Review: Will Fern – Bring It! Black Rabbit Series Issue #6 (3-DVD Set)

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]Will Fern makes me want to be a better magician.

Bring It! is an amazing collection of 3 DVDs and I thoroughly enjoyed going through them and learning from Will. Firstly, I will talk a little about the physical product. The production quality is very good and everything was shot clearly. The layout of the DVD also made it easy to navigate around. What I REALLY loved most was that there were full, live shows put on the DVD. Watching Will in action was a treat and he is truly a great example of chops combined with entertainment. There is another option to watch the shows with Will providing commentary, giving us further insights into the show itself.

The effects, which I am sure many are more interested in, are top notch, commercial material. Will is a worker and it shows in his choice of material and performance. 10 routines are listed, but my absolute favourite was “Over & Under”, an amazing coins across routine. Inspired by the late Dean Dill, you wave your hand over 4 tabled coins and they magically travel one after the other to beneath a paper napkin on the other side of the table. The napkin beautifully flutters each time, signaling the moment when the magic happens. I am definitely going to work on this one and perform it when I get the chance. It looks really good.

Will’s card magic is also excellent. I was fooled on many an occasion by his card location effects as the handling looked so clean. What I urge you to learn from him, is how many a time the deck is out of his hands, and the spectators are allowed to shuffle throughout his routines. This gave the whole performance a very clean feel, as if he really had no control over the cards. He also reintroduced me to an old card gimmick which, I have dismissed over the years. Seeing it in action in his hands however, and being unable to detect it myself, has convinced me to start using this gimmick. He also has work on the memorised deck, which was inspiring to watch, to say the very least.

It was a great experience to go through Will Fern’s material. Watch his performance of the Sponge Bunnies for two children and their family. Regardless of your opinion on the actual trick itself, watching him do the routine gave me a demonstration of what magic can be about. He connects with people in a charming way and delivers his magic with a heartfelt touch.

It is always a privilege to be able to watch a pro at work, and not some random person who came up with an idea (probably already done before) and decided to put it out on a 15 minute DVD with a cool trailer which shows nothing, which will probably be marketed as something tried and tested, new, groundbreaking, with all his pals hyping it up for him etc, but there is not a single live performance on the DVD.

And then when you look at it, it is crap.

Will Fern is the real deal and I am very happy to have been able to go through this DVD set and to learn from him.

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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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