STARTING AT ONLY $199 USD! You CAN'T FIND A BENDER LIKE THIS FOR THAT PRICE.
WAITING LIST NOW IN EFFECT! THE DEMAND IS SO HIGH, WE WILL HAVE TO PUT ORDERS ON A LIST NOW. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM.
Personal note to the haters: Thank you for the free marketing. I am grateful to all of you who get out there on the forums and help push people to my website. The more you talk, the more people know the truth.
There’s nothing more unnerving than experiencing psychic phenomena. It’s even more impressive when it’s done two inches in front of your face. Psychokinesis is said to be the power to move, bend, or disrupt matter with the mind. Imagine now having the ability to borrow a coin from someone and bend it under their nose -- with one hand.
The gimmick is precision engineered in a single unit and disguised to look like an ordinary Sharpie pen similar to other such products on the market. Except, the Sharpie Bender is specifically made to tightly and precisely fit the given currency used. There’s no slop, cheap pins, or multiple parts to carry around. Made of American Steel in an American shop.
Why is the entry model made for Pennies? Because they are a dime a dozen, well, at least for 10 anyway. They're inexpensive give aways. Ever seen a penny in a bottle? They sell everywhere in tourist shops. People know pennies, they carry pennies, and they throw pennies away in wishing wells. Turn this common coin into a real keepsake. Put your initals on it and have the person you bend it for inital it too; it's something they will keep forever. And best of all, they don't cost you a lot. It's like having a .22 rifle; you can shoot all day and not go bankrupt in the process. That's why we targeted this coin; every nation has one, so use it and have fun with it!
Most importantly, these gimmicks blow the competition away; there’s nothing as good as the Sharpie Bender at this price point, hands down. You get a 100% satisfaction replacement guarantee; if it ever breaks due to workmanship when properly used (don't use it to bend cars, ammo, lift buildings, etc), you'll get it replaced. We recently found out that one of our competitors wouldn’t even replace the pin that had broken in his product, and the customer had paid $500 for it! At the end of the day, customer service is paramount. This is especially so when you pay such high prices.
Each gimmick is hand finished after being produced on CNC machines, with custom collets, from the highest grade of steel, in the United States. The work load and hours spent fine tuning this gimmick is significant. We’ve found the chinks in the armor of all of the other benders, and specially prepared the Sharpie Bender to do exactly what it’s meant to do. Don't be fooled, the more expensive models are only that way because of hype; they're sloppy for a so-called precision devices. They may claim to be pefect for bending all sort of coins, but they're not specifically designed to do so. We fixed that.
MULTIPLE COUNTRIES: Other producers like to claim that they have a one-size fits all bender. It's simply NOT true. They are sloppy and won't bend the coin in the right place. Each Sharpie Bender is specifically designed for the coin YOU want to use. We make them now for US, UK, EU, Canadian, and South African coinage. More countries are on the list and coming soon. The sizes are specific to the coin being bent. Obviously, if you want one for, say a Canaidan Loonie, then you could also bend a Canadian and American Quarter. However, we'd never suggest bending pennies with something made specifically for the Loonie. Likewise, our UK 2 Pence Model will also bend a 20 Pence coin. You know your coins, so think about size before you buy. After all, size DOES matter! James has built on other ideas that when they first came out, like the QB2 where the top of the game. Now, he's changed that game and improved upon things. A full history, credits, and list of improvments are in the directions. Owners of other products who've also purchased the Shaprie Bender have said the differences are clear, and the improvements fantastic -- going so far as to buy two just to have a back up.
Each bender is rushed to you by USPS Priority Mail or International Priority Mail. We will ship to anywhere in the world, fast. Your order includes the Shaprie Bender in a velvet case with directions and downloadable instructional video. Magnets keeps the bender closed when not in use so it doesn't become obvious or just fall open exposing the gimmick.
MYTHS, LIES, and DUH MOMENTS:
There's a lot of chatter going on about the Sharpie Bender these days. Why all the hoopla? Easy. Economics dear friends. Economics. The competition is afraid of me and what I can do in this market. They're scared. They fail to grow and evolve, which leaves room for aggressive producers to enter the market and bring you excellent products with better price points. They SHOULD be scared. I'm going to be around as long as I choose to be, and right now, that's looking like a very long time. Eventually, they'll die out. Trying to live like magic is still stuck in the late 1800s. Welcome to the real world folks. The more of my Sharpie Benders that hit the market, the more word of mouth marketing I get from satisfied customers who know the facts; here's some of the stuff that's recently been thrown around:
Now what can they say? Oh yeah, nothing.
Now what can they say? Oh yeah, nothing.
Now what can they say? Oh yeah, nothing.
