Review: Wordsmyth by Francis Menotti and Vanishing Inc.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Lucian J”][vc_column_text]This is a superb and intelligent effect by Francis Menotti.  The effect itself is easily understood and perplexing.  This routine was used by the creator on Penn and Teller Fool Us, and as expected, did fool the hosts completely.  I will not repeat the description of the performance as it is easily found on youtube and words will not do it justice.  However, I will just share some thoughts.

The package comes complete with most of what you need, including the required cleverly gimmicked apparatus.  You just need to supply a paperback dictionary which is easy.  Everything is extremely well made and comes in a lovely presentation box.  You will not be disappointed.  The routine itself is masterful and can be easily added to any magician or mentalist’s formal stand-up repertoire.  It is unlikely you will use Francis’ patter wholesale even though it is great, and it is always advisable to use one’s own patter anyway.

Good parlour effects are hard to find, so this is a real gem.  The persona needed for this effect would be that a controlled, thoughtful performer, rather than a madcap clown.  So you know if it suits you.  Its versatility will be able to accommodate a surprisingly wide variety of performing personas.

This masterpiece is easily within the skill range of most performers as there are no difficult sleight of hand moves.  The trick cannot be repeated to the same audience.

Highly recommended for the stand-up parlour or stage magician.  

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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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