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La Maggiore "Three Shell Game"
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"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...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 18th, 2012
I own the Street Shells, The Black Fox Master Shells and the La Maggiore Shells; out of the three sets, the La Maggiore set are the best shells I own.
I have large hands and the La Maggiore shells are the easiest for me to use as the shell surface affords me an easy grip on the shells and I am able to move them around without my fingers slipping or the shells shifting.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 29th, 2012
I bought these shells because a friend has a set, They are the best shells to work with they don't slip out of your hands like the smaller shells,nice weight, easy to handle, great for when your back clipping. I showed my other friend and he bought a set too, that's how good they, and yes I would recommend them highly,
so stop reading and buy a set,I did.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2012
great size and feel..I have small hands but have no problems with these. They are larger than others, but that's good for visuals and the grip is especially good
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 31st, 2012
I bought these shells because I needed larger shells to fit my hands properly. My street shells were just too small for me(I have BIG hands). My only problem is that they are darker than the picture shows and have a sheen that causes them to lose their "realistic" appearance. My persona is that of a "reformed" street hustler and the looks of these take away from that. I have compensated for this by exibiting and explaining the "real" equipment operators use, and I stand alone using these as my entertainer set for demonstrations of the scam, giving my "reformed" character credibility.
All in all; these shells rock! I can grip them well without my fingers cramping like they do with smaller shells and my steals and loads feel 100% natural. This equates to a better performance, not to mention a better Hat.
They are definitly worth every penny. I'm glad I took the risk on these.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 17th, 2010
These are the best shells on the market, period. These shells are large and have a nice weight to them. Their design makes it easy to perform your "secret move" with them. They are very nicely made. In fact, they are so realistic that I pass mine off as real walnuts and people do believe it. They appear to be of very high quality and I expect mine to last many years. They cost a bit more than the other shells, but if you are interested in performning the 3 shell game, these are the shells to get. Highly recommended!!!
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