Review: Extreme Multiplying Bottles by Keisuke Hanada (Kokubunji Studio)

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Adeline Ng aka Yong Tian” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Hocus Pocus refers to Keisuke-san’s Extreme Multiplying Bottles as the Rolls Royce of Multiplying Bottles. I don’t quite agree with that… but only because I personally think Maserati is better, but, I digress.


Those who know me, know that I work with J C Sum (and previously Magic Babe Ning too of course) and that gives me a unique position to review Multiplying Bottles. (Basically I get to review/ touch/ play/ mess around with bottles that I don’t own! :p). The very first set I’ve come into contact with was a Martini bottle set. Having seen the other sets around, this was one of the good sets. As I understood, these bottles were bought from Stevens Magic and were from Spain. Besides that set, I have also played with the 2 different versions of Reg Donelly’s bottle sets.

I never thought the bottles could be done very close, because they really didn’t look that much like real bottles to me. Call it my Virgo perfectionist streak. Despite all the advertisements claiming “ONE OF THE MOST REALISTIC BOTTLES!”, none actually looked realistic for me. That is, until I got my Keisuke’s Extreme Multiplying Bottles.

In terms of how realistic the bottles are, Keisuke’s Bottles beat ANYONE on the market hands down. I use the bottles sometimes with audiences about 2m away from me. It is THAT realistic. Everyone talks about the red wine bottles. I once overheard someone saying – ‘But how did she do that? Those are real bottles, not like the others!”

In fact, I take photos with the bottles – and Facebook gave me a warning that I was promoting alcohol, so I could not target anyone under 21.

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Photo that got me a warning on Facebook…

Keisuke has put in super effort in making it look as real as possible and you can see that with not just the bottles, but the labels too. The labels are full embossed red wine bottle labels. Not just printed on sticker label kind of labels for other bottle sets that I’ve come across before. The mouth of the bottles are the same aluminium seal you would find on real bottles. The set I bought came with extra labels and seals although I’ve never used them yet!

Besides being super realistic, I love the fact that the bottles are not painted bottles but powder coated. I’ve seen how paints can chip – and I’ve never had a problem with mine. Granted after lots of use, you see a little bit of white rub marks around the necks, but it usually looks similar to how old wine bottles look.

The bottle sizes are also one of the closest that I’ve ever seen. The disparity is hard to tell and I often get it mixed up when trying to stack my own bottles.

The slight down side to the Extreme Multiplying Bottles however, come from the height of the bottles. Because it’s exactly like a red wine bottle, it follows the same height. This means the Center of Gravity is higher than any of the usual bottles that you can get (what I call the squatty bottles). This means that you not only have to raise your tubes higher than usual, you also have to take extreme care you do not hit your bottles accidentally as it WILL tip over.

Other than that, some people have also pointed out that they do not like the fact that the tubes are cardboard poster tubes. I personally have no issues with that, as they look like a red wine bottle tube box. If you really hate it, I suppose you could actually use the real tubes or stick stickers on the tube to make it better.

As for the price tag to the bottles, I personally feel it is worth it. Could you do the Multiplying Bottles routine with other bottles? Of course. But there’s something really different in the laymen’s eyes when they perceive that you’ve using a real bottle vs a prop bottle. To me, that difference is worth the additional I’m paying.

I bought my bottles from Keisuke-san directly from his webstore. Since then I’ve requested for additional tubes which he sent (with extra sticker labels too even though I didn’t ask for them!). The awesome thing is now, not only do I have the best set of multiplying bottles available on the market, I’ve also gotten an awesome friend in Japan.

So, in review, is the claim that the bottles are the Rolls Royce of Multiplying Bottles? Well I’d say: Keisuke’s Extreme Multiplying Bottles are the ‘Rolls Royce (or Maserati, or any other awesome supercars you like) of Multiplying Bottles.” I approve.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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