What's the Difference Part 2
We carry a few different versions of the Pen/Pencil through Bill effect. So it's time to tear things up and ask "What's the difference?"
Perfect PENetration by Magic Makers:
This is a fantastic gimmick. You push a pen through a borrowed dollar bill. When you pull it to the side the hole seems to melt through the dollar and eventually slides completely off the dollar bill.
Strengths: The gimmick is very well made and allows for several different handlings. It's pretty easy to use and looks great.
Weaknesses: The pen looks like a regular pen and so it's easy to loose. There is some sneaky stuff that has to happen in order to make the pen examinable and you have to be careful around anything that's not made of wood, glass or plastic... if you know what I mean.
Just Passin' Thru by Russ Niedzwiecki
This is a pencil through bill effect. The actual penetration is not so much a stab as it is a sideways melting through action. This gimmick also allows for a lightning-fast penetration through the side of the bill.
Strengths: For some reason a wooden pencil is a lot more convincing than a plastic pen. The melting through effect looks amazing.
Weaknesses: The pencil used in this is thicker than a standard pencil which kind of looks strange. There is a switch involved in this trick that is kind of awkward.
Misled by Timothy Wenk
There is a reason that this trick was performed by David Copperfield on national television... it's really good. The first phase is a puncture, tear and restore effect and the second phase is a slow melting like Just Passin' Thru.
Strengths: Uses a very normal/examinable pencil. There is a very dramatic tearing sound that happens when you rip the pencil out the side of the bill.
Weaknesses: You have to steal the gimmick away at the end of the trick but it's small and easy to hide. You have to be careful with your angles.
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