Review: Five Stunts by Chuang Wei Tung

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]This is a card magic DVD featuring 2 main sleights, 5 effects and 2 more “bonus” effects. I did watch the trailer for this release before going through this DVD, but there was not much I could get from the trailer, other than that this was about card magic.

The DVD is quite short; it felt like a little over 30 minutes of content. That really is not a negative. However, the whole video was taught with only the aid of on-screen text – even the performances were done silently and I kind of wished that there was some kind of patter or interaction of some kind. This could be due to my preference for such a style of performing, but I really do think it helps show more character for the performer.

The video was also shot in a dimly lit environment, which left a little more to be desired. As for audio, there was none as Wei Tung does not speak in the video, and there was a looping track in the background as well which, to say the least, kind of got to me after some time as well.

The CWT Double, is a move that is used in several of the routines taught. I found the teaching to be unclear, even with the on-screen text. I am not the most skilful card magician around, but I think that if you were a beginner card magician or someone who has not had lots of experience handling cards, this would be beyond what you are able to digest.

As for the effects, I did think they were nice to watch. These routines are of the flashy genre and so they are naturally visually interesting. Wei Tung has a creative approach to his card tricks and it is nice to note that he uses the sleights that he has developed within the context of the routines – to me that shows a certain amount of commitment to one’s material.

Would I use the routines? Probably not, but it is only because I do have my own preferences with regard to choice of sleights and the approach to performing the effects. While it is a plus that the routines do not require the use of a table, I would find it hard to perform them still, if only because they are of the “just watch” category of magic, which I do not perform.

I would say if you love moves and love learning creative sleights, you could consider this DVD. The CWT Double is quite sweet, and I am sure it would be a fun sleight to practice at your own time.

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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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