Review: CLIP by Taiwan Ben

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]Having performed metal bending in the past, I can say that it makes for very strong magic. When done well, lay audiences are pretty impressed by it. This is a metal bending effect, done with a paperclip. The biggest plus of this release is that it is very visual.

In the package you get everything you need to perform the routine in a nice black box. There is no DVD, but the instructions can be found online at a password protected site. Everything is very clear and this is not something difficult to perform.

That said, I think one of the conditions for a strong metal bending routine, is that the actual object used in the demonstration has to be pretty solid to begin with. I have only ever performed metal bending with solid, stainless steel forks and spoons, as well as with coins, and I do know that laypeople will want to examine the object in its altered, bent state. They always try to bend the object back and if it is really tough, that seems to strengthen the magic somewhat.

In this case, we are using a paperclip, something which people are familiar with as an everyday object. Unfortunately, I am sure that people are also familiar with the fact that it is not very tough to bend. So from the get go, it will be hard for me to sell this effect as something impressive. That aside, the initial bend is VERY visual, so I am thinking that this point is something that more than makes up for the fact that it is just a paperclip. In the routine, you simply hold the paperclip at your fingertips and it starts to bend, with no false moves whatsoever.

In the second phase, you can have a spectator physically bend the paperclip further and even have it straightened out completely, rendering it absolutely out of shape. You then introduce a bowl of hot water. The mess of metal is then dropped into the bowl – where it is then seen to visually, magically bend and restore itself back into the shape of what you started with, a paperclip.

Again, this is really visual; however, I really am not sure how a layperson would react to this. After all, the performance itself does kind of give away the method. In my opinion, there is not enough distance between method and effect and so it makes the method easy to deduce just by watching the performance of the routine. What you see, in this case, is really what you get. One more consideration should you wish to perform this routine, is that the first paperclip needs to be prepared, transported and carried with you in a “special” way, in order to be ready for performance.

While I would not perform the routine as it is, I could see it being used as part of a video or a demo reel for a magician. The sheer visual aspect of the bend does look really nice; just that I think it better suited for a video performance and not something live.

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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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