What makes a good street wand?
When a magic wand is used in multiple shows a day, hitting cups, coins, and table tops, the quality of the wood makes a huge difference. The late "King of Street Magicians," Jim Cellini had the right idea when he commissioned wands made out of "Lignum Vitae." Unlike most woods, Lignum Vitae is very dense and resinous. It's so dense, in fact, it sinks in water like a stone. The resin in the wood makes it more robust than most other woods. Most woods are dry and splinter and split after striking the sharp tops of cups, or the edges of silver dollars. Resinous woods are more robust, and merely accumulate tiny invisible dents, despite aggressive use. They maintain a naturally "smooth" feel, even without additional finishes.
A great street wand takes this quality to the next level. The Blackheart wand is even more resinous and durable than Lignum Vitae. Magicians who have handled both actually prefer the glassy slickness of a polished Blackheart wand.
Each Blackheart wand is handmade in the USA, to the specific standards of one of the contemporary experts of Cups and Balls. Not only can they be used to hit the tops of the hardest, sharpest cups without taking any noticeable damage, they are designed with details to allow for many classic magic tricks. The length and thickness are ideal for spinning, striking, and throwing moves. The rounded ends are aesthetic, but also allow for the "vanishing wand" to be executed without strain on the fingertips. Blackheart wands are produced to collectible quality, with functional finishing touches.
Being handmade, they radiate character. If you want a wand that feels like a real magical instrument and not just a dowel or piece of plastic, you need to try the Blackheart street wand.
Weight: ~ 40g
The Blackheart Street Wand comes with a tough, handmade nylon belt-loop holster.
As a king wears a crown and a carpenter wields a hammer, a magician casts spells with their wand.
Conjurers who choose to represent the Magician archetype in their performances use magic wands for misdirection, direction, justification, and as props in their own right. Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the father of modern magic, wrote in his book Secrets of Conjuring and Magic (1868), that “A conjurer rarely comes forward on stage otherwise than wand in hand. His elegant little staff is the emblem of his magic power.”
If you've ever wanted to use a wand to visually vanish, produce, or change objects, Magic With Wands teaches principles and techniques for doing so, with details honed through many live performances under challenging "street" conditions.
From a review from The Disclaimer:
For technical magic fans, his notes cover wand selections, palming and finger placements while holding a wand, 4 different False Transfers; 3 with a ball(or any small objects) and 1 with a sponge ball as a Retention of Vision technique, 2 Reverse Striking Production techniques, plus a Single Action Striking Change. Personally, I love how all the moves/sleights are really well described, and some of materials in Makoto’s notes are only good for magicians who have some knowledge of basic concealments and David Williamson’s Striking Vanish, but overall, it is not difficult to master all the moves here