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Title: The SvenPad
Author: Brett Barry
Link: http://www.phoenixmentalist.com/the-svenpad/
Retail Price: $49.95 (and it goes up from there depending on your package selection)
Effect Difficulty: Easy
Notes: Some Customization Will Be Required


Includes:
ē Gimmicked SvenPad
ē Instructions


Every now and again you see an item light up a magic forum and between the item description and the names that are talking about it in said forum you start to get curious. You start poking around at the idea of what your magic would be like if you too owned this product and before you know it your wallet is open, credit card in hand, and screaming ďtake my money!Ē at the computer as you wait like a spoiled child on Christmas morning for your package to come so you can rip into it and finally satisfy your curiosity. Was the purchase a good one? Will this be something you will actually use? Finally the day comes when your package arrives. Are the secrets worth the price of admission? All these questions abuzz in your head as you open the priority mail envelope and take your first couple looks at your new prize. For me that experience accurately describes this new thing everyoneís talking about: The SvenPad. And I can tell you now, Iím one very happy customer.

The SvenPad is an evil little forcing device. Evil I tell you. So evil that the operations will fly by your spectators as well as most magicians. So evil that the method operandi is so old, so well known, that it is befuddling to me why no one has thought to apply it to the operation of a mentalism notepad device. Needless to say I like it. So whatís in the box? I picked up three pads. One is non gaff so I can hand it out for inspection if I want, and the other two gimmicked pads are of different sizes. One I plan to use for stage and parlor, and the other smaller one I plan to use for close up. I'm very well pleased with their construction. These pads are sturdy and I expect they will last a very long time providing proper care is given to their handling. What can you force? Anything you want! The pads come blank. So you can write in your own force material totally customizing the pad to your own style and presentations. The pads look just like standard office note pads so they are very deceptive and disarming to the audience. The instructions include a routine in which a horror movie is forced, which I rather like since I do tend to favor darker material like that, but you could force words, symbols, letters, you could do a simi-confabulation routine using multiple pads, cards, etc. Minor soapbox time, but I feel like you can show a magician the most profound secrets of the universe and he'll somehow find a way to reveal a selected card with it. Please don't use your SvenPad for card forces. Don't be THAT guy. Sorry not sorry. Kaythankxbai. Moving onÖ

Performing with the SvenPad is as easy as finding a break in a page, lifting up and looking at what is staring you back in the face. Itís angle proof, and the gimmick is well constructed enough that someone would have to be seriously focused on finding a secret to discover it. The only risk of accidental discovery is in the spectator flipping thru the pad to a page of their choice. The instructions give solid working advice to avoid this problem. Use them. The pad is very practical method of forcing things and can be used in just about any environment or setting. Street, close up, table hopping, or stage. It can be used for drawing duplications, mind reading, thought transfers, or other revelations. Any effect that would benefit from you knowing or controlling the vital information from a spectator this utility gimmick will lend itself well to. The only limitations I can think of so far is your own imagination.

Thankfully the producers of this product didnít feel the need to film a two hour demo video to over explain the gimmick either. You get a couple pages of printed instructions which explains the history of the gimmick, how to work the gimmick, how to set up and customize the gimmick, and a full routine to give you an idea what you can do with your SvenPad. The operation of the SvenPad is intuitively obvious anyways making this the ideal product to focus on storytelling and character development during your act.

The SvenPad has a couple different price options depending on what you are looking to purchase. They start at around $50 bucks and go up from there. I think the most expensive option is around $95 bucks for a set of four 4.25 x 5.5 pads. There are two sizes to choose from, the 4.25x5.5 size and a larger 8.5x5.5 for stage work. Brett also sells non gaffed pads too with a cleaver marking system so you know just by looking at them which one is the SvenPad and which one is the nongaff version. The price isnít cheap, but then again I donít get the impression that these are mass produced either. So it is a little expensive, but worth it Iíd say.

Is there really anything not to like about this product? The SvenPad has a lot of selling points this is true but I think it suffers from one major flaw that will sadly have some magicians turning their noses up at this gimmick; the method. Iím afraid some people will not give it a fair chance after they figure out that itís a Svengali principle. (Quell your exposure outrage please. The website outright tells you this, Iím not exposing anything.) Iím afraid some people will pan it for being too simple, too easy, and too closely associated with mental images of one of the most commercially sold gimmick decks out there. Their loss. More for me. Iím fine with that! Fools. They have no clue what this thing can do.

Overall I love my SvenPad. The hardest thing Iíve encountered so far is what exactly I want to do with it presentation wise. Figuring out how to customize my SvenPad has been harder than learning how to use it. Honestly this is one of the most fun pieces of magic Iíve ordered in a long time. Iíve felt creatively inspired since getting my pads and thatís a pretty neat feeling. The pad has an instant reset. Though I donít think youíll want to use this effect more than once for the same audience without switching out the pads anyways. I highly recommend that you hurry over to the website, link above, and order yourself a SvenPad as soon as you can. Once word starts getting out on these things I wouldnít be surprised if they donít become harder to find just because of them being out of stock and on backorder.


When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Readability and Overall Quality.

Product Quality: 9
A bit pricy, but well worth every penny. A Fully customizable gimmick.

Teaching Quality: 10
The instructions teach the history, and the operations of the SvenPad very well.

Readability:10
Quick read, and very informative.

Over All Quality: 10
I donít make claims that a certain product is a ďgame changerĒ but this one certainly is. Mentalists will need this, magicians will love this. You will love this. Quit procrastinating, order one today before the supply on these things run out.

