Review: Ambitious Chip by Tango Magic

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim”][vc_column_text]Everyone knows what the Ambitious Card routine is. Tango’s version uses poker chips to replace the card. While the routine is not new, using poker chips for this is probably something new.

What you get are 4 regular poker chips and 2 gimmicked. You won’t use all the chips in one routine. There are 3 routines taught.

The first routine doesn’t require any gimmick chips and it relies on a sleight which is pretty easy to accomplish provided you have the necessary surface to perform. I tried this on my table and mouse pad, it doesn’t work, but it does work on my carpet though. While you can see the odd chip moving up the stack, somehow I don’t feel anything magical at all. To a layman, they will think its physics rather than magic.

The second routine uses a combination of gimmicked chips as well as the same sleight taught in the first routine. When the gimmicked chip is in play, it looks magical. When a move is employed, I felt that it is way too blatant and I don’t think anyone will be fooled by it even though Mr Tango says nobody will know..hmmmm.

The third routine is the best among all but it is too short to be called a routine. This “routine” uses the provided gimmick but the odd coin starts in the middle and moves to the top and it end here. Good but too short. Should be performed as a phase in a longer routine.

I am not really a big fan of Ambitious card/ chips routine. Many years ago, Joe Rindfleisch released a DVD “Extreme Coin Magic”. In this DVD a similar routine can be found in this DVD. Rindfleisch uses a copper coin and half dollars to do the routine. This is pure sleight of hand and it is not very easy to do. However, if you use poker chips to do Rindfleisch’s routine, it will be a lot easier. Below is a video of Rindfleisch’s routine use the poker chips from Ambitious Chips.

I am not really impressed by Tango’s Ambitious Chips. It doesn’t look magical to me.

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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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