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Bewitching Sticks Review

April 27th, 2016 10:18pm
Reviewed by Cyril May
Brian Watson's Bewitching Sticks elevate the once humble paddle move device to the level of Dumbledore-like elegance. If the noble Head Master of Hogwarts were to ever perform with a Hot Rod, he would buy a set of Bewitching Sticks. They are elegant, jeweler's quality pewter with inset gems. The gems are not cheap plastic, but a higher quality that catches light and scintillates. They look magical all on their own and will replace the "cheap trick" feel of most hot rods/paddles with a sophistication and substance far superior.

The three rods include a standard Hot Rod with 6 different colored gems on one side and all same color gems on the other. The two other rods feature blank side/1 gem and 1 gem/2 gems. Brian shares a routine for these which I have adapted for my own performance style. You can easily develop many routines with rods separate or all three together.

One caution is that I personally felt ill-at-ease tapping the 2nd and 3rd stick together as Brian does. I felt that the tapping was very lightly marking the pewter and could in the long run lead to such markings as might allow a keen-eyed observer to suss out the use of the paddle move. As such I do not tap my sticks together. Brian has had more experience than I and has found no such problem.

I must also comment that a problem I encountered gave Brian a chance to showcase his excellent customer service and professionalism, both as magician and designer/seller. We had begun a chat when I first had concerns about damage from tapping. He never shied away or hid behind the internet. Instead, he engaged fully, determined to make sure I was happy. He continued this excellence when I dropped a stick during a vigorous practice, breaking one of the gems. Brian was, again, enthusiastic in discussing options for repairing this situation even though the damage was my fault, not that of the product. In short, you get not only a high quality product for the high price paid for these sticks, but you also get exceptional customer service.

If you want to turn your paddle move into a full, elegant routine worthy of an ancient wizard, consider The Bewitching Sticks!

Product info for Bewitching Sticks

Author: Brian Watson
Publisher: Cups & Balls Magic
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $125.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Unquestionably Brian Watson… This product, like all the products produced by Brain Watson shares the same attention to quality and craftsmanship. I am actually to the point that I can spot one of his products just on sight and feel alone. This Bewitching Sticks are a set you will treasure. The weight and balance is perfect. The perceived value is immediate when you hold them in your hands. They are elegant and refined.

The Bewitching Sticks are the most beautiful, practical and durable paddle tricks in the world! Hand crafted, finished and detailed in finest English (lead free) pewter and adorned with Swarovski crystals, not only do they look stunning (and classy), they will last a lifetime.

Note: This was a special run, something this unique and specialized will probably never be crafted again. That stated, we are very lucky at Stevens Magic to have secured a small number of these items as a result of a trade with Brian. Thus, who knows how long they will be available.

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