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Barely Chewed by Chastain Criswell
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Chastain Criswell, the creator of one of the biggest hits in magic , TAG, brings you BARELY CHEWED! An easy and stunning gum magic routine.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
This is a pretty weak effect, although for the price it's retailing at it's perhaps worth checking out. If you want some Gum magic there are some much better DVDs and gimmicks out there. I would suggest you check out Gum DVD which penguin stock.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 30th, 2011
This is a pretty weak effect. That being said, it is easy to set up in only a few seconds, and can be used to create some real magic in the correct situation. If you are in school and everyone asks you for gum, this is a perfect trick to perform. Other than that, I can't see anyone doing this trick. The DVD quality is alright, but the teaching is not very in-depth. Although it doesn't really need to be too in-depth anyway.
The bonus effect is present in an awful way. The gimmick you make could be used to make an alright effect, however on the DVD, it is performed as poorly as I could imagine. I didn't even know what happened until I watched it a second time.
If you are in school, it's an alright trick. Anywhere else, I'd pass on this one.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
The Basic Effect:
You ask your audience if they would like to share a piece of gum with you. You say because youre a magician, you share a little bit differently. You take out your pack of gum, and notice there is only one stick left. You open it up, and there is no piece of gum inside. Your audience looks up, and the magician is chewing a piece of gum; the piece of gum that was supposed to be inside the wrapper! You spit the gum back inside the wrapper and crumple it into a ball. Obviously, nobody wants to share that. So with a rub of your hand, you instantly cause the balled piece of chewed gum to turn into a brand new, wrapped stick! You take that new piece of gum and reinsert it back inside the pack. You hand to this to a spectator, saying its only been BARELY CHEWED!
The setup for this effect is very simple, and very quick. It shouldnt take any more than a minute. Every time you perform this effect, you will have to make a new gimmick. You will go through more than one stick of gum for each gimmick you make. Luckily, you can get large packs of gum for very cheap.
While this is not difficult, it will take some practice. You must practice the core moves, and then the timing. The timing of this piece is a key point in making the effect look good. Bad timing will lead to a bad performance. You also must make this look natural, as many of the moves require the audience looking directly at your hands. If you dont perform those moves smoothly, the audience will not be impressed, as they will know how the effect works. Chastain Criswell makes this look easy, but practice IS required, as it is for most effects.
The production quality for this DVD is not bad. Lets start with the DVD case. The DVD case art looks great. Im proud to have this in my collection. I do think the front side is a little busy. The back side of the DVD case is basically the description of the effect. The DVD is filmed by James Coats using two cameras. Neither camera zooms in or out, and both cameras stay stationary for the whole DVD. I have found at some points on the DVD I wouldve liked to see something over again or closer up. Some points were hard to grasp. The DVD menu is very basic, and reminds me greatly of one that you can find on the most basic video editing software. The DVD menu had all the necessary choices, which is a big plus. While it couldve been much better, the production quality wasnt terrible.
The teaching on this DVD is enough, but some of it seemed a little rushed. I think Chastain couldve explained some parts better, and he couldve reiterated some important points. I had to rewind through some points to better get a hold of the concept. Chastain goes pretty fast, and doesnt explain some parts of the effect. The whole DVD was around 14 minutes long, and a few of those minutes were performances. I wouldve liked to have more clear instruction.
Chastain includes a bonus effect on this DVD. Its called Flash Back Pack. Basically, a pack of Big Red gum is shown. A piece of the gum is given out to an audience member. You then say you prefer Juicy Fruit, and instantly you are holding a pack of Juicy Fruit. You can then immediately hand pieces of Juicy Fruit gum to your audience.
This is a very basic effect, and uses a very basic gimmick. Chastain has basically took a concept used many times in magic before, and applied it to gum. I am not sure how original this really is, as its very basic, but Chastains convincers really sell this effect.
On all of the live performances the audience didnt react all that well to the effect. I dont know why; it mightve been because the audience didnt understand the effect.
Its not terrible, and is a nice bonus.
I recommend this DVD for the effect, Barely Chewed. While the production quality wasnt terrific, nor was the teaching, the basic effect is a great idea and a wonderful effect. This retails for around $10, and for that price I highly recommend this DVD. I rate it a 7.5/10.
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