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The Underground Penny Bend

by Steve Pellegrino

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The Underground Penny Bend by Steve Pellegrino

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[Note that this method is not the method Richard Osterlind uses for his trademark penny bend effect.]

Coin bends have come and gone over the years. There are clever gimmicks that will allow you to bend almost any coin. Traveling around the mentalism underground for years has been a technique for bending a penny without these gimmicks, a very clean coin bend. The secret is known to a few mentalists, but has never been widely distributed. (Another description of the same method can be found in Scott Xavier Q-Bend video.)

Imagine a coin bend that doesn't require a gimmick or a switch. The Underground Penny Bend will allow you to take a penny from the handful of change a spectator holds out in their hand, have it marked, the date noted and with your mental abilities be able to bend that exact coin! The coin can be immediately handed back to them to keep.

You will learn a technique that allows you to put a bend in a penny without a secret gimmick.

  • No Gimmicks
  • No Coin Switch
  • The Coin is Marked
  • The Coin is examinable before, during and after.
  • They can keep the coin!
Included is the method and three techniques to make it work for you.

This is an effect that can always be with you and can be performed on it's own in as part of a larger coin/metal bending routine. It's perfect for walk-around mentalism! This is something Steve has held back for several years. If you're serious about bending metal you will want to add this technique to your repertoire.

Please be advised that this is recommended for mentalists 18 and over who are experienced with metal bending techniques and timing.

1st edition 2014, 11 pages.
word count: 2765 which is equivalent to 11 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 16 June, 2016

So you want to bend a penny but don't have an expensive custom bending tool, two sets of pliers, or appropriate door hinges? Well, if you are in a certain type of kitchen and have a certain type of penny, you are in luck. I've experimented with this technique, and while it works, I can't just use my hands to bend the penny, and the penny that I eventually make is bent a lot less than using a bending tool, pliers, or hinges. Still, this is quite ingenious and well worth knowing. The only problem is that useable pennies are becoming scarce, and in perhaps ten years or less, this will not be a practical method. But until then, enjoy. It's quite clever.

Reviewed by Phil Reda (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 29 May, 2014

I would never have guessed the method behind this bend. It is definitely one I will use - what I like is the coin can be signed or marked before the bend. No switching or mechanical device needed. The author lays the method out very clearly and gives several suggestions. I felt this was a good purchase and would recommend.

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