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On 2012-02-04 13:19, David43 wrote:
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On 2012-02-04 12:47, J M Talbot wrote:
I have coinvexed, will not be buying this or any other Penn product. You know what they "live by the sword...."

Yes JM, David Penn - "live by the sword die by the sword". An ancient saying but perfectly apt for this time.



The gimmick could be used to bend a sword
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Have to pass on this one
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I think This looks excellent. I imagine this has been worked a lot prior to release and will be very workable. Looking forward to reviews......as opposed to people just saying they won't be buying it! Very constructive
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The gimmick could be used to bend a sword


I might try that!
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Alan Rorrisons comment " James Bond would be proud" is the worrier for me.

I'd hope that this isn't one of those things which is just an impractical new toy for magicians to play around with then stick in the bottom drawer.

Will wait for the reviews on this I think ---- particularly interested in how practical it is, must admit I've always been under the impression that a knife would in all likelihood shatter if you tried to bend it and the video isn't terribly clear.
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I would certainly not do this trick in China. Giving a knife or scissors is a no no.
Also in other countries there is still a lot of superstition about "giving a knife". (most of the time as a gift)

In cultures ranging from Latin America to Asia, giving a knife symbolizes severing a relationship. You give a knife to indicate that you are no longer friends. Among the Bavarian peasants, when a friendship is severed by the gift of a knife or pair of scissors, the untoward result may be averted if the recipient smiles pleasantly when the gift is made.
In Thailand, giving a knife as a gift means you want to hurt the recipient or something like that.
Since it is considered bad luck to give a a knife, money is usually included for the recipient to "buy" the knife. The traditional amount to include with the knife (at least in the USA) is a penny.

That there's no room with the number 13 in the hotel, does not mean that the hotelmanager is superstitious. It is because there are potential clients who belief it in....

Maybe this is splitting hairs, but it is always good to know. When you are performing on a table, it is adviseble not to do it with the only chinese between them Smile
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Breaking off a friendship by giving a knife seems like asking for trouble Smile


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On 2012-02-07 15:47, steveline wrote:
Breaking off a friendship by giving a knife seems like asking for trouble Smile
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Indeed Smile Smile Smile

There is also a saying : "never give a knife, as you may be stabbed in the back" Smile
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On 2012-02-07 15:47, steveline wrote:
Breaking off a friendship by giving a knife seems like asking for trouble Smile
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Indeed Smile Smile Smile

There is also a saying : "never give a knife, as you may be stabbed in the back" Smile


Interesting effect. Can probably play well after Dobson's "Knife Trough Coat" routine.
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On 2012-02-07 13:16, Paul S Wingham wrote:
Looking forward to reviews......as opposed to people just saying they won't be buying it! Very constructive

I'd second that.
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I am not a mentalist, but have played with some fork bending after seeing Banachek lecture. I am very interested in this.

The whole "giving a knife" thing. If I am performing at a resturant, with "the resturant's" knife (at least in the spectator's mind) and the people aren't my friend then what would the problem be.

Oh, I live in the modern age too.
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To me, this looks like something you'd add to an existing metal-bending act. Bend a coin or a key, bend a spoon or a fork, finish up with a knife. Something like that. I can't see it being very strong by itself, but I could see it working as a finale'. Bend the signed knife, hand it out as a souvenir...let the spectator try and straighten the knife and wonder how you bent it. If I already did some metal-bending stuff, I'd consider it.
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Interesting effect. Can probably play well after Dobson's "Knife Trough Coat" routine.


Now that actually made laugh out loud whilst easting my breakfast in a McDonalds! ;-)
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Oh, yeah. The whole thing's been a real riot. Smile
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...Some people just haven't got a sense of humour have they?
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Interesting effect. Can probably play well after Dobson's "Knife Trough Coat" routine.


Now that actually made laugh out loud whilst easting my breakfast in a McDonalds! ;-)


er - me too! (well, not McDonalds!) Some folk need to lighten up.
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On 2012-02-09 08:22, TheGreatRaymondo wrote:
...Some people just haven't got a sense of humour have they?

As yourself if any of the people involved found it funny.
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Back to the trick.
Have you seen what a heavy wristband he has ?
I think that wouldn't fit in the kind of restaurants where I perform...
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