"Both Katharina shells and peas are amazing. A true piece of arts and crafts. Shells feel and look so great and natural, like a real walnut shell, and peas are of perfect softness and grip. I am so pleased with them."
Hrvoje / Zagreb / Croatia
I would like to thank you and congratulate you on such fine products. I have been performing the shell game for over 12 years now, both as magic and as the actual con, for fun money at casino nights . I have been using School for scoundrels Street shells and Pop Hayden’s Colorado silver shells and when needed for a larger size Black foxes Master shells. As I was ordering some bits and pieces on Propdog I came across your Gold digger and Bison Shells, so I thought I’d give them a try. Why? The street shells have always been awkward to use, they flick out of grip, they are shallow, and cause all kinds of problems when hands are too dry or too wet. The silver shells are great but sometimes too heavy after three hours of playing for fun money. The Black fox shells are great but have their own problems with jumping, no matter what technique you use to steal and load. When I received your shells I was blown away. The Gold Diggers came out first and wow, how detailed...How deep.. And the grip is so natural I couldn’t believe it. The peas look like pure plastic, the shine is great, but the rubber is really soft. These are really misleading to my eyes so the spectators have no chance. The peas work like a dream and are a great size. Being used to the perfect peas these seemed a big step up, but yet again within a second of play it was like I had been using these peas all my life. When I opened the bison shells I had a heart attack. Wow does not cover it. The size is huge and so are the peas. My immediate thoughts were oh no these will not work. How wrong was I. They work a dream and are no different to any other shell. I am so blown away with the sets and peas that I don’t want to put them down. I have big hands so it took about six months originally to get used to small shells and handlings. I don’t care what hand size you have with the Gold Diggers I’m sure any hand size can immediately manipulate these with ease. Thank you again for such wonderful products
(Damen Lewis / UK)
"Having owned several of the supposed leading shell sets on the market, I have to say that Michael's work is the best there is. His 'best peas' make accomplishing difficult moves almost effortless. You can tell that Michael puts love and dedication into his work, these are hand crafted and the finish is absolutely immaculate. If you're at all disappointed with these, I'm sorry, but you're wrong!"
(PropDog Jason / London)
Thanks a lot for Black Sea cast bronze shells. just received it today.It´s like driving a Ferrari for the first time.
(Remy Robert / France)
A massive thank you to Michael Stehle for a set of incredible Buffalo shells!
They are beautiful he also sent a great mix of the best peas I have seen. And on top of that a lovely shell soap bar. The shells look and feel fantastic. They are very large and that's exactly what I wanted for my Bunco Booth. You can nest a SFS shell underneath they are that big. I need to get some practice with the large pea but you can probably tell I'm like a kid on Christmas morning.
Thanks again Michael and to anybody thinking of buying any shells from Michael " Stop thinking and just get them"
(Nick Storry, UK)
Habe gestern Post erhalten es ist einfach nur Perfekt. Vielen Dank Michael Stehle 😊
(Lars Sral Zbinden, Schweiz)
Hi Michael, the order that I did of red and yellow peas has just arrive, and without doubt they are the best ones I ever seen ever! in fact I will change my green peas for yours.
(Manolo Talman, Spain)
I just opened the package from Michael, which only took about a week to get here, and I am over the moon! The Katharinas are beautiful, so nice to handle, with the enclosed peas, and drawstring bag, make a fantastic package. There are even a couple of other fun surprises in the package! Thanks Michael
(Don Stachowiak, Pennsylvania, USA)
These peas are amazing, ....wow, totally worth the wait
(Kaito Kidman, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Wow! My bronze thimble rig cups arrived today. They're beautiful to look at and are the perfect size, weight, and shape for both corks and soft peas. They handle like a dream and are even better than I hoped they'd be. Thank you so much, Michael Stehle. This is definitely German engineering at its finest!
( Salvatore Cioppa, USA)
One of the big advantages of the Buffalo shells is that they come with very large 14mm peas. Last night at the Magic Garage I had them on the bar and a magician across the bar said: "that pea is huge; I can see it way over here." He was about 4 meters away. This opens up performance venues.
Another big advantage is that they handle great -- smooth on the mat; easy load/unload. I could also work them with ease on a hard slippery, granite surface.
And another big advantage is that they are just beautiful -- the kind of shell you stare at and keep noticing little touches that make them look exquisite.
(Anthony Pratkanis, California)
Got the buffalo shells, I'm in love. 10 out of 10. One thing wrong bro, ill never need to buy anymore now, why should i because these are ths best.
(Gary McFarlane, Brisbane, Australia)
So far I have only bought different nut shell sets in plastic and metal from Michael.
When he showed me his copper close-up cups i was immediately in love with it.
I did not have to hesitate for a second and bought immediately. It is the perfect set for everyone who wants to show their cups and balls routine close up.
