I remember the first time someone put the pencil loop puzzle on my button hole! It is a real fooler to try to get it off. Now made with a small plastic rod instead of a pencil, it is easy to carry in your shirt pocket at all times. Great conversation starter about how simple things can be so incredibly difficult, or how magic can look deceptively simple, but it never is. (We magicians know it usually is, but no need to let lay people know that!)
Maybe you want to use it on someone who heckles you -- just put it on, and let them work on getting it off as you do some tricks for the politer members of the audience! Fun for friends and enemies alike!
If you don't know this one, you show a short plastic rod with a loop of string permanently attached to one end. (The rod is about 4 inches long -- compare it to the poker size deck of cards in the corner of the photo) After a few quick and deft moves, you have attached the rod to your victim's... (I mean, Spectator's) jacket button hole. And they will find it impossible to remove without breaking the string. But before things go that far, you remove is with a few more deft moves.
I like to refer to the rod as "the devil's darning needle" and mention that breaking the string will bring 7 years of bad luck. When it it time to remove the loop from your spectator's buttonhole, I like to remove it openly, since it is still amazing to see that it can be done, and spectators will never remember exactly how anyway. More a puzzle than magic, but a really good puzzle!
You'll do this one a lot, and spectators will want one, so I am selling them in sets of FIVE. You can give them away to friends, or (as I discovered) spectators will offer to buy them -- $2 is an easy sell, so you can make back your purchase price and even make a few bucks if you sell the extra four!
You get FIVE loop puzzles and five sets of instructions.
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