It is so very versatile and can be used for many, many powerful illusions. Including this one, check it out...
The spectators can clearly see it going straight through your flesh and out the other side. You move the pen freely in and out of the 'wound' a few times, then finally you remove the pen, give your arm a quick 'magic' wipe and there is no wound to be found!
This effect can be played out in a couple of ways:
• Any pen can be used and examined
WARNING: If you find you are allergic to Rubber Cement, eg. you get a rash, stop doing the effect and seek medical advice. It is advisable to only perform this trick once or twice a day again due to skin irritation. THIS IS AN ADULT ILLUSION - YOU PERFORM THIS EFFECT ENTIRELY AT YOU OWN RISK! Rant over, lets begin...
THE SECRET: The secret to this effect is of course Rubber Cement, it is this solution which enables the trick and is the same solution you pretend is disinfectant at the beginning of the effect.
This is the ingenious part because people expect that if your are going to push a pen through your flesh it would need to be sterile and so the application of disinfectant (the Cement) does not seem out of the ordinary! The pen does not actually penetrate your arm, but actually lays beneath a pleat of skin.
The arm is prepared with the Cement which causes the skin to stick together over the pen - forming a pleat of skin. When you have some Rubber Cement you can apply your own ‘disinfectant’ label to the bottle to increase the realism, if you wish. Alternatively just put some on a piece of cloth or cotton wool before the trick and this works just as well.
Any normal pen can be used but the best ones to use are the pens that can be unscrewed and the inside ink-tube easily removed. Some pens can be hard to remove the inside ink-tubes so watch out.
The Rubber Cement will need a minute or so to dry but this time can be easily filled by explaining to the spectators what you are about to do and how you have trained for many years to be able to perform this etc. You can also start to prod at your arm - obviously not too hard to actually pierce your skin though!
Once the secret move is complete lower your arm and let everyone see the pen clearly stuck through your flesh. At this point many people will not want to look! You can move the pen back and forth to increase the effect.
When everybody is feeling quite ill - remove the pen and give your arm a ‘magic wipe’ this to the spectator looks as though you are healing yourself, when in fact you are actually unsticking your skin and removing the excess Rubber Cement. If you find that after this wipe you can still see the Rubber Cement, try wiping your arm with a cloth that has a small amount of white spirit or lighter fluid on, as this removes it extremely well.
This can be disguised by having the Rubber Cement on one side of a cloth and white spirit on the other, so at the beginning of the trick use the Rubber Cement side to ‘disinfect’ your arm and then at the end use the other side of the cloth to ‘disinfect’ your arm again, but in fact you are cleaning any evidence away!
• Let the spectators examine your arm and pen thoroughly, after all there is nothing to find, so remind them!
• Try using a pen with red ink - that way the X will be red and the spectators will swear they saw blood (if the ink runs even better!) Try it, it works! Alternatively try adding fake blood into the routine, have fun with it.
• To aid with the pen going through the skin pleat freely try licking your fingers and rubbing the pen tube (this does not look out of the ordinary if you say something like ”this usually helps to pierce through the skin more easily”.
• If your forearm is quite hairy you may find it less painful if you shave it first. Do not apply the Rubber Cement too thickly, I find less is more, instead apply it slightly wider if necessary.
If you have trouble getting some Rubber Cement in your home country I stock some in my magic store HERE.