Thanks once again to sgmagicidol for uploading our illusion performance from episode 4 of Five Stars Carnival!
This episode was all about ‘Magic Babe’ as she took the dominant lead in the performance of this illusion. She opened with her dexterous “Dance of the Sais” that shows of her twirling skills with deadly Japanese Sais.
Incidentally, Ning has two pairs of Sais and both pairs are licensed under our Police Force’s “Licensing Divison, Arms & Explosive Branch”. One pair made us run in circles to get the license approved (that’s another story) but in the end, the officers in charge gave the green light.
This led to our “Spiker” illusion presentation which utlizes an illusion designed by the brilliant Jim Steinmeyer. However, we have changed the intended presentation of the illusion from what was originally designed and how it is presented by several magicians around the world.
The biggest change is that Ning is the protagonist in the illusion performance and is the one in control. Typically, in this illusion, a female audience member is used and it is presented in a comedic manner. In our performance, the role reversal with me being spiked is played dramatically.
Ning looks gorgeous as usual in her sleek black costume BUT she is not just eye candy, although I have no doubt she grabs your attention off the screen straight away. Her dominance is immediately established with her “Dance of the Sais” with firm and strong lashes of the weapons through the air. The use of the spikes and the fact that she levers the spikes through me extends her dominance as the female magician in this act… no hint of her being an assistant in any way.
Typically, Ning dons a mask with this illusion but she highlighted the importance of not wearing it for TV because they would not be able to establish her face and recognize her in the short airtime that we had. Good call!
Enjoy the performance below or on YouTube here.