I fancied myself as a magician once upon a time – in fact, I even got a Paul Daniels magic set for Christmas one year.
I can’t remember what it had in it exactly but there were some cards, a couple of balls, a wand, and Debbie McGee.
I’m joking about the last one, obviously…
Like with most fads, I quickly got bored of it and moved on with the rest of my life, but it’s only now I realise how great it would have been to be a magician.
Look at Dynamo – everyone loves him.
And don’t get me started on the whole girl thing, that really was a missed opportunity.
Yep, to pardon the pun, I really did miss a trick.
The same can’t be said for Eric Chien, though, who recently won the best trick at the World Championships of Magic, which sort of sounds like an event in Harry Potter.
Chien’s mesmerising ‘Ribbon’ routine manages to squeeze in a number of seemingly impossible tricks, from changing the colour of his waistcoat and cards to making handfuls of cards vanish into coins.
A handy skill if ever there was one.
Check it out below:
Fair play to Eric, his lightning-quick illusions and sleight of hand magic is almost dizzying; I had to stop and rewind the video a number of times to see what was going on.
Also, he’s really got that whole ‘what’s this? A ribbon, what could I possibly do with this?’ thing down to a tee.
Magicians love all that.
Showmanship I think they call it.
Nevertheless he’s a deserving winner (I haven’t actually seen any of the other tricks in the competition so I’m kind of just putting my faith in the judges here).
Writing on his YouTube channel, Eric said:
“I am really excited to share my Fism Act with everyone, I know you guys have been waiting for a while now.
Though winning Fism is a big accomplishment, it is also just the beginning for me. I’ve been behind the scenes for most of my magic career and its finally time for me be on stage performing.
I have lots of things planned out right now and I cant wait to show you guys what I can do! Thank you everyone for the support and love, and please like and share my act, it will help me greatly!”
Inevitably, people were trying to work out how he did it.
Here’s what they were coming up with.
One person wrote:
“Pretty easy to see what he does. He lifts the ribbon and summons the demon Belial to transmute the cards into coins and back. He simply presents his offering backstage and the objects turn back to normal. He’ll only be able to do this trick a limited number of times before he runs out of conjurings.”
“If you slow down the speed of the video to 0.25, you will be confused in slow motion.”
A third commented:
“If you look closely you can spot him cheating by dedicating years of his life to perfecting his art.”
I have a theory: maybe he genuinely is magic and can do all those incredible things with the power of his mind.
You may have fooled the public, Eric, but you haven’t fooled me…
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