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Hello to all! As you may know, Magic Ian left us on the fourth of July...a great loss to us all. His fertile mind lead to this, his last project here with us. I was honored to be asked to be a part of it...The Steel Ball & Tube Wand. We were holding off until after Ian recovered from his hospital stay, which, unfortunately for all of us, was not to be. However, carry on we shall. Ian's family and I are working together to make these available to the magic fraternity. Here is a link to photos of those that have been made for those who may be interested in viewing. Other views and wands can be opened under the main photo. Hopefully, this will be but one of the many magical accomplishments that will keep his name alive in the world of magic.

http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s483......1a6f.jpg

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There isn't a more skilled wand maker to do these! They look great!
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Thanks Michael, for those kind words! A better link here to view more. My computer "expertise" is showing!

http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/moonli......%20Wands

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I am a proud owner of one of Ian's initial versions of this cool wand, and these look ultra-cool. Count me in on one of the wannabes to get one.

Ian rules. We'll miss you!
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I will miss my old friend.

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Wow, Sorry to hear of Ian's passing, he was a great guy - very inventive.


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Great looking, very classy
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Beautiful.
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God bless you and have a magical day
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Very beautiful indeed..
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Very nice! Ian will be missed.

R.I.P. my friend.

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They look great Michael!
Please keep us posted when they become available.

Ian was very excited about this project.
It will be a fitting remembrance.
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Very nice! Ian will be missed.

R.I.P. my friend.

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So are the balls and tubes just used for asthetic reasons? Or is there a ball and tube trick involved? (I do know what the ball and tube trick is but I'm not sure what the idea of this wand is)
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On 2013-07-23 21:20, MeetMagicMike wrote:
So are the balls and tubes just used for asthetic reasons? Or is there a ball and tube trick involved? (I do know what the ball and tube trick is but I'm not sure what the idea of this wand is)


Great question. Magic Ian came up with this truly out-of-the-box idea of combining two classics of magic...the wand, and the ball and tube. Yes, the wand can be used as a straight wand with the hardware functioning purely as ornamentation. Or, one could work it into her or his routine and actually take one of the ends off and perform the classic ball and tube effect, or a version of the ring on wand with the tube substituted for the ring...it's quite ingenious actually. Imagine using your wand to perform magic with, and then showing how the wand itself is created with magical components. I think this prop has some wonderfully creative potential.
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That does sound great. I'm glad I asked.
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The third Ball & Tube wand was designed so that it could also be used as a "pocket-size" version, and went to Jeff McBride, shown in the link on my previous posting above. After all, the Ball & Tube is a close-up effect and may lend itself nicely to walk-around performances. The ends of the wand onto which the tubes are slipped on and off, are themselves removable, which, makes this possible. It is also what allows for the look of a decorative spacer at the ends, and, is the shoulder against which the tubes rest. We are entertaining ideas of different versions of this wand as they present themselves, as we believe Magic Ian would have wanted.

As it stands now, it looks like 5-6 weeks before stock will become available to make more of these. In the meantime, Ian's family is still trying to work things out about the business. I believe Ian had a few different web sites, which, would be rather confusing to those left behind trying to figure them all out. Hopefully, all will be condensed down to one web site. There is a section devoted to these wands on my site, and, will host announcements of anything we learn, even if the family decides to have someone else make the wands.

Best regards to all....

Michael
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Did this ever move ahead? I regret I ran into this after Ian passed away but I really like his wand and managed to still find his YouTube video demonstrating it. That and some comments were enough information for me to make a couple of them. I also made up a solid steel piece that looks just like the EZ ball and tube and hand it out for inspection at the end. Sorry I don't post much but I just don't have much to add to the conversations. I have noticed that the EZ brand ball and tube seems to be only available in old stock. At least from my searches. Are there any other makers of the tubes that seem to be plated nickel and are similar? I like those better than brass or aluminum.
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Here's a recent addition to the market that has had great reviews here on the Café.

https://airshipmagic.com/store/home/143-......ect.html

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On Nov 22, 2019, ekins wrote:
Here's a recent addition to the market that has had great reviews here on the Café.

https://airshipmagic.com/store/home/143-......ect.html

-Brian



Thanks Brian. I actually have one of those and like it a lot. Really well crafted.
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