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Topic: Dan Wolfe's Thru Steel
Message: Posted by: jkmagic (Nov 26, 2008 05:41PM)
Hi there,

I was asked to do a review on this by another poster in another thread.I don't think it has been reviewed before.Well I received the illusion about 3 weks ago now & performed it for the first time the other night & people really liked it.This was my first time dealing with Smoky Mountain Magic, first of all I can gladly say Dan's customer service is fantastic.He is a pleasure to deal with & was full of help throughout the project.I can't say enough good things about Smoky Mountain Magic.

The illusion itself , a solid plate of steel is resting in a small stand,the steel plate is then removed & carefully examined by an audience member.It is once again locked inside the stand & the stand doors are closed on the steel's centre.However the sides of the steel can be seen throught the routine,so everything is fair from an audience viewpoint.The illusionist then steps behind the steel,penetrates it & emerges through the doors,the steel can be seen right behind him.Then hopefully you will hear gasps from the audience.Its really that good & Dan's routine has really made it simple to perform.As with any illusion there is practice involved but once you have perfected this it will definitely go into your routine.The other great thing about this is that you do not need any assistants to perform it,it is a great 1 person illusion.

I got great reactions from presenting this in an informal setting the other night.I am currently working on developing a full stage routine for this, though Dan kindly provides his performance routine as part of the illusion.And his routine is great.The penetration can be done quickly or slowly,again its all down to the presentation that you want to make.In terms of angles the audience needs to be facing you for this to work effectively.

The quality is top notch.The illusion can be set up in minutes & it packs into a super sturdy ATA case that is included in the price.The instructions provided are clear & easy to understand & Dan provides many tips throughout on how to best present the illusion.So I hope that more people check this illusion out,then again I hope no-one in Ireland does as I want to be the only one performing it here!,to conclude Dan's work is great & I can't wait to work with him again in the future.
Message: Posted by: talkingmute (Sep 7, 2011 11:18PM)
I just found this review and I have a question for you...

Is this something that you could put an audience volunteer into without giving away too much or is the secret not well hidden from behind the side curtains?

Message: Posted by: AmazingEARL (Sep 8, 2011 01:19PM)
"Into?" I wouldn't try to pass *them* through the steel...LOL!

If you want a volunteer onstage with you during the penetration, that can be done. It wouldn't be wise to have them standing at your elbow, but five or six feet away, they should be fine. You just don't want them looking down inside the thing.

Dan Wolfe
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Sep 8, 2011 06:12PM)
How are the performance angles?

Message: Posted by: AmazingEARL (Sep 12, 2011 10:25AM)
I've successfully presented it surrounded. It was a surprise that I'd have people behind me at the gig. Thur Steel was going to be my closer and I couldn't drop it, so I improvised.

There's only one moment where something might *flash* to the rear. I opened my coat so it would spread a bit when I widened my arms.

I made a point of asking the folks later...they saw nothing.

It surprised me too, but by golly it worked!

The trick is not angle-proof like, say, a Zig Zag. But it's pretty close.
Message: Posted by: dbmagic123 (Sep 30, 2011 05:15PM)
This is a great piece of magic. I can say, I too have done it in the round and very close up without any problems. Great prop, by one of the best guys in magic.

Message: Posted by: 61magic (Sep 30, 2011 10:37PM)
If I could find a used one to fit within my budget I would buy it in a heartbeat... Anyone?
Message: Posted by: dbmagic123 (Nov 22, 2011 06:57AM)
I sold my first Thru Steel ( Kicked Myself more times than I can count) I am happy to say I have just recived my second Thru Steel and I love it!!!!! and wont be selling it. You can not ask for a better guy to work with than Dan, and his products are well built and will last forever.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Nov 22, 2011 07:47AM)
I saw dbMagic perform this about 6 months ago. It's a very convincing and baffling illusion.

Message: Posted by: Bluesman (Nov 23, 2011 08:14AM)
I been looking at these. Would love to add this to the show.

Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jan 29, 2012 07:15AM)
I too am interested as this would be a great one man illusion as I travel alone. (Well, besides my rabbit.)
Message: Posted by: magic-taylor (Sep 10, 2014 01:35PM)
I've got a brand new one highly discounted for sale right now:)
Message: Posted by: The Russian Mentalist (Apr 26, 2015 05:27PM)
I contacted magic-taylor and he has already sold his Thru Steel. Does anybody else have a used Thru Steel for sale?
Message: Posted by: Kay99 (Dec 7, 2016 05:05AM)
One great illusion I love it
Message: Posted by: docbarnes (Mar 22, 2017 07:23PM)
You never see one for sale.

It must be a great effect.

Message: Posted by: top_illusionist (Feb 6, 2018 03:49PM)
Does the illusion performed by Ryan Joyce work on the same principle?

Message: Posted by: pigmike1983 (Feb 26, 2018 09:12AM)
Check out https://dream-illusions.com/illusions/illusions/product/liquid-steel if you are looking for a walk thru effect if you are not able to get a thru steel.
Message: Posted by: Kendrix (Nov 8, 2020 08:13AM)
I guess I suck as an illusionist because I never get much reaction from this. I have presented this several different ways and the reaction is always “so so”. I have a Custom Water Wall that is a similar affect and it gets a little better reaction
Message: Posted by: Kendrix (Nov 8, 2020 08:20AM)
I watched the Ryan Joyce version ( which is very nice) and if you noticed. No response when he penetrated the plate with his hands. Very little when he showed the partial penetration which I really liked. That’s about the reaction I get
Message: Posted by: ernie_h (Nov 20, 2020 02:51PM)
Does anyone know who makes the Ryan Joyce version? I saw the Smokey Mountain presentation and didn't like it much. Frame to steel ratio is off. I think the presentational problem with both is the comparatively large frame and the cover around the back. Just screams that something isn't authentic. And I would tell Ryan to move that frame up to the front of the stage so the audience doesn't feel like you are hiding something or presenting an optical illusion. I do like Ryan's version though, and would be interested if I could change a few parameters.
Message: Posted by: William Draven (Nov 30, 2020 01:05AM)
I own a Thru Steel from Smokey Mountain Magic and I couldn't be happier with it. It does what it needs to, can be done in the round, and I get solid reactions every time I perform it. Not bad price either.