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Octopalm: Anti-Gravity Gel Review

Official Review

November 16th, 2014 9:09am
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Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I typically avoid reviewing products like this. What does one say about a jar of “anti-gravity gel?” But I’ve been working on something that I thought might benefit from the use of a sticky substance, so I went for it.

It ended up not working for my application, but you can’t hold it against the product. The product description calls for a “lightweight object,” and I guess my object is just a bit too heavy.

So the only way I can review this is to just go down the list of promises and see if they hold true.

Touch your skin and it feels smooth. Basically true. It’s obviously still a bit tacky, but not so much that it feels unnatural.

Press a coin to it and it fuses to your hand like superglue. The phrase “fuses to your hand like superglue” is complete hyperbole, but you can get coins to stick. Small coins like dimes are a piece of cake. I even tried 100% silver half-dollars. You’ll need a bit more of the product and, even then, you’ll want to be sure to hit the center of the coin, but it basically works.

Take the coin off to find no sticky leftovers. True. The substance doesn’t seem to rub off onto the object.

Packs small. True. For smaller objects, you need a very tiny amount. Even bigger objects don’t require much.

Far superior to skin adhesives like wax, glue dots, double stick tape. Apples and oranges. Yes, it’s more undetectable than these products, but doesn’t have near the sticking power.

Easy to apply on the fly. I’m going to take some issue with this statement. To really get the product to work, you need to rub it in for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes, then let it dry for an equal amount of time. The more you put on, the longer the prep time. So if you think you’re going to reach in your pocket, grab some, and be ready to go seconds later, it’s probably not going to work (plus it’s a bit shiny on the skin until it dries).

Long lasting “ A little goes a long way. Absolutely true!

Includes a 90 minute instructional video with multiple tricks, routines, tips & performance ideas. Actually, it’s 1:50 long, but I don’t think anyone is going to complain about more material. Unfortunately, there’s no index to the video and the “how to use it” section is at the end. So it’s pretty frustrating if you’re looking for something specific. The tricks are pretty basic, but that’s not always a bad thing.

Once you get rid of the “hype,” the product pretty-much works as described. However, there are a couple of things you need to be aware that aren’t mentioned.

  1. The product has a scent to it. I find it to be similar to sawdust and it’s pretty strong when you first apply it
  2. The creator says you need to apply it flesh-to-flesh. That means you’re going to end up with sticky stuff on at least two areas (the application area and the finger or thumb you use to rub it in). You’ll need some way to get it off the second surface.
  3. Removal requires an additional chemical, such as mineral spirits. That means you need to be very careful if this sticky stuff is going to get in the way of a routine later in your show. Getting it off doesn’t take long, but you do need to use the second product.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Octopalm: Anti-Gravity Gel

Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $9.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

You can now accomplish in your two hands, what would normally take eight.

Octopalm: Anti-Gravity Gel is a new way to stick just about any lightweight object to your skin, without the sticky residue. No more double stick tape. No more glue dots. No more sticky adhesives. No more tacky wax.

Octopalm is the most revolutionary adhesive since magician's wax. This is a completely new chemical design that, when applied in small doses to the skin, can give you the abilities of a gecko's touch by adhering small objects to your hand, arm, fingers, even your forehead. Objects want to stick to YOU. No sticky residue means you have the freedom to produce, vanish and change small objects at will, like never before.

Ever wanted your skin to be magnetic to just about anything? Solved. Ever wanted to quickly hide a coin on the back of your hand? Easy.

Touch your skin and it feels smooth. Press a coin to it and it fuses to your hand like superglue. Take the coin off to find no sticky leftovers. The uses are endless. New, never before seen utility item Adheres almost any small object to the skin Provides gecko-like ability to do impossible tricks Leaves skin smooth - no residue or stickiness Thousands of uses - possibilities are tremendous Packs small Far superior to skin adhesives like wax, glue dots, double stick tape Easy to apply of the fly Long lasting - A little goes a long way Includes a 90 minute instructional video with multiple tricks, routines, tips, tricks & performance ideas


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