Review: Cupid by SansMinds Creative Lab

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A card is chosen and signed.  The performer draws a symbol of a heart on the back of this card and the spectator keeps her card between her 2 palms.

The performer proceeds to draw a picture of a bow and an arrow on the back of the top card of the deck.  The audience verifies that the drawing cannot be erased or altered.

Suddenly, the performer is able to pull down the string of the bow with the arrow on it.  The audience can actually see that the string of the bow is being stretched.  When the performer releases the tension of the string, everybody can see that the arrow leaves the bow and the string returns to its rest position.  This is the animation part of the effect that will draw gasps from those who watch it!  The illusion of the string being stretched and the arrow fired out of the deck is truly amazing!

The spectator turns over her signed card and the drawing of the heart now has an arrow through it!

This card, as well as the card on top of the deck that has the bow at rest position (without the arrow), can be given out as souvenirs to the spectator.

You receive the gimmick that enables you to pull the string of the bow and fire the arrow, and an instructional DVD.  The DVD is well produced and the instructions are clear.

The effect is not difficult to master.  It does require several sleights such as swing-cut, riffle-force, double-lift and the Erdnase colour change.  All these 4 sleights are taught separately in the DVD.

The effect can be performed surrounded.  There is a small moment where you need to engage the gimmick that you need to manage your angles.

As you can see, the effect is ideal for performing to a lady, or on occasions such as Valentine or wedding.  However, instead of having a heart, a smiley face can be drawn and then the arrow shot through it (now a grimacing face).  This can then be performed in any occasion.

Please note that TV performing rights have to be obtained from SansMinds Creative Lab.

The animation of the shooting arrow is very strong – it is something that an audience will find difficult to forget.  People may associate you just with this effect.

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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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