Review: Souvenir by Henri White

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Matt Lee”][vc_column_text]This is fantastic. The effect is brilliant and as Henri correctly points out on the DVD, a reputation maker. I will certainly be preparing a few cards for performance, and I will be practicing this till it is perfect.

If you want to perform this, you need to construct a gimmick yourself, you also need to go shopping for a few things. The gimmick construction is not easy, but it is not too difficult either. Any magician who has experience actually making playing card gimmicks should be quite comfortable.

You also need to practice quite a bit. In terms of sleight of hand, this will require intermediate to advanced skill level. It’s slightly easier than the average T&R card effect, but definitely way beyond ‘Ambitious Card’. If you are a card magician that is just starting out, this will probably not be for you. It will also require a decent performer – there are quite a number of points in the routine where audience management is absolutely crucial to maintaining the sanctity of the effect.

In terms of method I believe that Blake Vogt has done some similar work, however the application of the idea to linking the playing card into a wine glass stem is quite a brilliant piece of thinking and shows that Henri has indeed been working this effect.

The DVD explanation is clear, and well produced. Learning it will not be a problem. There are also many points in the DVD explanation where Henri is able to give small details which greatly impact the performance of the effect, up to even which direction certain moves should take place (without giving away too much). This again tells me he has truly worked this effect and is releasing a proper routine that has been perfected and not a half complete cash grab.

There’s a certain feeling when you watch perfect art in action. The method and the detail that went into this falls nicely into this category. I look forward to performing this.

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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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