With permission from Antony Lebedev, creator of The Hourglass.
Antony still sells his version but has graciously allowed us to sell our deluxe version. We have modified the special straps and holdouts and have added a super-strong magnet plus detailed instructions. Our Hourglass is hand made in our shop and each unit is tested before it is shipped.
Our version is slightly larger than the original so it is well suited for close-up and parlour work.
The performer relates a story about a wizard or ‘ancient one’ that could control time. Removing an hourglass from his pocket (or pouch-now supplied) the performer turns the hourglass over and begins the passing of time. Suddenly, at the performer’s command, the sand stops flowing. The performer does NOT touch the hourglass and yet upon his command the sand stops dead in its tracks. Another snap of the fingers and the sand begins to flow again.
The effect is under the performers control yet no electronics, motors, timers, etc. are used. Nothing is hidden in the hand. The Hourglass can be minutely examined by the spectators and can then be immediately used in performance. No contrived set-up; resets instantly. Designed for sit-down close up work.
Measures: 6" tall x 3" wide; brass accents with walnut trim.