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Great review. Thank you.
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Wow -

Thank you William! I think you write the best reviews in the universe.

With all my heart I'm thankful to all of you guys who have supported the SvenPad project.

The SvenPad is now my favorite prop along with my trusty QB3.

FYI tomorrow I'm shipping a nice but limited supply to Blackpool for the big show.

I'm honored that Stephen Young and Michael Murray (Magic Box) will *exclusively* be selling the SvenPads at Blackpool.

Anyone wanting these bad boys can road test them in person at their booth.
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It's just awesome! No s**t.
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Great stuff, I saw Oz Pearlman on America got talent do predictions, it was mind numbing.
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On Jan 24, 2016, Austen wrote:
Great stuff, I saw Oz Pearlman on America got talent do predictions, it was mind numbing.


To be clear Oz didn't use a svenpad.
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On Jan 24, 2016, Austen wrote:
Great stuff, I saw Oz Pearlman on America got talent do predictions, it was mind numbing.


To be clear Oz didn't use a svenpad.


That is correct - he used his own for the show.

However Oz is now a satisfied customer - ordering the SvenPads the first week they went on sale - and we have spoken by phone since.

Man is he great - as a performer and a person.

Also just a heads up that a limited supply of SvenPads will be available at two of the biggest upcoming conventions:

Card-Shark is set to have a supply at his booth @ Magi Fest starting this Thursday in Ohio.

Michael Murray (Celebrity) will also have SvenPads at his Magic Box booth at Blackpool at the end of February.

I would encourage anyone on the fence to drop by (early) at these shows and see/feel them for yourself - experience the force Smile
Creator of The SvenPad Supreme(R) line of premium, made in the USA utility props. https://svenpads.com/
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On Jan 26, 2016, Rudy Sanchez wrote:
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On Jan 24, 2016, Austen wrote:
Great stuff, I saw Oz Pearlman on America got talent do predictions, it was mind numbing.


To be clear Oz didn't use a svenpad.


I was aware he didn't, but instead made his own with the same principle,the clever fellow, I love homemade "props". So what came first Ozs performance or the Svenpad? phoenixmentalist website has the video of Oz doing the said performance showing "what you can do with your svenpad" so yup not a svenpad but same-same Smile or does the svenpad do something ozs handy work doesn't? Smile
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The SvenPads were created prior to Oz's performance.

I've been making my own home made pads for at least 10 years and they worked but the quality always disappointed me + they took at least 60-90 min to create with arts and crafts.

The seed for the SvenPad Supreme was a conversation with my friend and fellow performer Craig Filicetti over 8 months ago. I suggested hiring a high end vendor to make some pads that were precision cut and looked like they came from any office supply store. He said he would buy half of whatever I made.

The end result was so good - so amazingly perfect- that it was Craig's suggestion to me - to make them in quantity and sell them to the mentalist community.

The Sven idea has a very long history that far pre-dates Oz.

Can the SvenPads do something that Oz's pads don't or are they better?

SvenPads forc*. That's what they do. Let's say he sources them from me now. 'Nuff said.

The list of performers buying them is very long and a who's who of well known names worldwide.
Read the whole thread and reviews here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=218
Creator of The SvenPad Supreme(R) line of premium, made in the USA utility props. https://svenpads.com/
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Mr. Draven thanks for all your reviews, including this one! They are very helpful!
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I am thoroughly pleased someone is selling an aid of this nature.

It is so much easier to buy one then make one. And virtually impossible to have such an impeccable outcome.

Limitless possibilities.
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On Jan 26, 2016, Rudy Sanchez wrote:
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On Jan 24, 2016, Austen wrote:
Great stuff, I saw Oz Pearlman on America got talent do predictions, it was mind numbing.


To be clear Oz didn't use a svenpad.


I was aware he didn't, but instead made his own with the same principle,the clever fellow, I love homemade "props". So what came first Ozs performance or the Svenpad? phoenixmentalist website has the video of Oz doing the said performance showing "what you can do with your svenpad" so yup not a svenpad but same-same Smile or does the svenpad do something ozs handy work doesn't? Smile


Brett was the first person to bring one to market. People have been using them for years but they were home made. I used to use the little Black and Red pads but the quality was nowhere near as good.
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Saysold has done a good job . As through his recommendations I got SF and Get Sharky .
Now I was about to press the buy button on the new mini Sven pads..When you released the new post it notes version.
I'm confused now . Would the post it note version be as durable as the mini pad version. I want it but not sure which one
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Saysold has done a good job . As through his recommendations I got SF and Get Sharky .
Now I was about to press the buy button on the new mini Sven pads..When you released the new post it notes version.
I'm confused now . Would the post it note version be as durable as the mini pad version. I want it but not sure which one


Thank you!

The most durable of all the SvenPads in the family would be the new SvenpPad Mini's with the black covers. These have the "leatherette" style covers which is a tougher material and should handle wear the best over time. The Sven Notes (look exactly like Post-it's) are probably the least durable (but most organic and most portable). Why? Like any Post-it pad, there is no cover to protect the pages so there is a trade-off.

I'm now including 3 Sven Notes in each order starting today rather than 2.
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Thanks Saysold

I have ordered the post it notes . Since I am in an office . It gives me the perfect intro if someone wants to see a trick

Plus I'm ordering the mini new pads as well with the black covers
Ps,'.... Just received the post it version and it's INCREDIBLE .
Can't wait for the others

Thank you 👍
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Very helpful review! Thanks!
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