Review: HPad by Henri Beaumont and Marchand de trucs

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Ce produit est vraiment fantastique. Je suis tellement impressionné! Très bien fait, monsieur Henri Beaumont… Congragulations sur un merveilleux HPad.

Okay, I’m going to cut to the chase: This is my favourite (non-electronic) impression device, ever. Writing this review does hurt a little; It’s so good a part of me actually hopes not many folks will know about it!

Thankfully, at a pretty steep US$75 (not yet inclusive of shipping), HPad by Henri Beaumont and Marchand de Trucs is not a cheap prop so that price point should deter the mere curious.

The package comes in a professional, custom printed très chic envelope (not one of those horrible plastic ziplock baggies that scream zero pride), which includes the HPad and marker, along with an extra special something and instructional DVD.

The DVD is well produced; professionally mastered with a proper menu that breaks down into chapters. A nice touch that I personally love is the sexy music playing in the background while you navigate through the DVD menu. Very French. Very sexy. Makes me think back about the time I lived in Paris. Anyway!

The HPad DVD is mastered in both English and French (English voice overs not subtitles), with explanations detailing different peek methods, as well as, information about its maintenance and repair.

You are shown presentational methods, as well as, two performance routines. If you’re already a mnemonica user, you may be interested in adopting this approach for the demonstrated H.ACAAN routine.

The pad itself is easily refilled. Beaumont provides the source and if your local stationery shop doesn’t bring in or carry Rhodia products, a simple search online can point you directly to the standard A7 notepad refills, which you will need in the long run if you use HPad regularly.

If for some reason you don’t want to use the nice medium black whiteboard marker included, you can also use that special something included in the package, which allows you to customise and make one of your own using a Sharpie, if you so prefer.

I personally love the handy size of the HPad. With its pocket-friendly features, the HPad is much slimmer and trimmer than the Nomad Pad 2.0 (especially so in my hands) and Beaumont’s reset gimmick is really quite clever. It is organically built in, diabolically simple and easy to use.

Before writing this review, I performed this thrice over the last two days and got some really good reactions 🙂 My victims spectators handled everything and found nothing suspicious too. There was no fishy, illogical handling; just strong and direct mentalism.

My presentation differs from what Beaumont shares on the DVD, but I have used many different peek and impression devices over the decade plus love affair I’ve had with magic and mentalism… so the usual key points like time misdirection will always hold true. Be sure to practice adequately before performing… This is too good an effect to screw up!

The impression made was easy to sight and more than clear enough, even when I had a “heckler” (sadly, the spouse) who used light strokes while writing, completely on purpose. Thanks to detective shows on TV, most people learn that an imprint of what’s previously written can be easily extracted from the sheet of paper directly below it. So some may be cautious, and that’s why Beaumont decided against building the gimmick into a pen, whose nib would scratch the surface.

The reset feature for the HPad is easy enough to activate, but it took a couple of swipes to erase it cleanly. The HPad’s firm plastic cover ensures that it will last you a pretty long time and I don’t see why the provided cap marker shouldn’t either, if you properly take care of your things.

Much thought has gone into the HPad and the producers have created a wonderful package that IMHO justifies their price. Of course there are many similar devices out there and every mentalist has their own favourites. When it comes to stuff of this nature, Henri Beaumont’s HPad is definitely my weapon of choice. But please don’t tell 😉


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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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