Detractors want you to think you need to spend $600 to bend a coin, but you don't. At the end of the day, it's all about functionality. The Sharpie Bender can go up against any bender on the market. Hands down. Go look on eBay, a competitor's bender is selling for $200 right now. One sold for $99 last week. Why? Because people are buying the Sharpie Bender and they're happy with it. Belive the hype designed to get YOU to be out of pocket, or save yourself some of your hard earned cash and know that the Sharpie Bender can do exactly what it has been designed to do. The rest, it's just BS.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The Sharpie Bender is in no way connected to Sanford L.P. The Sharpie Logo is a registered trademark of Sanford L.P.
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Posted by Ben on 2nd Mar 2012
Congrats. I saw on the Cafe that you had this bender out. A friend has the QB and QB2, so I've now had the chance to compare them. Yours is really good. Comparable in design to QB2, but at the same time there are differences. I really like the magnets. Genius move. And same with the spacer. Thank you for that. Keep your head high and know that magi like me are able to separate the fact from the fiction. I'm glad I bought yours.
Posted by Christopher Kavanagh on 7th Jan 2012
I've used and have seen most of the coin benders on the market. Some poor, some good, some excellent. From inexpensive to very expensive. Price is not an issue for me. Not that I'm wealthy, I just believe in having the best tools to get the job done.
Hands down, the Sharpie Bender by James Clark is the best one on the market.
It looks like a Sharpie that we all use and it bends the coin. And it does this at a fraction of the cost of the most expensive model on the market.
I fell it has been improved by the addition of the magnets to keep the unit closed. Makes perfects sense. I've seen the product that didn't have magnets and it was annoying. The magnets are an improvement.
Posted by Victor Sanchez on 27th Oct 2011
This is the BEST bender I've ever used. I found out about your bender from the Magic Cafe where they were bashing you and your ethics. They can kiss my ass James. This Sharpie Bender is hands down the best investment I've made in years. I WOULD have bought a Quantum Bender, but your ideas and design changes are the shit. Who cares if they don't like it. Like you said, the more they talk the more people like me come around and buy your products.
Posted by David Sanders on 17th Aug 2011
Hey James, just wanted to say thanks for the Sharpie Bender and thanks for the insert. You're the man!
Posted by Søren on 30th May 2011
Made very good. Is but expensive when other illusions easy to do. Still, makes bent coin impromptu. Happy I buy it. Good for Euro coins.
Posted by Chuck on 28th May 2011
I love the penny bender. Having a lot of fun with this thing. Thanks James.
Posted by Unknown on 25th May 2011
I don't even know what to say, except this is something I will keep with me all the time!
Posted by Barry on 20th May 2011
Jay mate, got mine in. F&%king ace mate. You rock! Power to the people! What you wrote spoke to me. I'm so sick of magicians who think they're god. This is a great bender. F&%ck them mate. Keep it up. I'm going to carry this around and shove it up anyone's arse who says a thing about you! You need to move back to the UK. We like you here! LOL
James: Sorry bro, edited the "f word" a bit only because kids come here. Take it easy though, I don't want anyone getting hurt because they're stupid. Let them just be stupid and know you're right. You just learn to expect that they're like that and will spout nonsense. Let it roll of your back my friend, just like I do. Remember, the best revenge is success. They all want to be there, but very few of them know how. In my view, that's where a lot of the anger comes from. As to the UK, I'm there all the time. It's my second home.
Posted by Name witheld to avoid being attacked on the Magic Cafe on 20th May 2011
After reading some posts by uninformed loud mouths on the forums, I decided to write a review here where I know it will get read by people who are actually interested in Mr. Clark's Sharpie Bender and would like to hear from someone who performs professionally and has no connection to Mr. Clark. I also know that a review like this would probably get deleted given the censorship history of some places online. I hope this helps anyone interested in making up their own mind free of bias and pressure by people who have an agenda.
I have had mine now for almost a month and have really got the opportunity to put it through its paces. My over all impression is this is an excellently manufactured product. Let's look at it in more detail now.
When you hold it in your hand it has some weight to it. It doesn't feel cheap. It's made of heavy steel that's been perfectly cut, carved, or whatever it is Mr. Clark did, and then painted and capped right into a perfect imitation of a real Sharpie pen like many magicians carry around with them. It's painted gray, has a real Sharpie cap on it, and when I put the bender next to one, it's hard to tell the difference.
This look allows it to be hidden in plain sight. For example, I had it sitting on a table next to me and my girlfriend grabbed it to write something down, only to realize that it wasn't an actual Sharpie. The look preys upon one's preconceived notions about the world around us and I like that very much.
