Review: Defiance by Mariano Goni

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]At the time of this writing, Defiance was release quite some time back. I remembered when I first saw the trailer; I was so awed by it. It look so impossible, the levitations look so magical and seems to be under control at all times. The trailer shows footages of the outdoor performance, I had all sorts of guesses on how it worked but then, it was outdoor; I had to rule my guesses out.

When I got the package, the gimmick was not something new; it was an improved design of an existing gimmick released many years ago. At that time, that gimmick was considered state of the art. Then came other gimmicks that were electronic rather than mechanical. I’m sure you know what I am talking about. Back to the Defiance gimmick, this improved version makes repairing/ replacing easier.  I think this is a very good gimmick which you can use it for other floating effects.

As to the method, it was the same method I guessed while watching the demo. The hook up is not something new and has been around since 2004. It can be found in the book “Flying Silk” by Christopher Brent. Having said that Mariano did add some of his touches by the use of the gimmick. The barebones of the setup is still the same as Brent’s.

There are 4 routines taught in this DVD, all of them require a setup before the performance. For The Incredible Spinning Card, once setup, you can still move around but there are certain restrictions in your movement and your spectators have the same restrictions as well. Thus, this would not be ideal for a strolling gig but will work for parlours and stage shows where the spectators are more controlled and seated.

In The Air Change has a similar setup but for this you will require the use of an extra gimmick. Each time you perform, that gimmick will be destroyed and you will need to prepare a new one if you want to perform it again. Again, this is not possible for a strolling gig. Same restrictions apply for this effect.

Floating Bill looks beautiful with the use of a ring to show that there is nothing attached to the bill. The method employed here is again not new but an improvement from the late Jon Leclair. Jon Leclair uses this method for all his floating routines and even use it for one of his mental effect, you should check out his book.

For the bonus effect, Floating Cigarette, this one looks really amazing. I am sure most will never know the method. Though this is a very nice effect, the setup is not as simple. You’d be require to have special props and during performance, you’d need to have certain items on the table. Somehow, I feel weird to have things “not used” lying on the table. The preparation will also take some time and again, you can’t do this on strolling gig (well, maybe you can but who’d want to carry so many things in a strolling gig?).

I like Defiance; however, it is not as practical as I hope it to be. Mariano also fails to credit the originators for the hook-ups. When you buy this, you are also buying a prop which can be used for most floating effects.

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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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