Reviewer: Nique Tan
As the name implies, this is a 6 minute routine that comes ready to go for you to plug into your current show. It is a full rope routine, which has elements such as two cut and restored phases, two ring penetrations, a transposition of the ends and the middle and also a rope through neck. For rope magic, it does have a variety of strong effects.
There is a full performance of the routine at a corporate get-together event. Watching the routine in action, I did feel that the routine flowed well and each phase did build upon the previous. The audience also seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The teaching was very clear and Matt walks you through each and every move in detail. There was also a “behind the scenes” type of camera angle, which reminded me of the days of VHS tapes with Michael Ammar and the “super practice” sections, for those of you who remember that.
Matt clearly put in effort into planning this DVD, as the material was well organised and easy to follow. While the material is not original with him (I think none of the sequences are), he has prepared himself by doing the research, getting all the proper sources for the moves and effects, always giving credits to the respective originators when necessary. Many tips were also offered, which just shows how many times Matt has worked this routine.
Strong magic aside, let me address the “comedy”, that is kind of advertised on the DVD cover. I think it worthy to note that, for experienced performers, that the comedy is something that you will not automatically get by doing this routine, nor will you learn any new “bits”. Matt, for the most part used lines and gags that most of you will probably have heard before and are probably already using. Nothing wrong with that – they will get the laughs and they tried and tested. Just thought I would mention that the routine itself is not going to make you funny; that is something you still have to put in effort to work on, should you want to go that route.
Some lines were also bordering on the insult/sucker type of humour, making fun of the spectator. That said however, Matt delivered those lines skilfully and it reflects again on how long he has been using the material. I think, especially for new performers, it is worthy to note that you should use material that suits your character and not simply do it exactly as Matt. If not done right, it could ruin any rapport you have been trying to build in the show.
Overall, I enjoyed going through this routine and if I were still doing family shows as often as I used to, this would be something that I would definitely consider adding to the box of tricks. With only a length of rope, scissors and a ring you are set to fill a stage with an entertaining sequence.
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