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No need to put pastries, duct tape, coins, or bags over your head anymore! Now, you can use a steel blindfold. In two flavors, a Gun Blue/Black version (16G) and a Brushed Stainless Steel (20G). You choose which best suits your look. No trap doors, no slides, no slits or cuts, it is SOLID STEEL. But you can STILL see. It's all in how it's made and the technique you will use. Whatever you used your blind fold before, you can probably do with this now.
Starting price is only $49.99! Includes DVD and blindfold.
The Steel Blindfold was invented by my friend Glenn Falkenstein in the 1950s before he passed in 2010; he may be gone, but his impact is still with us.
When he died, people outside of magic even reference it: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/17/local/la-me-glenn-falkenstein-20100717
I got the idea to make a version from him AND from a blindfold carried by Murphy's Magic, which I have owned for years: http://www.murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=36653. I am aware of Richard Osterlind's version, but do not own it. Further, it's important to note that I've improved the nose area to allow for a better peek from anything I've ever come across. The cheaper metal blind folds have horrible nose areas. I don't know how Richard's sits, but from the photos it is similar in over all design. However, mine has a subtle design enhancement made in Autocad that cuts out when I waterjet these that I am confident nobody has. In other words, it's NOT symmetrical and allows for a peek that can't be seen by someone standing in front of you.
I make these in both blue steel/black and stainless. Two VERY LOGICAL choices, since steel only comes in so many flavors. The gunblue is 16g steel, and the stainless is 20g. Both are strong and have cut outs on the sides for the strap rather than rivets as is common among others.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jun 2011
I just got my blindfold today and I wanted to write a review as requested by Mr. Clark. First for full disclosed purposes, the reader should know that I was one of the 100 winners of the blindfold. You may think that fact will bias my opinion and your right, but since it is just my opinion take it for what it's worth.
The blindfold came to me packed flat with written instructions not a dvd. That was fine as Mr. Clark goes into some detail about the deprivation of the effect. I'm guessing this was to stay the obvious critics who choose to try ostracizing him in the magic industry. Whatever! These kinds of petty squabbles are more for housewives in the kitchen than working professional magicians. The history however not only sheds light on the issue but also serves a a comparison to what is already out on the market and how the Clark blindfold is differnt.
It's a very well made product being stamped from a solid piece of stainless steel. There are no rough edges to cut yourself on and the velcro elastic strap is completely adjustable.
It's really hard to say much about it as it's design is very simple and to the point. My one complaint if you can call it that is that since it's shipped flat, you have to bend it to your face yourself. James goes into detail about how to do that but being kind of clumsy I put some creases in the blindfold I wish I hadn't. These are just aesthetic blemishes that really don't effect the products operation and so don't really make a difference.
Over all I like the blind fold and have already found that I can get a traght ahead peek with the simplisest of movement. I will be using this item and think it a good value even at the full price.
Thank you James, for providing it to the magic community and for just being you.