Reviewer: Adeline Ng
As with most of Shin’s product, you do not get TV or Performance rights with this product. This means that you cannot purchase this and perform the routine at your show. (At least, legally you are not supposed to.) This is clearly stated in the copy, so I have no problems with it.
So, why buy the product?
The main idea behind the product is to learn the theory and of course, get the gimmick. So, I would say this is not for the magician who just wants to buy the effect and perform it wholesale.
I love the fact that Shin emphasizes on rhythm a lot. (He calls it beats, probably from his piano background) Many effects do not emphasize that enough. It may not be outwardly apparent, and usually cannot be pointed out by an audience, but it can be sensed. I wished he explained more about it though!
There’s a lot of really good gems in there in terms of things you could learn to put into your performance. However, keep in mind the conditions where Shin performs. A lot of stuff that he uses has to be in a controlled environment, and is fairly angle sensitive.
Shin has very good points on the card to mouth. I personally do not like anything that goes to the mouth (just a personal hygiene thing), but he does make it slightly less icky.
Every part of the routine is explained in fine details, with an overview, before going into the sleights and making of gimmicks. All parts of it were broken down and with 3 hours of explanation, I’d think that any questions you might have about the routine, would be answered.
The gimmicks that come with it is excellent and you will have no problem making whatever you need for it. It is simple. However, as with almost anything that deals with smoke, it is almost impossible to buy “refills” from Singapore.
While the SSS is not included with this product, he does give the free video download for SSS. It would be quite easy for anyone to make from the instructions (again, if you do live in Singapore, there would be issues, but otherwise, no problems).
The “NOT GOOD”
With the product, you get the gimmicks and gaff, as well as a link and password to 2 video downloads. I personally get a tad irritated when I have to download very big files. It may be my internet, but my download took a long while to download (and I almost throw my laptop at the wall). For such big files, I’d prefer it to be in a disc or drive.
The videos look like they were shot at home, so it has a slight home-made quality. Thankfully, video quality was clear and audio was clear too. So while it was something I noted, overall it doesn’t detract too much.
However, at points, I’m slightly distracted by the fact that Shin’s friend, Mike seems to know more about the act. In fact, the feeling for me, is that Mike butts in quite a bit while Shin is giving the overview. While he does give some relevant pointers, it irritates me a tad, possibly because the very Asian sensitive person in me feels it’s a tad rude.
I’m no grammar nazi (at all!) but there’s a glaring spelling error in one of the magic utility devices mentioned.
Lastly, this is a big thing. In the video, Shin mentioned multiple times that the smoke is not harmful to the body. As someone who has studied biology, I have to say that is not true. It is not addictive, but there can be effects to inhaling the smoke. So weigh the risks of that and decide for yourself whether it is worth it.
With almost 3 hours of explanations and teaching, I personally think it’s hard to complain, but I do like to pick bones sometimes.
In the ad copy, it says: “Not only does he teach every effect, method and action but goes much deeper by delving into the concepts of atmosphere, timing, theory, music, and movements in creating a silent synchronized (non-speaking) routine.”
Technically Shin does teach all of the above, but I was hoping for a more in-depth look into how the routine was developed and the concepts, and I felt that it was “touch and go” and not quite as in-depth enough in terms of the concepts. However, I did get an in-depth look into each part of the act, and why it works.
Even so, I think the product is excellent. With its US$200 price tag (and no SSS), it is still well worth it because of the many gems that you could extract to use in your routine (a magic utility, some sleights like MC Fold, quite a few cool switches and duo reality theory). In addition, you still get the gimmick for smoke to mouth.
Highly recommended for the serious magician.
(8.5 / 10)
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