Review: CD Magic Volume 1 by Jordan Gomez

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]When I first started performing stand up magic, a routine that I featured regularly in my set was a routine by Gary Kurtz called “Flurious”, a jumbo coin manipulation routine (there’s probably still a video or two of me performing it on YouTube).

Had I continued pursuing this genre of magic, Jordan Gomez would have instantly been one of my modern day idols.

Gomez does not speak English on this relatively short DVD, but whenever he spoke to camera, there were subtitles and so I could follow along.

He does go through quite a bit of material in a very short span of time, at almost breakneck speed. He begins by covering the various palming techniques that you would require to perform the more complex moves later on. He demonstrates the palms from the audience’s viewpoint, and then gives the exposed angle to teach them.

Again, it goes along very fast and quick, so in order to really learn them I would say one would need to replay the video a couple of times and perhaps to make some notes on individual palms before moving to the next. He also covers palm to palm transfers.

After palms, came the productions – which was when I really began seeing Jordan Gomez’s flair shine through. Beginning simple with single CD productions, he moved quickly into multiple productions, coupled with flashy, applause getting display positions. Everything was again covered through the exposed angle cameras. I was and still am wowed by his speed and precision when performing the moves.

The section I found most interesting was the one covering holdouts and also complete vanishes. While I expected some fancy, magic store bought gaffs to aid the holdout of the CDs, I was pleasantly surprised to see he used regular items to fashion into the gimmicks he needed. The whole “secret” bit of this act was, to use a term commonly thrown around today, “organic”.

Jordan Gomez does go through a nice snappy routine at the end, combining all the moves and techniques taught into a seamless performance piece. I absolutely love the Five CD production in performance.

My only negative I can think of is that this act is terribly angle sensitive, and while watching the teaching sections, I could not help but think if some audience members would see the same exposed views shown on the DVD.

All in, if you are at all looking to add a CD manipulation act into your show, and if you work in environments where you can have full control over the viewing angles of your audience, please get this.

It is essential for anyone wanting to learn CD manipulation magic.

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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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