Reviewer: Michael Siegel
You need that one effect to solidify your credentials as being a master of amazement in the eyes of your spectators. What better way to prove that you have harnessed the power hidden in the secret recesses of your mind than to be able to bend metal coins with only the power of your mind. You will be able to do that with Ox Bender, the latest magic creation by Menny Lindenfeld who had created other effects such as Hollow and Blind Man’s Wallet. Ox Bender joins Coinvexed 3.0 by David Penn and Quantum Bender 3.0 by John Sheets as part of the progression of devices to secretly bend borrowed, signed coins in real time to make muscle builders cringe with envy and girls scream with awe.
Ox Bender is the latest rage in real time coin bending gimmicks. You ask someone to borrow a coin and ask them to initial it so there is no possibility of you switching the coin. You then place the signed coin in the person’s hand and ask the person to close his/her hand. After you concentrate and focus the energy of the cosmos you ask the person to open his/her hand, and the very same borrowed signed coin is now bent. The person keeps the coin as a memento of your mystical power. Unless you can predict the lottery, this amazing feat of mind over matter should be done as a closer to your routine.
What is Ox Bender? It is a very well made and clever device that is secretly held in your hand. This device allows you to bend many different types of coins in real time while your hands are clearly visible and seemingly empty. Menny Lindenfeld did a wonderful job in designing this device. What separates this device from other methods is that it is the first device that allows for a single hand coin bend in real time. You can put a coin in one hand and with this device you bend the coin in real time using just one hand. Menny does openly state that some coins may require two hands to bend. For instance, I can bend US nickels and pennies with one hand, but require two hands to bend quarters.
However, even though you may need to use two hands to bend certain coins, this should not be a deterrence from getting this terrific device. Menny does a fabulous job in teaching in the very detailed and comprehensive video download how to use both one hand and two handed methods of bending a coin. The easy in which people can bend various types of coins using just one hand will depend upon individual hand strength and the type of coin used. Most people with average hand strength should be able to bend several types of coins using just one hand while for some other people and for other types of coins two hands will be needed to do the bend. However, both single hand and two handed bending methods flow with the natural movements of your hands in the routine. The movements are natural and will not be suspected by anyone.
While the Ox Bender is not very large, people with small hands may have difficulty effectively concealing it. I would therefore not recommend this for people with small hands. I have average sized hands and can conceal the gimmick without any problems.
Some people may ask how is this different than Coinvexed or Quantum Bender. Coinvexed and Quantum Bender devices are designed so that they are hidden in plain sight. They are camouflaged to look like ordinary items. Ox Bender is secretly hidden in your hand and used under cover of your natural movements. You might be asking which gimmick is better. All three of these devices are excellent. The advantage of the Ox Bender is that you can use just one hand to bend a coin whereas the other methods require two hands. However, you do have to make sure that you conceal the Ox Bender in your hand after you get it from your pocket. The other devices are disguised in a way that you do not need to conceal them as they are used openly. Some may think that Ox Bender offers another advantage in that it is only a single gimmick unlike Coinvexed and takes up less pocket space. Ox Bender also does not need to be switched in and out of play like Quantum Bender. Another possible advantage that Ox Bender may have is that at the time of the bend there is no need for any misdirection since it is done under the guise of natural arm and hand movements whereas both Coinvexed and Quantum Bender need some misdirection so that the bend can occur on the offbeat.
Which is the better gimmick? That is a very subjective question. They are all excellent. They are all tools to bend a borrowed signed coin in real time. Some may prefer one or two of these devices over the other or some may like all three. If you are going to do coin bends a lot, you may want to try more than one type of gimmick to see which one fits your style and preference. I like having all three gimmicks so that I can change methods for the same audience for repeat performances and change methods depending upon the circumstances I am situated in.
Ox Bender is an excellent device and it is reasonably priced. It is a welcomed addition to this genre. Ox Bender is an advancement in real time coin bending gimmicks and routining. It is professionally made with high quality material that should last you for your entire lifetime. The instructional video download is excellent. I will be using this a lot. Very highly recommended. So, start reaching under the couch cushions to find those loose coins and start practicing. 9 1/2 lucky charms out of 10.
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Reviewer: Bernard Sim
Another coin bender, there are already many versions out there, is this for you? Read on.
My last review of a coin bender was the Biobender, the Biobender was actually not bad. The gimmick is hidden in plain sight. As for Oxbender, you will need to palm it to hide it. Palming it is no big deal as the gimmick is small.
All coin bender’s end result is almost the same. The difference with using Oxbender is that you only use 1 hand to bend it and the bent on the coin is curve and without any scratch marks. You can also bend spoons and keys (spiral twist). Loading the coin into the gimmick is also a breeze as the gimmick is designed in such a way whereby there is a guide built-in for easy load. I tested the Oxbender and the bend was pretty easy for me. Unlike Biobender, Oxbender is able to bend thicker coins like Singapore’s $1 coin.
Now for the downside, though you can bend thicker coins, you can’t bend embedded coins that is made of 2 metals, e.g. new S$1 coin. I asked a female colleague to try the bend and she says that she doesn’t have enough strength to bend it using 1 hand. In the explanation video, you are encouraged to train by squeezing the hand grip strengthener 🙂
Below is a pic of the bent coin.
If you noticed, there is a bottle of Vigra behind haha 😉 That is another cool product.
Anyway, the Oxbender is a good coin bender (that is if you are strong enough to use 1 hand). What impresses me is the ability to spiral twist a spoon and a key. This is something that you can’t do with other coin benders.
Rating: 8/10. Cool coin bender. Recommended.