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What's the Difference Part 2

Posted on October 10, 2008 by chris ballinger There have been 12 comment(s)

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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12 Responses to What's the Difference Part 2

  • james
    james says:

    Thanks Good Post!! Could you make a inspiring blog about how to be a good magician? Like talk about misdirection, practicing and being nervous when performing... it would be totally awesome!! Thanks!

    Posted on October 12, 2008 at 7:50 am

  • Joe
    Joe says:

    James . . . I can tell you one way to avoid being nervous . Practice , practice , practice . Every day I pull out my gear and work with it .. keep doing it until it becomes very natural to you . Then , perform it for a friends and family members . Before you know it , you will feel like you can do it in your sleep ( and you probably are on some nights ) . When you get to this point , you won't be nervous ! Also , when I practice with sponge balls , thumb tips and other disappearing routines .. I stand in front of a mirror .. then you can tell that it really looks " real " . I hope this helps . . .

    Posted on October 12, 2008 at 8:32 am

  • james
    james says:

    Thanks dude...

    Posted on October 13, 2008 at 12:13 am

  • Kyle
    Kyle says:


    Posted on October 13, 2008 at 12:43 pm

  • Brennen
    Brennen says:

    My friend has this trick. It really is cool. I might get it in the future. It would be great to do in my magic shows. Me and my friend Kyle [the one who wrote HI as his comment] have a magic company. We do magic shows for kids from 4-10 or so. We also go on streets. Sometimes when I get a trick I am to tempted to perform it. And when I do it sometimes doesn't go right and they find out the secret! This is why you should practice, practice, practice!

    Posted on October 14, 2008 at 7:45 am

  • Brennen
    Brennen says:


    Posted on October 15, 2008 at 5:44 am

  • Jake
    Jake says:

    is'nt it interesting 6 comments and none of them are about the blog but a few words of #1 LOL. Nice post Thanks!
    before having two of the same trick didn't quite make sense.

    Posted on October 16, 2008 at 2:05 am

  • Yonah
    Yonah says:

    why are these tricks so expensive? i dont know if you know, but money doesnt grow on trees!

    Posted on October 16, 2008 at 4:55 am

  • James
    James says:

    Times are tough dude... and I think they know money doesn't grow on trees.

    Posted on October 16, 2008 at 9:29 am

  • bill
    bill says:

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on October 17, 2008 at 8:27 am

  • evan samples
    evan samples says:

    hello magic people, why is it called magic GEEK

    ~ hfhfvudfguydfgueyruygfuydg

    Posted on November 3, 2008 at 6:21 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    "Geek" refers to an expert or enthusiast. We like magic so much, we classify ourselves as geeks in the subject. And we're also a little nerdy.

    Posted on November 3, 2008 at 7:56 am