Review: Camera Tricks by Casshan Wallace

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The title “Camera Tricks” does not refer to magic with cameras.  Rather, it is part of a remark exclaimed by an excited audience when they watch an act in a video that seems to be too good to be true.  Their remark will be: “It must be a camera trick!”

Camera Tricks provides you with 7 visual effects.  They are:

C/M – a folded signed selected card instantly changes into a dollar bill.  The folded card is then found inside the performer’s wallet.  

Spec-Tic-Tacular – a borrowed ring visually penetrates a clear Tic-Tac container.  2 versions are discussed.

Change For Good – 4 coins placed on the performer’s hand visually change into a dollar bill.  This requires a get-ready, and is best used as an opener.

Fresher Transformation – a cased deck of playing cards changes into a box of chewing gum.  The transformation looks great and the gimmick is quite ingeniously conceived.

Boxin’ It Up – a visual penetration of a deck of playing cards back inside its case.  The cased deck can be then be shown all around.  The flap is opened and the cards are seen inside the case.  The cards can then be taken out of the case, and the case can be shown empty.  This effect has a restrictive performing angle.  Properly performed, it is very effective and is excellent as a closer to a series of card tricks.

True Link – 2 metal paper clips are linked by pressing their ends together.  They can be linked in the spectator’s hands, and the 2 clips can be handed out for examination at the end of the performance.

Nest-of-Tech – a signed coin or a borrowed ring transforms into a cell-phone battery.  The coin or ring is then found inside the performer’s cell phone empty battery compartment.  It is better to perform this effect with a coin because a borrowed ring may not be thin enough to fit into your phone’s battery compartment.  

You receive a DVD and a stack of very strong paper-thin magnets.  None of the props for the 7 effects are provided.  You need to construct a gimmick for each of the effects, except for the last one.  

The creator, Casshan Wallence, takes you through the constructions of each of the 6 gimmicks.  He speaks very well and you will have no problem in understanding how to make the props.  He says that they are easy to construct – most of them require only a few minutes, with the longest taking about 20 to 30 minutes to make.  Casshan is a true DIY craftsman, as you can see in the way he constructs the various gimmicks in the video.  The magnets are required for 4 out of the 7 effects.

The last effect, “Nest-of-Tech”, does not require a gimmick, but you need to have the correct cell phone.  

All the effects are truly visual.  Where the effect is a transformation, the magic happens instantaneously, and the audience will have no idea at all where the item before the transformation goes to or where the transformed item comes from – there seems to be absolutely no place to hide any of the items.

My favourite effect is “C/M”.  In addition to the basic routine, you can change a receipt or a blank piece of paper into a dollar bill.  This transformation is more visual than the various forms of the popular “blanks to bills” effect available in the market.

If you are creative, you can adopt some of Casshan’s principles of designing the gimmicks to come out with your own gadgets.  The paper-thin magnets will come in handy to you.

If each of the 6 effects (excluding the last one) were to be sold separately complete with the necessary gimmick, each would have cost just as much.  Here, you 7 tricks for the price of one, except you need to construct the gadgets yourself.

If you can get just one good effect from this DVD, you would have got your money’s worth.  If you are a worker and you do not mind some DIY work, I am confident you will use more than one effect from this DVD.  

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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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