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Compression Review

Official Review

December 14th, 2007 8:39pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
Has this kid hit puberty yet?

OK, that's not fair. His age doesn't matter in the least. It's just what went through my head when I saw the performance on this DVD.

Actually, Daniel Lachman seems like a very bright, well-spoken, personable young man. He's the kind of kid I wish we had more of in this country.

A few days ago I wrote a scathing review of a trick called Blunt. It has a similar theme to Compression: visual alteration of a writing implement. In retrospect, my problems with Blunt were caused by all of the “other effects” that were supposed to be done with the prop. If the creator had stuck to the basic idea of sharpening a blunt pencil in your hand, I probably would have been a happier reviewer. At least I can find a motivation for that simple action.

While I can't find any earth-shattering reason for shortening a Bic pen, I can think of quite a few rather humorous lines to accompany such a move. I don't think this was intended to be a serious mystery, so all is well.

The effect is visual and startling. It's basically angle-proof and requires no skill whatsoever. You'll need some basic craft skills to make the fekes, but nothing a third-grader couldn't handle.

One thing I really like, especially when compared to Blunt, is that the “compressed” pen is examinable and even usable as a regular writing implement.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Compression

Author: Daniel Lachman
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Windows Media Video File View Clip

Visually Smash A Bic Pen Into One Half Its Original Size.

No Switches. No Sleeves. End Clean.

The compressed pen writes and is completely examinable. You can even give it away to a spectator to keep as a souvenir! They will find nothing because there is nothing.

Keep this hard-hitting effect with you everywhere you go!

  • Extremely easy to master
  • Can be performed surrounded
  • Made in under 15 minutes
  • Resets in seconds
  • Can be given away as a souvenir

Compression is great for any performance setting and gets amazing reactions.

The DVD consists of the following sections:

  • Demo Video with Live Performances
  • Introduction
  • Simple Explanation
  • How To Make Compressio
  • Detailed Handling

Now with over fifteen minutes of Bonus Material:

  • Performance Tips
  • Performance Ideas
  • Special Handling
NOTE: For use with your own Bic Disposable 'White Barrel' Pens. Pens are not included with DVD

Running Time Approximately 49min

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