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Bandwidth Review

Official Review

March 21st, 2015 2:46pm
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
PROS

Very clever props and the effect plays very well in the “real world”. The quality of the props are very good. When done as in the instruction, it has no angle problems.

The instruction is very good. The setup is easy and it is easy to get into the routine. The reset is automatic. It is pretty easy to perform.

He teaches how to start and end clean, with the ring handed out for inspection. You can use a borrowed ring, but not any ring. There is a bit of a range of different rings that should work, depending on your ability to sell the ring. For example, if you use a thinner ring, you have to sell the idea that the ring is flattening out a bit in the process.

I would say this is best for close-up and parlor, not stage.

He teaches some clever ways to get into the routine. For example, if someone comments about how their ring needs cleaning, you offer to clean their ring and get into the routine.

He also has a bonus section for how to transition from this effect into Garrett Thomas’ Ring Thing routines.

CONS

He teaches a method wearing a t-shirt. I think this method is a bit awkward. It works, but it’s awkward.

While the effect can be done impromptu, there is minor setup beforehand.

VERDICT

Nice instruction, well made props, nice piece of magic.


Suggestions from the Reviewer

Whether performing just for a group of friends, or a formal show, I’m always trying to think of how an effect might fit into a set, making it that much stronger.

I think one application for this effect is to have a humorous, perhaps even clowning around sort of set where you do a stretch gag, like a stretching tongue or nose gag, followed by this routine. The effect does look like something out of a cartoon, but also magical. I don’t think this is an effect that should be presented too seriously. I think that by introducing humor, this effect becomes stronger in the performance impact.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Bandwidth

Author: Wilson, Greg
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $39.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Gregory Wilson is a living legend, known for his creativity and in-your-face performance style. His latest creation, Bandwidth, is the next fearless creation that allows you to borrow a spectator's finger ring and stretch it like soft taffy.

A very visceral moment is created when you borrow a wedding band, then slowly pull the ring away from you as the metal begins to easily manipulate to your will. With a bold toss into the air, you instantly restore their ring back to its original shape.

Taking it a step further, you slowly crush their ring in your fingertips, right before their eyes, only to restore it to its original state with a swift, ninja-like piercing of your finger. They can take their ring off of your finger to find that their ring is in perfect condition.

Bandwidth is an incredibly memorable routine, as people have strong connections to their rings or wedding bands. To see them turn into soft butter in the hands of a miracle worker is insanely unforgettable. Bandwidth will carve out your reputation, instantly.

Stretch their ring, and their mind.... Both will never be the same again. Precision, laser-cut metal gimmicks included. Gimmick allows you to borrow and stretch silver or gold rings. Incredibly visual. Packs small, plays big. Always ready. 3 second-reset. Practice ring included. Easy streaming instructions by Gregory Wilson. Bonus routines, handlings, tips, tricks & more.


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