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denny_Corby
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Hello all

I have just bought the Cornelius Perfect Pen and I love it. I do it all of the time what do your guys think of it?
Mark Martinez
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I own one also and I use mine all the time! I love it!
Magically,
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Andrew E. Miller
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Perfect Pen is great! My favorite Pen Through Anything. It is awesome.

Andrew
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I bought it and its nice.I was most excited that it eliminated the use for a switch. I especially like the fact that you can add the ripped gaff look to it. However after time I went back to the regular Pen through Anything simply because at one show a nice gentleman pulled at the tip of my perfect pen and discovered/exposed the gimmick.

Its not 100% examinable. So I went back to the regular Pen Through Anything and ya know what? I realized that I never got caught on the switch...ever. The attention is always on the bill with enough time to make the switch. It doesn't even have to be a tricky swith you can simply put the pen away and take it out again if they ask to see it and no one ever questions it. So its the one Ill be using from now on.
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Where can I view a description or video of the effect?

Is this the kind of utility that you buy and come up with your own uses for or is it pretty narrow in its applications?
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Bernard Sim
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There is a video of pen-thru-anything that has many routines. Most of the routines are penetration effects. I still prefer Wunder-Pentration though.
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Kaliix
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I've posted many times before that the Wonder Pen-a-tration is better than the Pen Thru Anything types.

1. More common pen
2. Easily refilled
3. Easily examinable with no fear of handing it out
4. MUCH CLEANER AND BETTER HANDLING!
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Andrew E. Miller
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On 2003-04-20 13:21, Kaliix wrote:
1. More common pen


Didn't we already go through this??? If I was performing I don't want to be carrying around some cheesy Bic or Papermate. I would like to have something that fits better with my outfit, which would be a tuxedo or dinner suit.

Andrew
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BroDavid
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I have the Cornelius Perfect Pen and perfromed it a couple of times, but the S.O. move so that it could be examined seemed like too much trouble. So I put it away. (Also the writing tip on the "special part" keeps dropping out and that is a pain...)

I recently paid $11 for the Empire pen thru bill, etc, and couldn't be happier.

It is black, as opposed to a blue/white bic style pen, and although it doesn't have the class of the gold tone Cornelius products, it isn't bad.

I also carry Sharpie Marker Pens for signed cards, etc, , etc, and even in a suit, this black pen which is fully examinable after perfroming (and dirt cheap) fits right in and is my current "Pen Thru" choice..

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Larry Davidson
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I use Cornelius' original Pen Through Anything - - it's a thick black pen that looks like a Montblanc. I like it much better than the Perfect Pen because I know of a number of magicians whose audiences have discovered the gimmick on the Perfect Pen (yes, I know that audience management is crucial), and more importantly, because the contrast between a thick black pen and a bill makes the effect more visiual and striking than that achieved by a slim silver-colored pen and a bill. Further, there's never anything for an audience to discover because I start with a normal pen, switch in the gimmick, and then switch back the normal pen at the end.
Kaliix
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On 2003-04-20 14:00, Andrew E. Miller wrote:
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On 2003-04-20 13:21, Kaliix wrote:
1. More common pen


Didn't we already go through this??? If I was performing I don't want to be carrying around some cheesy Bic or Papermate. I would like to have something that fits better with my outfit, which would be a tuxedo or dinner suit.

Andrew


I don't know Andrew, did we?

Let me put it another way. The one thing about the Perfect Pen that I say is an advantage over other pens is that it is a very nice looking pen, trimmed in gold and silver. It certainly will go along nicely with a suit or tuxedo.

But as with everything in life, there are pros and cons. The downside to the nice looking pen is that it is not as commom as the everyday bic. That could draw suspicion, allowing people to consider it a prop or "magic" pen. And since the "magic" is in the pen, I think that is a negative.

Additionally, that pen could seem out of place in a more informal setting, even with the magician dressed nicely. And it sticks out like a sore thumb if you are performing informally and dressed casually.