Anyone who knows Michael's work knows what I am talking about, they are not just cups, they are perfectly designed tools for professional use.
I am overjoyed to be the owner of one of the sets.
3 Thank you Michael.
(Stephan Kabjoll, Munich)
Received my first set of cups from Michael after I already had some of his fantastic shells.
Even much better than expected these cups not only look beautiful and feel amazing they are just like any of his shells: Perfect size. Perfect weight. Perfect craftsmanship.Simply perfect cups!
So if you are looking for a perfect set of Cups, no need to look any further!“
(Dr. Ralf Fröhlich, Germany)
"Amazing shells. The Chanin Dip makes it super-easy to handle and work with.
I just received one of the first sets of the new Buffalo Shells, and I am speechless - the size, the look, the feel and the quality craftmanship… everything, even smoother: “Real good and professional shells. Congratulations"
SUPER shells, there is really everything ...
(Alexander de Cova)
I wanted to give a big thumbs up for something that is hardly ever mentioned: the peas that come with the (Buffalo) shells. As a full time professional I have tried and used everything when it comes down to the 3shellgame. Always stuck with the perfect peas from SFS (which are excellent). But when you increase sizes of the shells, those perfect peas do not always look good. I was amazed by the peas that Michael Stehle supplied. They are a blessing for my always dry hands and handle like a Dream!
(Denis Velbert, USA)
I received my Buffalo Shellgame set. Early than expected. Thank you very much.
I never seen a shellgame like that ! Absolutely fantastic !
Your product is very high quality. Well done. Bravo !
Again thank you very much.
(Stéphane Guekko, Paris, France)
Arrived! The Buffalos look great. Thank you!
(Jason England, Las Vegas, USA)
Last week I received Michael’s new Katharina shells and they are magnificent!
These shells are BIG!
Perfect for the streets and on stage but still workable in most close up settings, providing you’re not working on a tiny surface.
These shells are well balanced and have a nice weight to them which makes them optimal for outdoor use.
The size of this set allows you to project what is usually an intimate or close-up effect to a much bigger audience and really highlights the beauty of the shells.
Hand painted, the Katharinas are absolutely stunning. They look so real and have a really pleasing shape, look and texture to them both inside and out.
The size of these shells does mean that they don’t fit under a standard shot glass but Michael has even found a glass that fits these massive shells like a glove.
There is a very slight Chanin dip which is useful as you’ll want to use a large pea with this set.
Even with a large pea, the Chanin dip of the Katharinas allows for a smooth load and steal action without the tell-tale ‘bump‘.
The grip is exceptional, although the size of the shells may take a little getting used to if you have small hands or are used to working with any of Michael‘s smaller sets.
(Nick Stein - London)
THESE ARE THE NUTS...!!!
"Just received my Colonia Shells from Michael Stehle.
First the packaging was very neat and tidy, I was a little worried how the shells would travel, but no worries there.
I was not prepared for the professionalism of the product. The peas were beautifully displayed in a small glass vial, complete with cork lid… 4 peas, and they are a masterpiece in themselves. Soft, as expected, but with a beautiful finish that makes them easy to manipulate on the table or in the hand. Lovely to work with.
Then I came to a small cloth bag, printed like a newspaper, and held together by a painted safety pin… the detail Michael has gone to just in the packaging is amazing…. Opening the bag revealed three of the loveliest shells I have seen.
Approximately half the size again of the Street shells, they are just beautiful to work with, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They have a good no messing about feel about them… very solid state. These are shells for the serious worker. The grip is good, they are very smooth to push around, making the mechanics of the trick virtually self-working.
Mark Mason, Blackpool magic dealer, used to say about some effects, ‘ it’s a self worker, but you’ve got to be there’ That describes these shells so well…. The pea just does its job with no effort. I even played with them on a glass table, and they worked perfectly..
These are exquisite, and I recommend them to serious shell workers everywhere. This should be the standard of all
"I have a set. I think they are spectacular"
Absolutely beautiful! Incredible work, Michael.
I think you make the best shells on the market today
( Pop Haydn / Los Angeles / California )
"Sau geil ! This fooled me"..
(Gregory Wilson / USA after seeing the Game Changer at the World Magic Artist Award)
"Only one word for it. WOW . Michael you are the " Shell Making Man " . So happy I got to know you and your shells"
Kind Regards 3 SHELL GAZ /Brisbane
Kirk Grodske /California J"ust got our next order of the Black Sea Shells. We are making several members of the Magic Castle very happy !
I got my second set in resin. Gotta have back ups you know. :)
Really like the metal shells. The perfect weight. Very stable, work like a dream, easy to hold onto and let go"
"Received the Black Sea Set today from Michael Stehle and I am really pleased with them on a number of counts ,they look really good ... and nicely weighted and beautifully curved on both sides for the side swipe and no drag on a variety of mats or table cloths ... I use a lot of different shells and bottle tops,coke milk etc so as long as i have the peas on me I can perform.
