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The Perfect Pen by John Cornelius

An ingenious device. Perform the classic pen-through-dollar trick and hand everything out without needing to switch or steal anything. The pen does all the work.
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Pen through Anything is a CLASSIC of magic created by the genius mind of John Cornelius. It would seem impossible that this perfect illusion could be improved upon..

Well, leave it to John Cornelius to take his own invention to the next level!

EFFECT:
A $20 bill is borrowed from a member of the audience. The magician hands them a pen to sign their bill and examine if desired (there is nothing in the magicians hands). The magician retrieves the pen and bill, and without any funny moves whatsoever, proceeds to pierce the bill with the pen. The audience can clearly see the pen has penetrated the bill. He proceeds to visibly and audibly rip the pen through the bill, yet when it's handed back to the spectator, the bill is unharmed! The pen and the bill may then be handed out immediately for complete examination! The pen is 100% examinable!! That's right, Nothing added or taken away!! The Pen may be written with and refilled.

  • Hand out BEFORE AND AFTER!
  • NOTHING to ditch or steal away!
  • SUPER CLEAN handling!
  • SUPERBLY manufactured!
  • Perform ANYWHERE and at ANY TIME!
Includes Full Instructional Tutorial with multiple effects and handling!

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Classier, but not much better. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 24th, 2021
The new pen is certainly classier, and although it is stated that it is examinable, that may be a little hopeful. The cap does not have enough grip on the barrel to actually be able to use the clip to hold it in your shirt pocket, and th3 pen will fall loose in your shirt possibly staining it with ink. When the cap is fully on, it pushes the end of the gimmick past the end of the barrel and looks a little "suspicious". The machining/assembly could have been a little more precise.

The instructional by Javi is pretty good. Several different penetrations are taught, and many key points for the subtleties are discussed.

Is it better? Probably. Completely examinable? Maybe, if it just a cursory, quick glance. Much more than that and you may be busted

Glad I bought it? I suppose. It's a decent attempt to get rid of the switch out necessary for the original pen's handling, and the quality and style is definitely an upgrade. But I would be marginally more comfortable with a duplicate ungimmicked pen to switch out. If you do pass it out, just keep the routine moving forward and get it back as soon as you can possibly do so.
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I'm Staying With My Old Version Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 13th, 2021
This was eye candy for me, but after working with this new version I have thrown it in my drawer and will continue using my ten dollar plastic Bic-style version. The cap must be bent to stay on, the barrel is difficult to control, the gimmick is CERTAINLY not inspectable as per the ad, and worse, it came apart with the inner workings spilling on the floor. Nice concept, terrible execution of production. So easy to conceal the gimmick with the old version... this is an "upgrade" that is shiny, but not needed. I'll never use this.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
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Nicely Made, But Not Really an Improvement Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 23rd, 2021
Unlike some other reviewers, I’m very much satisfied with the quality of the construction. But I agree that pitching this as “examinable” by spectators is absurd. You might let one hold or even write with it briefly before doing the effect, but a spectator who spends more than a few seconds genuinely “examining” it in their own hands is very likely to discover the method. (I can imagine a “locking” version I really would be willing to hand out, and am happy to buy if they ever decide to manufacture one…)

The OG version, by contrast, really IS examinable as soon as you get rid of one very easily-concealed item, and is frankly less suspicious precisely because it ISN’T a “nice” pen but looks like a generic cheapo plastic ballpoint you could plausibly “find” or “borrow” just before the effect.

