Title: The Vanishing Sharpie
Artist: SansMind’s Worker Series
Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer
Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0uldZ0EflQ
Retail Price: $55.00 USD
Length of DVD: 25 Minutes (Approx.)
So a couple years ago SansMind released an effect called the Vanishing Pen. It’s basically a pen version of the Neilson vanishing Ketchup / Coke / Champagne bottle but pen sized. After listening to some buyer feedback they used their same idea only to release it this time in Sharpie form. But does it stand up to the Draven Review? Let’s find out.
Strait out of the box I can tell you that it looks like a Sharpie marker. You could probably put it side by side with a real Sharpie marker, and no one would spot a difference. The weight is obviously different, but then again it would have to be given that you’re dealing with a hollow rubber body. I’d be a little concerned that the letters may rub off with repeated use, but so far and under an unfair amount of scrutiny, this has not happened with mine yet. SansMind has also visually marked the Vanishing Sharpie on the marker cap with an inconspicuous mark so you can easily distinguish it from other real Sharpies with a quick glance. One of the nicer aspects of the Vanishing Sharpie is that with a little bit of prep work you can make the Sharpie write. So that’s a nice little extra convincer built into it.
If you do any other work with a Sharpie marker during your set such as signing playing cards, writing predictions, etc. The Vanishing Sharpie is a great way to finish using the marker. Simply make it vanish, and boom goes the spectators mind. Switch out is optional. As is the reappearance. With a little practice the Flip Stick move is possible, and with the cap on its top heavy enough to sleeve too.
While I’m not sure I would personally use the Vanishing Sharpie in any of my personal sets myself, I’m pretty content with it as a magical prop. It does what it’s supposed to do, and it does so visually. The price is a bit of a setback though. At $55 bucks this thing is a little more expensive than I’d like to pay for what is essentially a glorified rubber marker. I can see close up workers getting some mileage out of this trick. It appropriately belongs in the “workers series” as this is something that you’re going to be using over and over, if you can get past the price tag.
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 three points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, and Overall Quality.
Product Quality: 6
The price makes it difficult to be an impulse buy. Frugal magicians maybe sticker shocked. The magic is visual, and practical.
Teaching Quality: 8
Typical tutorial video quality from SansMind. Probably overtaught in places, but it gets the point across.
Overall Quality: 7
Visual, instant reset, can write with it if you wish, and affordable but certainly not cheap. It’s a solid bit of magic all around.
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