Review: Lightning by Peter the Adequate presented by Cody Fisher

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Lightning is an entertaining wrist-tie escape routine that has comedy, magic, drama and mystery.  It is the professional performing routine of Peter Hinrichs, aka Peter The Adequate.

In effect, 2 spectators are invited to help the performer.  They are preferably a couple where the man knows the lady very well.

Peter starts with a rope cutting routine.  The rope is to be cut exactly into 2 equal lengths, but one end is longer than the other.  The man trims the longer end – somehow, the other end gets longer.  This keeps going on until the lady puts things right.  The 2 ropes are tied together with a knot to become one long rope.  The knot slips off the rope, and the cut rope is magically restored.  Once again, the performer cuts the rope into 2 and this time, they instantly become one again.  This rope routine is quite old, but not many magicians perform it now-a-days.  Peter injects comedy in the right moments in this routine.

Now comes the wrist-tie.  With the restored rope, he ties the wrists of the gentleman and asks if he can get out of the rope.  He cannot.  The gentleman then ties the rope onto Peter’s wrists in the same manner.  A jacket covers the tied wrists of Peter – in an instant, Peter frees himself!

You receive a DVD that shows both a full live performance by Peter The Adequate and then the explanation.  The explanation takes the form of an interview with Cody Fisher.  Peter explains why he does the wrist-tie the way he does it.  Why he ties the wrists of a spectator first – why he does not perform the wrist-tie where the magician gets in and out of the rope several times.  For every move, he explains the psychological for it.  This is a great lesson for those who do escape effects.  The way he uses comedy in the rope cutting routine is another lesson on how to make an effect entertaining.

Now comes Cody Fisher’s version of the wrist-tie.  In his case, he combines the wrist-tie with a card in wallet.  His routine is available as a PDF file (e-booklet) in the DVD.  Cody gives you his comedy patter word-for-word (you should not follow that totally because each of us has a different performing persona), laugh spots, prop recommendations, and even music cues.  This in itself is yet another great lesson to learn on how to adapt an existing effect and customize it so that it becomes your own personal routine.

There are so many great lessons to be learnt from just this DVD.  Lessons include how to put comedy in your act, how to structure an effect, how to customize a trick to make it your own routine, how to use music cues, a comedy cut and restored rope routine, and of course, the wonderful wrist-tie escape!

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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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