I was first introduced to magic wands by a rather sadistic dom around seven or eight years ago. He took it upon himself to make a very ropey (see what I did there...) harness tying the thing to my clit while I was restrained and blindfolded. Of course he waited just long enough to skyrocket my nerves and curiosity before he flipped the switch.
But when he did I was instantly propelled at light speed towards the first of five orgasms, and by the third I was screaming and begging him to both switch it off... and give me more.
Previous to this rather startling experience I had only seen magic wands in a couple of porn flicks from America's kink.com productions. At the time they cost in excess of £100 and had to be ordered and shipped from America with a plug adapter to be able to use it in the UK, which made attaching it to an RCD surge protector device nigh on impossible due simply to the weight of the adapter. To confirm then: Any sex toy you have to plug into a socket should be plugged into an RCD surge protector device.
A safety RCD (residual current device) circuit breaker (above left and below right) can be used with any 240v appliance and is usually used with 'power tools'. protects against the risk of electrocution and are usually approved to european standards. It works by switching off electricity automatically if there is a fault.
In fact they have cropped up in their various forms all over the market as the must-have toy in any good kinksters toy box. Magic wands also now come with multiple settings and in a variety of colours, and some are even battery-operated (woo-hoo! for kink on the go!). Even my chiropractor has one, though he does use it for its actual purpose. It never fails to make me smile when he whips it out and rubs it on my feet or hips (This is the magic wand I'm talking about, you perve).
To detail then, magic wands are about a foot in length with a long handle and a round head just smaller than a tennis ball. At first glance it looks as if the bulbous head should rotate but in fact it only vibrates... and boy, does it vibrate.
Originally these remarkable gadgets were designed back in the late 1960s, not as sex toys, but as massage aids to relieve muscle stress. Quickly though they were adopted as a masturbation aid: largely through the advocacy of sex-positive feminist Betty Dodson,
educator and author of the million-selling onanist
classic, Sex for One.
Hitachi covered themselves by suggesting they should not be used on soft tissue such as nipples, the vagina or penis. At this point it is worth noting that repeated or prolonged use of magic wands can actually desensitize an area. They may also irritate the hair follicles in your skin, especially if you shave. However they are a wonderful bit of kit when used sensibly within a play scene. I have also found them to be a little on the noisy side (both in the vibration noise and the “Oh, Oh, OH MY GOD!!” factor. (Why not wear a gag? - JR)
So if discretion is particular concern a magic wand may actually not be for you. But if they are, in The Wonder of Wands: Part Two we will take a look at where and how to purchase these substantial and celebrated devices.
For now, enjoy your toys!