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BioBender (Gimmick and Online Instructions) Review

Official Review

May 4th, 2022 4:38pm
Reviewed by chipperPaul
Let me start out by saying this: The instructional video (via stream or download) is quite remarkable. He really takes his time, discussing all manner of subtleties. He even slips in a few bits of his own pertaining to performance theory, etc. You can tell this guy has really workshopped the devil out of this trick. Eric is a talented guy.

You receive (in a very nice box) two gimmicks and a tool that helps adjust the gimmicks or might even be used to create/hack some additional gimmicks. The gimmicks are a modified version of something you probably already own….as a rule of THUMB, you should own some, at least! The thing that attaches to those gimmicks is specially-designed and would be hard as heck to make up in your garage…if not impossible. The hilarious thing is: he includes at least 2 performances and knowing full well what the guy is doing, the “move” will even slip past you….it is that smooth.
The only downside to all of this is: the magical “impact” is sort of low, overall. The spectators say, “Wow. Cool.” ...and they are mildly amused…but I just wouldn’t call this trick hard hitting. Now, if you wanted to fold this into a LARGER ‘Power of the Mind’ set or something of that ilk, that’d be great! I totally intend to work this into my performance down the road. But it may go into my 2nd-best set….know what I mean?

In terms of performing/teaching the 'move', it can really slip by you! Although that can be (depending on a person's perspective) kind of entertaining, it sort of lowers the value of this thing overall. While not super complex, the move is a tiny bit unnatural and he should've lingered on it just a bit more.

Should you buy this? Yes! Will you like it? Yes! Will you win the next round of America’s Got Talent with it? Nope…..not gonna happen. It’s just: there is a coin and you cause it to bend “ that’s the trick. Because of it being thought out, well designed and well packaged, it gets 3 stars. The amount of work that went into the video warrants a rock solid extra half-star. But, overall: it’s just a pretty-much-OK trick and nothing more.

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Product info for BioBender (Gimmick and Online Instructions)

Author: Jones, Eric
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $39.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

What if you had the ability to distort metal at the palm of your spectator's hands or at the very tips of your own fingers? Introducing Eric Jones' BioBender. BioBender is a set of tools that allow you to create the illusion that you can bend a coin, warp a key, or misshape any small metallic object.

And before you even ask, yes this can be signed! BioBender is one of the few metal benders that allows you to do real-time, in their face bends, without ever needing long sleeves or any type of clothing restrictions. No need to perform any switches and no awkward handling as the spectator signs the coin - it is their coin the entire time.

It utilizes a simple hidden in plain sight gimmick that you are already familiar with - a thumb tip. And for those who have mastered this tool, you already know exactly how invisible it can be. It's ready to be performed right out of the box, and its modular design allows you to re-attach the gimmick to any thumb tip of your choosing. BioBender secretly creates the bend so you can produce the magic.

What you get:Two precision engineered modular gimmicksExpert instruction from coin master, Eric JonesTwo thumb tipsThe ability to create real moments of magic for your spectatorsNOTE: BioBender works with any coin 2mm thick and under.

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