Review: Jumping Gem Pen (Dr. Prace Eye Care) by Jeff Prace

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim”][vc_column_text]All of us (well most of us) have played with paddles before. There are many in the market but the most popular one is probably the Hot Rod.

Jumping Gem pen is like most paddles and at the same time it is also different. To a laymen, a Hotrod (paddles) is a magic prop but Jumping Gem Pen may not be a magic prop since it looks like an everyday object.

The routine is similar to Meir Yedid’s Jumping Arrow. Jumping Arrow is basically what the name suggests: an arrow moving from spot to spot on an aluminium stick. Jumping Gem Pen has a black dot moving from spot to spot on a pen. The moves taught in the streaming video are the standard moves used for paddles.

Using a pen to perform a paddle effect does have its advantages. Your spectator is familiar with pens and will not feel suspicious about it. The name on the pen “Dr. Prace . Eye Care” gives you a nice patter and also a motivation to use the pen to perform.

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You get 2 pens and you can choose to use 1 or 2 pens for your performance. The routine is modular and you can choose to stop anytime which is perfect for restaurant workers.

I like paddles and I own a few of them. Jumping Gem Pen is one of the few paddles in the market that doesn’t resemble a magic prop. Another good paddle that doesn’t look like one is Chad Long’s Flash which looks like a Thumb Drive with a special ending. This is an interesting effect which all paddle lovers will like. It has an easy patter and also easy to perform.

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

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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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