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Topic: Review - New Product by Mozique
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Mar 29, 2007 01:54AM)
My name is Dr John and I perform as part of a trio called TRIXX my performance partner MOZIQUE who created the effects called Decisions and Spirit has sent out a product called the Cobra Sharpie to myself and several other full time pros to check out. I am very excited by this product as I was one of the first to try this out.

So here is My review, others will no doubt post theres in a few days.

The Cobra Sharpie

Basically its a magnet detector built into a pen.

I am currently using this with the excellent SCORPION effect by OUTLAW EFFECTS
I use the pen to get the spectators to write the numbers 1 to 4 on the cups and then casually take back the sharpie. The spectator then covers the makibishi with the cup and I casually point to the cups in term explaining that this is the path of the ninja.

The pen can pick up a magnet from 2 - 3 inches and vibrates subtly letting you know instantly which is the correct cup.

I am sure there are lots of other uses for the pen including using it for the classic coin in hand by using your PK ring and a spectators borrowed ring either hidden in matchboxs or held in the spectators hands.

Comments: the pen is well made and moz is offering a years gaurantee and also a cheap
battery replacement service. I have been using mine for 3 months and the battery shows no sign of wearing out.

He is making the pens to order at a cost of £125 not inc postage

Total score 8 - 10

Final Comments: This pen is not for everybody and will only work for you if you have a PKring or an effect such as THE SPIKE or SCORPION I am sure though that with a bit of thought you can use it for lots of applications. A booklet is going to be produced once myself and other testers have submitted to moz our ideas
Message: Posted by: Piers (Mar 29, 2007 02:23AM)
Could the pen be any pen type?

Piers.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Mar 29, 2007 06:28AM)
I think so but the electronics are very tightly packed into the pen so I guess moz would need to experiment. I'll pm him and see what he says.

Just playing around with the pen I realised you can strap it to your wrist via a sweat band and it works exactly like the Childs Play II unit. Though so far no one including magicians have ever called me on using the pen as an impromptu pointer.

Dr John
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Mar 29, 2007 07:10AM)
Now that's a cool idea. Makes me wonder why nobody else has thought of it until now.

What approx. would the cost be in U.S. dollars?
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Mar 29, 2007 07:20AM)
That works out at $246 at current exchange rate not inc shipping costs
Message: Posted by: Piers (Apr 8, 2007 03:51AM)
Is anyone out there using one lf these yet?
Piers.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Apr 10, 2007 08:23AM)
Hi Piers

Myself and half a dozen other beta testers have had the pens for a few months now and we have been boincing ideas off each other for the last few weeks. I know sales of this are starting to pick up so there are pens being made to go out over the next few weeks. I have been told by users that some reviews are going to be posted up over the next few days so watch this space ....

Each pen is being made to order, so as this is a limited edition item reviews will take time to trickle out.
Message: Posted by: Starromeo (Apr 10, 2007 09:30AM)
Sounds pretty good
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Apr 10, 2007 09:50AM)
Just out of interest I had a chat with UK Magician Martin Duffy and he has now had a chance to try it out with The SPIKE effect. He reckons it picked up the spike easily from a distance of 3 inches!! so this boads well for Outlaw effects The RELIC as that has an N40 magnet which is extremely strong and should give a throw of between 5 - 6 inches!! Cant wait to get mine from Roth and as soon as I do I will give a review of it and also how well it works with the Cobra.
Message: Posted by: Martin Duffy (Apr 10, 2007 06:52PM)
[quote]
On 2007-04-08 04:51, Piers wrote:
Is anyone out there using one lf these yet?
Piers.
[/quote]

Hi Piers
I got one...it is brilliant!!
This is SO well made (not that you can see anything apart from the Sharpie!)
I love the idea of having it always ready - no need to worry about a spectator grabbing your arm and feeling a sensor like in other versions (This hasn't happened to me but has to another magician I know!)
It works from between 2 and 3 inches on a Spike and 2 inches on my Gauci Medallion from his Eye to Eye - great for a spectator hiding it in one of three matchboxes and you pinpointing it.
What could be more natural than holding the pen you are going to write your prediction with...?

I understand these are a very limited edition and would recommend getting one quickly

Please feel free to PM me with nay specific questions


Regards

Martin
Message: Posted by: John T. Sheets (Apr 10, 2007 07:18PM)
Is the pen self contained? Can you do it without sleeves? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Apr 11, 2007 05:52AM)
Yes you can! the entire electronics is completely self contained inside the pen and its also a fully functional sharpie as well. The pen very discreetly vibrates when near a magnetic field so you don't have to worry about extra hookups and wires just pop the pen away after you have done the dirty work and you are completely clean.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Apr 12, 2007 08:32AM)
Hi all

I have just pre-ordered the following:-

http://www.outlaw-effects.com/outlaw/articles.php?lng=en&pg=95

Can't wait to try this out with the pen as the Doubloon has an N50 Magnet, I looked them up and they are unbelievable strong, the pickup radius on this should be 4 - 6 inches away when used with a COBRA!!

I will post up a review when mine arrives.
Message: Posted by: showrabbit (Apr 17, 2007 05:23PM)
Fantastic. The only word to describe this new effect from Mozique. Close examination of the pen reveals nothing! It looks, feels and even works like a real sharpie; a spectator would never suspect it was anything else. I have only had mine for a few days and have already produced some satisfying reactions. Even with a medium strength Neo magnet I can detect from around 3". It's vibration is subtle but unambiguous and virtually inaudible. I feel it has many uses, limited only by one's imagination. well done Moz.

Rating 8 - 10
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Apr 20, 2007 09:04AM)
I've been told that Greg Wilson immediately snapped up one of these when he saw it demoed after his newcastle lecture in the UK. He is intending on using it for some TV work and is intending on letting Moz have access to his ideas and routine ideas to put into the upcoming Cobra Instruction booklet. Ideas are coming in steadily from various Beta testers and now the buyers and the booklet will be available to all purchasers as a .pdf file.
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Apr 20, 2007 10:52AM)
I'm a bit surprised that Moz is selling these. He made me one a long time ago and I know the amount of time it takes to make each unit by hand.

The pen works a dream and if you get the chance to buy one I would jump at it but be prepared to wait your turn:-)

Regards

Peter
Message: Posted by: Chris Oberle (Apr 23, 2007 06:49PM)
If the pen can be any type that would be very good for me.
If so, I'll take one.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Apr 24, 2007 05:45AM)
The electronics are very tightly packed into the sharpie but I'm sure this is not a problem to use other pens it may just take a little bit of experimentation. I was forwarded a suggestion from Paul Daniels (yes THE Paul Daniels) that it may be worth offering a luxury version in a Mont Blanc pen. I am currently talking with Moz about this idea but so far most magicians are happy with a sharpie as its a logical and non suspicious device.

Greg Wilson is definately going to be using this on an upcoming TV Special and will be letting Moz have his routines for the upcoming Cobra Sharpie Manual which will be sent out to all of the users.

if anyone wants Moz's contact details then please PM me and I will forward them.
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (May 1, 2007 08:54AM)
Greg explained a couple of his routines for the pen when he visited the shop. They sound great!

Peter
Message: Posted by: Piers (May 3, 2007 01:54PM)
Received mine today, and it looks like ...
... a Sharpie.

Just a pen? Or a pen packed with so much gizmo-tronomy that makes it a device that 007 would be proud of.

Fantastic !

Piers.
Message: Posted by: mrmagic0 (May 3, 2007 02:05PM)
MOZIQUE sounds like a good product. An alternative would be Child's Play I @ $65.00 or Child's PlayII @ $225.00. The CPI is a small lipstick sized device for under your coat and CPII is a real working watch. Both vibrate when near a magnet. The CPII will detect the scorpion at 5-6 inches away.

Ron
Message: Posted by: Roth (May 3, 2007 04:37PM)
Whichever of these electronic devices fit your performance style (CP 2 is what I use)
They will all detect The Relic from at least 4-6 inches away.

As stated above the Relic contains a 1 1/4 x 1/8 inch N-50 disc. Extremely powerful.
Message: Posted by: Piers (May 4, 2007 12:51AM)
Still love my CP11 as well,
the new Cobra is an additional weapon now!

