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WesRay
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Anyone used one of these? They are made of plastic, but the area where the finger is placed is completely clear. You see the blade the entire time.

I've debated purchasing a finger chopper and have decided to get one. It's now just a matter of which. I don't want a cheap one or one that looks like a toy. I'd like something impressive and effective. A see-thru model sounds pretty nice, but I'd like to have some opinions first.

Thanks! Smile

Hmmm.

Okay, well how about the Finger Disecto? I've read opinions on the Disecto Hand Chopper but what about the finger version? Is it any safer than the hand Disecto, as far as scratching and nicking spectators? Is it worse?
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I don't particularly like the imported finger disecto. It's not made real well and doesn't translate in a deceptive manner from the stage/platform version to a "close-up" item. There's too much for the discerning spectator to see close-up and they cannot handle the prop.

The Vienna Magic See-Through Finger Chopper is neat and will even fool Magicians who know the secret behind the traditional finger choppers. This little gem can even be handled by spectators who know the "regular method" and they won't discover the secret.

Having said all that, I believe there is another import model of the see-through chopper that looks a lot like the original Vienna model (red "blood" design), but I can't attest to its quality.

It's probably better to visit a real Magic store and judge for yourself (unless you find one from Vienna Magic Smile )
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I prefer performing the Impossible Penetration finger chopper. This is the one made of wood with a hole in the middle of the blade. It looks much more deceptive and folks simply have not seen this or any other one like it in a magic set or at a store.

The wooden blade and the hole makes for a very comical routine I use in my presentations and the effect is very strong.

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You should find a hades finger chopper. Made by Mickey Hades I think. Wooden with a metal blade and examinable before and after!

Mark Leverage sold some in the UK a few years ago.
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The see thru chopper is a nice version for the price (a lot cheaper than the hades!) and is examinable after. You can 'chop' their finger and leave the chopper hanging on the finger, with no fear. Just be careful to make sure they don't try and do it themselves, like the hades it would hurt!
It depends on which versions you are looking at, the one I have has blood on it, but works well. You need to work that into the presentation. Is pretty well made aswell. At the end of the day the only finger chopper that (I have seen) looked like it wasn't a prop was made from a cigar chopper, though the effect wasn't as good.
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For another method altogether that is SAFE and deceptive close-up check out Wild Magic's Blade Runner. Smile
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Thanks for the responses! Smile I've been looking into the wooden Impossible Penetration as well. I really like the effect, as it seems truly...well, impossible.

I may end up getting two or three and choosing the best method once I see how they handle.
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That is the best answer wesray buy them all (or as many as you can afford), the best magicians I know have multiple sets of cups and balls, linking rings, etc. Then they can pick the best....I have one set of each Smile My budget doesn't strecth that far, plus I am not looking to perform them.
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Wesray:
I have and use Impossible Penetration all the time and it works so amzingly well. It is a great trick very well made and very deceptive. The idea that it stops half way and there finger ends up in the hole is a very strong magical moment for people.

I have even done this in my festival shows on stage and it still goes over very well.

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Hi WesRay:

The see-through chopper is kind of nice, but it does look like a toy. The Hades Chopper looks like a real cigarette/cigar chopper and is examinable. You can take the blade part out and have spectators check it out. They can examine the blade to make sure it doesn't slide, pivot, etc.

I know of two pros, Harry Anderson and Paul Green, who use the Hades model. You can still get it from Micky Hades; here's his website:

http://www.trickster.com/catalog/1-other.html

The Impossible Penetration is excellent too; it's made of wood, but can't be examined like the Hades chopper. The spectator can look it over a bit at the end, but not too long before he'll figure it out.

If you do go with the Impossible Penetration, make sure you only get the Viking Magic version. Rob Stiff (Magic Makers) has put out a pirated version that's all over ebay and other places. The Viking version will always be over $50.00, so if you see one for $15.99, be sure to pass on it.

I hope this helps you.

Ron
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I have both the Hades and Impossible Penetration and the both seem to play well. It would be hard to say which is my favorite. Maybe the IP because "it just seems impossible". As Kyle says, "it is very deceptive". Ron, I have always let the spectator inspect it before as long as he likes and it has never caused any suspicion on its workings. I have used the IP on my younger audiences due to its wooden construction and "non-chopping action" without much fear to the child or volunteer. I cannot say that with the Hades "chopper" where it does tend to scare the little ones more; especially after demoing the "chopping" action.

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