I don't usually rate and reviews but the only person (till now) that rated Splinter gave it 1 star.
First of all it's only 4.95 dollars. Second, it's one of those tricks that sometimes I do, I don't
perform it all the time, its NOT an amazing trick, but when I do it to someone, they either look
strange at you.. like how is it possible? Some they laugh (as they know it's impossible and they
know i love tricks), or they make a weird face like it's happening for real.
You do need to
practice it till you understand how it works. But I like it because the only thing you need is a
toothpick! The sound effect from the video is something I knew it was edited, so I didn't expect
i'll get the sound too :) And remember it's like 5 dollars.
Marcus Eddie explains in really good
detail! You will enjoy the video.
I gave it 5 Stars because:
1. There is no gimmick involved
2. It's something totally different!
3. All you need is just a toothpick or something
4. Good explanation
5. LOW price
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I love Marcus' work and here he did it again! Splinter, such an ingenious method, easy to perform
and all you need is just a toothpick and maybe 10 mins of practice. It ends clean, and just like
what the demo shows, you can show your hand completely empty. Very deceiving to the eye and looks
creepy. I love it!
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At first it was difficult, but after some practice, it feels natural to me. The effect is simple and
makes people's skin crawl. If you want an impromptu, on the spot, creepy illusion that really freaks
unsuspecting spectators out, this is a must buy for only 5 dollars!
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This is not a bad little effect where Marcus shows how he manipulates a toothpick to make it appear
from his finger. It is also pretty inexpensive. However, this is the sort of effect that would
probably be better if put into a DVD of a dozen routines for 20 bucks to make it more cost
effective. Unless a single routine is just earth shattering, it might be better packaged with other
routines. I did enjoy learning how he performs it, as there is a bit of skill to be able to show
your hand from both sides, and I will certainly do it as a bit of a gag with friends, so, all in
all, I do recommend it.
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besides its a great effect you can do anywhere at any time. the explanation is very simple. you can
master it in about 5 to 8 minutes. i do this almost everyday when i meet someone. and the reactions
i get are amazing. definitely something you should have.
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straight away im going to say, its AWESOME. but if you like close up, buy marcuse's lecture. he
teaches great tricks in there (including this one). if you just want to learn this trick, buy it.
if you want to lern this trick AND a whole bunch of more awesome stuff, buy his lecture. its awesome
I've done this trick a few times and got my friends and family's attention. My girlfriend was about
a foot away trying to see where the splinter was. Then hit me in the arm when I produced the
splinter with my teeth. It was a lot of fun.
This is a trick that can be preformed literarily anywhere to anyone, it can be used best as an
icebreaker. Have a toothpick? Then you are ready for SPLINTER!
I only bought this trick because of the splintering sound when the toothpick is pulled out of the
finger. Without that sound, it would be an OK trick, but I figured the creepy splintering sound
would really sell the trick and freak people out.
Well, it's a fake, the sound was added in
post-production. There's no sound when you do the trick as taught.
So, the trick itself
may not really deserve one star, but I still give an automatic one-star review to any trick where
the promo video blatantly misrepresents the product, including:
- cutting away from the
performer for several seconds to give them time to do a move that everyone would see in a live
performance ("Clutch", "Secure A Card")
- music to cover up noises made by the trick ("Pass Pass
to which I now have to add: putting in sound effects in post-production
that look like they are part of the performance.
I've given plenty of five-star reviews to
Penguin tricks that actually work the way they say they do (Psypher, Dresscode, Alarmed, Spreadwave,
Rattled, and many others).
Marcus seems like a smart guy and a good performer and he does
the trick quite well even with no sound. Sorry, this one star is just for the trickery in the
If someone is reading this review at a later date and the promo video has been
replaced with one that doesn't have the fake sound effect added, then count this as more of a
three-star review. The move is still quite difficult to do without flashing. But I will say that
if you can do it, the trick actually looks better than it does in the video, because he's NOT
pulling the toothpick out of his mouth -- one thing that you can't quite see in the video is that
you can show the tapered end of the toothpick being held the whole time in your teeth, so it looks
like it really is being pulled out of your finger.
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