Review: The Gift by Joe Rindfleisch

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Dr. John deBeixedon” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]At, rubber band magic master Joe Rindfleisch offers a download of his The Gift routine. In The Gift, Rindfleisch creates a small blue bow that appears, disappears, changes hands and magically descends and then ascends a rubber band ladder stretched between one’s hands.  Ultimately, the blue bow (attached to a pink band) can be presented as a gift to an audience member. Of course, any color bow or band can be utilized.


Usually, Joe Rindfleisch’s instructions on presentation are comprehensive and his teaching methods are strong, but in his teaching module on The Gift both his visual presentation and his verbal instructions on how to construct the rubber band ladder mechanism are lacking.  Truly, this reviewer had high hopes for being able to learn The Gift by following the instructions, but instead I found myself becoming extremely frustrated when I realized that Rindfleisch truly glosses over not only the method by which the rubber bands must be placed on the fingers but his visual depiction shows only one hand from a bad angle at the key moment! Argh!!!

Admittedly, having performed rubber band magic for over 20 years, I was able with some experimentation to replicate The Gift reasonably well.  However, I truly feel that Joe Rindfleisch needs to update this download with a slower and more methodical description and depiction of the formation of the rubber band ladder!  And, of course, the addition of post-production numerical instructions would be extremely useful. After all, if The Gift routine is performed as depicted in the overview at the beginning of the download, it is rubber band magic at its finest and at least one lucky audience member will leave with The Gift itself.

On a practical note, just as with the other downloadable routines, The Gift is best performed with Joe Rindfleisch’s own brand of Elastraflex coated rubber bands. These latex-free rubber bands stretch further without breaking than any others I have encountered; and, trust this reviewer, the extreme elasticity of these brightly colored bands is a necessity for the correct performance of this effect.

The Gift download rating: 6 of 10 for production, 5 of 10 for value.

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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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