Review: Torque by Chris Stevenson and World Magic Shop

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Metal bending has become a classic of magic.  It has been made popular by Morgan Strebler in his DVDs “Liquid Metal 1” and “Liquid Metal 2”.

Many magicians are performing the Liquid Metal routine with a fork.  Chris Stevenson has come out with a gimmick that take this routine to the next level.  It enables you to make 2 impossible bends in a fork.

The Scorpio Bend bends the end of the fork’s handle at almost 90 degrees.  It is impossible to straighten out.

The Tine Twist allows you to twist the prong of a fork – nobody can imagine how you are able to do this since there is not much surface in a prong of a fork for you to grasp on firmly to.

You receive the special Torque metal gimmick and its accessories.  You are also given a password to download a streaming instructional video from the internet.

In the video, you get to see Chris in 3 different live performances of his routine which uses the Torque gimmick.

He starts with the impromptu fork bend gag using the venue’s fork.  Not wishing to deface this fork, he brings out his own metal fork.  He then goes into the Liquid Metal routine where the prong and the handle of the fork get bent, then a twist is put on the handle and a fan bend on the prongs.

The fork visually melts near the end of its handle.  This is the Scorpion Bend.  Finally, the audience gets to see the performer physically twist a prong of the fork.  This is the Tine Twist.

The twisted fork is then given out to the audience who will take turns to examine this strange phenomenon being done on the fork.  This makes a perfect finish to any walk-around, close-up or even parlour performance.  Do not try to perform any other effect after this.

Torque (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by Chris Stevenson and World Magic Shop

Chris’ routine is not taught in its totality because it is part of the Liquid Metal fork routine.  In the DVD, Chris uses a key bag (key belt reel) instead of the pull that is supplied with the Torque gimmick.  Chris confesses to using this pull before he switches to the key bag.  He explains that the key bag is easily obtainable from e-bay.  In the DVD, David Penn also discusses a subtlety where you can show the handle of the fork to be straight before you visually bend its end.

There is another device that allows you to put impossible bends on any metal cutlery.  It is John T. Sheet’s “Energy Bender”, and it will bend heavy duty cutleries.  However, it is not readily available and it costs at least twice that of Torque.

There is another resource you may want to check for your metal bending routine.  It is Psychokinetic Silverware by Gerry and Banachek.

Torque is a good investment for professional magicians who want to put those extra bends on a metal fork to differentiate their fork bending routine from those that are commonly performed by the majority of the other magicians.

Magic is our passion but we are not a magic shop ? You can purchase this here!


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Torque (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by Chris Stevenson and World Magic Shop[/vc_column_text][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”gp-standard-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.

Table of Contents

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on telegram
Share on email