Customer rank: +2 -1Impromptu Pen Through Bill (compare to Misleading Mislead or Real Pen-Etration by Alan Rorrison)
"Cracking direct approach to the routine. Almost as good as mine....Ok, it IS as good as mine!" -- Alan Rorrison, creator of Misleading Misled
"Highly recommended!" -- Jeff Pierce
"...absolutely brilliant! Looks fantastic and totally clean." -- Chris Congreave
"I've worked on countless versions of the Pencil Thru Bill plot over the past 20 years and I can honestly say that Cameron's is the very best!" -- Iain Moran
"I have a few versions of pen thru bill both gimmicked and ungimmicked, this is one of the cleanest impromptu (no gimmicked) versions out there." -- Gary Jones
"... I highly recommend this." -- Charlie Justice
The performer borrows a pen and a bill. The bill is folded in half and the pen is inserted vertically into the fold. The bill is unfolded so that the spectators can clearly see the pen is in the bill. The bill is refolded. The performer then slams his hand down onto the end of the pen, driving the tip straight through the fold of the bill. The pen is pulled through the bill and placed behind the performer's ear. The bill is then opened... and shown to be completely unharmed!
The bill is once again folded. The pen is then inserted horizontally into the bill so that it is cradled in the fold. The spectators can clearly see that the pen is inside the bill (and it really is!). The performer then grips the tip of the pen and moves it in a sawing motion. The pen melts right through the bill! The bill is opened and seen to be completely unharmed. Everything can be immediately handed out for examination.
Points to consider:
When you purchase Driven you will receive an 11 page PDF containing 19 color photos, clearly detailing every stage of this devastating effect, plus a three minute video (MOV Quicktime) which contains a full performance from the spectator's point of view and a performance from the performer's point of view. Between the easy to read PDF and the concise videos, you'll be performing this stunning piece of magic in no time!
- There are no gimmicks.
- Nothing is added or taken away.
- There are no tears or slits in the bill.
- The trick is 100% impromptu. Borrow any bill and any pen or pencil and you are set to do this effect.
You can never have too many impromptu miracles in your repertoire. And Driven is one of the best!
1st edition 2009; PDF 11 pages + MOV video.
Reviewed by Jeff Prace
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Monday 17 August, 2009
This is a written e-book that you download onto your computer. Also, two videos are included which show Cameron performing Driven from the front, and then the back. With all three of those resources, you should have no problem learning this. There are also 19 photographs. Cameron is a great writer; he explains everything clearly with detail. The video instructions, which contain no words, help the teaching of the effect a lot. You should have this down in no time. But remember, practice makes perfect.
The e-book and video quality are very good. The photographs and video are clear. You can tell it was not made through a web-cam. It’s better than most homemade productions I’ve seen, and I applaud Cameron for that. It’s a step up from others.
Intro: Cameron starts with a quick introduction to the pen through bill plot. He states what his is based off of and talks about other impromptu versions on the market. He also quickly tells how he came about creating this effect.
Phase 1: This is the phase in which you slam the point of the pencil straight through the bill. The method is very clever, and nothing like I’ve seen before. The nice thing about this is that you show the pencil going into the bill, no doubt, and with no fishy moves slam it right through. It looks great. You then pull the pen all the way through the bill and show the bill restored. All patter is given to you and there are photos to explain this phase.
Phase 2: This is the phase in which you place a pencil horizontally inside the folds of the dollar bill. You then magically saw the pencil through the sides. When you open up the bill, it’s completely restored. This method is also very clever. They can actually see the pencil inside the bill, unlike other versions. Once again, there is a super large amount of photos and everything is very clear.
Alternate Handling for the First Phase: This is just something quick you can do to make the first penetration easier. It looks the exact same.
Notes: Cameron talks a little here about patter and angles. Some helpful advice.
One of my good friends knows how to perform the pencil through bill using the slit method. He’s showed me it before. So once I practiced this and got it up to par, I showed him this. He was blown away. He literally grabbed the bill out of my hands, giving me more than one paper cut, and started examining the bill. He ripped the pencil from my hands, nothing to see. Let’s just say he loved this!
I really like this. I own Misled, but haven’t performed it in the last few years. From now on, I’ll probably just use this. I never liked using the gimmick, as sometimes I borrowed different colored pencils, and this just fits the bill. It’s so practical it’s unbelievable. With this, you will never be stuck with nothing to perform. Just borrow a pencil, borrow a bill, and perform. It couldn’t get much easier. A solid 9.5/10.