Piers.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 4, 2007 05:51AM)
The Cobra Sharpie detects the Scorpion at a range of 5-6 inches as well as the CPII but has the added advantage of being brought in and out of play with no suspicion from a spectator. When handled well the spectator won't even remember that the pen was in play plus you have no hookups and can perform in a sleeveless top with no watches, rings or any apparant detection devices. The pen also has advantages in other routines which really on the fact that a pen is in play which opens up a lot of ideas for alternate uses and routines.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 4, 2007 06:17AM)
I am currently compiling for Moz all of the feedback and routines from all the Beta testers and current users of the pen. Because the pen is a Limited Edition item we have a complete database of all the users and we will be liasing directly with them for feedback and ideas. The advantage to this is that we can personally respond to any problems and feedback users may have. The Cobra Sharpie Manual is currently being written which will feature several routines using the Device and will eventually feature routines from Greg Wilson, Martin Duffy, Kennedy, Peter Nardi, Moziqie and hopefully ideas from all the other users. So far the response to the pen has been fantastic, but I need more ideas!! The Cobra Manual will be a .pdf file that will be sent to each registered purchaser and they will also be entitled to any updates to the manusl as more ideas are submitted.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 4, 2007 08:17AM)
I just wanted to clear up something regarding The cobra Sharpie and in fact any electronic pickup device. The simple rule of thumb is this:-

The Larger/Stronger the magnet the better the pickup!

The reason I mention this is because I have had people pm me regarding using such items such as a Charles Gauci Ball or medalion from his eye to eye specifically for the effect of 'coin in hand'. Any electronic detector will pick up such items easily when placed into a matchbox or two ring boxs using your own PK ring and a borrowed Spectators ring for example, but trying to detect thru a spectators hand is tricky and will not always pickup. To pickup through a spectators hand you need a good sized neodymium magnet and in the manual many suggestions are made for usable items including how to properly bake a neodymium magnet into a ball of black fimo without the heat reducing the power of the magnet. The new G2 ring works but again its not always sure fire because of the strength of the magnet. As mentioned previously I have ordered the RELIC and I know because of its strength it should EASILY go thru the back of a spectators hand making this a dream to work with the COBRA.

The Cobra can also be easily slipped under your watch band or a sweatband so you can use it in exactly the same ways as the CPI and CPII units if you so wish.
Message: Posted by: mrmagic0 (May 4, 2007 10:26AM)
For general information; CPI and CPII will pick up a strong magnet through a closed fist (fist side up) and in fact was designed to do so. It will not pick up the magnet through the top of the hand. I have also tested it and the above holds true with the magnetic ball of Charles Gauci but I can't say for sure on his other items. As stated earlier the CP products work very well with the Scorpion and I am sure the Relic when it is released. I am sure the sharpie works well as stated above.

Ron
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 4, 2007 11:02AM)
Hi Ron

The Basic problem is that some magicians are trying to pick up the object directly through the back of the spectators hand with a small magnet and that is where the problem lies. If done fist side up then all electronic devices pick up with no problem.

Me thinks the RELIC is going to be a MONSTER with this.

I have tried the large wrist strapped magnet I use for various PK effects and the throw was 6 - 7 inches!

Has anyone found any other logical items that can be fitted with magnets?
Message: Posted by: mrmagic0 (May 4, 2007 11:09AM)
Yes That is a question I get asked a lot if the Listerine packet will be picked through the back of the hand. That will not work. I am anxious to try the Relic as well.

Ron
Message: Posted by: Roth (May 4, 2007 11:33AM)
The shells created for the Relic are thinner than a U.S. dime.

I've taken the Relic magnet and placed a Kennedy half dollar on top of the disc, put it in my closed fist, and I can pick up the magnet through THE TOP of my fist, with a slightly loose PK ring (from 2-3 inches above the fist).

I then placed TWO Kennedy half dollars on top of the mag and I could still detect it through the TOP of my fist.

Remember the pure (highly conductive)silver shells of the doubloon are 1/10th the thickness of a single half dollar.

Bottom line the electronic devices will detect The Relic from 5-6 inches easily, the PK rings from 2-4 inches above a closed fist.

The Relic magnetic is a huge N-50 disc 1 1/4 inch diameter x 1/8 inch thick
Message: Posted by: mrmagic0 (May 4, 2007 11:44AM)
Roth:

I can't wait. This is going to be cool.

Ron
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 8, 2007 04:53AM)
Just a quick heads up on the Cobra Sharpie Manual. The Manual is due to be finished by the 20th of May and so far the quality of the ideas are superb. Many utilise the pen in ways we couldn't imagine so it pays to knock heads with other magicians as this is IMO the best way to generate creativity. Thanks to all those who have submitted but any further routines are always welcome as the Manual will be regularly updated.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 11, 2007 10:40AM)
Some great ideas are coming in including using the pen as an instant stooge maker!
Genius!!
Message: Posted by: Piers (May 11, 2007 11:47AM)
I for one, cannot wait to absorb what has to be a great read...

