This is a great Idea, and I think in the future this principle will be used to make some unreal
effects and advance closeup magic as much as the thumb tip, but right now it just isn't there. I
hate to give such a poor review to something that I honestly believe will change everything in the
future, but this product doesn't deserve anything more.
It came in the mail and I watched the
DVD right off, it looked amazing, but the gimmick could easily be seen in the tutorials. I thought
that it was just because I knew what to look for, or the lighting was done so that it could be
seen(for instructional purposes), but then I got my own gimmick out and started to use it...
First off, it was almost impossible to construct, and then, after I finished, It wasn't even
usable. It was highly visible to me, but after a lot of practice and under carefully controlled
lighting, I showed it to my girlfriend. She saw the gimmick and explained how I did the trick in
just a couple of seconds. I didn't want to give up on it that easily though so I performed it five
or six other times for different people and every one had the same response.
idea, utterly abysmal practicality.
DO NOY BUY THIS, but keep an eye out for a hidden hand 2.0,
because with some modifications this could be a game changer.
17 of 18 magicians found this helpful.
for the amount you pay for this they should at least give you two gimmicks and loose the packaging.
or supply the extra things he mentions in the video to buy. i know we are paying for knowledge, but
..... o well great effect tho, just wished they supplied a extra gimmick for the cost
13 of 13 magicians found this helpful.
The gimmick came in inbuilt state but the guy does not teach you how to build it at all. It is,
however, something that you can get from your local art store except for probably 1 part of the
gimmick. It's almost impossible to build the gimmick because of the property of the gimmick.
Furthermore, the gimmick is totally VISIBLE!!! I tried it on in my room with average amount of
lighting and I can BARELY conceal it by putting my hand in an awkward position. I have no Idea how
they conceal it in the trailer and in the DVD.
He was not kidding when he said that the
size of the object that you can vanish is dependent on your build. What that means is if you're
skinny like me, the biggest object that you can vanish is your own ring. clothing requirement is
long sleeve and you have to roll them up.
Took me hours just to build it and a further hour
just to re-size it. When I put it on, I realized another problem: it's really hard to manage. You
can't just get the gimmick ready in the middle of a routine without looking like you're looking for
something. I would never use this and I will never buy anything by this guy ever again.
13 of 15 magicians found this helpful.
I am a little in shock. For as much as i paid for this i should have just gotten tarantula . The
effect is good but seriously i could have made this gimmick myself for 1/10th the price . This is
the first toke ive regretted a purchase from penguin.
16 of 22 magicians found this helpful.
Extremely disappointed! I was really looking forward to using this. And when I saw the secret, I
was really REALLY excited to use this. I thought this was going to be my favorite trick ever!
First off, you dont receive a gimmick. You get the BS hard to construct supplies for making the
gimmick. And he doesn't even properly explain how to construct it. He basically teaches the
gimmick as if it's already made. I made it just as it looked on the video. It took me literally
HOURS of frustration to make the gimmick. At this point I was thinking about rating it 3 stars,
cause at least I got it done and now I can practice with it, right? Wrong! As soon as I tried it
the first time, after hours of precise, secure construction. . . .it immediately came "undone". It
is absolutely unusable. No matter how tight and secure you make this gimmick, it will come undone.
And he lies on the dvd and says, just do this, and it will not come undone. BS!!! I guess he did
some of his own secret techniques for constructing his prototype so that it worked long enough to
shoot his video, then sent the rest of us a piece of crap, that isn't even assembled, and said here,
you figure it out, and when you do, you'll have to figure out how to keep your gimmick from breaking
when you use it. This looks like an amazing piece of magic and I would have given it five stars if
it was assembled and worked at all. But basically you're buying an amazing piece of crap! I will
never buy anything from this guy again. He didn't even try. He packaged it real nice, but had no
construction or troubleshooting area on the dvd. Obviously this guy needs some knowledge on how to
market a product, cause he's got it all backwards.
12 of 14 magicians found this helpful.
First off I have to give props to Penguin for speedy service. I ordered this on Thursday and it was
in my mailbox on Saturday. Now there has been a lot of bitching about the gimmick and although I
agree there should have been an extra included for the price, most of the negativity is unwarranted.
This is a great idea that makes you wonder how no one had thought of it before. Since when are
gimmicks ever what we thought they would be? I love The Hidden Hand. Btw, this makes Alchemy by Ben
Seidman easy to perform for those like myself who found it somewhat nacky. Sean has again released a
great utility device that with practice, we can create wonder. Thank you Sean. Thank you Penguin.
5 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
This is the very first item I have purchased from Penguin that I,m going to send back. It,s that
bad. Unfortunately,I ordered this pure garbage before some reviews telling the truth about this pure
garbage could stop me. The problem is the lack of honesty of too many people in the bussiness. With
things like this they are going to kill the hen with golden eggs.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
This trick is great and i don't see what the bad reviews are for. He explains how to put together
the gimmick on the dvd, maybe ppl should watch the whole thing!(Do you even know about the bonus
trick?) And for what it is construction is not hard, unless your a Velcro shoe person. I explained
in a comment before,I got this 2 days ago, spent all night in front of a mirror. The next day went
to work and blew the minds of every co-worker. I even used a cigarette and made it disappear. No one
seen anything. Maybe practice some more. If you must, youtube some fishing knots if the ones from
the dvd are not working for you. Maybe try the two handed vanishes if you are more worried about
angles. Hope you perfect it and get joy out of this trick.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
I think this was quite expensive for what you get and I agree that there's a very good chance you
wouldn't buy one knowing what you were getting.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
I paid a lot more for this from a brick and motor than what penguin is selling it for. I purchased
it on the word of the seller. He went on and on about how amazing it was. I never even saw a demo. I
just believed him.I was so disappointed when I opened the box. I have had this gimmick for over six
months now. I keep trying to get it out every week and use it, but I get busted every single
time.it's not a close up trick because people will see the gimmick. It's not a stage effect because
people won't be able to see the ring from far away. Biggest waste of money.
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