Review: Transition by Jamie Docherty and World Magic Shop

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim”][vc_column_text]When I first open up the package, I see things I am familiar and not familiar with. The items I’m familiar with are easily available from your art and craft store and a gimmick which was invented by Steve Duschek many years ago. What I’m not familiar with is how the items are related to one another. So, in goes the DVD to ease my itchy mind.

The DVD starts with the “standard” intro like many of the magic videos in recent times. It even has a suspense music playing in the background. All these made me more intrigue than I already was, and then the next scene was Docherty sitting behind a round table showing what’s in the package and the same music was still playing. Don’t get me wrong, its not a bad thing, well at least not in relation to the magic effect. The first 21 minutes of the video shows you how to do a one-time setup. The setup is not difficult; you just need to do some assembly.

The effects taught are

  1. a vanishing coin effect (total vanish). This effect is a quickie and is over in less than 2 seconds. Once you are setup for this, you can do this the whole day.
  2. Color changing coin. Similar to the vanishing coin, this one ends with a different ungimmicked coin.
  3. The next effect taught is a coin through Ziploc bag. This one is magical and visual; everything can be examined at the end. 2 variations are also taught.
  4. Coin changes when it is spun on a table. While the coin don’t really change during mid-spin, its still a pretty cool change. Another variation is similar to the2nd coin change, the coin changes when you are turning the coins. And yet another variation is a coin change that changes in mid air, much like a Bobo switch without the sleights.
  5. The last one is a coin through a card with a hole (smaller than the coin).

I like all the routines in the DVD and I truly believe that more can be done than what is taught in the DVD. Though the concept is not new, combining the gimmicks makes it better and more variations then before. The downside for this is that you need to be wearing a jacket to perform but for table hoppers, this wouldn’t be an issue. What I don’t like is the music used in the DVD, but that has nothing to do with the effect ☺. So, I like it and I highly recommend it.

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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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