The manufacturing process seems incredibly complex. There's no way someone just sat down and made this by messing about. Mr. Clark has clearly taken a considerable amount of time with his team to produce this. Having only taken machine shop in high school, I can only imagine what he must have gone through. It's clear that this is a professional job, not a fly by night operation. In the directions, Mr. Clark says he returned to school for the sole purpose of learning new ways to produce products using lathes, milling machines, and CNC equipment. It's obvious he's taken this very seriously and I appreciate that kind of dedication. Like one other reviewer, I respect Mr. Clark a lot for what he has accomplished and all that he seems to be able to do. I can't help but wonder if he sleeps!
Mine arrived very well finished in a nice pen sleeve. It was well packaged. From the upper part to the joint to the lower part, it's all very well put together. Conversely, I heard about this from a friend who had been given one of the earlier models as a prototype to test. It was good, but not nearly as good as the one I have. I've heard that there were some problems early on and that worries me. My hope is Mr. Clark has worked out all the kinks. I'm also not too sure about the joint pin though. I read online that the QB, which this is very much like and Mr. Clark gives full credit in the directions, had problems with the pin breaking on occasion. It seems the same type of pin has been used in the Sharpie Bender. I am assured though, if anything breaks, Mr. Clark will repair or replace it. Other than that, I don't see any problem at all.
I want to also address ethics. I own a QB. I have always felt I made a good purchase and at the time and that the price seemed proper for what I received. I have even though a couple times about buying a second one, but that was never practical or a good use of my money. I know people say that, but it's not realistic for most of us. I understand that people in magic are afraid of competition. I've read what people think and I've read what Mr. Clark beleives about competition and ethics. To be perfectly frank, I have to support him because I think he's right. I appreciate that I have options. The price for the Sharpie Bender is far more reasonable to me. I also feel he's done exactly what magicians say they expect by improving on existing ideas and designs and giving credit. Beyond that, I don't think he owes anyone anything. This is America. If it was poorly made, I think as a consumer, I'd be upset. But it's not. It rivals anything out there, including the QB2. More importantly though, he has improved it in my view.
The price aside, the magnets make perfect sense. There's no possible way for them to pinch you, which I read was a reason why they hadn't been used in the QB2? I can't see how that's an honest statement. Mr. Clark was intelligent enough to put them in, perfectly I might add, and it keeps it shut when not in use. It is, in every sense of the word to me, and improvement. Then there's the spacer. What a fantastic idea. I purchased the American Quarter version and the spacer does the work for you when using a penny. It puts it right up in the right spot for the bend. Add to that his routine and one hand bend, and Mr. Clark not only has a winner, he's managed to bring the idea into the next century.
Invention does not happen, as many people already know, in a vacuum. Most magic props and effect I know or have been exposed to in over twenty years are variations of something that came before it. To suggest that isn't the norm, is unfair and clearly biased. I think it's time for magic to grow up. Mr. Clark articulated some decent arguments in the directions about this very thing, though I can't say I agree with him 100% of the time on every view he shares. But he is a businessman, educated, and has been doing this a long time. He's right when he says I get the benefit of his willingness to challenge the market just like I would at WalMart. I do think he is being unfairly targeted and blasted by a small group of, as he calls them, hatters because of who he is, not because of the product itself. In fact, some of the reviews I saw were from people who hadn't even seen the product. Not sure how that works, but I find it to be a sad commentary of how pathetic magicians can be in our community.
I also appreciate that the bender can be ditched to a magnet, which I cannot do with the QB2. But, that brings me to one of my other concerns. In fact, my main criticism is that it's painted with enamel rather than powder coated. If I ditch it to a magnet, is it going to chip? The paint isn't a problem in itself, just a personal preference I guess. I would like powder coating to match the QB2 I have, but I am considering selling it anyway so I can get another Sharpie Bender to take it's place. My friend has already sold his QB in favor of the Sharpie Bender and he now has two that are exactly the same. Not sure if I am willing to go that far yet, but maybe.
In fairness to Mr. Clark, my Qb2 doesn't look very good anymore. Because I use it, the powder coating has chipped off in many places and the metal clearly shines through. I am torn and don't want to unfairly criticize Mr. Clark's choice in finish since it seems to be a problem endemic to putting color on metal that's hard and can hit things, be dropped, and so on. Don't misunderstand me, the Sharpie Bender looks very good. I may just not quite be used to the difference. In due time I suppose I will have the opportunity to touch up the Sharpie Bender too, so maybe that will change my perspective. Mr. Clark states that he chose paint for that very reason to allow easy touch ups that did not contrast against powder coating given obvious color and finish differences. Time will tell if he is right, but I suppose he probably has legitimate reasons for this thought process based on his own experience. Clearly he actually makes things. I purchase them. I'm glad I did.
Posted by Soo Min on 20th May 2011
Love it. Great deal.
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