Review: Transfuze by Peter Eggink

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]“Transfuze” by Peter Eggink is a 3-phase bill through playing card penetration.  This is not an impromptu method.  The playing card is gimmicked.

In effect, a playing card is folded in half widthwise.  A borrowed bill is folded in half lengthwise.  The folded bill is wrapped around the outside of the folded card.  In an instant, the bill visually penetrates the card, and is now inside the fold of the card!

Once again, the folded bill penetrates the card.  This time, it goes through the folded edge of the card – not all the way – but it stops when three-quarters of it is outside of the card!  Suddenly, the bill begins to magically move by itself back inside the folded card!  The bill and the card are then shown to be undamaged.

You receive the special gimmicked card, very well made in Bicycle stock, an instructional DVD, and the necessary materials to make another gimmicked card yourself.

The gimmicked card is very cleverly conceived and constructed.  It enables a borrowed and folded bill to penetrate from the outside of the card to its inside, and then from inside to outside of the card, and finally, the bill slowly moves itself back to the inside the card.  The effect is quite magical to watch.  Each penetration is visual and different and baffling.

The DVD is well produced and Peter Eggink covers every aspect of the effect.  For the first penetration, Peter discusses 3 other methods.  One is a flash penetration as the performer flicks the wrapped card with his fingers.  In the other 2 methods, the penetration happens in a spectator’s hands.  

Peter also teaches a presentation where the card used is “freely selected” from a deck of cards.  The bill can be borrowed and signed.  I feel that if the bill is borrowed, there is no need for it to be signed, because the audience may then wonder why the playing card is not similarly signed.

The problem with using a gimmicked card is that it has to be secretly switched with a twin ungimmicked card, before it can be examined or handled by a spectator.  In the instructions, Peter does teach you how to switch the gimmicked for an ungimmicked card.  However, in a penetration effect, the heat is always for the audience to want to examine both the undamaged card and bill immediately after the effect.

The 3-phase penetration of the bill through the card is truly amazing to watch.  You have to manage the audience well when switching the gimmicked card so that it can be handed out for examination.

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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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