About Magic Ottoman
Akos Jancura, who claims to be the inventor of Magic Ottman, states that it is the first-ever device that converts from a compact cushion to a full-sized ottoman with storage space. They say Magic Ottoman includes a reversible hand-sewn pillow top with ornate buttons and they boast it looks and feels just like real leather.
Magic Ottoman is sold by Telebrands, makers of dozens-if-not-hundreds of products you see on late-night TV. (In fact, they’re the ones that came up with the “As Seen On TV” logo and motto.) Telebrands has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since November 27, 2007 and they currently have an A- rating.
How Magic Ottoman Works
Magic Ottoman is essentially a hollow footrest, based on the standard ottoman (which was in fact created by the Ottoman Empire and first brought to England in the 18th century.) What makes Magic Ottoman different is it collapses to a square pillow about the size of a telephone book when not in use; the actual dimensions are not given.
To use Magic Ottoman as a storage unit/footrest, expand the body, place inside on the base the patented Stay-Locked square panel, and put the lid back on. They tout this panel gives it incredible strength and stability. To prove this, Mr. Jancura, who says he’s over 200 lbs. stands on top of a Magic Ottoman without any damage to the unit (or himself.)
They claim Magic Ottoman expands in just seconds and can be used to store magazines, kid’s toys, video games, remotes, or any other clutter you’d prefer to keep hidden. They add that the cushion-y top flips over to turn Magic Ottoman into the “perfect” sofa-side table. Mr. Jancura says he likes to put 4 Magic Ottomans together for a larger seating unit and more storage space and then place them apart when he needs more seating for guests.
They claim Magic Ottoman goes anywhere in your home. They say you can use it at the end of your bed to hide pillows and blankets as well as a place to sit and get dressed. Other suggestions include in the kids’ room as a hamper or toy storage, or in the bathroom for extra soap, towels, or other supplies.
A woman who claims to be the happy owner of a Magic Ottoman says the pile of shoes by her front door is “gone” (i.e. hidden inside) and that it makes a great seat. When Magic Ottoman is not being used to sit on or for storage, they tout the Stay Locked panel and sides collapse into the seat cover and it can easily placed inside a drawer.
Each Magic Ottoman includes:
- Magic Ottoman (Black, Brown, or Cream)
- Magic Ottoman of the same color (reduced price)
Magic Ottoman Pricing, Shipping, and Returns
They say Magic Ottoman retails for $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping for a total of $27.98. At the time of your order, you can get an additional unit for $12.99 with no extra shipping fees. All Telebrands products can take up to 6 weeks to arrive and come with the same guarantee: you may try it for 30 days and if you don’t like it you can return (you pay postage) for your money back, minus initial S & H. (You must also include a “detailed explanation” with your return, otherwise they reserve the right to reject it.)
- Unknown storage dimensions
- ASOTV products sometimes don’t live up to the hype.
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No Materials and Workmanship Guarantee/Warranty
Since three (3) facts were not disclosed in the TV AD, nor on the magicottoman.com website, I made an inquiry and received this:
Thank you for your input regarding the information supplied on magicottoman.com. The following should answer your questions:
1. The magic ottoman measures 13.5" W x 13.5" D x 14.5" H [Too low for Seniors]
2. According to the instructions page included with the Magic Ottoman, cleaning instructions are as follows, "Spot clean with a damp cloth as needed." [Vague]
3. The guarantee period is 30 days + one week from the date your order has shipped. [This is a Satisfaction Guarantee, NOT Materials & Workmanship]
Hope that helps inform your purchase decision, [It did. I'm not purchasing] and thanks again for your input. We also updated the "Frequently Asked Questions" page to include this information and help inform other customers.
Web Creative Director
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend