Review: SCIN by Phil Knoxville

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]There are times when I am just unsure about what to make of a release. This one has had me thinking for some time before committing myself in writing. Even then, I have not committed myself. Here is how I have decided to review this product. I’ll look at it from different perspectives.

If this were something I would perform, it would get an 8/10 rating. Here is what the blurb says; a card is selected from the deck, signed and returned. The chosen card is then pulled out, in a rolled condition, from your nose. If such acts bordering along freaky is your kind of “magic” then you should get this. Phil goes through the whole process step by step on this DVD, and teaches the basic method to prepare yourself before performing the routine.

The DVD is well shot and edited; one should have no problems in getting the information you need to start learning this, which is kind of an update on the human blockhead method (if you are familiar with it).

If like me, this is not something you would perform, then it gets a 3/10. To be honest, I could not sit through the DVD in its entirety. I just could not. I found the “effect” if you can call it that, disgusting to watch and utterly disturbing. While that may be the intent and the point of this “effect”, it certainly clashes with what I believe is magic.

To knit pick, you are given the impression that the signed card comes out from the nose. In one case (using one of the procedures described), this is true. I really do not know how much I can say here without tipping the method. Phil does give you a way of achieving this, but to me it is extremely weak and too many things can go wrong. Not to mention the procedure taught makes absolutely no sense and is flawed in logic, both to me and I am sure to a real spectator.

Let us just say that people might not sign the same signature exactly the same way and at exactly the same spot, let alone not be suspicious of having to sign the same card twice. They may not even be around in the audience when you are going to do this piece and if you are already setup for it, well, you are not going to do it at that point – I hope you have something else prepared.

In the next method described to have the signed card come from your nose, again, it is not the actual card coming out, but in exchange for that you are using some dual (misspelt as “DUEL” on the DVD, much to my irritation) reality to give that impression to everyone BUT the spectator who signed it.

So, if you believe after buying this, you can make a spectator’s actual signed card come out from your nose, you cannot. I think this is an important point to establish. I gave this a bad rating as I also have no idea where I would perform something like that. It will not be appropriate to do this anywhere I perform. In the card selection procedure taught, the handling of the cards was also sloppy but that is really picking the small details and I shall not go there.

So anyway, if you want to shock and disgust people, and believe that this is what your magic has to offer, I highly recommend it.

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If this is not something you would perform: [usr 3]

If bizarre shocking effects are your cuppa tea: [usr 8][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]


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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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