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Posted on October 9, 2007 by chris ballinger There have been 4 comment(s)

The effect is stunning: you cause the stem of a wineglass to bend while it is held by a spectator. At the end of the effect the wineglass can be signed and given away as a souvenir. The magic lasts long after your show has ended when an audience member takes home something that defies logic. It is something they will show off and brag about for a long time after. As working magicians, we find this effect practical, elegant, and absolutely mind-blowing.

The DVD goes over how to manufacture the gimmick in about three minutes with materials that cost less than $20. Penn then goes through methods of getting into the routine, including audience examination of the props and handling of the gimmick. You will learn the psychological subtleties and crowd control methods that really sell the effect. David then turns over explanation to Rodney James Piper, who goes over the cabaret handling of the effect.

We would recommend this effect to the seasoned Mentalist. It works great as a finale for metal bending routines. A fork and a key bending routine are covered in the DVD, but we highly recommend using effects like Mind Bender or Loops along with this trick.

The production value is often lacking in magic videos and DVDs. Refraction is a wonderful exception. Instructional DVDs featuring a single, new effect usually suffer from poor audio, blurry or shoddy camera work, and out-of-control editing. In Refraction, David Penn clearly explains the effect and subtleties in a studio setting. A lot of time and energy went into this and it really shows.

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4 Responses to Refraction

  • Eric
    Eric says:

    That trick is sick! Can you do it with any glass? Killer effect!

    Posted on October 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm

  • Chris
    Chris says:

    Good question, Eric. You can do this with any glass. In fact, if you are working at a restaurant or banquet style gig, you can use their glasses (if they're okay with you ruining it.)

    Posted on October 16, 2007 at 6:46 am

  • ben
    ben says:

    after you do the trick can you put it back or no? thanks


    Posted on January 4, 2008 at 5:01 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    The stem is left bent at the end of the trick.

    Posted on January 9, 2008 at 1:04 am