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Distance (DVD and Gimmicks) Review

Official Review

September 17th, 2015 12:04am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

The effect does look in real life as it does in the ad video. It is pretty fun.

The main effect taught uses one regular pen and one gimmicked pen.

It takes a small bit of practice to do the move that is used for both the regular pen and the gimmicked pen. This is the same move in a similar very old effect using the same move.

The effect with the regular pen and the gimmicked pen can be performed completely surrounded.

The instruction is pretty good, covering subtle performance tips and practice tips. The instructions cover a variety of ways to perform, including performances where you do all the magic in your hands, as well as performances where a participant holds the pen and you hold the cap. He also talks about how to remove the gimmick and hand out the gimmicked pen for examination. However, you won’t be able to perform again if you hand out the gimmicked pen for inspection.

He teaches the subtleties of lighting and what to wear.


The ad copy is a bit misleading because it implies you have just one pen. In the video and the description, in reality, you have one regular pen that you give to your participant for them to try it and you are using a second, gimmicked pen. They do teach a different version with a detachable gimmick, but the one shown in the ad copy requires you to use two pens in performance.

If you do hand out the gimmicked pen for examination, he teaches how to remove the gimmick as you hand out the pen for examination. In this scenario, you will not be able to perform the effect again. He does suggest that you bring a backup gimmicked pen. There is also a section using a detachable gimmick that is very nice. It allows you to do the effect, remove the detachable gimmick, hand out the pen for examination, and you could do the effect again immediately.


Nice little effect, not too difficult to do, can be performed surrounded, but you should know that the version shown in the ad copy requires two pens during performance, a regular pen and a gimmicked pen.

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Product info for Distance (DVD and Gimmicks)

Author: SansMinds
Publisher: SansMinds Productionz
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Distance is a fast attention grabber with nothing but a pen that sits in your pocket. Not only it is visually engaging, everyone walks out with a new skill they can share with their friends and talk about YOU!

Ever since the visual concept was proposed by Nicholas Lawrence in early 2014, it took over one year for the entire SansMinds Creative Lab crew to develop the handling and perfect the effect with countless real world performances. Distance, is finally here.

At any time you pull out the pen from your pocket. Take the cap off and rub it against your sleeve to magnetize it. The cap then visually jumps from your fingertips back to the pen at an inch away. This is a fun trick that never fails to earn audience interest to learn. You show them how it's done by squeezing the tip of the pen cap. When your spectators do it, they can do it from an inch or two away. But when YOU do it, the cap flies all the way across your chest to join the pen. The plot is believable and the visual is insanely unbelievable. Your spectator could even hold the pen while the pen flies all the way to cap itself. It's an amazing visual.

Distance is a fast and interactive effect. Whether if you are a miracle worker, sales person, event host, or public speaker, this will help you break the ice and engage people at an instant. it takes no pocket space, once set up it's self-contained and will always be ready to amaze in your pocket. Distance can also be performed with borrowed sharpie and various markers.

Comes with a set of custom made pen and everything you need to perform Distance.

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