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SPLINTER by Marcus Eddie (Instant Download) Scare people with this CREEPY illusion!
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During a conversation, you mention you have a splinter in your finger. After showing your finger, no one seems to see it. Imagine their shock when you slowly pull or bite out a splinter the size of a toothpick!
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Nice effect with just a toothpick! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 30th, 2012
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 similar
4. Good explanation
5. LOW price
Sketchy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 19th, 2012
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!
Handy little trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 30th, 2012
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!
Not bad Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2012
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.
great Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 3rd, 2013
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.
Great anywhere Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2014
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!
the sound effect in the video is fake Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 10th, 2012
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 Silk", "Moebius")
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 video.
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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