Dead Ringer, Wenger Spirit Bell, and the Ceasarial Spirit Bell all look good to me but I chose the Wenger Spirit bell for the following reasons. Animation. You can see the arm of the bell move clearly even from a great distance. So if a spectator is deaf or you are in a loud environment, the movement is highly visible. With Dead Ringer, the stem inside the bell seems to just jiggle around inside the bell a bit. I also read that you have to position it a certain way for it to work. With the Ceasar Bell, they say it's strength is that a person can hold the bell. The audience may suspect that the volunteer who is holding the bell is ringing it. You also do not see movement but just hear the bell ring. With the Wenger, you clearly see the swing arm and bell move and hear the bell ring. It also packs very flat and plays big and of course can be operated hands free. It can also knock an object over if placed beside it when activated. It also looks very very old and can withstand close examination. You can even place an artifact such as a neckless or any small object on the base to summon the spirit. The Departed also looks nice but two problems. You have to lug a big box around and it is not visible from all sides but just the front. The Wenger can be seen from all sides and is much more portable. Mine looks even older then the photos and video of it shows.
It also does not look like a regular bell and provides room for great stories.
But for me the best part is that you can show each part and put it together piece by piece right in front of the audience. Even an audience member can do it although I personally would not let them.
I have taken a look at the ones you mentioned. They look fine. Since I own the Wenger, I have no problem recommending it.
Work on a nice routine to get the most out of it.
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