I have never had a problem using my wonder pen while dressed in a suit and tie. And since there is no such thing as a gold and silver plated permanent marker, I think that the everyday Bic wouldn't seem all that out of place next to the pedestrian sharpie.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
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Andrew E. Miller
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I respect that Kaliix. I have NEVER had an issue of suspicion though. I let them sign the pen and handle it several times actually. I keep it in my outside breast pocket so it looks like somthing I just have with me. I guess it is just something that works for me. Oh and by the way, you can make a Sharpie look fancy..........okay maybe not. Just playing.

Smile

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Fred Berthelot
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I am now on my fourth pen through anything. I went through two Wonder Pens and one Voodoo Pen. I forgot all three at a bar - I leave the pen on the table for everyone to examine (no one ever does; they look at the bill) and I forget about the pen, and go home with nothing but the gimmick! Anyway, the Voodoo Pen is much sturdier than the Wonder Pen and doesn't look gimmicked at all. If you look at the Wonder Pen too closely, you'll notice the gimmicked end. And the Voodoo Pen comes with a great instructional video.
Kaliix
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Fred,
I looked at the Voodoo Pen once. It was your standard roller ball variety pen if I remember correctly. It seemed fine and I would think do just as well as the wonder pen.

I don't remember what the end of the Voodoo Pen looked like. I think that all pens constructed like eithter the Voodoo or Wonder Pen suffer from the same flat end shortcoming, all though the Voodoo Pen may do a better job at masking that.

I hear that Raven's routine that comes on the video is good as well.

What really matters though is that the Voodoo Pen is capable of the same handling and routine that can be done with any pen of that construction (Wonder Pen et. all.).
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
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Harvey Nerzof
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HN Review 59: Perfect Pen – John Cornelius

AD:
Who would have thought the John Cornelius' original Pen Through Anything could possibly be improved on? Well, leave it to magical genius John Cornelius to take his own invention to the next level!
Effect: A $20 bill is borrowed from a member of the audience. The magician hands them a pen to sign their bill and examine if desired. The magician retrieves the pen and bill, and without any funny moves whatsoever, proceeds to pierce the bill with the pen. The audience can clearly see the pen has penetrated the bill. He proceeds to visibly and audibly rip the pen through the bill, yet when it's handed back to the spectator, the bill is unharmed! The pen and the bill may then be handed out immediately for complete examination!
o Pen is completely examinable
o Nothing added or taken away
o Pen may be written with and refilled



REVIEW:

The pen is self-contained (no need for a switch as in the previous version) and well gimmicked, but will NOT sustain a thorough examination: this is really a problem for me... I continue to prefer the old Wonder Penetration (see relevant review)

Overall rating: average

H.
Dynamike
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I like the Perfect Pen a lot. However, I prefer The Pen Through Anything.
Jared
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I went back to the original 'Pen through Anything' and shelved the 'Perfect Pen' because I didn't like the metal body or the fit of the pen cap of the 'Perfect'.

Spectators never ask if they can examine the pen, so I always felt that too big of deal was made about this. I make use of the ripped gaff, which I feel makes the illusion ten times more convincing and pocket the pen nonchalantly after the penetration to frame the restoration.

-Jared
chappy
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I own both the perfect pen and the original pen thru anything and use whichever suits the situation. If performed correctly there should be absolutely no heat on the pen whatsoever, let's all remember the effect is a restoration afterall, not a penetration as it is commonly referred to.

I like to hand the pen to be "looked after" by someone(carefully selected) while I borrow the money, before the penetration occurs. Why anyone would redirect attention back to the pen after such a magical occurence(the restoration of a previously damaged bill) does not make sense to me and nor will it to an intelligent audience.
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chriscox
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Pen - Penetration is a fave of mine, a very cheap (£15) gimmicked pen for Pen through Bill, very clever, very visual with the right presentation this kills. I've even managed at times to break the golden rule, don't do it twice, and still fool and amaze them!
Daktari
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I have both of the Cornelius versions but prefer to use the Sharpie thru Anything. I, like so many others constantly use them so it made better sense to use it. And the pen itself is very well made.
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