Review: Cupid (DVD and Gimmick) by SansMinds Creative Lab

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim”][vc_column_text]Cupid is a very visual and fun routine whereby a bow and arrow is drawn onto a playing card and the arrow is shot to the spectator’s signed card.

If you don’t know Sansminds, you’d definitely buy this effect based on their trailer demo. That demo looks so visual and cool! If you know Sansminds, you’d know that their demos are always very well done. The people In Sansminds seems to have endless ideas and they are like a factory churning out effects to sell. If you have invent many effects, you’d bound to have one that will really stand out and Cupid is one of them.

There is a onetime setup for this effect and it should not take you a long time. The gimmick that comes with it is customizable to let you decide what you want to do with it. Sansminds says you don’t have to really draw a bow and arrow, you can also draw a machine gun etc even though they didn’t show you how to draw it. After you have decided what you want to draw, you cannot change that again. The gimmick will eventually give in to wear and tear and included is part of that gimmick for you to replace.

The handling of the effect is not exactly difficult, you’d need to know some basic sleights which most experienced will already know. The sleights are also taught in a different section on the DVD so that experienced magicians don’t have to waste time watching to learn what they already know.

While I liked the effect, I don’t like how the DVD was produced. The video was filmed on a beach and it seems like the video was a spur of the moment thing as it seems that it was shot while they were holidaying somewhere. But then again, this does not affect the learning of this effect.  Another important thing I’d like to point out is, for a guy magician, I don’t think you’d want to perform this to another guy. Come on, shooting an arrow through a heart drawn on a playing card? What will this imply? This is a big NO NO, haha.

So in summary, this is a fun and visual effect, not that difficult to do but effect will subject to wear and tear.

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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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