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Nuclear Nail Review

January 6th, 2015 12:12pm
Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
I received a copy of this from Madhatter Magic, during one of their sales. The price was so low, I couldn't say no. Plus, I was curious to see what Bob Solari did with the nail bending effect. I must say that this is extremely clever-and like Bob's other effects, simple and direct. Once I saw the working, I came up with a very casual way to pass the nail from hand to hand, showing hands clean, and nail as well. The actual bend part is best done slowly-what's tricky, is allowing the pointy end to rise up believably on it's own. It can be done, but, that end wants to JUMP up, and that would spoil the illusion. This detail can be used, or, the nail can simply be bent by the free finger.

The nail and gimmick intergrate naturally into the fingers, so there's no awkward anything to the handling. It's truly a beautiful illusion, and is ridiculously easy to carry. My sense is that Nuclear Nail might not be for those who want a more literal metal bending effect-i.e., a hardcore piece of street magic which leaves the spectator with a bent nail at finish. Considering how far along coin bending has come, Nuclear Nail is somewhat tame in comparison. I don't do much in the metal bending area, but I am aware of a bending nail that is quite pricey, and examinable at finish. So, it's nice to have options based on performance context, and, how much money one has to spend on props. This nail is a workable illusion-but, there's always something with more provers out there, something with greater shock value. It all depends on how far the performer wants to push the envelope.

Product info for Nuclear Nail

Author: Solari, Bob
Publisher: Bob Solari Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $14.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Audiences LOVE bending metal effects ! NUCLEAR NAIL WILL DESTROY THEM ! You hand out an ORDINARY 3" steel nail for examination. Nail is held at your fingertips where it is seen to SLOWLY VISIBLY BEND to more than a 90 degree angle right before their eyes ! The nail seems to become pliable. The nail now bends back to its original condition where it is once again handed out for complete examination. They will find NOTHING as the nail is 100% ordinary.The nail is NOT switched ! Instant reset ! Complete with nail and special something that makes this effect a reality. Easy to follow photo illustrated instructions.

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