I don't know why the low ratings on the other 2 but this works GREAT! Just as described. You have to
be careful in the beginning and make sure you break it in by doing it multiple times until smooth or
worn in. Basicy it's like having a sharpie attached to appearing cane, and so you'll need to palm
the cane portion and use misdirection. If you can manage all that, reactions are great!! Massive
This trick does not quite come as advertised.
This trick is advertised as a "real" sharpie.
It's not real. The ink well is dry and or removed. It will NOT write. At this time I'm
investigating whether or not the ink well can be replaced to allow this marker to write when I need
The instructions are included in printed format along with the note from the
creator: "For those who lack patience here are some written instructions." The smarmy sentence no
doubt was intended to be a joke, unfortunately it falls flat and comes off condescending. I can
suggest a few places the creator can stick his cane to that regard.
The cane is an
appearing cane, but it's made of plastic and shipped in the closed position. Appearing canes need
to be stored in the open position to ensure their springy-ness. Especially plastic canes such as
this one. (Metal canes are a little more forgiving.) Needless to say when I first got mine the
spring had sprung out of it. I'm currently trying to see if leaving it in the open position and
breaking it by using it won't fix that problem.
Overall this is going to be salvageable as
an effect, but it's going to take more work on my part than I had originally planned on spending on
what is otherwise a throw away gag. Had the cane some decent spring to it, typical to the metal
canes I'm used to, had it a working ink well, and thus be a real sharpie and not a look alike prop,
this review probably would have been 5 stars.
The only reason why this is not one star is
because I think I an actually salvage and use this in my show.
This is a cool idea. The effect of a cane appearing where a marker just was is a good effect and
lends itself to a little bit of comedy before and after the appearance; but it's not going to fill
time in your show, it's not going to be the thing everyone talks about the next day and it's not
likely to be your new favorite thing. It's a novelty and good for a quick, unexpected, eye-catching
appearance and a little comedy.
I have a friend who is using this in his show and playing
with it after one of his shows is what convinced me to buy one. The first one I got arrived broken.
It never opened properly, (flopped open/down at the top), and setting it to its proper position and
storing it open and untouched for several days to try to reset its "memory" failed to work. The
replacement I received works just fine.
Like I said, it's a novelty thing. Good for an
immediate, unexpected appearance for which you will get a few gasps or slight jumps from your
audience and you should be able to write some humor into your presentation before and after the
Three stars - middle of the road. It's not your next great piece, but with the
right application, you should have fun with it.