Review: Frye’s Chips by Charlie Frye

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Frye’s Chips is a stunt done with a single casino chip.  You pick up a chip and balance it on its thin edge on the tip of the forefinger of your other hand.  You then blow flat on the chip which causes it to spin furiously on the tip of your finger.  At any time, you can stop the spinning and immediately hand the chip out for examination.

It is easy to do and it can be performed surrounded.

You receive all the materials for you to put together your gimmick.  Note that this is not the thumb-tip type gimmick.  Included are 11 variations in colour shades and sizes for you to trim and customize to suit your use.  You receive an instructional DVD that tells you how to prepare your gimmick.  Included in the instructions are 6 bonus effects.

You also receive a packet of cigarette paper (for use in one of the bonus effects), a nice container to keep your gimmick, and 20 pieces of white cardboard gimmicks for use with a playing card case, which is not explained anywhere in the instructions so we do not know why they are included in the package.

Although Charlie explains that it is alright to perform the chip stunt on its own, we feel it is better to perform it together with some other effects using chips.

Five out of the six bonus effects involve chips:

In The Ninja Fork, a chip tossed high in the air is caught in the slot between the tines of a fork.

In Coin To Chip Version 1, the performer does a coin roll when suddenly the coin changes into a chip

In Coin To Chip Version 2, the performer causes a coin to visually change into a chip.  The change is instantaneous.

In Downs Star, the performer does the Downs Star formation with chips.

In The Butterfly, the performer does the Downs Star and then a couple more nice formations with chips.

The final effect in the bonus section is Paper Propeller.  The edges of a piece of cigarette paper are folded all around to form a kind of tray.  The performer places the tip of his forefinger in the center of the tray, and the entire structure revolves around the tip of the forefinger when the hand is moved in a forward direction.  We are sure the secret is based on scientific principle, but the effect to the audience is so astounding.

Frye’s chips will fry your audience!

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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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