Exquisite by Michael Ammar and Dirk Losander
Michael Ammar and Dirk Losander
Available from your favourite Murphy’s Magic supplier, dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £69 (approx)
Have you ever wanted to take a stage effect and put it right into your close-up act? Well, Michael Ammar and Dirk Losander have just made it possible with their latest magic release, Exquisite!
Exquisite allows you to levitate an ungimmicked wine glass right in front of a group of spectators. The glass can even land on their hand at the end where it can be examined. Other glasses can also be used providing the rim is not too thick and the glass too heavy.
The first thing you notice when you receive Exquisite is it’s packaging. It comes packed in a nicely produced box and the gimmick is wrapped in tissue paper. Also supplied with the gimmick are written instructions which also include a URL and password to access online video instructions should the paper instructions not be sufficient for you.
The gimmick is well made and it has been well thought out. It is very easy to attach and unattach the gimmick when needed. Care is needed though to make sure the gimmick doesn’t talk when it contacts the glass. In a working environment I doubt this will be a problem but in practise it is difficult to hide the noise.
Once set up it is easy to make the glass move or levitate. The difficulty comes in making it look good. Losander makes it look very easy but it is far from it and lots of practise is needed to make it look smooth and natural while floating.
Although this can be used in close-up you will need to consider how to load and unload the gimmick without it being seen. An option is offered in the written instructions but I’m not sure how practical it really is. If performing on stage or in a parlour setting then the cloth can be set up prior to your performance so this won’t be an issue.
The video instructions run to approx 15 minutes where Losander and Michael Ammar go through how to hold and use the gimmick along with tips to make the animation look good.
Exquisite is not cheap but if you are looking to add something a little different to your set and you can overcome the loading and unloading of the gimmick then this is worth a look at. Just be prepared to put in the practise to make this look as amazing as Losander does.