Review: Rise by Sean Scott

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]“Rise” by Sean Scott is a very fast restoration of a crashed beverage drink can.  A flattened and crashed Red Bull energy drink can is shown.  It is placed on the floor.  The performer is standing up and stamps his foot (with the shoe) onto the crashed can.  When the foot (and shoe) is lifted up, a fully restored Red Bull drink can is seen where the crashed can was.  The performer can show the heels of both his right and left shoe.  There is nothing on them.  The can drink can be picked up from the floor, fully examined by anyone, and a drink poured out in celebration of the miracle!

The restoration is very fast – it is almost instantaneous!  This will never fails to get grasps from the audience!  The performer’s hands are nowhere near the can when the restoration happens.  After the restoration, there is nothing suspicious about the performer or the can.  The magic is clean and hard-hitting!

The effect looks like CGI (computer-generated imagery), but it is very real.  The secret depends on a simple mechanical engineering principle and it does not even involve any electronics.

You receive a metal contraption to be worn on your shin.  The lower part of the device goes inside the shoe and connects to your foot.  If you are right handed, this will be worn on your right shin.  You also receive a password to download a streaming video of instructions from the creator himself, Sean Scott.  The video is well produced and Sean is a very good teacher.  

The video takes you step by step on how to fix up your mechanical device, how to wear it on your leg, how to make the flattened and crashed can gimmick, how to ditch the gimmick, and a studio performance.  Sean also gives a brief history of the effect, and some tips on the types of trousers and shoes to wear.  Unfortunately, there is no menu to the video where you can easily reach any part of the instructions you want.

You do not need to use the Red Bull drink can.  Any similar size drink can can be used.  You have to make the crashed can gimmick yourself.  This is taught well in the video.

In the instructions, Sean also discusses a version where the can can be signed by yourself, and using any one of 3 colour markers chosen by the audience.  If you are the type of performer who do not want to “run when you are not being chased”, then you can dispense with the 3 colour markers, or even with the signature altogether.  The effect is still very strong without the signature.

It is strange to have a can crashed and flattened to such a thin piece.  It appears as though it has been run over by a vehicle.  But this peculiarity itself gives you a strong opening remark as you “happen” to pick this crashed can from the trash bin or road.  From there, you proceed to restore it to a full-sized can drink.

Sean mentions a problem about performing angle.  I feel this is of a minor concern as it is not difficult to manage your audience when you are performing this effect.  You can step backwards from the group of spectators to the right position and then proceed to perform the effect.

“Rise” is indeed a mini illusion that you can perform out in the open.  It has a devastating effect on an audience.  

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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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