Review: Flying Colors by Rajan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim”][vc_column_text]Flying Colors is a 3 Fly routine using Poker chips instead of coins.

Coins Across routines have been around for a long time. It was Jonathan Townsend who came out with Visual Coins Across took it to a new level by doing it at the finger tips instead of closed fists. It was later popularized by Chris Kenner who publish a routine Menage et Trois (aka 3 Fly) in his book “Totally Out Of Control”.

Thereafter, many versions were invented by many magicians. Many gimmicked versions were also invented. The most notable gimmicked version would be Bob Kholer’s Ultimate 3 Fly. Subsequently, many versions, gimmicked and non-gimmicked were invented by magicians, each trying to outdo one another.  

Many magicians have also came out with International 3 Fly (using 3 different coins) and of course poker chips were also used. Of the Poker chip versions, Lee Asher has a version called  Three Stylin’ and Hiro Sakai’s Tricolor Fly.

Let’s talk a bit more about Rajan’s Flying Colors. Rajan’s version enables the colored chip to travel from hand to hand. The chips are well made, and they are smooth to perform. The weight of the chips is just right and the gimmick is nothing high tech but simple.

To come out with such routine will require a lot of thinking, especially when you want to get a colored chip to go across one at a time. The routine is not difficult to do, just that you have to remember the sequence. To perform the full routine like Rajan, there’s is some clothing restrictions. However, I’m sure you can always modify and perform it without those restrictions.

When watching the video, I can’t help but compare this with Hiro Sakai’s Tricolor Fly. Rajan’s version uses real clay casino chips while Sakai’s is made of metal. 

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In terms of handling, Rajan’s version is smoother due to the material used in manufacturing the chips. However, Sakai’s routine looks better IMO. Sakai’s version can also be used for other routine like coin through hand and Spellbound.

At US$65, you’d think Rajan’s gimmick is something complicated but it is not and you may already have a similar gimmick for your coin routines. The video instructions for Flying color is very detailed and you’d have no problem learning it.

I find the price to be on the high side but I kinda like this routine though I hope that there are more use for this $65 chip set rather than 1 routine only. If Rajan would have included 3 chips per colored chip, it would have been a good deal and you can use this for other routines. 

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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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