About Phantom Saucer

“Ooooh! Ahhh! How did you do that?!” Those are some of the exclamations made by the kids in the commercial for Phantom Saucer, a new magic trick sold by Telebrands (more on them, later). They claim this small plastic flying disc spins in mid-air between your hands and appears to defy gravity.

But will Phantom Saucer really make you the life of your next birthday party? Let’s take a closer look. (WARNING: spoilers ahead!)

How Phantom Saucer Works

They don’t explain how Phantom Saucer works in the infomercial (that would break the Magician’s Code!) but the UFO-shaped product appears to levitate and spin between your wiggling fingers. They promise once you purchase Phantom Saucer, you will be given a secret code to unlock a video that explains how to do it.

But you don’t need to be a magician or a rocket scientist to figure it out. There is obviously a thin string that runs through the disc that loops on your fingers. If you watch the infomercial carefully, you can see it (and a few purchasers have broken their vow of secrecy and spoiled it online).

The Phantom Saucer Cost and Refunds

Phantom Saucer sells for $10 plus $5.99 S&H for a total of $15.99. If you want a second Phantom Saucer, add another $6.99 in processing fees. As of this writing (June 2014) they claim this item is so popular they are only accepting pre-orders and your Phantom Saucer won’t ship until sometime after July 1. (They promise not to bill you until shipped.) And, no, the Phantom Saucer won’t float to your house and come through the window – it ships via standard US mail.

Phantom Saucer is backed by a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” which basically means you have 30 days to try it. If the kids don’t say “Wow!” (or any other reason) you can send it back for your initial $10, but not the S&H, and you have to pay the return postage. In addition, you must include a written “detailed explanation” as to why you are returning Phantom Saucer, or they may reject your request.

Bottom Line: Is Phantom Saucer a Scam?

Phantom Saucer is yet another product from Telebrands, a company specializing in “As Seen On TV Products” like these, which seem cool on first glance but essentially are useless and/or overpriced. (They’ve been in business 30 years and actually created the “As Seen On TV” logo and motto.)

As such, we feel you and your kids are going to be disappointed in this product. It does look pretty neat in the infomercial, but it’s essentially a “one trick pony.” If you do toss the Phantom Saucer to another child like they do in the video, they will immediately see the string, ruining the magic. Plus, it may be a cool once or twice, but to say it bluntly, it won't be as impressive come third time around, unless its a totally new audience of course! But hey, everyone deserves the 15 minutes of fame.

If your child is an aspiring magician (or you’re an adult that performs at parties) perhaps you may get a few moments of glory from the Phantom Saucer, especially with a little practice. Still, we recommend waiting until it’s available elsewhere (i.e. Amazon, Walgreens, Walmart) where it will probably be cheaper, have less shipping/handling fees, and you don’t need to explain yourself if you do indeed ship it back to where it came from.

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5 Customer Reviews for Phantom Saucer

Average Customer Rating: 1.6
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Bottom Line: 20% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 4 people found this review helpful

    It works

    • Lyford Texas,
    • Mar 2, 2015

    I ripped the thin piece of string or whatever, but I got it on the second try though. I liked it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Trash

    • Texas,
    • Feb 17, 2015

    Could not even apply one string that didn't break during application.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Not Very Good At All

    • Feb 2, 2015

    I bought this product at the dollar store for $1 and sadly that is all that it's worth (probably less than that). Don't even waste your dollar on this piece of cardboard, with strings as thin as human hair, that break with just a little tug. Awful!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Piece of crap

    • Dallas, TX,
    • Dec 29, 2014

    You're supposed to stick a string behind your ear using putty to hold it up. This was disappointing to me but we attempted. The putty doesn't really stay well and it doesn't position well in front of your body.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    • east cost,
    • Sep 16, 2014

    16.00 for a saucer shaped piece of thin cardboard, and some very fine thread. I'm sure these folks are laughing all the way to the bank. As a result of this, we've explained to our daughter (she's six) that from now on, we don't buy anything from TV.

    Lesson learned. The "toy", if you want to call this gimmick a toy, is difficult to use, the threads come loose easily, they break with the slightest tension, and get lost easily. I hate to think of what they charge for a few cents worth of string.

    For 16.00 you can go to a toy store and find something more durable and more usable. The novelty will wear off quickly, and you're left with a dollar or two worth of paper you spent 16.00 on.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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