For $130 bucks you get a well produced DVD and an extremely well made gimmick that pretty much lives up to its ad hype
Without exposing too much, basically what you get is a device that you can wear with just about any wardrobe (won't work in sweats or shorts, but jeans, dress pants, etc. are fine).
This gimmick lets you put a good solid bend into a butter knife or even the handle of a spoon or fork. It takes a split second to do the bend and David Penn teaches you how to routine the effect so that the move happens at the perfect and undetectable time.
I'm a big guy and thought that for sure the gimmick wouldn't "fit" me. However it fit perfectly. In the DVD you are taught how to adjust the gimmick to fit your specific "self." David Penn is the exact opposite build as me. He's trim and buffed (and kinda cute according to my mom). Yet he uses the exact same gimmick that I do, so it truly is one size fits all. You just have to slightly adjust it which takes, literally, just 3 to 5 minutes tops.
If you want the ability to bend knife's and/or the "other" end of a spoon or a fork, this is definitely the ticket. I do, however, want to take a few pieces of the ad copy to task.
Here's a snippet from the ad:
An examined dinner knife is signed by the spectator along the handle. They hold onto the handle and can clearly see that the knife is straight. All you do is massage the blade softly causing it to bend at a 45 degree angle. The bent knife never leaves the spectators hand and can be immediately examined. This leaves the spectator with an impossible object that they cannot bend back!
Let's examine each section for a moment:
Ad Copy: An examined dinner knife is signed by the spectator along the handle. My Thoughts: - Yes. They Sign it in their own hands.
Ad Copy: They hold onto the handle and can clearly see that the knife is straight. My Thoughts: - Yes. They clearly can examine the knife. It's normal in every way.
Ad Copy: All you do is massage the blade softly causing it to bend at a 45 degree angle. My Thoughts: - Yes. Sort of. See comments below*.
Ad Copy: The bent knife never leaves the spectators hand and can be immediately examined. My Thoughts: - This one is a bit misleading. See comments below*.
Ad Copy: This leaves the spectator with an impossible object that they cannot bend back! My Thoughts: - Yes. Totally true.
* - After the knife is examined and signed, you have to take the knife back and put the work in it. So it does leave their hand for a minute. When it comes back to their hand, the knife is handled in such a way that the bend is hidden. Two ways to hide this bend are taught. One way is the use of a very clever gimmick (not supplied) that you can make in a few minutes. The other way requires no gimmick, just some simple handling.
Though I feel the ad copy is slightly misleading, I don't feel that the true situation is a weakness. The routining and handling is very simple and well thought out and will work well enough that the audience will remember it the way the ad copy "sells" it. It is true that after you put the work in the knife (unbeknownst to the spectator), that they hold onto to the handle of the knife while you create the very convincing illusion that you are putting the bend in the knife while they're holding it. So from their perspective, they held the knife while you bent it. They can hold onto it from that point on.
The rest of the ad copy (shown below) is absolutely 100% accurate:
BioniK can also be used to bend the extreme handles of forks or spoons to further enhance your metal bending routines.
The same straight knife that is signed is the one that bends. No switches! NOTHING concealed in your hands to achieve the bend at anytime.
- Precision made gimmick and instructional DVD included.
- Perform it in short sleeves.
- Effortless in execution.
- Leaves the spectator with an impossible object.
If you're looking for a simple way to be able to put a bend in knife blades and/or spoon and fork handles, this is pretty hard to beat. I'm very confident that you'll be happy with your purchase. And you can pretty much wear it all day long and use it whenever you need to. The only considerations for wearing it is that it's better if you're wearing an a shirt that covers your belt line. Or a coat (suit jacket, etc.) that covers your belt line. However, if you're wearing dark clothes, you don't even need to bother wearing a cover shirt/jacket. The part of the gimmick that is "see-able" is very small.
4.5 Stars with a Stone Status of GEM!