Piers.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 14, 2007 03:47AM)
Not long now! the manual will be ready in a week or so with the intention of being updated as more ideas and routines come in. Eventually it may end up as a printed manual but as more pens are sold people seem to keep coming up with new handling tips and ideas so printing it at this stage seems to be a waste of time. Also it gives me flexibility to send it instantly to all of the current users without expensive postage costs.

Keep the ideas rolling guys!
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 18, 2007 07:32AM)
Enclosed Cobra Manual Cover for those that are intriqued!
Message: Posted by: Piers (May 29, 2007 02:40AM)
Must be any day now when the book comes out?

Piers.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (May 29, 2007 04:52PM)
Should be ready in a few days just getting the final proof reading done its not huge (about 13 pages) but its got some cracking ideas and should get some creative juices flowing.

I'll let everyone know when we are happy to upload this to a server for a convenient download.

Cheers
Dr john
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Jun 4, 2007 08:43AM)
Final proof reading has been done should be ready to download in a couple of days.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Jun 11, 2007 04:38AM)
The Manual is now ready to rock!! I wont be sending it as an email attachment as its too big for most servers so I will be sending a link to a customer download site for all users convenience. The download area currently has only the manual but will eventally have full demo videos of various effects and lots of other goodies!! Enjoy!! If I have missed anyone who purchased a pen of the list then please PM to receive your link.

Cheers Dr John

The Manual is going to be constantly updated and all purchasers will be notified of any updates.
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Jun 11, 2007 06:34AM)
Hi Guys,

Alakazam now have the exclusive rights to sell this fantastic item. We have a few in stock now.

Best Regards

Peter
Message: Posted by: Piers (Jun 11, 2007 07:31AM)
Cannot wait to see the manual…

The Cobra is certainly a device of great wiliness.

Piers.
Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Jun 15, 2007 09:14AM)
[quote]
On 2007-05-03 14:54, Piers wrote:
Just a pen? Or a pen packed with so much gizmo-tronomy that makes it a device that 007 would be proud of.
[/quote]

James Bond's gadget man [b]Q[/b] is confused!!! :confused: ;)

The [b]Cobra Sharpie[/b] looks to be an excellent multi-utility device (prop). Imagination will be the only limiting factor. [b]Congratulations![/b]

:xmas:

P.S. The contraption can also be put in a high quality Mini Wand (8" long) or in a [url=http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=968][b]Wand Pen[/b][/url] - Just a thought!
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Jun 25, 2007 07:56AM)
This is true!! Just give Peter at Alakazam a call as I am sure Moz is up for doing Custom versions in wands etc. We had a request from Paul Daniels to see if it was possible to fit the electronics into a Monte Blanc pen but we havn't the heart to try!!(damaging a pen worth more than a Cobra to begin with is a scary test!!)

Well the responses back from the first version of the Cobra Manual has been extremely positive. We are still waiting for some routines to come in from some well known names and the manual will be constantly updated as and when new ideas pop up. It prints out to 14 pages of jam packed ideas and is really starting to push the envlope with what can be accomplished with this utility item.

Alakazam are now the exclusive stockists of this limited item and are having lots of fun demoing the item to bemused magicians in the bricks and mortor shop. I took one to a recent convention and fooled many well versed magicians who hadn't a clue that the pen was involved with the effect. I's a serious magician fooler and so IMO makes this layman proof.

We are in discussion with Peter Nardi regarding producing video demonstrations of the effects possible and they will be available in the near future.

Keep those ideas rolling!!
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Jul 20, 2007 07:28AM)
Just a heads up on Cobra availability. Hocus-Pocus will now be taking orders for the Cobra Sharpie in the US along with Alakazam in the UK.

The First Draft of the Manual has gone down very well and I have various new contributors sending new material for the next version which should be ready in a months time.

Any one purchasing the cobra must check the inside lid as there is a password which you need to e-mail me in order to receive the link to the Cobra Manual Download page. Current manual is 14 pages long and growing!!

