September 6th, 2012 4:50pm
|Bring Out Your Lead!
I’m a big fan of the nail writer. Hey, we all have our favorite gimmicks. I have a huge magic collection, like many of you. And, like many of you, a drawer filled with various forms of nail writers. Old school undernails, Boon-writers, Thumbtip-style, and now we will talk about another variety, the “band” writer.
Bob Solari has crafted a fine, sturdy band-writer that has a grease pencil (he calls wax) lead. In a word, it is robust. It looks and feels like it will stand up to heavy usage. It is not a small, invisible gimmick. The trade-off is that it will give you a strong, bold mark that can easily be seen from onstage.
If you develop good technique, this gimmick will indeed be invisible from the gaze of your enchanted participants. I remember watching old Lou Tannen demonstrate the thumb tip at the counter of his magic shop, and at the end revealed he was using an unpainted silver-aluminum thumbtip. Lou proved that you didn’t need to purchase a thumb tip that exactly matched your skin color and texture.
I’ve explored under-nail writers; I just can’t get them to work for me. The lead size is often too small for my stage-sized effects. I’ve also found Boon writers to be a bit wobbly. If you, too, are looking for a firmer fit for your invisible helper, I would suggest you give Mr. Solari’s Swami Secure a spin or two through the alphabet, and see what you think. Also included is extra lead, and the URL and phone number of the place to re-order from. He even gives you a bent paper clip to “get the lead out!”
It would be easy to add a number of sources for good information on using this gimmick; no instructions are given, so the maker assumes that you know all you need to know. May I suggest The Nail Writer Anthology, by Thomas Baxter, and A Boon for All Seasons, by Barry Richardson, as great places to begin your research. Of course, our old friend 13 Steps to Mentalism by Corinda, offers techniques to help you get your lead out, too.
Product info for Swami Secure
Author: Solari, BobPublisher: Bob Solari MagicAverage Rating: (2)Retail Price: $19.95
Handcrafted by Bob Solari 2010
This is a mentalist's secret weapon! It is a secret writing device that will fit on either your right or left thumb. It has been designed to stay securely in place while writing. It is slightly adjustable for most size thumbs. Each unit is hand crafted and hand painted by Bob. Each unit comes with an extra supply of black writing wax (Listo).
*A working knowledge of "Swami Gimmicks" is required. NO routines are supplied.