The Perfect Pen

Trick by John Cornelius
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The Perfect Pen

39.95 usd

Trick by John Cornelius ($39.95)

In stock. Order in the next 7 hours, 24 minutes and it will go out today!
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A legendary visual masterpiece reborn. Your new favorite everyday carry is here.

Most magicians have probably performed John Cornelius’ classic "Pen Through Anything" at some point. The ability to pierce a borrowed bill with a pen, and show it from all angles to "prove" its gone clean through before audibly ripping and restoring the bill, is truly one of the most perfect illusions in magic.

There was just one tiny issue that tended to irk some magicians. While the bill was examinable, you couldn't hand out the pen without conducting some sort of switch first.

That was, of course, until the "The Perfect Pen" was released...

  • No switches
  • No ditches
  • Fully examinable before and after the trick
  • Can be used to write with

"The Perfect Pen" launched this amazing effect into miracle territory. However, it was eventually discontinued and has been unavailable for years.

That's why we are thrilled to let you know that "The Perfect Pen" is back. Unlike the imitations and knockoffs that have surfaced in recent years, this premium pen is classy and elegant. It doesn't look anything like a magic prop and can even be used to write with.

With "The Perfect Pen" in your pocket, you'll be able to easily perform mind-blowing Pen Thru Bill effect, or even pen through coins, business cards, ties or whatever else you can think of, at any time.

We have a very limited supply of these and expect them to sell out quickly. If you’re interested in seeing how this classic of magic has been improved, we urge you to act fast.


Community questions about The Perfect Pen

Have a question about this product? It's possible others do too. Ask here and other Vanishing Inc. Magic customers will be able to respond with assistance! Alternatively, email us and we can help too.

  • Robert asks: Has the ability to write with the pen been improved?

    • 1. Bruce answers: It writes well, but if you write a lot, you will need to replace the cartridge often (about 15 minutes worth of DIY labor).
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  • Mark asks: Is this any different to the original release. Have any new features or touches been added. Many thanks

    • 1. Jim answers: Minor differences, but the method and main parts are exactly the same.
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  • Chuck asks: Seems odd how the pen changes length and quite obviously.

    • 1. Jim answers: When handled properly, it does not change length.
    • 2. Thomas answers: Use the cap on the end of the pen and slide it the respective length up and down to create the effect that the pen has always the same length.
    • 3. Edward answers: cover the end with your hand.
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  • Todd asks: Can the pen be moved around after it has penetrated? Or is just through then removed?

    • 1. Jim answers: Technically it could, but I wouldn't perform it that way.
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  • Ian asks: Does this work with UK (plastic) notes please?

    • 1. John answers: yes
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  • Avi asks: Hi, is it possible to change the ink refill?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, but it will take some DIY work.
  • Edward asks: Can the bill be borrowed and returned?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes.
  • Edward asks: If a spectator is in possession of both pen and paper for examination, would they be able to discover the secret? Would THEY be able to actually perform the illusion? I ask only because I've performed before some very smart individuals and have been called (after the fact and privately) by some.

    • 1. Thomas answers: I would not give a spectator both the pen and cap simultaneously.
    • 2. Thomas answers: I would not give a spectator both the pen and cap simultaneously.
    • 3. Edward answers: Never mind. I studied the demo and can honestly say everything could withstand close examination.
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Customer reviews for The Perfect Pen



It is the perfect pen.I it is well built, the style is superb and it does exactly what it's supposed to doThe ending is 100% clean .My job did drop when I used it. It works so well you' won't believe your eyes Tom Williams



This is a high quality prop that will preform as advertised. Has the look and feel of a quality pen rather than one of a 6 pack bundle from an office supply store. Spectators know you have a gimmick pen. With proper handling they will not be able to determine how the pen is constructed. A fun puzzler rather than the world’s greatest magic that can be part of your everyday carry. Highly recommend.



For the first time I had a snag with the USPS losing my package. Thanks to the integrity of Vanishing Inc. alone the situation was resolved. The USPS was basically useless.
The product itself is a work of art and after learning a few basics, any magician could incorporate their own spin. On day one I combine 2 versions into one plus my own twist.





Great additional tips to The Perfect Pen! :)



Really great teaching!!



This is a great tool, looks beautiful, and works great. There is a downside in that, although the ad copy states the pen is fully examinable, it would be fairly obvious to someone examining it that there's something "suspect" about the pen-- as the tip part is a bit loose and wobbles slightly. Better than asking someone to examine, would be to follow up the bill illusion with another trick that requires the spectator to sign something. Just give them the pen and ask them to sign whatever it is -- that's an indirect way of allowing spectator to examine and they will be less likely to fiddle with it. But with the right handling this pen is great.



Let me preface this by saying how much I like Vanishing inc and everything by John Cornelius, including previous incarnations of pen through anything. However, there is a disappointing design flaw. The cap has no friction so it does not connect to the body of the pen. I’m told that’s in order to sell the illusion that you can slide it back-and-forth. However that’s such a small move I don’t believe it sells much. I believe the impact it has on pocket management outweighs that finesse point. Said another way if you clip it on a pocket the body of the pen will drop into your pocket while the top remains clipped and separated. If you do handed out for inspection, pieces will fly in opposite directions. I’m trying to gently bend the metal of to create that friction and I’m afraid to damage the product. I’ll keep trying and very small increments.



The concept is good, and the explanation video is very well presented. Unfortunately, the mechanism appears to be quite fragile, as mine arrived in a non-integral condition. I returned it, and while I would have preferred a refund, I got a replacement order instead. I hope it's not broken, too.



I really wanted to love this pen, but it's just not quite there. Unfortunately, the cap does not stay on the back of the pen. So once you uncap it for the penetration you cannot turn the pen to display it because the cap will fall off. I have never had a regular pen where you couldn't put the cap on the back, so I assumed that the item I received was defective. Vanishing Inc kindly had a replacement sent out, and I was very surprised to see that this one also slid right off. I guess it's part of the design?

The penetration part of the pen works perfectly, but sadly it cannot be handed out for someone to scribble with, nor can you handle it like a real pen. Hopefully the next iteration will fix this and it will be a 5-star perfect product.

The Perfect Pen by John Cornelius