I like the technique and execution, but venues don't appreciate an entertainer who is destroying and giving away their wine glasses.
Got the Bends?
“Refraction” is a stunning and visual effect that’s not hard to perform. The method is exactly what anyone with a little knowledge of spoon bending would expect. It’s an effective optical illusion and to support and sell it, Penn offers and teaches good handling that hides the secret from spectators at most angles. As you would expect, the glass needs to be prepared beforehand out of the sight of spectators - another secret technique in itself that the DVD explains.
Penn says that beforehand, he casually swipes a glass from the venue and prepares it. And after performing “Refraction,” he signs the wine glass and gives it to a spectator.
While spectators may like this one, and Penn says that he gets lots of repeat bookings because of it, I'm sure that venues dislike a magician who is destroying their wine glasses and encouraging clients to take them.
Unfortunately, Penn doesn't even comment on this aspect and seems to think that he's entitled to take wine glasses for the sake of his effect. In my book, this is called destruction of property and stealing and not something that lends to the good reputation of magicians.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
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