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Defiance Review

Official Review

August 22nd, 2014 8:31am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
Anyone that has paid any attention to the magic marketplace for the last 6 or 7 years has heard the name 'Mariano Goni'. He is a brilliant Spanish magician that has released some great effects, many of which are not cheap, but for good reason. That is partly why I was so shocked to see the price of this DVD, especially considering what you are getting with it. Read on...

With this DVD you get a modified version of a standard magic device, most of which run for $60-80/USD on their own for ones of similar size. This one is fantastic and the modification allows it to be reset much more quickly than those of the traditional type. It is also a non-locking type, which would have been cool but for the set-up with which you will be using it, it is better not to be.

The big thing you are learning here is not the effects themselves but the hook-ups for doing them. The way he gets into the hook-ups and the way they are managed are just brilliant and very useful.

Mariano is a great teacher and teaches you everything you need to know, including where/when to perform these types of effects, the conditions which you must be aware of and take into consideration and much more. There are no live performances on the DVD but Mariano does perform each effect before explaining it. The explanations are very clear and made much more visual with the aid of dental floss, then after explaining it that way, he shows you again what it would look like using the I.T.

The set-up for the "In the Air Change" is not practical at all for most situations other than a stage or an area devoid of foot traffic BUT, as problematic as the angles are on this one, the effect is one of the best you will ever see in the levitation plot. It is very magical and there are lots of things you can change the floating paper into. I particularly liked the wedding ring idea.

To me, the most mind-blowing thing was the Floating Cigarette in the Bonus section. This thing is killer! You have to gimmick a cigarette to do it, but the preparation is very much worth it. If you do not smoke and you put a little thought into it, there is no reason other things could not be used for this as well. Also, in this section you see Eric Jones make an appearance to offer an idea for cleaning this one up, on top of what Mariano teaches.

The ad copy is 100% honest, the props are great quality, the production quality is second-to-none with great lighting, sound, video quality and audio quality. The menu is easy to navigate and is nicely laid out.

Whether you are a seasoned I.T. user or a complete beginner, this DVD has something for everyone in it. As for you experienced performers out there, at the very least you will learn a very nice hook-up to use in your work.

Highly recommended!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Defiance

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

Mariano Goni is an underground magician from Spain who has a knack for creating visually stunning magic. He has an impressive list of best sellers including Nut Waltz and Melting Point- New Edition. He's done it again with his most amazing creation to date.

With Defiance, you are able to harness the power to animate small objects in new and impossible ways. Each routine is modular, hard-hitting and contains multiple methods so you can customize each routine to suit YOUR personal performing style. The package comes with EVERYTHING you need, so you can start performing the impossible TODAY! Here's what you get:

The Incredible Spinning Card:
The magician throws a borrowed credit card several feet away and it hovers in MIDAIR without the magician or spectator any where near it. On the magician's command, he is able to cause the spinning card to fly back to him, as fast or slow as he wants! Includes how to get the spinning card to float through a spinning hoop.

In The Air Change:
Imagine showing a small piece of paper with a dollar sign drawn on it. The magician crumples the paper into a ball and it begins to levitate. The magician can walk away from the floating ball and go to his case to retrieve a lighter. He burns the floating ball to reveal a bank note in its place, STILL FLOATING IN MIDAIR! Includes how to use the In The Air Change to produce and float a borrowed, vanished finger ring at any point.

Floating Bill:
You think you know, but you have no idea. A borrowed bank note is crumpled into a ball and levitates. It floats inexplicably from hand to hand. You can then borrow a hoop earring or a bangle from a lady and pass it around the bill before handing the bill back to its owner.

Bonus! Floating Cigarette:
Mariano tips the most impossible levitation of a cigarette known to man. A cigarette floats on the middle of a crowded restaurant table. While in midair, the magician borrows a finger ring and passes it around the cigarette; both objects can be examined. Learn this ingenious method and how to construct the gaff in complete detail. The items required are easy to obtain via most craft stores.

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