Motorized Matchbox Reel


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This battery operated matchbox reel has many uses for magicians. The reel has a very thin, long and strong mono filament line that is invisible at a small distance. You have several feet of line available – you can extend the line by eight feet or more – much more than any mechanical reel. There is no need for a lock – the line stays extended till you press the switch, to retract it. The motorized reel comes to you ready to use, complete with two AAA cells. Please note that this is a gimmick for intermediate and advanced magicians, and not for complete beginners although basic handling instructions are supplied with the item.

The complete gadget is built into a simulated matchbox casing (plastic, not cardboard), which you can leave on the table, angled as illustrated, and it appears just as a regular matchbox. Yet built into this tiny box are the mechanics for this utility prop.

Complete books have been written covering magic effects with Reels, most of which can be performed with this reel. The reels are a gimmick, used for animation effects. One of the most entertaining effects is having a cigarette drop from your lips as you attempt to light it. A magic gesture makes the cigarette float up, between your lips, ready to be lit. Similar effects involve “accidentally” dropping a silk or length of rope, bill, playing card etc. during a magic routine. The extra length of line will permit you to even step away, before you notice this. A magic gesture, and the object “floats up” to your hand.

PK type effects involve a card case, cigarette packet or wallet “crawling” across a table to you. Other animation effects involve a knotted silk or rope visibly untying themselves.