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Vanishing Pen Review

October 29th, 2014 9:12am
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Reviewed by Samuel Prior
This product is quite well produced, comes with 2 gimmicks and a DVD, and is only $29.99. It all sounds good until you mention that the DVD is only 8 minutes and 17 seconds long (not joking!) and the gimmick constantly falls apart!

Let's start with the DVD. As I said, it is only 8 minutes long, which I would be fine with if it explained everything I needed to know about the effect on there, but it didn't! They could have gone into more than one possible routine for the effect, or maybe a live performance of them performing it. The DVD does include a tips and troubleshooting section, which tells you that if your pen starts falling apart, then you should glue it back together again. Isn't that helpful! This shouldn't be a problem in the first place, the gimmick that comes with the product should be well made, and should not have to be stuck together again!

The gimmick as I previously mentioned is not very well made, but they do go on about how it can actually write, and you will be pleased to know that it can write, it is just a completely pointless function because if you write with the "special" pen then it will completely ruin it for the spectators, however you can write normally with the other one and it is useful that it does that. There isn't really much more to say about the gimmick, so that is it.

And now we get on to the ad copy. Wow! I have never seen such a misleading ad copy in my life! (However saying that I haven't spent most of my life reading ad copies.) I quote: "It's this simple: you vanish a pen WHILE THE SPECTATOR HOLDS IT. " WRONG! It actually isn't that simple. The spectator cannot hold the pen otherwise the effect will be over. Yes, they can hold a napkin that has the pen in it, but hey can't physically hold the pen themselves. In the DVD they recommend getting your spectator to gently touch the end of the pen, but this is just asking for trouble, and doesn't really add to the effect anyway.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this product, and I am not sure that I would recommend it. It is an OK effect, and sometimes gets a good reaction, however sometimes it doesn't.

Product info for Vanishing Pen

Author: SansMinds
Publisher: SM Productionz
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $29.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

It's this simple:

you vanish a pen WHILE THE SPECTATOR HOLDS IT.

Doing magic with pens has built-in appeal, since everyone carries them, you can borrow them anywhere, and they are uniformly recognized. How AMAZING it is, then, when you can take a pen and wrap it in a napkin. The spectator holds the napkin with the pen VISIBLY dangling beneath. You clap your hands together and...instantly...the pen disappears. This is a practical, astounding illusion with the simplest of objects.


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