Review: FigMENt (blue/ red) by Tom Mullenger AKA Jester Styles

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]If you want your magic to be entertaining, do something cute and unexpected.  FigMENt by Tom Mullenger is a card trick that possess both of these attributes.  It is bound to cause a smile from the audience.

In effect, the performer introduces a figurine (I believe it is a Lego’s minifigure) and says that this figure will perform a card trick.  A card is selected by a spectator, and then lost in the deck.  The performer places the figurine into the spectator’s hand and she closes her hand over it.  The performer says that the figurine will go into the spectator’s mind and extracts a figment of her imagination.  When the spectator opens her hand, the figurine becomes totally transparent.  Buried inside the figurine is the index corner of her selected card!  

The figurine is cute and its transformation into a transparent figure with the chosen card’s corner buried inside it is quite unexpected, especially when it happens in the spectator’s hand!

This is the basic effect.  You receive 3 figurines.  One is a Lego minifigure, and 2 transparent figurines.  One of these transparent figurines has a corner of a red card buried inside it, and the other one has a corner of a black card buried inside it.  These 2 transparent figurines allow you to do 2 different card reveals.  You will have to supply your own deck of bicycle playing cards.  When purchasing, you need to specify whether you wish to have the figurines with red or blue back cards.  You also receive a password to download the instructional video from the internet.

The basic routine is called “Deep Cut”.  Tom also teaches you 2 other routines.  The second routine is called “Switchblade” and it involves 2 spectators with 2 different selections.  In this case, the figurine first reveals the identity of one selected card.  The buried card inside it then magically changes into the identity of the second selected card!  This is Tom’s favourite routine.  In the third routine called “Ripper”, when the figurine reveals the selected card, the actual chosen card is suddenly discovered to have its index corner ripped off!  This torn card can be given to the spectator as a souvenir.   

From the descriptions of the routines, you can expect that you need to be able to switch the figurines and also force a playing card.  Tom has constructed the presentations such that you have plenty of time and cover to do the switch – this should not be a concern for you.  In the first or basic routine, even the card force is sleightless.

The figurines are really cute to look at.  When you bring out the first figurine, it will already bring a smile of excitement from the audience.  When the figurine transforms into a transparent one with the corner of the selected card buried inside it, this is a wow moment for the spectator because the transformation takes place in their hand.  FigMENt is a novel card trick that the audience will find not easy to forget.

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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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