My own personal shame
I'm just gonna say it right now: This thing does not work.
How do I know? Well, I happened to be a part of the video crew that shot the commercial for it. It was a long day. A very long day. Here's what happened:
I was in the employ of a now defunct video company out of South Florida. We shot all sorts of infomercials for all sorts of products, some of which were really cool. But sometimes the product didn't do what it was supposed to (surprise!).
There comes a point in some people's lives when they have to make money just to meet the rent and get food. I was in one of those situations (and I'm pretty much right back to this scenario now). Contracts are signed, the information on the product you are to shoot the ad for is delivered-along with samples of the product-and you secure a location to shoot (in this case it was a ridiculously expensive house with a great kitchen).
Then you mess with the product. And it doesn't work. But you have been hired to make it look like it works. And you need to eat. And you know that if you can make the item look like it works, you will get more work from that client-even if every fiber of your being is telling you not to, simply because you may end out stuck in the very same situation once again.
You feel like a bottom-feeder, a scumbag, a piece of dirt.
But you like food. And you like a place to sleep at night.
So you work around the disabilities of the product and try to figure out a solution.
The Magic Mop
was designed to essentially suck grease off of food. If I recall correctly, it was touted to be made of the same synthetic fiber that is used to suck foam off of airport landing strips during a potential airplane crash.
It may be hard to see, but beneath the logo it states:
"Removes the grease from soups, stews, sauces, and gravies and removes those unwanted calories. Only the grease adheres to the fibers, it repels water and everything else that is not grease."
Okay. So, after setting up lights and positioning the camera, we made some soup. As the stock boiled, the fat bubbled up to the top in little greasy puddles. We got the talent in place, rolled the video, and went for the shot.
As the talent gently moved the Magic Mop across the surface of the soup, it did... nothing. We might as well have used a toothbrush or a DVD case.
In my past I was a chef as well as a lighting/grip for film and video. I have always skimmed fat with a spoon. Or used one of those really great measuring cups with the nozzle positioned at the bottom of the cup so that you can pour out the deliciousness while the fat floats at the top.
We all simply looked at each other. I got a spoon, and skimmed off the fat. Voila! Movie magic!
Next we tried a hamburger. The newly cleaned Magic Mop flopped across the greasy meat and... nothing. But, thanks to the miracle of paper towels, that was the best looking burger on TV.
The day progressed in this manner at a very slow pace.
What I will say is that the Magic Mop DID repel grease. It just didn't suck it up. I'm not sure how useful this would be in the kitchen, particularly at such a small size.
And I think that the idea is great. It's just that, from personal experience, this product simply does not do what it says it does.
However, I have to admit that it makes a great cat toy.
Hours of fun... seriously! Buster loves it!
And it's still around... just under another name. So study these pictures well, my friends.
If, however, you want to try it out for yourself, you can find the Magic Mop
(also known as the Fat Mop or the Magic Grease Mop) at Amazon