Review: Knitting Ninja by Chad Long

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]I’m a fan of Jeff Kaylor and team at The Magic Estate; they’re good magicians who produce solid work (I personally use Kaylor’s Unbelievalope) so it was no surprise to see veteran magician Chad Long’s latest offering, Knitting Ninja, in their discerning arsenal of “pack small play big” effects.

 

You receive just about everything you need to start a performance right away- save for that standard utility prop that all magicians would already have. Because it comes in different sizes/ shades/ textures/ brands, Long decided not to include this utility gimmick in the package, which I feel is fair enough.

However, you do get everything else… besides the password to watch Long’s 18 minute instructional video online, you receive a standard mini silk square (sorry not diamond cut), a sock shaped silk, some thread of the same colour, along with regular crochet hooks for the performance.

Technically, Long’s cute little effect isn’t a knitting trick but a crochet one LOL but of course the term “knitting ninja” is way cuter.

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The effect works for Long’s humorous stage character, but I see event emcees being able to do this to for a quick fun gag. I appreciated the “jam session” bit of Long’s online instructions, where different presentational ideas were shared besides the straightforward basic ones shown.

There are several cute ideas tossed around, so if you feel this effect fits your performing style (i.e. you’re a comedy dude like Long and not a goth magician like Criss Angel) I’m confident you’ll find something that you’ll like. There are many possibilities and what was discussed is really just the tip of the ice-berg IMHO.

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While not exactly the act you’d use to close your show with, Long’s Knitting Ninja has the capacity to tickle the right crowd and get laughs in the middle of your gig or as a quirky cute opening in a magic emcee stint.

So! Definitely no complaints for this one… Knitting Ninja will be a visual and memorable performance and you can even let your spectators check out the produced items (silk card pattern like the Queen of Hearts as prediction for an earlier card trick maybe?) besides the crochet hooks and yarn.

Also, you can always pick up a brand new hobby too when you make use of the included crochet hooks to “knit” some amigurumi after… since there’s plenty of free patterns online. Yay hey!

 

Cute. Quirky. Fun… This is fast and furious, mad knitting ninja magical its best! What’s there not to like about it?

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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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