Review: Re Boxed by Rian Lehman

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]You show a deck of cards in your hands and can handle it quite casually; spreading and/or fanning the cards showing them to be 52 separate pieces of cardboard. You could also perform some card routines at this time. All appears as it should.

Then at any point you prefer, you simply wave your hand over the deck and instantly the card box appears around the cards, visually re-boxing the deck. As mysteriously as it appears, you can then also vanish the box if you so wish.

ReBox comes complete with the gimmick, as well as a short DVD to explain the workings and handling of it. The gimmick is quite well made, and should last for a pretty decent length of time. The DVD, whilst short, does a good job of teaching the method in easy to follow steps. It also goes over some tips on caring for your gimmick to ensure you get the most out of its lifespan.

I have seen similar gimmicks around before, but perhaps this combination might not be as common. Although personally (and in all honesty), with a craze in making gaffs at one point in time, I have made the exact same gimmick before just as an experiment, which was quite freaky when I saw the gimmick. I did not have a handing, just the same idea.

I think it is safe to say ReBox combines 2 main genres of gaffs into one compact unit. It does require a simple setup, but once done it can quite safely sit in your deck, allowing you to perform some simple card effects for an audience before you decide to go into it. Once triggered however, you would need just a second or so to secretly setup again – easily accomplished while you move to your next group of spectators.

Two methods are taught in using the gimmick. I much prefer the second method described, although it requires a get ready just before the gimmick is activated. It really depends on what you are comfortable with, and it is nice to know you have a choice.

My only gripe is that after you really start using the gimmick and maybe are beginning to really like it, it might require you to replace it. Due to the nature of the gaff, I am assuming (with my limited experience in actively performing with gaffs of this type) that there is only so many times it can be used. Such is the issue with gimmicks that wear out.

To sum up, watch the trailers, and if the visual element tickles your fancy, give this a go. I would say it is practical and should fit nicely into a strolling magician’s set quite easily, if the effect is something you like.

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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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