Creator: Lubor Fiedler
Publisher: Paul Harris Presents
MSRP: $8 (with DVD $15)
Skill Level: All
DVD length: 13 minutes
Type of effect: Optical Illusion
Manufacturer's Write Up:
Your friend holds a pen on her open palm as you hold a clear "Credit Card Protector" just above the pen.
You show a bizarre optical illusion...and give the plastic lens a twist. The center of the pen suddenly becomes TRANSPARENT...and then completely INVISIBLE! She can even see right through her spread fingers where the center of the pen was a moment ago! Another twist of the lens and the missing pen center suddenly becomes VISIBLE AGAIN!
BUT THAT'S JUST THE WARM UP! You then slowly twist the lens again...and in full view the center of the pen visibly DISTORTS...then MELTS into a WEIRD TWISTED MESS!! But this time the optical illusion is REAL...and the weird twisted shape is now a PERMANENT part of the pen...You can even let your friend keep the deformed pen as a souvenir. And yes, it still writes!
THERE'S NO EXPLANATION!...except that the lens is not a thing you'd want near any of your favorite body parts.
How accurate is the ad copy? Spot on perfect
What's in the box? Only a clear plastic credit card sized "card"
Key points: Device does ALL the work for you, this trick is ahead of itself before you even start
How are the production values: This is the footage from Paul Harris' Art of Astonishment with Bro Gilbert. Live performances are in a darkened restaurant.
Is it well made: Only one way to make this.
Is it well taught: Very well, Bro Gilbert is slow and soft spoken and covers all you need to know
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): Love this illusion, works great for one on one plus you're always able to leave your spectator with a souvenir.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Doesn't get any flatter than this, I keep mine in my wallet.
Does it "play big?" I don't get the reactions Bro does on camera, I think this leaves people with more of a feeling of wonder than amazement, but its still a fun trick.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Best if done for one person, due to the nature of the effect, it has too many angle issues and is best viewed from above.
Overall score: 9/10
+ If you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jepdQMBMfZw