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On 2013-05-23 00:50, Michael Baker wrote:

...And here is an Okito-style Hindoo Inkwell. This causes a transformation of a borrowed watch placed in the cubby, into a lemon, etc., while allowing you to secretly steal the watch for later reproduction from a Nest of Boxes, etc.

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I love this effect and apparatus - and now I'm getting one. Woo Woo!

Thanks Mark Stevens!
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Ahh.. glad to hear it! Just a heads up... I will soon be making a Watch Box that will coordinate with this. Of course, with the Inkwell, you can designate anyplace for the borrowed watch to end up. This will be a nice companion piece. Best part is, this new Watch Box can be used to make things appear inside, or you can steal away items locked within. It can also be used for a coin in ball of wool, or any number of other applications.

This is one of the first ones that I made for one of my own Inkwell customers (before I made the run for Stevens Magic). The new run of Watch Boxes will be very similar.

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Grrrrrrrr, you are making me jealous!!!!
It's wonderful....
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Hide your eyes john wills. Michael's work just keeps getting better and better which leads to increased jealousy and wallet content draining. Hide your eyes. Hide quickly.
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It's giving me nightmares.....
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On 2013-09-14 14:39, john wills wrote:
Grrrrrrrr, you are making me jealous!!!!
It's wonderful....


I was looking at this for a while, but couldn't justify spending the money back when Michael was making them.

Then, just when I get a flash email from Stevens that he had a few of these beauties for a special price, my wife asks me to tell her what I want for my birthday. A coincidence too good to pass up!

Alan
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Just a point of clarity...

The Inkwell pictured above is one of two I made for private collectors prior to making the arrangement with Stevens Magic. The item sold through Stevens is pictured here. They are very similar, but with some differences, notably the style of the feet and the fact that the lid has a second tier on the newer version. I also believe the interior mechanism is better and quieter on the newer version.

I got that flash email, too. The sale price is a steal.

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Both renditions are stunning. This really is one of your most beautiful pieces Michael. It is simply elegant on every level.
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Let me give you a couple recipes that I made this weekend. I didn't get any photos, but you can imagine how these look.

Halloween Salad

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar

Mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl..

1 bunch of broccoli cut into small florets
1 head of purple cauliflower cut into small florets
1/2 head of orange cauliflower cut into small florets
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 3 oz container of bacon bits, or 6-8 strips cooked crisp and crumbled

Be sure to cut veggies into small enough pieces that it can be eaten easily. Toss veggies with dressing and refrigerate for 3-4 hours to marinate (or til the next day).
This has all the fun colors of Halloween, and it tastes great, too!

Fried Chicken & Harvest Fruit Salad

2 cups cooked chicken cut up (I used fried chicken left over from our magic club picnic... just the meat)
1/2 apple, chopped
1/2 pear, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped

Mix with a little squeeze of lemon juice and just enough mayo to pull it all together. I had this on a sandwich using Catherine Clark Brownberry bread. http://www.brownberry.com/products/slice......al-wheat

OK, both salads are mayo-based, so if that's not your thing then I'm sure a lighter alternative should work... but these are dang good!
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On 2013-09-17 01:15, Michael Baker wrote:
Just a point of clarity...

The Inkwell pictured above is one of two I made for private collectors prior to making the arrangement with Stevens Magic. The item sold through Stevens is pictured here. They are very similar, but with some differences, notably the style of the feet and the fact that the lid has a second tier on the newer version. I also believe the interior mechanism is better and quieter on the newer version.

I got that flash email, too. The sale price is a steal.

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I plan on using mine so it is great that I got the one with the quieter mechanism.

Thanks for posting this picture so that we can see the (minor) differences between the versions.

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Michael, the recipes are great, but your post lacks flavor without the pictures. I think to defend your reputation you may need to remake the dishes, photograph them, post them, (and then eat them of course).
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It has been a long day, and I am tired, but I took time out of my day to make myself supper AND photograph it for you. I hope you're happy, because it was a real effort.

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And now something else to chew on... They used to say, "Captain Crunch stays crunchy, even in milk." But if a two year old pours a box of it in the toilet, it pretty much turns into yellow quicksand. They don't tell you that, and I just want to know why??
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I don't know. Maybe it's the milk... because... if said two year old happens to dump it into a hotel toilet, it floats marvelously and refuses to disappear even after repeated flushes.
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Fair enough lin, just please, don't post any pics.

But thank you for your pic Michael. Good to see that the artisans slum it up once in a while like the rest of us. Smile
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Lin, I think we are uncovering a conspiracy manned by two year olds.

Oz, you have no idea.
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Well-played my friend.
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This is C.J.

We lost him on 9/11 this year. He was 16. We got him when he was 4.

Sweetest dog ever.

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Sorry for the loss of your buddy.
Magic is the bacon in the breakfast of life.

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God bless you and have a magical day
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You're missing are dear friend.
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He looks real sweet. Sorry for your loss, Michael.
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