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The glove on a stick[1] (マジックハンド[2][3] Majikku Hando?, lit. "Magic Hand"), also known as Speed Hand catapult,[4] is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of device that allows its user to reach full running speed.


Gloves on a stick are entirely white/light gray in color. They have a gray pole each that has a cartoonish hand-like object on its top. The hand in question notably only has four fingers. This pole is also attached to a surface on its bottom that has a Conveyor Belt on it.

In gameplay, gloves on a stick are hidden beneath the ground at first. However, if the playable character approaches them, their hands will rise from the ground. Once the playable character touches the hand, it will grab them and make them run on their Conveyor Belt, which will rise from the ground as well. During this, the player can jump to get free from the glove on a stick. However, if they wait a few seconds, the hand will release the playable character, who will then be running forward at high speed. Because of this, gloves on a stick are typically found before corkscrews, loops, or related sections.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

A glove on a stick in Hydrocity Zone Act 1, from Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, gloves on a stick are gimmicks found in Hydrocity Zone.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj), gloves on a stick make an appearance in Hydropolis Zone. Here, they look exactly like they did in their original appearance.

Sonic Mania

A glove on a stick in Hydrocity Zone Act 1, from Sonic Mania.

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, gloves on a stick are found in Hydrocity Zone. Here, they look like in their debut, although they are given a brownish color scheme in Sonic Mania Plus' Encore Mode to match the rest of the Zone's scenery.

See also


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj) game design document, pg. 44.
  2. "Traps/Items". ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 15. ISBN 978-4091024794. "触れるとつかまえられ、しばらく加速をつけた後に発射される。 スーパースピンダッシュより加速してくれる、 便利なヘルパーである。"
  3. "ZONE2 HYDRO CITY ZONE". ソニックジャム オフィシャルガイド. SoftBank. 2 October 1997. p. 62. ISBN 978-4797303377. "突然とび出すマジックハンド。 つかまえられると、最高速まで加速することができる。 先にはたいてい長いコースが待っているぞ。"
  4. Sonic the Comic #34, "Sonic 3 Part 1 - The Zones"

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