Review: Apollo Ascending by Apollo Riego & SansMinds Magic

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Matt Lee”][vc_column_text]If you are looking for a card levitation but don’t want to bother with threads and magnets, SansMinds latest release by Apollo Riego provides a method for this. Like all methods in magic it has strengths and weaknesses.

The good first, it’s exactly what it says on the box – a playing card levitation without strings and magnets. It is also easy to ring the gimmick in and out of play, assuming you are a magician with minimum competence. The card can be signed, and is a genuine free choice. Everything you need for construction is included in the DVD.

Now the not so good. Executing a levitation without threads and magnets entails certain sacrifices – for one the range of motion of the card is very limited. Small point but worth noting. Also like any other thread based levitation, any extraneous motion or wind will quickly reveal the balance point of the card, ruining the illusion of the levitation. Magicians who perform this will need to keep in mind that just because threads are not used doesn’t exempt the card from the laws of physics.

Also the ad copy of the effect states that ‘During the levitation, you can even see directly underneath the floating card’. While this is true, I think that letting the spectators look under the card for any length of time more than 5-7 seconds is a little risky – the gimmick can be seen if the spectator looks closely enough.

That brings me to my biggest bugbear with this – if you want to play it safe, maintaining the levitation for more than 5-7 seconds risks exposing the gimmick. This is my personal opinion however. Still I’d like to point out that in all the marketing materials for this effect, most of them are still photos taken from the best possible angle and all the videos are artistically blurred in the right places.

Speaking of angles, this effect has some restrictions – nothing that a competent magician would worry about, but still a certain amount of spectator / angle management is necessary.

If you can overcome the weaknesses of this effect in your own handling then this might be worth considering – it is definitely a workable method. But otherwise I’d give this a pass.

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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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