Review: Exquisite by Michael Ammar and Losander

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Dirk Losander’s floating table has become a classic in levitating an inanimate object.  A high point of this levitation is when a spectator is invited on stage to hold the cloth covering the table together with the performer, and yet is none the wiser how the table floats!

All this is now possible to be performed close-up with the Exquisite Floating Wine Glass by Michael Ammar and Dirk Losander.  The floating object, in this case, the wine glass, as well as the cloth covering the floating object, eg a table cloth napkin, do not have to belong to the performer.  Both items are freely available in a restaurant setting, or can be borrowed.  This increases the mystery of the illusion.

You receive the specially designed gimmick in a nice box with 4 pages of printed instructions complete with photographs.  You also receive a password to download a video performance and explanation by Dirk Losander, accompanied by Michael Ammar.

The secret lies in the specially designed gimmick head that provides a firm grip on the wine glass once it engages the lip of the glass.  It also provides freedom of movement for the glass in a vertical plane.  All this increases the eeriness of the floating illusion.

In the video, Michael Ammar places his smart phone, which has a light as well as a nice instrumental music switch on, into the wine glass.  When the glass floats underneath the cloth napkin, the light piercing through the cloth makes the illusion uncanny, while the music from the smart phone provides a nice musical background for the levitation.

You cannot levitate a coffee, or a beer mug because its lips are too thick for the gimmick to pick up.  You can float an empty wine glass or a glass filled with wine.  The levitated wine glass can be made to land on top of the upturned palm of a spectator’s hand instead of on the table after the levitation.

You have to study carefully the instructions and video performance in order to make the levitation magical and realistic.  You have to pay attention to hooking up the glass onto the gimmick as well as ditching the gimmick at the end of the performance.  When you master all this, you have a little miracle at your hands, and can perform it almost “impromptu” because both the wine glass and table napkin are borrowed.  Dirk Losander even closes his “stage” show with this effect.  It is that “exquisite”!

If you love Dirk Losander’s floating table but cannot afford the cost, the Exquisite Floating Wine Glass is your best alternative.

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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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