Hitachi Magic Wand
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The Hitachi Magic Wand is an electric, mains-powered vibrating massager, manufactured in China by Japanese manufacturing firm Hitachi. It first appeared on the North American market in 1968, and is well known for its use as a sex toy. In 2013, it was announced that the product was being rebranded as simply the "Original Magic Wand" with no labeling identifying it as a Hitachi product.
As a massager
The stated use of the Magic Wand is for the soothing and relaxing of sore muscles and nerves, relieving tension, and rehabilitation after sports injuries. Muscle and nerve stimulation is provided by the rubberised, 2.5 inches (64 mm) head of the device; it is attached to the main body of the massager via a flexible neck. Owing to its popularity various aftermarket attachments, differences in colour, pattern of studs, and material, are available to purchase. Out of the box, the massager provides two vibration rates, controlled by a switch on its body: 5,000 and 6,000 rpm. An additional aftermarket accessory is also available (via a potentiometer) which provides a continuously variable speed selector for finer control.
Availability and copies
The original Magic Wand has been manufactured exclusively for the North American market. It is UL approved and requires a 110VAC supply. Hitachi has never manufactured a version for the European market, which requires a CE mark and 230VAC supply. Many copies and imitations exist, both for the North American market and for the European market.