I also checked the website of Zauberzentrale Mnchen and was a little bit surprised, that's an understatement, by what Mr. Voit is telling us about the Martinka chairs:
More than once versions of this effect appeared in front of us, either
imported from the USA or fiddled together in Germany, and always it gave
dissatisfaction. Either the construction was amateurish and therefore gave
away the secret, or it was a version stolen from Peter Pit who became world
famous with it. Peter was more than happy with this ZZM-version, (which is
licensed in the USA), because such a well made and easy going construction
he had not envisioned in his wildest dreams.
The above is a translation. Here you can find the original text: http://shop.zauberzentrale.de/cgi-bin/Z ... iew/B30131
A couple of months before he died I have met Peter Pit in the Netherlands. He visited his family and also attended a one-day convention. I had the pleasure to have dinner with Tommy Wonder and Peter and believe me as three Dutch guys are sitting together there is a lot of gossip (and rumors). We discussed the long thread about the Martinka chairs on another forum and were happy it was looking if everything was settled now. If Peter had seen the ZZM-version of the chairs he would have shared that experience with us. So that's the reason I'm flabbergasted about what Mr. Voit is stating. I cannot find the timeslot in which Peter has had a chance to see the ZZM-version. At that time Peter didn't know how ill he really was and was full of plans and we were looking forward to meet again at the WMS in Vegas a few months later.
Further I'm wondering why Mr. Voit waited so long before he was actually selling the chairs. According his text the chairs were well made and working smoothly when Peter saw them. For sure not a prototype!
Further I don't know what the fact four more dealers are selling the chairs with Pit's routine is proofing.