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I am so furious. Had to explain to my son why this was a trick.
on 8 July 2013
I saw this at Hamleys. We walked around the whole shop and it was the one thing that my son asked for over and over again.
We saw a big, happy, attractive dude demonstrating to 30 kids at a time how magical and amazing it was. All the kids jaws were dropping, it looked AMAZING.
I instinctively suspected it would not be what it claimed (because I have a good grasp of science and reality). So we bought something else.
Afterwards, I felt bad and figured I'd make it up to my son by buying it from Amazon.
Imagine how I felt when it arrived and the "trick" (trick? where's that fit in a SCIENCE product?) was some tiny strings?
And a DVD to tell you how to fool people, assuming you have the time or skill (as a 6 year old, I can tell you, he has neither the attention span nor skill to achieve this).
His first words when I showed it him were "Oh. So... there's no magic?" "No, son. There's no such thing as magic. This is just a trick."
He gamely played around with it for ten minutes before breaking two of the strings and becoming extremely disconsolate. I found him something else to do and put it away.
This is a terrible, horrible joke. Not to mention a terrible waste of money. Firstly, the parts would cost about one pound. Secondly, it's a TRICK. There's no magnets, no thermodynamics, none of the ways you might have guessed this thing maybe worked, it's just a STRING and some blobs of putty and a load of showmanship that no kid is going to achieve in a hurry.
I'm sickened by this. I'll never buy anything from the Science Museum range again. I don't feel good ever returning to the Science Museum, either. What the hell is the point?
You can sell this junk as a science toy?
You should be ashamed.
The only lesson my son and I got from this is that some people use the word 'science' to tell lies.
If that was your goal, MAN you achieved it.
To add insult to injury, there's a little slip of paper saying how you can get a FREE HOLOGRAM PROJECTOR because of your purchase. Going to the website, you find a typical postage-price scam, where the "free" thing costs 2.50 "postage" (and it is not, let me promise you, a 'hologram projector', it uses reflection to show a false-3d image). Another lie posed as science, to make cold hard cash.
I'm disgusted with this. I will post this everywhere in the hope nobody else every gets ripped off by you people again.