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A 2 hour video download, a small tub o' "stuff" and a mere $10 bucks. Is it gem or is it rubble? Stay tuned to find out.
This isn't an effect or a method per se. It's a utility device. As mentioned in the ad copy, it's a gel that allows stuff to stick to your hands. This allows you to do some pretty incredible things that normally you may not have been able to do.
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The ad copy is pretty solid. The only thing I would take issue with is probably something that they were just using hyberbole rather than dishonesty, and that's the claim that objects will stick to you like Super Glue. That's not true. Also, it mentions that there is no sticky residue. That's true, but only if you make sure you give the gel time to dry.
This product is well made, and does what it claims. The video download is well produced, well lit, well mic'd, etc., etc., and it's full of great content. It covers some new/original effects from Jim Bodine (the creator of Octopalm) as well as some updated (read: improved) handling ideas on some classic effects. These updates are made possible by Octopalm.
Here's the skinny on the actual gel. I have super dry skin. Nothing sticks to it at all. I followed the directions for applying Octopalm, and it made a huge difference. Suddenly, stuff would stick to me, but it wouldn't make my hands all gross and sticky.
The video claims that after applying it, it will last for hours. I would slightly disagree with that statement. It depends on how much you apply, how you use it, and how often you do the effect that requires its use. In some cases, I think it could last a couple hours, but if you're constantly sticking stuff to the area where the Octopalm was applied, the you'll, likely, need to reapply sooner than two hours.
The way it works is you apply it to the area of your hand/finger/etc. that will be used for whatever effect you're planning on doing. Depending on the effect and the location of the gel, you may have to wash it off before going on to the next effect. I found that leaving it on is not a problem at all. I was able to move on to other stuff with no problem. THey suggest Turpentine or Mineral Spirits to remove it. However, Simply washing my hands with soap an water was enough. In fact, typically it wore off well before then.
They had a simple way for removing it during a stand up show if you're working out of a case. They did not, however, address removing it during a close up show. But from my experience, there is no need to wash it off.
I have extremely dry skin, and this stuff worked like a charm. Within minutes of putting it on, I was able to do moves that I haven't been able to do for years (back when I had less-dry hands). There were moves that I thought I'd lost the knack for. Turns out, my hands were too dry.
This is also for you folks who don't suffer from dry hands as well. It allows for some incredible effects and possibilities that could not be done otherwise. For $9.95, it's hard to not highly recommend you give this stuff a try.
5 Stars with a Stone Status of GEM