Strongman by Jimmy Strange is a new method for visually bending metal that is easy to do and super practical.
Merchant of Magic is proud to present the latest brain child of Jimmy Strange.
Metal bending is always best when it happens visually and slowly, it is undeniable. Still to this day, metal bending is one of the strongest most believable pieces of magic you can perform. There is something mesmerizing about watching cold hard steel bend and warp. It cannot be explained as sleight of hand or misdirection, it is more likely to be described as mind over matter or a supernatural phenomenon.. that's what makes it so powerful.
Strongman by Jimmy Strange is a completely new concept in metal bending, a new type of gimmick that can be felt as solid yet can bend upon your command. No more needing to carry around extra props for impractical methods. Strongman can be used over and over again as it resets instantly and requires no set up, it is ready right out of the box.
With Strongman you will be able to show your spectators a solid nut and bolt, they can feel it and check it, it is solid, yet at any moment you can make the bolt bend as if it were made of rubber. You can even hold it and have your spectators rub the bolt and cause it to bend, they actually feel it melt with no effort whatsoever. It can then straighten back to its original state leaving your spectators dumbfounded and wondering if all they saw was actually real. Instantly the bolt is solid again, the spectators can feel this. All of this is done with NO SETUP AND NO SWITCHES.
You can use Strongman on its own but it is the perfect accompaniment to any metal bending routine.
Visual Easy to perform No setup No switches No temperature issues Instant reset Full routines taught on tuition download
AS SEEN ON TV - FOOL US WITH PENN AND TELLER
Metal bending has a brand new string to its bow, here are what professionals all over the world are saying about Strongman:
"It is extremely rare that a new principle is created for magic, Jimmy has not only done this, but used it for an amazing effect. I will be carrying Strongman with me everywhere!" - Marc Lavelle
"Offbeat, genius, and quality magic, created by a quality magician. Strongman is highly recommended" - Kieron (Johnson) Lefever
"Since it's first prototype development, I've been performing Strongman at all my close-up gigs. I can't recommend this enough. That moment when the spectator bends the bolt with the tip of their finger is priceless.." - Dominic Reyes
"Strongman is something truly magical, workable and mind blowing. Honestly felt childhood wonderment all over again, that doesn't happen often." - Steve Rowe
"Let's look at it this way. You hand a nut and bolt out for examination. You then take it back and WITHOUT switching it you bend it.. You can then fix it and hand it back out again with NO switches! Read that again, no switches! It just doesn't get any better than this" - Alan Rorrison
Very well made gimmick, with some great routine ideas included in accompanying video. Visual effect is great but be careful about letting anyone inspect it for too long as is possible to accidentally discover the secret. ( I discovered it whilst waiting for video to load) Overall great trick , good for walk about or a metal bending routine.
I work with nuts and bolts almost every day and have done so for decades, which is the reason I got this. It's a very organic prop for me.
It doesn't look exactly like a bolt but close enough that it would have probably fooled me if I didn't know what I was looking for. The fact that the nut screws and unscrews exactly like any nut is a real convincer.
The effect is cool and the prop is well made and very functional. Hard to tell yet if the majority of these are working fine or having problems but if you have one that releases properly it is an excellent prop for the money.
It's far from perfect and there are some downsides. You have to hold it in the bent position or it will unbend by itself. It's pretty tricky to hold with one hand so both hands are required which is a bit unnatural looking. They can't examine it in the bent state without a switch involved. It would have been nice to have included an ungaffed matching bolt, that would have been most helpful.
It's looks cool, you hand someone the bolt and nut and and ask them to see how fast they can spin the nut on the bolt. Then you take it back and immediately bend it, and then unbend it and drop it back in their hand. I actually think the unbending looks spookier than the bending.
As far as examination, the bolt can receive a cursory examination and by that I mean they can try to bend it see that it is very solid, which is really all you need. But allowing them to spend too much time will probably result in them stumbling across something they shouldn't. So I wouldn't show this to anyone who seems absolutely intent on busting you.
I don't really consider this a stand alone routine. But more as lead in to another metal bending routine. That way they can look at the bolt for just a moment as you quickly go into something else, and just about any metal bending you do after that will cancel out the method used in Strongman. I will probably follow it with my version of Matt Mello's Energy Coins.
So I would score this an 8 out of 10. If it works properly it is an easy to do fooler that will work into about metal bending routine you do. The "no switch" is a great feature. There is something about taking it from them and immediately handing it back to them with no funny business. But again, a big selling point for me was that bolts and fasteners are so common in my environment. But I don't think a nut and bolt would seem out of place in a restaurant or strolling gig or a formal close-up show.
Mine was a little bit tight when it arrived but soon loosened up with use. I spent a long time trying to operate it with my thumbnail before I saw the bit of video that explains that there is an easier way but you really don't want it to be too easy.
I handed this out to a friend of my daughter and she had it for about 5 minutes and accidentally discovered the secret using the alternative method.
Hello I'm Thinking about Buying StrongMan by Jimmy Strange can you please tell me is it Truly a Self Working Trick? Will I need to carry something else ( Hot or Cold ) to bend restore or bend it back?
Question by: David J on 25 Mar 2016 06:50:00
The Strongman gimmick does the hard work for you, so you can focus on your performance. You will not need to do any difficult sleight of hand. You WILL need to practice though, to make it look smooth and natural.
Unlike some other metal bending devices, there are no hot/cold issues to worry about. It's ready to go, whenever you need it.
Answer by: Customer Care (Admin) on 25 Mar 2016 09:50:00
Is this a standard size nut and bolt that I could pick up at at hardware store? I know, this was designed to avoid a switch, but I don't mind the switch. I want to provide a souvenir.
Question by: Kevin on 16 Mar 2016 23:21:00
The Strongman gimmick is a custom made precision piece. However, it's worth a visit to your local hardware shop and seeing which ones match as closely as you feel comfortable with.
The magicians at MoM simply picked a few nuts and bolts that look sort of close, as that's fine for the multi bolt routine taught on the tuition video.
Dominic Reyes writes:
I don't think you would need an exact match. I pull out several nuts and bolts. Bend one, then take them back. I wonder... If you left one on their table, would that one later be attributed as the bolt that was bent..?
Answer by: Customer Care (Admin) on 16 Mar 2016 23:29:00
It's completely examinable both before and after the magic is done. We recommend handing Strongman out together with some other nuts and bolts, then take them back and perform the metal bend using your Strongman device.
Answer by: Customer Care (Admin) on 11 May 2016 09:15:00