Review: Alchemist – Blossom Wide Range by Will Tsai

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Similar to a previous product I have reviewed, I’m really not sure what to think of this. There is one GREAT way to use this, but more on that a little later.

The effect is very direct – you openly display a fork, show it all around very cleanly, and then you have it bend, just by holding it at the fingertips and gently rubbing on it with your other hand. Not only does the handle of the fork bend, but so do the tines, as they warp and eventually open up pretty much like a little metal flower would; hence (I believe) the name Blossom.

I have tried it out, but first preparing the fork and setting it up. I really am not sure how much I can say on this, as it might give away the method, although I do believe experienced magicians will already know it. Firstly, once I brought out the “prepared” fork, almost immediately condensation occurred on its surface, as well as slight “fumes”, which you would expect from an object in this state. This to me looked a little off, but it might just be our weather here and the infamous humidity levels.

Next – the bend. While it does bend while rubbing at the key points on the fork, I thought it to be nicer if you can have it bend while just holding it still. This unfortunately, does not work very well, and in my opinion would take too long in a performance setting for the effect to take place.

A premise this strong – having a fork that bends without any cover, to me would warrant being done in a spectator’s hand, which I believe cannot be done, without giving away the method. As it stands, I think Blossom would work perfectly on stage, definitely as part of a longer metal bending routine where forks are handed out for examination and then ringing this one in.

As mentioned earlier, there is one way that this would be perfect for – video. In this day and age, having such a strong effect in your promotional video would be excellent. To go even further, if you have a television spot, this would be perfect too, as the emphasis on the items being examinable is not that important.

However, just as I was thinking how great this would be, I see the line printed on the back of the DVD case that says “TV rights NOT included with purchase”, which was a bit of a bummer to me.

All in all, I would say that if you perform a metal bending routine on stage, don’t mind the work in preparing the fork and the efforts in its transportation to the show, then I think you will be able to find a spot for this in your act.

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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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