The effect is stunning: you cause the stem of a wineglass to bend while it is held by a spectator. At the end of the effect the wineglass can be signed and given away as a souvenir.Â The magic lasts long after your show has ended when an audience member takes home something that defies logic. It is something they will show off and brag about for a long time after. As working magicians, we find this effect practical, elegant, and absolutely mind-blowing.
The DVD goes over how to manufacture the gimmick in about three minutes with materials that cost less than $20. Penn then goes through methods of getting into the routine, including audience examination of the props and handling of the gimmick. You will learn the psychological subtleties andÂ crowd control methodsÂ that really sell the effect.Â David then turns over explanation to Rodney James Piper, who goes over theÂ cabaret handling of the effect.
We would recommend this effect to the seasonedÂ Mentalist.Â It works greatÂ as a finale for metal bendingÂ routines.Â A fork and a key bending routine are covered in the DVD, butÂ we highly recommendÂ using effects like Mind Bender or Loops along with this trick.
The production value is often lacking in magic videos and DVDs. Refraction is a wonderful exception. Instructional DVDs featuring a single, new effect usually suffer from poor audio, blurry or shoddy camera work, and out-of-control editing. In Refraction, David Penn clearlyÂ explains the effect and subtleties in a studio setting. A lot of time and energy went into this and it really shows.
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