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Spider Pen Pro Review

Official Review

October 8th, 2013 9:43pm
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Reviewed by James Sanden
The Spider Pen Pro by Yigal Mesika is a new and improved version of Mr. Mesika’s Spider Pen, a motorized ITR hidden inside a pen. The pen comes with a DVD that explains the workings of the pen, as well as several different effects that can be performed with the gimmick.

On the DVD Mr. Mesika explains how the pen is constructed, the various components, how they fit together, resetting it when the thread breaks and how to activate the pen. He also teaches what he describes is a sure fire way to hook the thread to wax to make sure it doesn’t come unattached. His instructions are clear and thorough, though I found turning the pen on to be a bit confusing and difficult. Activating it requires squeezing a chamber to make contact with the battery, and while I got the pen to work, it didn’t work consistently. I also had trouble with the thread breaking within a few seconds of using it. This happened three times in a row. To be honest, I’m not an expert with IT, and when I reviewed online forums I didn’t find anyone else with a similar experience, but this would suggest the pen is not intended for novices, but for the experienced user of IT.

Mr. Mesika goes on to teach several effects with the Spider Pen Pro, including two versions of the floating bill, a floating straw and a floating ring. A bonus effect is mentioned in the menu, but it’s misleading as it simply consists of Mr. Mesika mentioning the pen can be used in a PK touches routine, with no handling or approach mentioned. The bill and straw routines are fairly standard, though the ring routine is quite clever and will fool even an astute spectator (Mr. Mesika credits Terry Lunceford for the ring routine.)

What differentiates the Spider Pen Pro from other ITR’s is that the motor allows for a constant tension and for there to be a great distance between the performer and the anchor. While this is impressive, many performers will never need these particular features. For example, Mr. Mesika mentions that on the street he’ll anchor the thread to a confederate’s cell phone as they film him, or on stage he’ll attach it to the microphone stand. If you find yourself in either of these situations and would like to perform a levitation, this is probably the perfect solution for you. But if you’d just like to float a bill in a close up situation, there are certainly cheaper and equally reliable solutions.

One other feature of the pen is that the motor will automatically turn off after 30 seconds if there’s no movement of the thread. On the DVD Mr. Mesika mentions this to warn performers not to sit still as the floating object will drop suddenly, mid performance. However, if one were to incorporate this feature in a routine, it could be quite amazing, as one of the challenges with thread work is disconnecting the movement of the object from the movement of the performer. If, without moving, the object suddenly dropped, then just as mysteriously rose in the air again, this could become a feature of the routine.

Mr. Mesika is clearly a master of invisible thread, and motorized applications of it. If you are looking for a powerful, reliable, unobtrusive, motorized ITR, this could be for you. To know if this is for you, look at the applications you have in mind. If they require the abilities listed above, this device is a home run. If, on the other hand, you’re just looking to add an IT effect to your repertoire, there are many less expensive options. I’d also recommend taking a look at the work of Gaeton Bloom, David Regal, and Jon Allen, among others, for inspiration.

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Product info for Spider Pen Pro

Author: Mesika, Yigal
Publisher: Yigal Mesika
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $149.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

"This raises the bar of levitation!" - Richard Kaufman, Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine

"It's hard to imagine so much efficient ingenuity in such a small space. Yigal's Spider Pen Pro is absolute perfection. And it produces absolute miracles." - Jim Steinmeyer

In 2004, the original Spider Pen became a classic magical instrument. Due to the worldwide popularity, Yigal Mesika has honed the original concept to once again reinvent the reel. The Spider Pen Pro is nothing short of a revolutionary electronic device because it is the first to feature patented Soul Technology. This break through technology allows you to take your mind off of the method and lets you focus on your magic, giving you the undeniable edge for mastering levitations and animations. From the leading brand in the art of levitations comes the new gold standard in IT reels. When you put your hands on the state of the art engineering in the Spider Pen Pro, your levitations and animations will look like Hollywood's special effects. Nothing else comes close.

"It's outstanding!" - Finn Jon

Imagine yourself in a casual conversation. You ask for ANY bill. A levitation is about to happen, but never has a levitation happened like this. You place the flat bill on the palm of your hand and cover it with the other hand. Your hands move apart, and somehow the borrowed bill is floating. With a gentle touch, the bill flips in the air, and you walk away leaving it in mid air. Yes, you walk away. No explanation is possible. Under your power the bill slowly falls on the floor, laying motionless. Only when you desire, for the final climax the bill levitates in a flowing motion all the way into your hands. With this underground levitation, you will receive an unbelievable reaction!

Used on TV by top magicians like Cyril, Criss Angel, and many more!

Watch and learn as Yigal Mesika himself guides you through the basics of levitation to bring you to an exceptional level of performance. You will learn his signature effects, tips, and subtleties; that will make you feel like you are receiving his live personal coaching.

Effects:
  • Zero Gravity Bill
  • Terry Lunceford's Floating Finger Ring
  • Floating Straw
  • Walking Bill
Additionally you will learn the Spider Spool saving technique that will save you a lot of money, and you will learn Yigal's ultimate method for locking IT in the wax.

Spider Pen Pro Features:
  • The first electronic reel with no buttons or manual switches
  • Powered by an electric micro motor
  • No noise - completely silent
  • Operates with one AAA battery that will last you easily over a year (one performance a day, battery not included.)
  • Walk up to 35 feet away from floating objects
  • Constant perfect even tension means no more bouncing objects
  • No springs or rubber bands - Lets you pull AS MUCH I.T. AS YOU NEED!
  • Changing the spool is as easy as 1-2-3
  • A real writing pen with refillable ink
  • Made of premium quality steel with a chrome finish.
  • Exchangeable pen clip - easily swap for another color
  • Locking Method- Levitate and animate even heavier objects
  • Comes with a DVD running approx. 60 minutes shot in HD.
  • The only Magic Device with 3 patents
  • MADE IN THE USA
Still have concerns?
  • The Spider Pen Pro is easy to master and always ready to go.
  • Unlike any other reel
  • You have nothing to hide.
  • Versatile
  • Perform sleeveless
  • No assistants necessary.
  • Perform completely surrounded!!!

"Yigal Mesika has done it again. The Spider Pen Pro will prove a boon to the art of levitation. Always ready. Always under your control. It's positively supernatural." - Luis De Matos

"Your handlings on the Floating Bill are the best I've seen - they look like real live Hollywood special effects!" - John Kennedy


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