Review: Insomnia by Antonio Cacace and Titanas Magic Productions

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Did you watch the trailer?

 

This Italian magic hunk has some seriously mad card manipulation skills. I love it when modern magic and cardistry come together nicely …and Insomnia: Extreme Card Manipulations by Antonia Cacace really is an elegant love child of both art forms.

The almost 2-hour long DVD is practically a steal at its listed price of US$25. Besides the listed 7 effects on the back of the DVD cover, Cacace goes through the “foundational” moves taught before touching on the effects, before finishing with a bonus section (Fade Change) and credits/ acknowledgments.

While there is no voice over audio, the well-produced DVD has very nice clean visuals with clear camera angles in a multi-cam set-up. Some parts are shown in slow-mo (and they’re still impressively magical). Excellent mood music plays in the background (no loud guitar rock music that repeats itself); sexy, sensual, stuff that I actually do yoga to.

The well filmed DVD has a professionally done menu, which breaks the project up into chapters, and the structure follows a crystal clear demo-explanation formula. My only gripe is that the producers of the DVD should have listed the order of the effects chronologically at the back of the DVD case for a much clearer flow.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to list the moves our suave master cardician taught prior to the listed effects:

Moves to produce 4 Aces:

  1. AC Production
  2. Pagano Production
  3. Chuck Production
  4. Jump Production
  5. Catapult Production

Colour Changes:

  1. Rotation Change
  2. Slide Change

Sandwich Effect Moves:

  1. Pagamo Switch
  2. AC Switch

It was pure joy, watching Cacace work his elegant fingers using an ungimmicked deck of cards. His moves are flawless and fluid, with no over flashy moves that some over-zealous cardistry artists sometimes express.

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After showing the building blocks so you understand the various moves needed, Cacace brings you to the next step in the second half of the DVD. His taught card effects in chronological order are:

  1. 4/1
  2. Quadrant
  3. Center Transposition
  4. Parallel
  5. Andwich
  6. Collector 2.0
  7. Side Effect

You will need to be familiar with basic sleight-of-hand like the card culling, holding a break, etc. to be able to pull off Cacace’s work. But even so, watching him work is also a great delight that would inspire you to take your skills to the next level.

I highly recommend Insomnia and truly enjoyed reviewing it. The effects are stylishly visual and will play well to your audience. Also, this is something you will refer back to often and is a far better investment than most of the one trick DVDs currently flooding the market.

Here’s looking forward to more future projects by this uber talented Italian magician. Bene, Antonio, la ringrazio!

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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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