Bently by Chris Hanowell
The ultimate mind-bending miracle. Easy to learn, and uses ordinary paperclips.
Animate an ordinary paper clip with absolutely no sleight of hand. You can even perform this miracle completely hands off!
With nothing but a single paper clip, you’ll astound onlookers by making it bend and contort to your will. The method for Bently is unlike anything you have ever seen before.
• No optical illusions are used. YES, IT IS REALLY BENDING!
• You can perform Bently in the hands or hands off!
• No threads are used.
• Best of all Bently can be reset instantly so that you can perform it over and over with the same paper clip.
Within minutes of finishing this tutorial you’ll be able to flawlessly warp the paper clip from any angle, at any time.
The performer holds the end of a large paper clip with his fingertips. The clip slowly bends 180 degrees until it is straight. The performer can even place the clip in a glass or on the table and it will bend without him touching it.
Mr. Hanowell has discovered an intriguing property of a certain type of paper clip. His magical application of that property is unique. The resultant effect is scrumptious magical eye candy!
The production values of the DVD are very good.
At the beginning of the DVD, we see several clips of Mr. Hanowell performing the effect on the street. But for some odd reason, he doesn’t teach his method.
Instead, the instructor is a pleasant, big-haired lad named Nick Locapo. He does a good job of teaching the material.
Before the performance, you must gently and carefully prepare the paper clip. The preparation is such that you then need to take a second (literally one second) to “get ready” to do the trick. I call this a trick because other than whatever story/script you attach, it’s really ONE effect, even though it’s great so I really can’t call this a “routine.”
Regarding the preparation, you ONLY need the paperclip to do the preparation. You don’t add anything to the paperclip. In other words, you’re not palming anything with the paperclip. You really are JUST holding a paperclip which is why this is so strong.
Additionally, for this to really great, you MUST take your time, so no, you cannot jump into this trick off the cuff with an unprepared paperclip. The best thing to do is have a bunch of prepared paperclips with you if you anticipate using this at a gig or “whenever.”
After the clip bends, you’ll need to decide whether or not you want to offer it for examination. If you immediately hand it to a participant, she will discover the clip’s secret property.
There are two ways to switch the clip. In the first switch, he holds the straightened clip vertically in his right hand. He brings his hands together and executes the switch. After the switch, the clip is still held in his right hand. He offers the clip for examination.
The other suggested switch is used when the clip is lying on the table, between the performer and the participant. The performer uses his right hand (with fingers pressed together, pointing to his left, with the back of his hand toward the participant) to sweep the clip toward himself, pick it up and hand it to the participant.
Mr. Locapo also teaches a switchless method that puts the clip in the participant’s hands. After the clip has bent to a straightened condition, the performer grips the middle of the clip between his index finger and thumb. He holds it horizontally above the participant’s palm. The clip continues to bend and droop until it breaks in half and falls onto the participant’s palm. The participant can immediately examine the broken clip.
Chris Hanowell’s Bently is visually stunning magic of a high order. There is no “perfect” magic effect out there and they all have limitations, but for the effect of actually SEEING the clip bending – and no, it’s not an optical illusion it REALLY IS bending – the trade-off of the limitations outlined is minimal for the great effect you get.