I do love this gimmick, it is the only 'thru' gimmick I know of that you can actually see the
penetration as it's happening instead of the final snapshot after it's already happened. This
gimmick allows you to control the speed of the penetration, that is what makes it so cool! I have
other pen/thru, sharpie/thru gimmicks but this is my favorite for sure. I took it to work the first
day I got it and was driving it through my shirt all day long showing co-workers. I got good/great
reactions. The only thing different about this 'thru' gimmick that is a bit different than the
others is that it will actually require just a little bit more practice and finesse. However it's
not all perfect. The main thing that everyone else is complaining about in other reviews I must
agree with. That special part of the gimmick that makes the penetration look so great can get stuck
sometimes. And this is the part that everyone else in the reviews are saying will not last a
lifetime. So Nicholas if you are reading this then just know brother that we love your product but
it's pretty obvious what can be improved. That & I feel the price is just a tad-bit too high but I'm
well aware that these are handmade so that's why I paid it anyways. I'm hoping for some refills for
that special something though, or a slight improvement or at the very least another video in our
learn section with details on how to make additional replacements for that one part. Hopefully that
will be in the future. With all that being said it really is a great product guys & a lot of fun to
practice even in the mirror to amuse yourself. If done properly it does actually look like it does
in the trailer with proper technique. Trust me you guys will have fun with this the minute you get
it out of the package!!!
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The effect is fantastic - the best "something through" that I've seen, however, the gimmick is
My first one was unusable. I now have a replacement and it's barely usable -
It isn't smooth enough (no pun intended) to operate in front of anyone, and it won't last long -
simply operating it 3 or 4 times, it's already breaking where the overlap is. It's also not as clean
looking as the demo version due to a white band that the demo doesn't have.
If you get a
well made one, it could be good, but I've received 2 out of 2 that don't work!
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I was able to get an advanced copy of Smooth from MAGIC Live and absolutely love it! I have been
blowing people away with this. Nicholas has done it again, he never fails to amaze me with the way
he thinks of every last detail!
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I now have performed this probably close to 100 hundred times at gigs and I have to say, for me, the
reactions are over the top! Both adults and kids LOVE this! They are super stumped when the Chap
Stick penetrates the bill but then their reactions always turn to complete amazement when the tube
is pulled out. The heat is totally on the bill and I have never had anyone ask to see the Chap
Stick. Even if they did want to see it, you have so much time to clean up and hand it out.
(RNK on the Magic Café)
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Good trick. Would give 4-5 stars but the gimmick is very flimsy and has been replaced twice.
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Make no mistake; this is the best looking penetration there is. The gimmick is made extremely well
and it can be handing out for inspection pretty much immediately. I'm very happy with this purchase
and will be using it for life. I'm confident the reactions will be insane.
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The general effect is nice, but the cleanup is a bit tedious and mechanical, so I can't go higher
than middle-of-the-road for my review. Was hoping for a bit more of a "built in" mechanism, rather
than add-ons, but in general it can look pretty good (with a ton of practice.
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I been doing this for everyone i see.i put a new angle on it.about puting chapstick on the bill and
saying its magical chap stick.
But it makes it harder to perform, the smoothness of the stick
going thru.is controlled by you. I like entering thru slow.and pulling out quickly. Once you clean
up.you can hand the tube out to be examined.
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This is one of the most convincing penetrations I have seen so far, and been able to perform to
gasps from spectators at watching it happen. Many years ago, the old penetration frame had the same
effect, but even the dullest spectator knew there was "something fishy about that frame" even if he
didn't know how it was done. Smooth has no suspicious frame. The dollar bill is borrowed, the Chap
Stick is the real thing, the angles are covered and it just seems so impromptu that people are
stunned. It even is superior to the "Pen Through Dollar Bill" in that the action of both the
penetration and the removal can be seen while it is happening. It is Truly Smooth.
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Most of us are familiar with the concept and the workings. If you are interested in buying this,
then I assume you are buying it for the subtlety and the gimmick. The subtleties are great and make
the penetration slow and/or fast! Smooth also takes up minimal space and is definitely an EDC.
However, the gimmick is not up to standard. The m***** fell off the first time I used it. The
cap had its own issues and it fell apart after couple days. Lastly, they should've added an extra
Overall, if you are handy with arts and crafts you can probably improve the
gimmick and/or adapt to any lip balm. But yeah your gimmick's mileage may vary.
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