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"Andrew Pinard has given us without question
the finest set of natural shells . . . period." -Bob Kohler
"Wow. Very nice and natural looking shells. I loved the feel and the design makes the steals and loads very smooth. I will use these...visibility makes them look so good on the pad. A real delight." -Bob Sheets
"I went absolutely nuts playing with them. Crackin'! I can't believe they're not real! For professional entertainers only..." -Gazzo
The Three Shell Game holds an unique place in the world of magic, and many of the top names in magic featured it prominently in their performances. The shells are placed upon the table and before a word is said, the audience's curiousity is running away. It is difficult to pin down its allure on the public. Is it gambling...a con...sleight-of-hand? Or perhaps the result of a dark pact with the underworld? Many have heard of the game, but few have seen it performed live with actual walnut shells.
These shells, unavailable for many years, were favored by such pros as Mike Rogers, Frank Garcia and others. Often referred to as "Italian walnuts," very few people had access to them and they were available only in very limited quantities. The originals had one major drawback, their notable brittle nature, which rendered them dry and fragile over time. With La Maggiore, we provide workers with a set of almost indestructible shells that, with appropriate care, will last a lifetime.
La Maggiore shells are manufactured in high-impact resin, and are the largest commercially available. Molded from an actual walnut similar to those used by the greats, La Maggiore was lovingly sculpted and refined for perfect sensitivity. The original walnut came off one of only two trees remaining on the only plantation in the Northern Hemisphere that still grows them.
Great pains have been taken to ensure that the color and texture says definitively "walnut shell." This shell was sanded and then filled with putty to smooth out the interior, molded, cast and then sanded further to ensure a fluid response. The only other work put into these shells is in the back edge, where a gentle "inverted V" has been sculpted in to minimize shell motion during the steal.
Virtually indestructible, washable and modifiable (see Specifications), La Maggiore are the finest set of shells ever commercially available.
A good tool does the job adequately, a great tool enhances the abilities of the worker, enabling him to soar to heights previously thought unattainable.
Thus it could be said that these replica walnut shells are perhaps better than the real thing. Treat them rough and they come back screaming for more. Treat them kindly, respect their powers and you might one day be able to retire to finer pursuits, your every need provided for...
Includes 2 School for Scoundrels's "Perfect Peas".
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