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Chad Sanborn
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This is a throwback to the Koran master gimmick mentioned in a previous post. When he first described it, this is what I thought of.



I got the pen in a kids 1 trick box at Toys R Us. As far as I know, They don’t make them anymore. But it is basically a gimmicked pen that allows you to read anyones thoughts after they have written them down.



A simple routine is like this:

At dinner you say you want to try an experiment in ’thought transference’. you hand someone a pen and ask them to write or draw something simple on a sheet of paper. They do. You then ask them to concentrate on that thought. you have no luck. Maybe its the paper distracting you. Have them tear it up and burn it. You then touch the ashes and get the thought!



This is only one application of this gimmick. As I said its all in the pen. You know the word as soon as they write it down,(which is the ingenious part, you give them the gimmicke pen to write with!) The burning is all by-play to give you time to ditch the pen so they forget about it.



The only reason I bring it up, is that the pen is cheap plastic and big! It could have been made better, but then it was for kids!

I have never seen another gimmick like it since or before. Does anyone have any ideas on this?



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Sounds like a rather devious method there? Can you give any more info? I take it you don't need to touch the paper at all after they write on it?
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I think You can get this pen from an English company called Magus Magic. Look under the Koran section. I don't know if it's a well made version however. Has anyone bought this and can tell us?
Chad Sanborn
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No need to touch the paper afterward. The pen had a built in feature that allowed you to see the writing. I guess I could make one. I just need a fat pen.

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Thanks Confusion.

BTW, I found their site :
http://www.magus.worldaccess.co.uk/Home.htm

And odd as it may sound, they are located in the small town where I grew up!

Spooky...
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There's a post about this item, check out the thread below called 'Al Koran Master gimmick'.

After reading that thread i'm not too sure if this is the same item.

Anyone want to comment????
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I can assure everybody that the mindreading pen and the Al Koran Gimmick are two completely different items. I can't speak for the pen, but I can speak for the Al Koran Master Gimmick... One word? DON'T! It's a good idea, but certainly not original - you'll find it in a number of mentalism books and is basically a hold-out for a CT.
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Okay, so it's not a Koran master gimmick. Anyone know where I can get this "mind reading pen" ? Pretty please?...
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This sounds very interesting! I also want to know where I can get this pen!
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Are we talking a "shiner" here?
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Please forgive me with this one but...what happens when that "gimmick" fails ? where will you be? I can do the very same test with a common pencil with the very same routine. See my point ? It's just another toy guys, don't put your reputation in it's hands (so to speak).

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Substitute the pen for a good center tear and you will never have to worry about the gimmick breaking or letting you down. The Lee Earl tear is as good as any and has a natural cover for the glimse. Doc Hilford has also published lots of work on when to get the glimse. Of course, the essential part is how you reveal the information and this applies to almost all mentalism effects.
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But, where can I buy this pen?
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The effect is strong because the spectator never gave the performer the paper at all. Using a CT or other move like so will negate this effect.

I understand the fact about using a gimmick, but like Chad was saying, the pen does the work, and it's something different.
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If I remember correctly Bob Solari has a similar version of the pen incorporated in his trick "Incredible"... while the premise is not the same the gimmick is similar to the Blackstone gimmick... Solari's trick runs $10 and you can find it here: http://www.gmrcreations.com/bob/under15.htm (scroll down until you see the name "Incredible")...

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I bought this pen when it was in the reduced price area at a toy store. For a couple of dollars it was a great gimmick and I don't see it as ever failing unless you dropped the pen and stepped on it. I recall seeing a pair of eye glasses that used the same principle.
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What is the Name of this Pen? And under what name can I search at google?
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...and if you locate one, would sombody please remake this little goodie???
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Chad Sanborn
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Someone really should remake this. It has been over 3 years since my original post. Its amazing how things come around again.

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Quote:
On 2005-02-17 11:54, Chad Sanborn wrote:
It has been over 3 years since my original post.


And yet, in your picture you haven't changed a day! Ha!

Like mrmysticmike, I think I got mine on sale at a toy store. For those who think this item sounds too good to be true, well, it would work, but I don't have the guts to try it. You have to get so close to the person, you might as well be peeking at the paper. I noticed that no one who's responded has stated that they use this prop.

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