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Topic: Patter for pen thru
Message: Posted by: karnage (Mar 20, 2004 09:06AM)
OK, I'm thinking of some good patter for the pen thru dollar, instead of the traditional "Lend me 50 bucks, OK, oops there's a hole, oh wow, look, there IS no hole now".
I'm thinking something like "OK, I'm going to make a 100 dollar prediction on this bill, just let me write it down...." , then the pen accidentally goes thru... Any other ideas? I'm thinking that the penetration should be done on the offbeat, as a side effect rather than as an effect in itself (quite flimsy for a stand alone routine actually), any suggestions welcome :)

Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Mar 20, 2004 12:22PM)
I have been "acidentally" driving the pen through the bill from the begining. It really gets the spec nervous and gives everyone a good laugh if acted out well. It makes the healing of the hole even cooler in the end, I think.
Message: Posted by: Mushu (Mar 21, 2004 11:09PM)
John Cornelius has a Pen-thru-Anything video out, packed with 73 minutes of variations and routines of the Pen. Usually goes for about $16 to $25 at YFD.

Message: Posted by: Jordini (Mar 21, 2004 11:44PM)
I would start with some tricks that involve ripping cards and destroying things. Then there are two ways to go, the practical, and the expensive. Let's start with the expensive. You get some flash bills and say "I shall now hypnotize this dollar bill, into believing that it cannot be harmed." (Sprinkle dust, wave a wand, whatever you want). "When I try to stab this pen through your dollar, it will bounce off" (or crush, or bend or something). *Pen goes through dollar, spec freaks out* "THE DOLLAR BILL WAS NOT LISTENING TO WHAT I SAID. I SAID THE DOLLAR BILL CANNOT BE HARMED" Act annoyed and TEAR out the pen with a terrific sound (provided by the natural workings of the pen of corse). The spec will think for a moment that his/her bill is history, then they will see it's ok. Milk the fact that the bill is not ripped. Ask them to verify the serial code one more time, then do a bill switch. "To prove again this bill cannot be harmed, I shall hold a flame to it, and it will not burn." Pull out a lighter or a match and under an open flame, "their bill" will vanish in an instant beneath the fire. Produce their bill how you want, or keep it. :-D

The other way...
(Try to get a brand new twenty if you can) "Do you know why they printed brand new $20 bills? It's because they are harder to copy. I will show you how to tell a counterfeit bill from a real one. If you stab a counterfeit bill (stab the bill) it'll go right through, because it's printed on cheap paper. See a real bill would not have torn so easily." Let go of the dollar holding only the pen and give it a little twirl maybe. Then tell them that's the trick. They will not be impressed. After a few seconds, say "There's another way. If you want to make absolute sure this is real, pull out the pen. A real dollar will heal itself" They will just freak out. Turn the pen upside down (so there's no heat on the tip) point with the end of the pen (usually the cap is on the other end) at the place that was just stabbed and give back the bill. That is what I use anyway, and you can feel free to edit and change what you like about my patter. It is one of my favorite tricks to use. I put it through a plate at a restaurant once and the waiter was about to charge me for it, when I told him it was ok and pulled out the pen!

P.S. Typing that all was more devistating on my hands than the muscle pass. OWEEOWEEOWEE
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 22, 2004 12:13AM)
I have had some excellent results with doing a fairly straightforward routine with the Pen Thru. I did a lot of strolling in upscale restaurants, and once had an opportunity to do this for Warren Moon. The look on his face when the pen came back out of the hole and the hole disappeared was incredible.

He said, "I ain't believin' this! I ain't believin' this." And he had a glazed look on his face that I had never seen before. I saw it a week later when he was playing against the Bills in the playoffs -- right before he got sacked!
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Mar 22, 2004 12:34AM)
I actually had a guy come up to me after a show (this was at a Bar-Mitzvah, and it was time for dinner, for me anyway.) I'm sitting there and he says "I'm an engineer. I guess you can't tell me how that trick with the pen was done, that's going to keep me up all night!" I didn't know what to say, so I just said "no, sorry"
Message: Posted by: ksalaz1 (Mar 22, 2004 01:24PM)
What I like to do is Jay Sankey's "Dough!" first and show the "forensic evidence" that the dollar itself is indestructable. Then "accidentally" put it throught he second time, and heal it again.

Message: Posted by: Close.Up.Dave (Mar 23, 2004 10:30PM)
I either just penatrate it drastically or I use Garrett Thomas's patter for pen through coin. "I guess this is where they get the word penatration. The pen is "atrating" the bill." It gets a laugh and gives the time for display.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Mar 26, 2004 08:59PM)
I think it would be great if you could get a duplicate real pen to the pen thru, then you could do a pen switch and do pen thru quarter routine. That way they could see the dollar, then the pen, and if you choose, the quarter.
Message: Posted by: MagicalArtist (May 3, 2004 10:10PM)
[quote]he says "I'm an engineer. I guess you can't tell me how that trick with the pen was done, that's going to keep me up all night!" I didn't know what to say[/quote]

Next time say, "And if I tell you how that's done, I won't be able to sleep tonight!" ;)