Price:Varies Depending On Package
Bought. From $58 - to $225 in USA and £38 - £200 UK
Overview: 9.6 /
The Invisible Hand is available in many configurations and the
price is very dependant on what package you buy. You can buy just the device itself for around $58 or
£38 or the device and the attachments, the device and the DVD's, a package of all 3 or the additional
attachments (Kit of Accessories 2, Special Kit) or, of course a package deal of all
The price for the individual items is very good indeed and the
package deals are excellent. Because the Invisible Hand is a utility device that you can do so much
with, this needs to be taken into consideration.
This is not a "one trick pony" but a truly versitile secret
gimmick that will always be ready to silently (and powerfully) aid an abet you in all of your
I have spent more on a set of cups than the price of the whole
package reviewed here yet the Invisible Hand is so much more and in terms of how it will improve my magic and
what I can do with it, it's an absolute bargain.
As mentioned above, this is very much
dependant on what package you choose to buy so I will cover the full set up so that the reader can
make an educated decision as to which package is right for
The most basic package would be the device itself. It is well
packaged and with simple and easy to follow instructions to set it up, it's well made, durable and is based on
the Jack Miller hold out.
Those of you who own (and use) a Jack Miller type hold out will
already know how to utilise this device, however there are a couple of clever additions that Michel has made to
this that (at least in my opinion) really make it sing.
For those in the know, Michels Invisible Hand can be set up and
the length adjusted a few inches in situ to fine tune it. In adition to this, Michels device and set up actually
allows you to remove your jacket at any time with nothing to see!
The Kit Of Attachments &
The Kit Of Attachments & Accessories by Michel and Greco takes the standard
Invisible Hand and enables you to expand upon the effects and routines possible almost exponentially because
many of the attachments included are utility items. You are limited only to your
Included in this kit are bespoke attachments such
as "Dual Control", "Clip Gimmick", "Squeeker Gimmick", "Flashlight Gimmick",
"Magnet Gimmick", "Ball Holder", "Bill In Pen", "Utility Pull", "Vanishing Ring Gimmick" & "Dye Tube
The amount of effects, routines and bits of business that these
attachments open up is as big as your imagination. If it fits in your hand and you want to make it vanish / appear,
switch it, add it or exhange it, then this device and these attachments will probably do that for
Kit Of Accessories 2 (Special
The second kit of accessories further extends the effects possible and
versitility of the device by adding some well known manipulation / fire and stage magic to the mix.
"The Fire Gimmick", "Smoking The Thumb" & "The Hypnotised Silk." Again,
these are high quality, bespoke pieces all designed to fit your Invisible Hand and work right out of the box
3 DVD Set
The set of 3 DVD's are very well produced indeed.
Michel actually spent a whole year, working a full day, every single day to produce them so you can tell the
standard is excellent.
teaching and instruction on these DVD's really is second to none and Michel is a very good
1 takes you through the history of the hold out and it's evolution up to the Invisible
This is followed by a very in depth description of the device itself, how to correctly set up the
device, the correct movements and useage and the first effect "Silk Story", a beautifully clean repeat silk vanish
(think 6 card repeat presentation with a silk vanish.)
DVD 2 Features stand up and parlour magic which
can be performed with the device. Featured are the following effects and routines; "Silk Story", "The
Invisible Ball Routine", "The Hypnotised Silk", "The Gazing Watch", "The Amazing Vanish Of a Silk and Coin",
"The Newspaper Test", "The Rising Card", "The Magic Bulb", "The Bill In Pen", "Free Choice", "The Bill Neff
Rope Routine" & "Spoon Bending."
nuances and handling also shown in the explanations are worth their weight in gold. For instance Michel shows you
how to transition from one effect to another and how to set up and attach the correct gimmick for each effect in
DVD 3 Features; "Fire From Everywhere", "Fire - Silk
& Ball Routine", "Smoking Your Thumb", "The Magnetic Cue", "The Vanishing Coin", "Chop Cup - Final Load",
"My First Sucker trick", "Vanishing Pen - Bob Ostin", "Vanishing Pen", "Vanishing Cigarette", "Magnetic
Pencil", "Magic Purse", "Knife Routine", "Vanishing Lighter", "Flash Silk Vanish", "Vanishing Coing In
Trousers" & "The Vanishing Birdcage."
