Review: The Daily Deception – Si-Fi Project by Xiang Liu

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]I can only wish that I had first seen these effects performed live for me by Xiang Liu; I would then have him swear not to tip the methods behind it all – this is truly amazing stuff.

Xiang Liu presents 4 floating finger ring effects, all of which are visually stunning and absolutely magical to watch. Judging by how well the sequences looked from the demo videos, I had first assumed that the methods would involve complicated and impractical setups.

I was very wrong.

Each of the routines are simple to get into, simple to perform and best of all you end completely clean. The simplicity of the technique is what impressed me the most, to the point that I am actually tempted to use the material. And believe me, coming from someone who usually fearfully stays away, and who hardly works with this particular gimmick, that really says a lot.

Out of the 4 routines taught, my personal favourite was one he calls “Super Conductor”. In it, you cause a ring (which may be borrowed) to levitate while your hands are seen to move freely around it. The ring then dramatically drops towards your left palm but then suddenly stops in midair, before finally slowly landing on your palm. As a finale, as your right hand goes to pick up the ring, it floats up right to the fingertips and from there you can immediately return the ring. This whole thing is a beautiful sequence.

Another I liked was “I Do”, where after a similar levitation sequence, the ring then floats towards and onto your ring finger. This is a very nice, as well as symbolic ending to a floating ring routine.

Xiang Liu explains in detail how to correctly prepare and setup the gimmick involved, stripping it all down for you into the various steps. While I do believe that English is not his first language, he managed to string everything together well enough to convey the main ideas. The teaching of the routines was done with a, shall we say, more “visible” substitute for the actual gimmick itself, which made everything very clear. What I liked was also that the routines were taught in a very direct way, and it felt like no time was wasted in getting into each of the routines, as well as the various moves and sequences that were needed to perform them.

While I personally have not treaded much into working with this gimmick, I am pretty sure that it will require some practice to get the routines to look as good as the way Xiang Liu does them. Magicians who are already accustomed to working with this gimmick might have a shorter learning curve as I believe that a certain amount of confidence is needed to handle the tension in the execution of some of the moves.

My only con is that I would have loved to watch some live footage of him performing the routines to laypeople. I am pretty sure the reactions would have been amazing. This product comes complete with everything you need to get started straight away – the DVD, as well as a good supply of the required gimmicks.

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I really love contemporary magic that pleasantly surprises you… especially just when you think you already know everything there is about the subject. Invisible thread work is something I’ve always enjoyed because levitation is such a strong, beautiful effect that gets people time and again.

Xiang Lu is a relative newcomer to the magic scene but his Si-Fi DVD is a great offering to the community, being something refreshingly new. Trust me, once you’ve seen his hook-up, you’ll also agree that this young magician is quite a creative thinker who has done away with the traditional approach.

While there were no real-time audience performance shots, Xiang does a decent job teaching four of his original levitating ring effects, all using his special S-Fi hookup (everything you need is already included in the DVD purchase – just use your own ring or borrow one).

I personally did not think Xiang’s accent to be an issue; though the camera work was simple, the verbal instructions and walk-through Xiang provided were clear enough.

Also, the professional DVD menu made it easy enough for you to simply check out whichever chapters you wanted to study. One thing I really appreciated was that the supply of gimmicks enclosed in the jewel case are more than generous. They will definitely last you a very long time, giving you no excuse to start trying it out already!

Highly recommended.

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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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