Review: BLINK by Skymember

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Perhaps 6 is not a high rating for an effect, but then again, my opinion is not something to entirely base your purchase decision upon, especially when deciding on material that suits the most important person – you.

The effect is this: you borrow a spectator’s mobile phone and search for a design on the internet, much like the type of designs one might imagine for tattoos. The spectator then chooses one of the designs from the options that are presented to him. You then introduce a metal tag that you perhaps have been wearing around your neck. It is shown to be blank on both sides. This is then placed into the spectator’s clenched fist.

You then cause the selected image on the screen to “vanish”. When the spectator opens his hand, he finds the previously selected image now imprinted onto the metal tag.

My immediate impression of this effect was that it is heavily character dependent, both in theme and props used. I say that because, I could never pull this off – people will immediately be able to tell that tattoos or interest in such designs do not go with my persona. Also, the style of metal dog tag that is used will not go with my image in terms of attire. I would look quite strange wearing or having one of these items on me.

Also, the theme I believe (I could be dead wrong) might only appeal to a very niche group of audiences, and most, or at least the type of audiences I work for, would not immediately be interested or hooked by it.

That said, if you at least come across the sort with interest in tattoos, perform on the street, dress a certain way with some fashion accessories and your audience is of a similar genre, then this will suit you perfectly.

A plus is that Blink comes with very impressive packaging. You get all the props you require to perform the routine, including the chain, the gimmicks (if they can even be called that), the rubber type of rings that go around the tags and a velvet bag. Also, the instructions for this are in the form of a USB credit card, which comes with the box.

Effect wise, I suppose it will create a nice moment when they open their hand and see the image there on the tag. One thing I wished was that once you have created the tag using your “magic”, you could give the tag away as a souvenir of some kind. You really cannot (you can, but it would be a really expensive tag to give away).

All in all, this is for the right performer, with the right character, the right dress sense, the right audience.

And with the price tag for what you actually get, I would say you would need the right pockets as well.

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

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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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