when using my Cups & Balls,..13.5 in. Bazar de magica Black plastic w/White Tips from Penguin.$4.50 I bought a length of heavy gage wire and inserted it into the Wand which gave it the perfect weight for Spins,and it won't damage the Cups.
Hope this helps,...happy hunting!!!
Message: Posted by: tomsk192 (Sep 9, 2013 09:12AM)
I bought an ebony wand from here:


The ebony are currently out of stock, but I'm very attached to this wand. Recommended, if you are happy to order from the UK.

Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Sep 9, 2013 07:37PM)
I just found another source for good-looking, durable, inexpensive wands:


Telic is a machine shop that makes precision parts. One of the brothers is a magician...and you can guess the rest. Wands are made from Delrin (heavy-duty plastic used for precision parts) with either brass or aluminum tips.
Message: Posted by: MagicJuggler (Sep 11, 2013 08:09AM)
Thank you for all the responses. I ended up getting a second hand custom wand for about $30 from a member of the Café. It has great weight and balance and looks very nice. Best $30 I've spent in a while. Every time I touch it I can't help but do a few wand spins.
Message: Posted by: malaki (Apr 6, 2018 02:30PM)
I also make wands.

All are made of hardwoods, of all styles.

Hand turned HP styled wands start at $25 US (plus shipping)
Standard magician's wands start at $35 US (plus shipping) for metal tubing tips (ideal for those worried about denting their cups), $55 US (plus shipping) starting price for solid tips. Well balanced and finished in tung oil for a renewable finish, should it get scratched or dented (I know how rough some of you can be on wands...).
Magician's wands are well balanced. The tips can be polished or textured, your choice.
Twig-styled wands are also available (think Fen Razell <sp> in the movie "Willow".

Custom work available.

Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Apr 7, 2018 08:44PM)
I've had one of my wands for 40 years. Fiberglass sure holds up well. If I were buying a wand, today, I'd buy a package of 12" hardwood dowels and finish them how I like.
Message: Posted by: malaki (Apr 9, 2018 08:29AM)
That is certainly the most cost efficient way to do it, if you have both the time and ability!