But these are definitely my number one for when working at events.
I didn't expect anything less from Michael as his passion for the shell game knows no boundaries"
Last night the Swindler used Michael Stehle gold digger shells at an event and they were like an old friend that I'd known all my life and as I've said to Michael I dont know how he's going to top these .
Richard T. Smith / UK
"Just received today the Real Silver Shells,
Brilliant, great workmanship,
Absolutely will take pride of place in my collection.
Thank You Michael Stehle"
Peter Atkinson / UK
"juhu habe vor zwei Wochen die Bowler von Michael Stehle erhalten und bin super begeistert. Selten so tolle Requisiten von so einem netten, hilfsbereiten Menschen bekommen.
Je öfter man sie in der Hand hat desto mehr spürt man die Liebe und Leidenschaft welche da hineingeflossen ist.
Vielen lieben Dank für so wunderbare Shellgames."
Königswalder Riesen Shell Game Set
"I'm another satisfied customer of Michael's and this is the second set I have purchased from him. As usual the transaction was seamless and to make things even better the postage to Australia was only a week.
I like the larger size and the heavier weight of these shells and have been working with the larger pea that comes with this set. The peas are a lot squishier than the S4S peas, but maybe a bit less squishy than those from 3shells. The omission of the Chanin dip on the Königswalder Riesen Set is not an issue as I usually work on a close-up mat.
I find taller sides on shells a real help with handling. There is ample space on the sides of the Königswalder Riesen Set for your fingers and thumb to grip the shell. Overall these are a great set of shells and a welcome addition to my Collection"
Greg Carlill / Australia
"Got Michael Stehle the Ulitmate Pea this evening. Its awesome to work around with ease. Thank Michael"
Bob Chua / Singapore
Sometimes when you look at the props you’re working with, makes me happy! The Buffalo shells are beautiful! Thanks and they work like a Dream.
(John Anders, Netherlands)
"These beautiful shells arrived just before Blackpool and I was injured the next day. Back to my old self and posting this long overdue thank you. The peas are spectacular and the shells are outstanding"
Mark McPhee / UK
"I performed all yesterday afternoon at Old Cowtown's season opening with one of Michael's wonderful peas. Superb handling. I LOVE this pea!"
Roscoe Tarwater Beaumont / USA
"Just received the peas today!! They are absolutly the best I've ever handled! They almost stick to you fingers and they work smooth, very smooth even on wood! I love them, you should love them to and order as soon as possible before they are sold out!"
John Anders / Netherlands
"Michael Stehle does amazing work. He has really outdid his self with this wonderful Bowler three shell game. His moves with these are worth the price by themselves and he sends a cool download video with all the explanations. Thank you Michael for what your doing for the magic community"
Jim Carter / USA
"just got my shells yesteday. Could not be happier with them. The bowler hat shells handle perfectly. The shells in front of them are for comparison. The second pic is of a final load for the hat. It easily fits".
Mike Perlman / USA
"This calls for something Special"
Christoper Haniball / USA
"Gotta love the new bowlers. Thanks Michael Stehle"!
Kenneth Jones / USA
WOW, WHAT A SET!!
"After a long weekend of 25+ shows, working Michael Stehle’s Black Sea Shells, I have to say I’ve found a firm new favourite!
The handling is fantastic and the pea comes out of the shell much quicker and after a shorter ‘move-distance’ than with the Bratva and Königswalder sets.
This makes the Black Sea shells ideal for smaller tables and working surfaces such as close up pads and busking tables.
The Königswalder remain my go to set for casino tables, snooker tables and large shows due to their visibility and size.
The slighter size of the Black Sea shells is perfect for one handed manoeuvres and they look beautiful too. I think they are the prettiest Stehle set so far. Elegant, realistic and beautifully detailed but perfectly balanced and weighted.
The work Michael has put into the patina and finish of these shells is a real plus and the almost imperceptible chanin dip allows you to work on glass with no ‘bump’.
The fact that these fit under a tell’s bell is the cherry on top!"
Nick Stein / London
"Just a game with three little bowlers. Nothing to it. Just for fun. Oh, you'd like to add a small wager? Well, if you insist..."
Thank you Michael for your friendship, craftsmanship and passion for the old shell game. My miniature haberdashery is now complete.
Mark Zust / USA
Parcel from Michael just arrived with the „Killer“ peas and the Desert Rats. Both are perfect. Performing moves now that I couldn‘t do with „normal“ peas! Thank you very much, Michael!
Heiner Kusenberg / Germany
My first set arrived today, I love them and they feel great in the hands. Time to get busy, thanks Pop Haydn for letting me know about these. Great work Gents.
Trend DT / Canada