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Bone Saw Review

Official Review

April 15th, 2008 12:34am
Reviewed by Christian
Bonesaw is basically a finger chopper made from playing cards. The participant selects a card signs it and that card is used as the blade in a finger chopper of sorts. The participant can keep the card as a reminder of the moment.

The author has obviously spent a great deal of time thinking about this effect but I have some issues with it. My first question is, why not purchase a good finger chopper? I don’t think anyone really thinks a playing card is going through your finger so there is no fear or horror. With a good finger chopper, the audience is put on the edge. The blade is shown to actually cut something. The dramatic moment is created by showing real danger.

Using playing cards as a finger chopper is too confusing. Cutting flesh is not what they do. From an audience perspective, they are simply wondering what is happening during this trick. Good geek magic makes the audience squirm. This seems to be an attempt at it but just does not quite get there.

Additionally, there are angles that have to be watched with this effect. With a finger chopper there are none. So why use this one? You shouldn’t.

Although the author is clever, I do not believe this is not an improvement or strong alternative for the finger chopper premise.

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Author: Michelangelo
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Retail Price: $19.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

There is a certain universally-recognizable instant when the mind knows reality has slipped. Paul Harris called it the moment of astonishment. It happens when a levitation first leaves the ground. It happens when when daylight shows between two halves of a girl. And it happens just as the spectator realizes she is pulling her card straight through your finger.

This is "Bonesaw."

Feel the moment.

A spectator chooses a card and signs her name on the face. You tear a hole just large enough for your finger and put your initial on the card as well. Two more cards, stapled together, have corresponding holes. The spectator watches as you slide her card between the others. She sees the holes aligned and you slide your finger through. With your finger in place, you show the spectator that her signed card is still trapped inside the stapled pair. You show her that the card is trapped on both the outer and inner ends ― both sides. Her card is clearly stuck between the cards and pinned by your finger. Then you have her pull on her card. There is only one direction it can go. It cuts smoothly through your finger and finally emerges. No tears. No switches. Everything in view. The card with her signature, and yours, is hers to keep.

30 minute DVD teaches you everything you need to know, with tips and variations, to stun your audiences. Includes all the materials needed to make the gimmick, custom-sized for your hands, and perform the effect again and again.

Designed by Michelangelo, "Bonesaw" is a visual in-the-hands illusion that will trap your spectators in that rare moment of astonishment.

Running Time Approximately 30min

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