Richard Spencer is one of a few remarkably talented craftsman to fabricate such a classic in the art. He has also managed to boutique it like never before with his base and glass dome.
FACT: This item will appeal to anyone who is an educated lover of the art of magic. It doesn’t matter if you are an illusionist, a card mechanic, stage magician etc., this piece embodies (probably more than most others), a visual representation of magic. At the same time it immediately illustrates that the owner has an understanding, appreciation and respect of the history of magic.
Because very few people are familiar with this piece, we will add a brief description of how it is used. The vase is presented with the lid off and the solid ball in the base. The ball is removed and vanished in any number of ways. The lid is placed on the base and the ball is commanded to return. When the lid is removed, the ball appears to have returned to the vase. The performer then attempts to have the ball disappear from the vase several times without success. With the lid off, the performer, in frustration with the uncooperative ball, hits it with the mallet—at which point the ball finally disappears. The mallet and vase can be presented for inspection, but the ball is nowhere to be found.
This is but one of many ways this piece can be used. This Mallet Vase, crafted by Richard Spencer, is a superb recreation of a piece that, to our knowledge, has not been produced in over 100 years. The vase stands 4 inches tall and 1.75 inches in diameter. The mallet head is approximately 2.5 inches tall and 1.75 inches in diameter with a handle length of 4.75 inches. The solid ball is 1.25 inches in diameter and turned from African Blackwood.
The vase is fashioned from stabilized Maple Burl. No part of this box is molded or pre-fabricated. Each piece is hand crafted by the builder. The piece is identified by a label on the bottom containing the name of the craftsman, its unique number and the wood it’s crafted from. It comes with a Cherry display stand and glass dome. An 8.5 X 11 inch certificate of authenticity is also included. This piece is ideal for the performer or collector who insists on perfection.
Size: Vase diameter – 1 ¾”; overall height – 4”; mallet length = 6 ½”.
Material: Vase and mallet from Maple Burl: ball and half ball from African Blackwood.
Finish: This piece was finished with a 3 part buffing system ending with Carnauba wax.
Identification: This piece carries an identifying decal on the base. Information about the decal includes: Craftsman’s name: wood used, and the number 00X.
Please note: Due to the nature of this item, and the fact it is hand-made, there could be a two-three week wait depending on completed units at the time of your order. If you need a more concise estimate contact us.