Review: Tchin by Eric Leblon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]It’s not often that you come across magic material that completely inspires you to start something you have never done before. More so than not, thanks to overhype or false marketing, we get disappointed with the latest DVD/ download tutorial or gimmick and it finds its way into our sad drawer of “magic rejects”. “TCHIN” by award-winning French magician Eric Leblon, I’m very happy to share, is one of those awesome must-haves that won’t leave you disappointed.

To thank people for purchasing his original DVD, Leblon also included his gimmick (of very decent quality) for his “Want a Drink” set-up. A card with a QR code and website link also leads you to the free download video where you can learn how to use this special gimmick, for some highly visual and punchy effects.

Most of the effects in TCHIN require topit work, as well as, much sleight of hand and misdirection. Leblon makes it all look so easy – a true mark of a master. The performances and explanations are all set to music and the only talking bits in the DVD would be the “TV Show” segment, which has Leblon performing the routines shared in Tchin, over three different segments of a French television programme called “La Grande Emission”.

Leblon teaches about a dozen effects. The DVD lists just 11 but watching it, I saw 12:

  1. Tchin: Appearance of liquid in glass effect
  2. Turn Around: Empty glass changes to a filled one
  3. Simple Drink: A drink appearance out of nowhere
  4. Turnback Drink Change: Behind the back production of a full glass
  5. A Coin for a Drink: Jumbo coin appearance/vanish leading to a production of a full glass
  6. Vanishing Sunrise I: Vanish of a full glass
  7. Vanishing Sunrise II: A variation of the above effect
  8. The Channel Crossing Miracle: Using jacket sleeves to produce an empty glass and then later filling it up with liquid
  9. A Table for a Drink: A sit-down routine with the appearance of liquid in a previously empty glass
  10. The Deceptive Silk: Using a silk to produce liquid from an empty glass
  11. Channel Crossing Miracle II: Using the jacket sleeve to increase the size of a wine bottle
  12. Bottle Surprise: Exploding balloon to wine bottle production

The quirky cute “Backstage” bits in the DVD were a joy to watch as well. Leblon looks like an ex-boyfriend of mine (a magic hobbyist) who was also quite the lovable dork, so watching this was quite uncanny for me. “TCHIN” also had an extensive credit list in French, owing much thanks to topit masters like Michael Ammar and Patrick Page.

Overall, the production value of this DVD is very good. It was produced/ directed by Edouard Boulanger and I look forward to more quality products under his brand. Eric Leblon has certainly motivated me in trying out his routines making glasses and bottles magically appear from no where. He is an incredible artist and I expect more good things from him.

Incredibly visual, well thought out, absolutely deceptive, and performable for both stage and close-up work, “TCHIN” comes highly recommended. Topit workers would definitely enjoy this lovely gem. (Now if only my boobs won’t get in the way)

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

[usr 9][/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]Effect:

Glass and bottle productions, vanishes and transformations

Product description:

The product descriptions state that the effects are visual, fast and punchy…. that is true however, they are not really forthcoming. You will need more than the “Want-A-Drink” gimmick that is included. While I understand that if everything is included, the MSRP would be a lot more than $49.95.

You can also argue that some of the people may already own the required additional gimmick but those who bought this hoping that they can perform what they saw in the trailer will be hugely disappointed if they don’t have that gimmick.

Out of the 11 routines (some are just variations), you can only perform 3 if you don’t have the additional gimmick.

Method:

While I was watching the performance segment of the DVD, I was impressed thinking that with this gimmick, you are able to do these routines. I was hugely disappointed when I found out that you require additional gimmicks.

Most magicians will know that you have to wear a jacket to perform these routines, but to perform the routines in this DVD, you will need more than that. Buyers would expect to furnish their own glasses, bottles, jumbo coin and silk, but they won’t expect to have 2 more different gimmicks to perform the routines.

The routines are impressive; Eric Leblon is a very accomplished performer. His sleights are perfect, his style is elegant but you’d need to put in effort to be able to pull of that kind of performance.

Quality:

The quality of the gimmick is not too bad and the DVD is very well produced. The explanations are shown a few times and you will have no problem understanding it.

Pricing:

This is priced the same as Splash Bottle, but if you consider the fact that you will need other gimmicks to dp the routines in the DVD, this is actually not that cheap afterall.

Verdict:

I like the routines, I like the style of performance but I am really disappointed with the production description omittance of extra gimmicks needed. The required gimmick is quite common, most people will know what it is but most people will not have it. Experience stage performers will probably have the required gimmick. Good for you if you have it as the routines are really eye candies.

It is not easy to give a fair rating as I really like the routines but I think the fact that the extra gimmick was omitted from the product description holds a heavier weight for me. I wish I can tell you what that gimmick was, if you have that, you will be sure to awe your spectators.

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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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