Although I purchase a lot from Penguin, I didn't purchase this here, however I am posting my review
here as many reviewers on this site have been very helpful and this is the way I try and give back.
I have been performing a single needle daily for 2 weeks. The day I got it, I practiced it
about ten times with a toothpick at first breaking off pieces until I got the right size for my
mouth, before trying it with a needle. You can use a piece of raw spaghetti as an alternative. This
should not be overlooked, practice, practice, practice makes perfect, and THIS EFFECT IS INHERENTLY
DANGEROUS!!! That's the appeal to the spectators, so tread lightly and be "hyper-aware" of your
audience, participant, and the needle at all times, just as Wayne states in the video.
said, if you can get it down, this is elegant and mysterious, and just plain bizarre, so don't
If you can master this one, you will be performing a piece of enchantment for
all who witness it, play it up big and people will never stop talking about you ;)
I was a
bit weary of trying this, being mostly a card and slight of hand artist, but with a little thought
and practice, I can now do this with 3 rather large needles with ease, which is a bit contradictory
to the "single needle" concept, but for me, I think 3 is always a magic number to use. It took a
little thought and a bit of change to the moves during loading, but for me it's worth it. I also
performed it with a single needle the same day I learned it, but it was only for my wife late that
night after practicing for hours, after practicing, I walked around the house doing my usual
routine,.. all with the needle in my mouth just to get comfortable with it.
This is a
stunning showpiece, give it the respect it deserves and be careful, you CAN poke yourself with the
needle in your mouth if you're not "hyper-aware"!
You'll be not too crazy worried about it
if you've done anything like it before, or have been pierced in the lip or tongue, etc,.. but don't
Highly recommended. For adults only!
7 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
wow, all i can say is that this trick is soo much better than what i thought. At first i thought it
might not work well in close up situations, but after a few performances, it works perfectly! i
received the DVD and was performing the effect merely minutes after watching it. It is so good, and
extremely fooling to a spectator. Some have already told me they are scared for me while i'm doing
the trick! haha i think this trick will go with Wayne Houchin's "thread" perfectly. Swallow a
needle, have the spectator fish it out, take the needle off the thread, proceed to swallow the
thread, and end by pulling it out of your eye! talk about a reputation maker. Overall, i am
extremely satisfied and will continue to by anything Wayne creates.
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
Leave it to Wayne to re-invent a classic! I've done the 20 needle trick for over 30 years, the only
problem I had was that, to do it properly, sometimes it's too long of piece to add in many
circumstances. THIS has the same(if not GREATER)punch and plays much quicker!
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
THIS TRICK CAN BE A HAZARD TO YOUR WELL BEING! THE DVD SHOULD COME WITH A SKULL AND CROSSBONES ON
Now that you have been warned, this illusion is absolutely fantastic!
tutorial by Mr. Houchin may very well be the clearest and cleanest I have ever seen. Taken step by
step and with the appropriate amount of practice, I was able to perform this seeming miracle just as
demonstrated on Penguin Magic, but, as Mr. Houchin repeatedly warns in the instructions, there is a
real element of danger and complete concentration is a must.
However, with risk comes
the reward. The expressions on my audience’s faces, a combination of terror, trepidation and
ultimately amazement, were well worth the work required for this illusion.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
I've had this DVD for a while, and took a while to work up the "nerve" to actually try this. I've
finally worked out the plan. I'm using cross stitch needles. the point is rounded and much less
sharp. plus they're a little bigger, so the visual is a little more of a "pop" when it comes out on
this one is definitely staying in my set.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
WH releases are always great. his teaching is clear and in depth. i watched it and later performed
it that night. it killed. add to cart now.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
I've had this quite a few months now. It's important to say that the method isn't exactly what you
are thinking: it allows you to show the string FREELY, you can move your hands all along the string.
I've performed this quite a few times with great success.
I HIGHLY recommend it!
2 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I'm a card guy, and I've been branching out into a little mentalism, a lot of silks, and a little
coin. I decided to dip my toe into needle/blade swallowing, and this was a great choice. I love
Houchin's work, and this was no exception. Clear, great instruction, and a wonderful concept.
With the simplification of using just a single needle, the focus is much more hightened. The
routine and prep is well thought out.
The needle is real, so there is danger.
if you follow Wayne's experienced advice - much of the danger is minimized.
has maximized the suspense with minimal props.
When I'm looking for new material for my performances, I look for methods that are pure, strong, and
look like magic. This effect certainly fits the criteria. It's a real world effect that I would feel
comfortable performing in any venue, including corporate events. It's the perfect balance of shock
value and it's tasteful for any audience.
If you're familiar with the needle effect, I
would suggest you maintain you're typical method for swallowing the needle. In a stage environment,
you need to transition comfortably. The method for the needle appearance is worth the purchase. But
for my performances, I always make the appropriate adjustments to the methods.
I have also
developed an alternate presentation for this effect, which I believe is essential for every
performer. If you are just going to say and do exactly what he does, may as well leave it to him.
Make it your own.
Over all, I would consider this a high-quality, practical, and magical
effect. In my live shows, I only perform one magic effect amongst my mentalism. This effect is
strong enough to be the one effect I do in my show. Highly recommended!