Cheers Dr john
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Sep 10, 2008 11:31AM)
Juat a quick Note the new teaser is up for the NEW version of the Cobra Sharpie 2.0
a professionally manufactured version with user changeable battery and more sensitive detector built in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw70Tb8caFk

watch this space for more details . . .
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Sep 10, 2008 08:56PM)
That is great! What is the price on this one? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Sep 11, 2008 06:35AM)
Not sure at the moment, It will come with a DVD with explanations, routines & maintenance guide and the original Cobra Sharpie Manual as a .pdf file. The DVD has taken a long time to put together and is shot entirely in a professional Green Screen Studio on HD with Editing and Effects done in a professional TV Studio using high end equipment. All the effects and editing on the DVD have been produced by myself and a professional editor. We had a lot of fun with this and we also feature a performance section with the Cobra being used in bars & restaurants. There is a longer trailer that will be released soon giving full techical spec for the pen.

Its early stages but the pen will be released officially in a few weeks.
Trust me when I say that nobody will be disappointed and any issues that people had with the original model will be chuffed to find they have all been solved with the new unit.

Having used my original cobra for over a year I have to say it has totally fried the brains of many magicians who had no idea the pen was even involved in the effects performed. And having no rings or watches or any other items on your hands makes this the ultimate Magnet detection System IMO

As I said Watch this space. . . . .
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Sep 18, 2008 05:55AM)
Just a quick heads up!

The DVD has now been completed and approved by Peter at Alakazam so the second trailer will be put up in a couple of weeks. The pens have worked out better than we had hoped and I now feel the Cobra Sharpie 2.0 will set a new standard in Magnet detectors. Obviously the CPIII does a similar job so its a personal preference as what works for you as a performer. All the PROS who have the pen reckon its extremely effective so its down to your style as to works best.

Be good to get some independant reviews in when the new pen is released, any one out there using the 1.0 who would wish to comment?
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Sep 18, 2008 09:49PM)
I love mine. It works great.
My only concern has been that the battery is not user replaceable.
So, I for one, am waiting with baited breath for 2.0.
I just hope that they have a reasonable upgrade path.
Peace,
Parson
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Sep 22, 2008 10:55AM)
I have been assured by peter today that an upgrade path will be made available that is affordable for all old users of 1.0
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Nov 6, 2008 09:20AM)
The Cobra Sharpie 2.0 is now ready for preorder & the latest trailer is available to view now:-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3fVQUybKDBE

Price will be £99.99 from Alakazam magic

I have been hammering mine for a few months now and feel it is an extremely practical device and now with the ability to change the batterys yourself this is now a real world worker.(and the DVD I produced with Moz is pretty cool as well!!)
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Nov 6, 2008 09:22AM)
Oh! and the price drop from the original helps as well!!

I have been assured there is an upgrade path but I have no idea what this will be at the moment it may be worth ringing Peter at alakazam to get a quote.
Message: Posted by: VIEW (Nov 6, 2008 10:40AM)
May I ask - what is the point in these 'trailors'? I'm finding the increasing popularity of far over stylised promo's that don't show a product, a performance, or indeed anything of specific note.
Message: Posted by: drjohn (Nov 7, 2008 11:09AM)
Question VIEW have you actually watched the new trailor yet? The first one is just the intro from the DVD and was designed as a teaser to get people talking. Its a technique currently used by every single motion picture that is released.

that's a fair point but I guess you could apply that question to TV advertising in general. For example if gillette razors didn't have fancy 3D animations of there product flying around and glossy adverts would you buy there products? or any bodys products for that reason?. Many magic DVD's are poorly made rubbish with no eye for quality.

The Cobra Trailer is first and foremost fun!! we had loads of fun making it and wanted something that caught peoples eye. We could have filmed a bloke sitting in front of his webcam fiddling with a sharpie and mumbling about how Cool it was!! and showed a poorly lit demo of the pen in use and put that up would that be better?

1. The trailer is about a pen? what is there to show? using a wire frame graphic shows off the following features.

A) Reinkable
B) User Changeable Battery
C) Discreet Vibration Unit
What more do you need to know? Its a Magnet Detector nothing more.

2. The quotes are from reputable users so there useful to hear.

3. The Trailers are professionally produced and show time and energy has been put into a solid working product with a prefessionally produced accompanying DVD. Buyers will be less wary of buying this than some low quality one trick DVD.

4. Its a fun Trailor for a magic trick Lighten up!!!

I guess I agree with you about trailers for certain tricks that end up being ****e but The cobra Sharpie is backed by Alakazam and is a Solid workable product which many Professionals use and rave about.
Message: Posted by: Jean-Luc.R. (Feb 11, 2009 06:11PM)
How many routines and ideas are on the dvd???