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Pointless by Gregory Wilson (DVD + Gimmick) For the first time, a trick that is POINTLESS on purpose! Watch the demo to see Greg being... well, Greg. Perfect for the bar, school or office!
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You hold up an "ordinary" ballpoint pen and challenge your soon-to-be stunned spectators to follow which way it's pointing.
Includes instructional DVD and special precision ballpoint pen.
Running Time Approximately: 1hr 17min
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 43)10 of 10 magicians found the following review helpful:
I was fooled badly. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 20th, 2011
First, let's talk about the effect. Just look at the video, this is a strong, visual piece of magic. I actually use this pen to have people sign a bill in one of my strolling routine (Bill to wallet, then same bill to spectator's wallet, then bill to spectator's shoe), and I start by doing pointless first, then the routine... but the pen stole the show. That is how POWERFUL that trick is. After your spectators EXAMINED the pen, they are floored, speachless.
The DVD is very clear, the moves are relatively easy (they'll need practice just like anything, but the moves are within reach of everyone) and the extras on the DVD are awesome. It's nice to have multiple takes on an effect (I liked Carl Andrews way of ending clean and garett Thomas way of having the pen examined at ANYTIME during the routine, . Those extras gave it five star instead of four).
The gimmick is VERY well made and it's BIC (Greg makes a clever joke about it in a presentation that lower's the guard of the people who may be suspecting the pen to be gimmicked). Plus, it can be inspected, wich knocks people unconscious (Well, not literally, but it fools them bad).
Finally, the practicality (it's easy to bring a PEN in a routine or an act... much more easy than, let's say a rattle box or something like that), quality of the gimmick and the contents of the DVD (Extras, presentation AND teaching) makes this trick a must.
Bring your magic to a point! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2010
First and foremost, I would like to say that this trick is NOT pointless. It adds a great bit of comedy and spontaneity in your magic. Plus, you get a surprising amount of "disarming" moments from the routine. More so than you might think!
So the DVD was pretty simple, nothing too flashy or out of the oridinary. There were about 8 or so LIVE performances and the studio performance. Greg was also OUTSTANDING throughout and the performances are well worth the price of the disk. Keep in mind, I don't own anything else from Greg and this DVD left me wanting MORE of him in my own home. I could complain though that it's not clear that you can watch them all in one run without having to go to the menu, but you can't watch the entire DVD at once.
The quality of material chosen for this DVD was very good and I was more than happy with the result. It seems from the advertisement like you are just going to get a simple DVD and gimmick that teaches a trick and that's it, but no. You get much more. Along with performances, hilarious one-liners and a pretty assistant,you get a bonus routine by the creator and other great routines and tips by other creators. One of the highlights of the DVD was Greg's "Bar bet" type routine which flows very nicely and has a little bit of each part of the standard routine in it. I look forward to performing this one!
One final bit of business to attend to is the gimmick. Greg searched high and low to find a manufacturer for his gimmick that would provide QUALITY. Key word. Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y. With that in mind, the gimmick is pretty simple but the way it works and is manipulated in the actual routine itself. Plus you can change the routine up and only use the gimmick through half of it if you prefer.
Overall, this deserves a nice 5/5. For a flexible (que up rubber pen gag), almost impromptu routine you cannot go wrong!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2010
Pointless is a great routine from Gregory Wilson. I have a lot of his stuff and he rarely disappoints. If you own his DVD "On the Spot", this is a great finish or opener, depending on your style, to his Recap Revisited trick. The effect is so stunning it's unbelievable. Some people will have their suspicions but most of them just won't know what to say. Grab this and start baffling your audience today.
