Written by John Teo

The “Hot Rod” trick, as with most paddle effects, is visual and quick, and this captivates a spectator’s attention. I still perform my “hot rod” trick using a clear plastic rod and 6 embedded colour gemstones. Ladies love this trick because it involves jewelry. The rather contrived colour force is quickly forgotten when all the 6 gem stones visually changed to the one she selects.

Now, Jeff Prace gives even more reason to perform “hot rod” – it involves the world’s most iconic search engine, Google. This beings the magic up to date. Using a pen also makes it look innocent and impromptu.

You display a pen with the Google logo, which comprises 6 letters in 5 different colours – both the “G” and “g” are in the same purple colour. A spectator chooses a colour and magically all the letters in Google change to this colour. The pen can be shown on both sides.

You receive 2 Google pens, one with the forced colour on both sides so that you can secretly switch for this pen and hand it out for examination, if required. The other pen consists of purple Google on one side and the multi-colour Google on the other side. Included is a sheet of printed instructions which explains everything you need to know about performing the effect. It covers the standard paddle moves, the usual force as well as an alternative force, and the switch.

It also mentions that the cover of the pen is deliberately made in purple colour. This enables you to perform this effect in 2 phases. In phase 1, you bring to the spectator’s attention that coincidentally (or is it?) the cover of the pen is also of the same colour as her choice. In effect no 2. the entire Google word changes to to her selected colour!

However, there are 2 downsides to the pens supplied. The first one is that the “G” in Google does not look like a “G” – it looks like a “C” because it does not have the “tongue” on the bottom of the letter. Secondly, the yellow colour of the second “o” is too light to be seen properly against the white colour of the pen. You may have to find reason(s) to tell the audience when they ask on either one or both of these “defects”.

Despite these 2 imperfections, I would love to perform this trick. The imperfections do bring down the rating of this wonderful prop. (7/10 stars rating)