I have personally always been drawn towards contortion stunts. Anything you can perform using a piece of your body (PG appropriate of course) is simple amazing. Even the old pulling off your thumb gag Dad does all the time can look like a piece of Harry Potter magic in the right hands. Titan's Finger is no exception, other than the fact that anybody who knows how can do it too!
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Points to remember:
*It's easy and painless
*There is NO palming, pulls, or anything to get rid of
*You will end COMPLETELY clean
*Works with ANY finger
The DVD: To begin, the DVD isn't entirely studio produced. That should be said up front. Titanas isn't perfectly fluent in English but that was overcome by the use to text. Most of the shots are covered from an over the shoulder type shot down on a table. Text appears where it is needed (although it's pretty simple to get what's going on) and doesn't get in the way. Also, the quality is the typical high and clear. The same applies to audio. He isn't muffled or fuzzy in the least. All in all I feel the DVD was well produced for what they had to work with.
The Method: When you first get this DVD, you will probably look at the gimmick and laugh. When you try it the first time, you will probably look at your finger in a daze. When you PERFORM it for the first time, you will relish in your ever-loving glory! I know I did! The concept could be considered a somewhat old one, but literally re-designed. It works almost flawlessly and could be carried with you every day to perform whenever you want to. One quick note to mention, you won't be able to do this effect perfectly straight out of the box. More than likely, because of the nature of your hands, you will have to train your finger a little before performing it. As an added bonus however, there is an impromptu handling taught on the DVD which only requires something very simple that you definitely have around the house. You don't get the exact effect, but it's close enough.
The Gimmick: One of the greatest advantages about Titan's Finger is the customizable gimmick. After rigorous study, the producers of this gimmick found 4 finger sizes to work with this gimmick. At first I was worried that it would be a cheap one size gimmick that might not work for me but I found out later that it actually works perfectly. There should be nothing to worry about. Just like the ad says, this is a high quality custom engineered gimmick by Mark Allen. And it is NOT a little mold of your finger (just to get that out of the way).
To give this DVD a final rating, I happily rate it a 4 out of 5. If you are simply too cool (or just born to perform) this halloween, Titan's Finger is a PERFECT addition to your repertoir of effects.