I bought this product to go along with a children's magic routine. I had read many different
reviews (magic cafe, etc.) that there are inconsistencies in manufacturing quality with the newer
productions. I should have listened to the experience of others! My bell's gimmick was very
difficult to use. The spring was nearly impossible to activate with my thumb, and the handle was
somewhat loose, which made the ringing inconsistent. I only had the bell a little over a week and
something happened with the gimmick rendering the trick ineffective.
For a trick that
costs nearly $100.00, there are by far better transition tricks that are superior quality for much
less money. Needless to say I returned this item.
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Let me start off by saying that I LOVE the Tel's Bell. I actually have three. Let me explain: One
is an antique. One of the first ones. It is slightly different in looks and in sound than what is
manufactured these days. It's wrapped in a microfiber cloth and stays in a drawer.
another one that goes where I go. I keep it in a backpack and, when I'm performing, it is on my
person. I use it often. I don't use it as a gag; but rather, as a 'magical moment'. The magic
happens when the bell rings. It's more of a wand and a crowd-gathering tool for me. And once in a
while, I'll utilize the gag aspect of the bell. The fact that I can ring it when I want and it
stays silent otherwise, also works to my advantage. I've pulled it out of a pocket and you'd think I
produced it magically. ...But to the audience, it apparently was magical; because there was no
ringing that occurred in any of my previous movements. That, in and of itself, I suppose, is
I'm the type of person who purchases 'back-ups' to illusions and magic supplies
that I use often. Since I don't want to use the antique bell, I thought it prudent to get a backup
to my 'everyday' Tel's Bell; since I've come to rely so heavily on it. I watched the site and when
they came back in, I ordered one, (Penguin has the best price on them). So I KNOW how this thing
works. I KNOW what the tension is supposed to be like. The mechanism on the one I received was too
tight. WAY too tight. I can work it, but not without it causing pain to my finger and a visible,
red indentation on the finger used to operate the mechanism. If I'm palming coins, I can't work it
at all - which I need to be able to do.
This is a great item...but be aware that some work
well/properly and some are too tight and cannot be adjusted enough to where they will work better.
If you get a good one, this is a prop that will last you quite a while and you will enjoy. If you
get one that doesn't work, well...you'll have a unique and expensive paperweight.
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