I’m still glad to have and carry this one for contexts where a classier looking pen is more desirable, but ultimately I expect I’ll use the original a lot more often.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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Amazing effect! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 30th, 2021
Very easy to use, and the explanation video is well done. This is my first such gimmick and I feel the quality is top notch, I can see myself using this for years to come.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 27th, 2021
I have owned this pen for years and it has lasted through many a gig. Cornelius invented this and the very idea all of these gimmicks use. Super value. Well made.
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Trash ———stay away ——- Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 20th, 2021
The quality on this garbage.
Nothing fits together The pen cap Doesn’t fit on the pen.
The cylinder doesnt fit the “guts” of the pen.
THIS IS MY SECOND ONE. HA JOKES ON ME
The method is cool and that’s about it.
The pens trash.
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Great all around impromptu trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 8th, 2021
High quality, great presentation. My only concern is that the pen can't be thoroughly inspected without revealing the gimmick
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Horrible quality Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 8th, 2021
Horrible quality if I could give it -5 stars I would. Already sent it back to get a replacement
Where to begin here’s just some of the problems
1-The cap Did not even fit the pen
2-it came to dent and scratched
3-when I went to do the secret move the whole thing came out
I’m not to go to huge detail about that but the quality of this pen is garbage

I really hope I just got a lemon the one bad one.
Send it to penguin and they will send me out another one
Every other review that I’ve seen and spoke very highly of the quality the build in the pan itself.
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(Nearly) Perfect Pen Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 8th, 2021
After receiving my Perfect Pen, I noticed a couple of things that I thought might be issues (which turned out to be non-issues in the grand scheme of things).

One: the pen cap was very loose and wouldn't retain the pen when clipped to my shirt pocket. But, I crushed the cap/clip part down just a bit and it holds just fine now without any apparent deformation or bend to it, so that was resolved.

Two: I just couldn't believe it could be handed out for anything close to what I would consider an inspection or examination. I still expect someone to examine it and discover the secret. I know I would if I were examining it. But in actual practice, I have performed it many times now and handed it out and nobody has yet to bust me. Maybe I'm just suspicious by nature, but it seems to fool everyone that has seen it so far. I certainly would run if I weren't being chased and if you can encourage just a cursory glance at it if they do want to see it, then do so.

So, overall the quality of the actual pen is good, but not perfect as it could have been machined a bit more precisely. Specifically, the length of the internal barrell which still protrudes just a bit at the non cap end and may make it more likely for a spectator to notice it and go down that road to discover the gimmick, but like I said, so far so good.

I have had several "Pen thru..." gimmicks over the decades, and this is hands above all the rest. Is it PERFECT ? It's closer to it than anything I've seen so far. And I have to say, it's definitely doing its job. It's not likely a magician fooler, but I dont try to fool magicians, so I'm happy with it.

You should get one today.

As always, Penguin magic has great customer service and speedy shipping (even across the US!)

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 8th, 2021
After receiving my Perfect Pen, I noticed a couple of things that I thought might be issues (which turned out to be non-issues in the grand scheme of things).

One: the pen cap was very loose and wouldn't retain the pen when clipped to my shirt pocket. But, I crushed the cap/clip part down just a bit and it holds just fine now without any apparent deformation or bend to it, so that was resolved.

Two: I just couldn't believe it could be handed out for anything close to what I would consider an inspection or examination. I still expect someone to examine it and discover the secret. I know I would if I were examining it. But in actual practice, I have performed it many times now and handed it out and nobody has yet to bust me. Maybe I'm just suspicious by nature, but it seems to fool everyone that has seen it so far. I certainly would run if I weren't being chased and if you can encourage just a cursory glance at it if they do want to see it, then do so.

So, overall the quality of the actual pen is good, but not perfect as it could have been machined a bit more precisely. Specifically, the length of the internal barrell which still protrudes just a bit at the non cap end and may make it more likely for a spectator to notice it and go down that road to discover the gimmick, but like I said, so far so good.

I have had several "Pen thru..." gimmicks over the decades, and this is hands above all the rest. Is it PERFECT ? It's closer to it than anything I've seen so far. And I have to say, it's definitely doing its job. It's not likely a magician fooler, but I dont try to fool magicians, so I'm happy with it.

You should get one today.

As always, Penguin magic has great customer service and speedy shipping (even across the US!)

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