Ode to a Legend – The Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi

The Hitachi Magic Wand is the first sex toy that I ever encountered. I saw it while my wife (then girlfriend) was getting a condom from her “toy box” and was terrified.

“That thing is freaking huge! She puts that inside of her!?! Holy shit. How am I supposed to satisfy someone used to that monstrosity?”

In case it’s not obvious, I was much less educated about sex toys than I am now. Over the years I have come to have a great respect and appreciation for the Hitachi Magic Wand. Speaking of years, it is worth noting that my wife has been using the same Magic Wand for the past 6 years. That’s quality craftsmanship.

Hitachi introduced the Magic Wand to the market in the 1970’s as a personal massager for soothing sore muscles and tendons. It vibrates at a maximum of 6,000 rpm and delivers these vibrations via a 2.5” rubberized head. Though it is certainly powerful enough to be used as a muscle massager, it is indisputably a sex toy. An iconic, legendary sex toy. Popular since its inception, the Magic Wand (commonly referred to as the “Hitachi”) was propelled to fame when Betty Dodson, a pioneer in sex education and pro-sex feminism, wrote and talked about it during the course of her career.

The Hitachi Magic Wand’s stint in the public eye did not end with Betty, though. It has been featured in many popular media venues like Sex and the City. It is also one of the most widely accessible sex toys on the market. You can buy one everywhere, from high quality sex toy stores like Babeland to crappy, shady little sex toy stores in the Bible Belt of America. Walmart and American Apparel even carry them on their websites.

Though primarily used by women, it can also be rather pleasing for men to use. The same deep, powerful, and well-dispersed vibration that makes it earth-shattering for women also feels great for men. Placed along the shaft or against the head (on low for me, thanks) can be quite fun. If you’re into anal play, you can also use it to vibrate a plug.

Surprisingly, to my knowledge there have not been any sonnets or love songs written to or about the Hitachi Magic Wand. Yet.

Fetish Fantasy Series Shock Therapy

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Shock Therapy provided for review by We Love Toys

Joseph

I’ve reached a point in my relationship with pipedream products where I really only expect to be amused by how poorly thought out and cheaply made they are. I admit that sometimes I obtain them just so I can have fun with the review. You know you love reading scathing reviews of terrible products. I love writing them, too. However, I was surprised by this product. Though the box art is still totally silly and they threw in that damn blindfold that comes with everything in the Fetish Fantasy Series. Because the more into BDSM you are the more identical cheap blindfolds (they call it a love mask) you need?

The Shock Therapy is a set that includes four gel adhesive pads, a bi-polar lead wire, and a digital power control unit. The use of the product is exactly what you would think from that list of parts: You attach the lead wire to the pads, the pads to a person, and then a small shock is delivered in the location of the pads. Unless there is any hair where you want the shock to be delivered. Of course the pads need to be directly attached to skin.

The pads themselves are reusable though the gel gets more tacky and less sticky over time and you cannot clean them so if you use this toy often you will need to buy replacement pads. That’s not really a big deal if you want to stick to non-genital shocking but if you apply these directly to an anus or vagina they should probably be replaced. Another accessory offered is the “Electro-Sex Gel” which will make the shocks more intense. Though so will any water-based lube.

The apparatus requires two AAA batteries (not included) and has some fairly obvious safety warnings. For instance, you should not use this product while operating heavy machinery, while pregnant, or if you have a pacemaker. There are several more listed on the instruction page (external use only!) but using common sense will pretty much cover it.

It actually works pretty well for what it is. Don’t get me wrong, you can still tell that this product is very cheaply made but unlike some of pipedream’s other products it is at least usable. There are three modes that you can switch between as well as a speed and intensity options that you can control. The modes are tap, modulation, and kneading. The tap is basically a throbbing sensation, the modulation feels like it is a random shift between the other two modes and the kneading mode is continuous and intense. It is nice to have the three modes to shift between and the shock of the device ranges from barely felt to almost too much to handle.

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Switching between modes, speed, and power are all fairly easy and occur with the simple click of one of the buttons on the digital controller. Unfortunately if you don’t have the instructions in front of you the display is not that useful. The speed and power bars are easy enough to understand but the mode indicators and “intensity state” indicators don’t make a lot of sense.

Mimi

Having never used a product like this before, I was a bit nervous to try it out. Especially tied to a chair in our living room. The tension and anticipation is, of course, quite titillating. It may be the best part this product has to offer.

Not that I’m trying to imply there aren’t other great parts.

Joseph placed the gel adhesive pads first on my butt and the backs of my thighs. The sensation didn’t hurt at any point in time, but it was quite intense to experience. He started gently, since we’ve never done this before. I would highly recommend testing it out similarly. Though this product did not cause me any pain or serious discomfort, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else’s reaction was much more distressed. Besides, it’s fun to know that the shocks will become more intense. Take it slow, build it up.

The three modes feels exactly how they sound — tap, modulation, and kneading. I found all three to be pleasing, though the tapping was a bit grating when prolonged. After going through the various levels of speed, intensity, and modes, I wanted to experience more and I suspected that this desire would be satisfied by the pads being placed on my nipples and my pelvis. I asked (as nicely as I could), if Joseph would do that next. He said he had already planned to, though apparently not without some spanking. I mention this for my BDSM-inclined readers out there, who can probably guess that spanking combined either before or after with electric shock produces extra sensitivity and pleasure.

After he moved the pads and began the same process as before, I was no longer capable of keeping up with what he was doing. I remember feeling almost totally overwhelmed by sensation. Obviously, I hope to do it again soon. Tied up in another compromising position.

Other than my internally confused reaction to it being called “Shock Therapy: Electro-Sex Kit”, which can at best be described as aroused and horrified at the recollection of Nurse Ratched, I really have no issues with this product. Oh, I wish that it would re-charge instead of using batteries. I won’t get into the packaging because that’s not going to change anytime soon. It’s a good product.

 

Shock Therapy: The Movie from Mimi & Joseph on Vimeo.

The Naked Truth

Aesthetics: ★★★★☆

Functionality: ★★★★★

Craftsmanship: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Cleaning: ★☆☆☆☆

Safety: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★☆

Pleasurists # 180


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