Just received the TCC Devil's Hank and could not be happier with the product. It is appropriately
heave so it does not show bulges from the load that is left in the gimmick. Yet, it is light enough
not to be suspicious, even up close. The sewing is beautiful. Most professionally done.
Frankly I only needed a simple, get by "hank" to experiment with and had planned on purchasing a
more expensive (assuming better) hank after I finished my experimentation. Absolutely no need. This
will last for years.
Thanks Penguin and TCC for such an excellent product. The box has
"eorld-class" printed on the top - That is most appropriate.
This comes with no instructions, so you should already know how to use a Devil's Hank if you buy
this one. The material is good. Size is good. The opening, however, is smaller than most Devil's
Hanks I've seen. I have seen them made this way, but not very often. The opening is in one small
area in the corner. Which means that if you gather the cloth to make a 'bag', the opening requires
that you place something in the 'bag' from the top, where you are gathering the corners. Most
Devil's Hanks have openings that are halfway across the top of the cloth, which allows you to
easily, casually drop your item into the pocket opening and look very much like you just dropped it
into the makeshift 'bag'. With this one, you have to drop it in from the top, and the opening is
small - limiting the shape and size of what you can drop in it. More than the size limitation,
though, it's the awkward opening. Who drops something in such a 'bag' from the tippy top of one
corner? It just looks less organic or natural.
The material and print are good quality and do
a good job at concealing the item contained within the cloth.
Another review mentioned a
'rip'. I don't believe that is the case. The cloth is not 'ripped'. The way the cloth is made, it
is open inside the pocket; meaning it is not stitched to the inside wall of the cloth. This allows
the cloth to look less thick, and flow better. It has a secondary benefit, as well. If you turn
the cloth over on that side, what you put in it doesn't fall out. the open material catch your
item; which can be a 'fooler' for some who may know about, and suspect, a Devil's Hank. But I would
recommend not turning the cloth upside-down, as your item will likely fall out. The down-side to
this is that, to retrieve your item, You must hold the cloth in its upright, loading position, stick
your hand/arm into the small opening, and manually retrieve the item. This can make resetting the
cloth for another performance, or emptying it so that you're 'clean', or any type of re-appearance
of the item, problematic. This is definitely for a one-and-done vanish of a small object.
Also, some of you who have used this type of utility item before may have models with small
buttons sewn into the 'up' side of the cloth; or a small ball bearing or other such item; so that
you can quickly, easily and accurately orient the cloth the way you need it without looking or
double-checking. This cloth has no such 'helpers' for you. All that said, I personally really like
this Devil's Hank. Like I said, the material is good and does the job well. It's just the
construction I have some issues with. I'll be carrying it in the car as an 'always handy' utility
item - just in case. But it won't be part of any regular performances, though. Because of the
small, awkward opening and the lack of any helpful orientation apparatus, I'm only giving it three
stars; despite it having some positive features.
The quality of the material is great the size is pretty big a little bigger then I wanted but that
is ok. Mine unfortunately came with a rip on the part that makes the magic happen making objects
subject to falling all the way in and making it really hard to retrieve the item. To bad.
has no instructions at all.