The Alchemy Tree Blog

Reviews for Unholey by Collin Claus

We were stoked to learn that Ghost has been reviewed by four independent magic influencers.  All four of them REALLY liked it.  Each discusses what they feel are the pros and cons of the move, and we’ve pasted the reviews below.  So now you can make an informed decision before purchasing.

When Collin released Ghost in 2021, it caused quite a stir amongst coin magicians.  Having watched the trailer many people couldn’t believe that it wasn’t camera trickery.  Others were worried about angles and how practical it is for working in the real world.

Anthony Almario

In March 2022, we received the review below from Anthony Almario Magic.

Nique Tan

In January 2022 we received this review from Nique Tan Chats

Real Magic Reviews

In March 2021 we received this review from Steve Faulkner at Real Magic Reviews.

Rick Holcombe

Shortly after we released Ghost, Collin was contacted by the respected coin magician and reviewer of all things magical, Rick Holcombe.  Rick wanted to speak to Collin about Ghost and Schmetterling. (Schmetterling is German for Butterfly, because that’s how delicate it looks.)

Purchase Ghost

So with all that press, we hope you have the information you need to decide whether Ghost is right for you. If you’d like to learn it, you can visit the product pages here:

Standard Version

Deluxe Version (With handling for “Schmetterling”)

The Hindu Shuffle Box Set

Could This Be Card Magic’s Most Versatile Move?

Our latest release examines all aspects of The Hindu Shuffle.  There’s more to it than you might think.  The shuffle is used by card technicians of all abilities and, although it originates in the far east,  you’ll often see it used by professional magicians all over the world. There are two reasons that it’s so popular.

  1. It’s extremely versatile and can be used for forcing, glimpsing, peeking, controlling and shuffling.
  2. It’s easy-peasy!

Winner winner chicken dinner!

The box set is perfect for beginners, or anyone simply looking to add genuine sleight-of-hand into their magic. We go deep down into this technique to teach you seven versions of the Hindu Shuffle, before rounding up with an original routine. This will give you the opportunity to incorporate the skills you’ve just learnt into a performance.

Check Out The Hindu Shuffle Box Set Trailer.

You can view or stream the full tutorial here.


Imagine being able to take a spectator’s signed playing card, punch some holes in it and then openly move them around the card. The spectator can even feel both sides of the hole after it’s moved.

Unholey is Collin’s signature effect.  This single piece of magic has earned him more re-bookings than anything else he performs. And with just a little practice, it can do the same for you.  Check out the trailer to see how.

The perfect balance of magicality and practicality, Unholey is one of those rare effects which is …

  • Jaw-droppingly visual.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Easy to perform – there are NO complicated sleights.
  • And it resets instantly.
  • Plus, the card becomes an impossible souvenir displaying YOUR details. It’s a magical business card.

Collin has taken one of close-up magic’s great plots and reworked and refined it over fifteen years of performance.

Within hours of release, Unholey already received a 5 Star Review.

“Nice effect, and it is explained very thoroughly. The Alchemy Tree team delivers great value for the money.”


Download or stream Unholey here.

The JW Grip

The JW Grip is The Alchemy Tree’s first coin tutorial and it’s a lightning fast vanish and production from an open hand.  It looks stunning!

We’ve had many requests to produce some coin tutorials and we wanted out first one to be a real doozy!

The JW Grip ticks all the boxes.  As you can see from the trailer, it’s a visually startling move, which is a perfect opening to any coin routine.  More importantly, it’s achievable in no time … even by a beginner.

You can learn it in full here.

A Little History Of The JW Grip

The sleight feels very contemporary and is used by many modern coin magicians.  Surprisingly though, it actually dates back to the mid 1940s.  However, it wasn’t seen in print until 1981 when Horace Bennett  included it in Bennett’s Fourth Book” as “Jimmy Wilson’s Coin Vanish & Reproduction, although it’s sometimes referred to as the Fitch Grip.

Horace Bennett (1925 – 1990) was a Virginian magician and one of the original members of the Society of American Magicans (SAM).  But as for Jimmy Wilson, he seems to have disappeared into obscurity.  We’d love to learn more about him if anyone knows.

Look out for more coin sleights and routines coming shortly.