Vanishing Birdcage is worth the price of admission alone. Michel gives you a history of the effect, different
performance settings and explanations and I have to mention the fact that Michel removes his jacket and empties his
pockets afterwards and there's nothing to see. For those of us who do not have the set up, experience and
knowledge of David Alexander, this is a real world practical solution that looks
The device itself is pretty rugged and should stand up to a lot of
use and the attachments are all very well made indeed and I have no
doubt that they wont need replacing. They are all created specifically for the Invisible Hand and
therefore are very durable and rugged.
As with all Vernet items, the gimmicks that deal with fire
etc are all correctly (and safely) constructed and so there should be no issues there
One thing I would like to see is either an adapted fire gimmick to
make it operable in either hand or a fire gimmick specifically for the left hand. The one provided is
only really suitable for right hand operation, all that would be needed is a fint holder on the other side so
the user could choose. It will have to loose a point for construction because of
Of course everything else works perfectly regardless of me being a
"lefty" or not!
there are 2 things to cover here, suitability in general and suitability for cups and balls / chop cup
thing I would like to discuss is general suitability. For those who (like myself) were first introduced
to the hold out via the Jack Miller model and the wonderful little book "Holdout Miracles" by Ed Mishell then
you WILL use this and the additional features that Michel has brought to the table certainly do add to it
rather than (as many so called "improved" items) take
I was lucky
enough to catch Michel's lecture (and actual close up / stand up performance using only this device
for the whole set) and can attest to the fact that not only is this entirely suitable for any
and all situations but really is a genuine improvement on it's predecessor, not only because it's easier to
set, work and adjust but because you can remove your coat if you need
I might add
that removing the coat isn't just a "flourish" to prove there is nothnig there but a practicaility in
In a world
where people are changing things simply to put their own name on something in order to sell it, I am happy to
say that Michel's 35 years of working with, collecting and improving holdout's stand proud and I have seen
the proof in his
As far as suitability for cups and balls
goes the complete set up is very suitable for general magic and, as most of you reading this also perform
general magic, not just cups and balls I would highly recommed you invest in this piece of kit
However, in relation to cups and balls
and chop cups there are a couple of great ideas that I am already
One is an adaptation of Michel's
"The Amazing Vanish Of a Silk and Coin", I am not sure if I should tip it because it's too good to give away,
however those of you that are thinkers will probably already be on the right lines when I suggest that
you think of what Ron Wilson brought to the table in terms of chop cup
No need to pay me now, just send
me a big fat cheque when you find your future wife after performing it!
The ball holder supplied fits a
golf ball with ease and can be adjusted a little so holding out and loading a pocket sized chop cup is no problem
at all. Michel actually tips this on one of the videos.
You may want to adapt the
supplied ball holder or make a smaller one of your own (very easily done) if you want to use this with 1"
The magnetic attachment is
obvioulsy suitable for chopped items and obviously this is limited only to your
Overall this is something I am very excited about. I was
already familiar with the Jack Miller model and couldn't see what all the fuss was about over this initially,
however the improvements Michel has made allow a smoother set up, working and changing of attachments that
really do make a big difference.
I have to say that it helped actually seeing Michel use the device
both in a full set of close up and stand up and also in his lecture on the
Michel is a very charasmatic performer and an excellent lecturer and because of this, his magic
is very dissarming! It was wonderful to see the magician Michel had up on stage examine the lightbulb tip
looking for the "switch" as Michel performed his version of a classic (Beamshot / Scotty York Lightbulb etc)
with an ordinary bulb!
Michel's explanation on the DVD's
of transitioning from effect to effect and how to change the attachment needed really add value and make it a real
As I have already mentioned, I
was familiar with the Jack Miller model and probably didn't give it the attention it deserved (though I have used
it), however Michel's excellent explanation and instruction on the DVD set and the many attachments really have
inspired me and given my use of the device a new lease of life.
I've already used it for an
addition to a cup routine that I think is worth the price of the set up and fresh ideas are comning all the time.
For me, it's a keeper and highly recommended!
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