I only ever used the Whirlwind when it was required for a Boss or Puzzle.
The magnetic gloves, on the other hand, I used even in combat. They were not only an awesome utility item, but it was nice to be able to take the helmet off those annoying enemies you could only hurt from behind. Plus, the boss battle that uses them is a lot of fun.
I also like using them in Four Swords, it's cool how you can carry the other players around to complete puzzles.....or just drag them over a pit and let them go, hahaha.
(Psst! You forgot to mention they were in Four Swords.) --- The Old School Video Game King!! http://www.youtube.com/user/Redmage1987