Pointless = Brilliant! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2013
Greg Wilson does not disapPOINT (sorry) with Pointless! First off, the basic routine is great and I would have been happy with just that. But he also has several other magicians who give their ideas on how to use this wonderful gimmick. I knew what the gimmick was going to be when I ordered this, but I really wanted the Bic pen version. Add the presentation and ideas on the DVD and its well worth the money.. The gimmick itself is very well made and looks exactly like any normal Bic pen you would buy in a store, so it doesn't scream "gimmick". The routine is also very easy to learn. I practiced about 30 mins a day for 5 days until I felt comfortable enough to perform it. I could do the routine the first day I watched it, but I wanted to be able to be "clean" at any point in the routine. And that is the best part of Pointless...you can hand it out and you don't have to worry about someone finding anything as there is nothing to find! I just love Pointless and it's very fun to perform. I normally use Greg's routine but if someone wants to see more, I use some of the other routines and great ideas on the DVD. Some are super simple, and some are completely different from the basic Pointless routine. Bottom line, this is a great gimmick with a DVD full of ideas and you should just buy it now!
Not so pointless Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 26th, 2013
When I first got the trick in the mail, I was amazed at how simple the gimmick was, but amazed at how well the pen is constructed, you cannot tell the difference between it and a real bic pen. The DVD is of good quality, but I found it sort of difficult to follow Greg's instructions, but worked it out by watching the performances. This trick is freaking amazing, nothing but "OMFG, WHAT?" And stunned silence from this trick. Worth the in my opinion. Add to cart NOW
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 1st, 2011
One of the BEST tricks I have EVER purchased from penguin magic...EVER. simple to learn, explained perfectly, fantastic visual and physical effect. Garunteed jaw-dropper for people between the ages of 12-27...well worth the money spent :)
*only 1 suggestion for betterment of the trick. Make just the hardware available for purchase. The DVD is great and completely necessicary if you've never done the trick. But if you've used it for a while and the gimmick has been lost or broken, it would be great to buy just the hardware without the DVD a second time.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
If it's by Greg Wilson, it's almost guaranteed to be good, and this is no exception!
Pointless is awesome! The effect is mind boggling, and like most of Greg Wilson's effects, it packs small and plays HUGE! There are several phases you can put take in and out of the routine, and you'll have a good time with this one. If performed well, your audiences will be stunned. Definitely, add to cart!
P.S. This trick goes AWESOME with Greg Wilson's "Recapped," which you can learn on his ON THE SPOT DVDs. Pick em both up if you don't have em!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2009
I purchased this, already knowing how it was done. I was hoping that the gimmick was well made, and it is! The DVD is filled with great material. Tells you everything you need to know and great helpful tips. This is probably my new favorite trick to carry around. This isn't just about the 'trick', but about the presentation and performance. The DVD helps out a lot with presentation, and with a good one, it is the best! No one will ever figure it out, and you will always end up clean. I don't even want to perform this until I get a good patter down. Once you have it down, it will hands-down be the best and easiest performance to do... Thank you Gregory Wilson, you are a very good teacher/magician. Wish I could meet you in person.
WOW I Love Gregory Wilsons Magic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 1st, 2011
Hey Everyone, I JUST LOVE Gregory Wilson's magic. I have this one and I also have Dishonest Abe, which is a cool trick in itself. I love with just a pen you can do some cool magic.
Worth every penny, despite what you think. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 17th, 2015
I first learned "Pointless" from Greg's Penguin Lecture (I forget which one)... I tried it a few times with another very similar gimmick (those who know the secret should know what I mean), and it was OK, but didn't quite go over as well as I'd hoped. After much internal debate, I finally let myself spend the extra money for "Pointless," and I'm so glad I did. There is so much more 'work' in the DVD than what I'd learned from the lecture video, and the quality of the prop/gimmick is so much better than the similar ones typically used for that other trick. Sure, you can do it with that other gimmick, but I think Greg's gimmick is so much better, both in terms of look *and* feel.
Last night, I performed it for the 2nd or 3rd time since buying it, and it *killed*. I couldn't believe the reaction I was getting, compared to the amount of work that went into it. Huge payoff! Totally worth it.
How do you know I'm not yankin' your chain? Because I almost *never* give 5-star reviews. Even if I love something, it generally gets 4-stars. I save that 5th star for the cream of the crop, the ones that I don't just love, but that blow me away. This is one of them.
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