Tivoli Takes on Classics
Adding a story to the three-fly coin trick, here, a tale of a Russian circus and its acrobats, Tivoli offers his version of coins across in Youssoupof Three-fly. In classic three-fly, three coins magically move from one hand to the other, and the coins are held up high at near eye-level. There are lots of versions of three-fly and Tivolis execution and presentation is a good one.
My favorite effect was Mono-gobelet, a one-cup routine where the performer continually removes a ball from an inverted, ungimmicked cup. At the end, theres an intriguing and large load. Here, Tivoli offers a Japanese theme.
Named after the famed sculptor, Rodin offers an effect that uses cards with animal names. A spectator selects an animal card and the magician brings out a small hammer, a nail and a mess of a balloon sculpture-theres no way to tell what the sculpture represents. The magician takes the hammer and nail and pops segments of the balloon sculpture until it resembles an animal. At the end, the animal is shown to be the same as that on the card the spectator selected.
The climax to the act is Tivolis William Tell where a signed bill vanishes in a small explosion of confetti and appears in an apple that has been placed on a spectators head while re-enacting the legend of William Tell. A second spectator plays William Tell and is given a balloon bow and arrow. This is a great effect that is reminiscent of bill to lemon, but is dressed in a strong theme with lots of spectator participation and interaction.
Tivoli does a good job of explaining his effects, which are strong and play well. None of the effects here are knuckle busters or difficult to perform. Even if you dont care for Tivolis presentation, you can still learn some great tricks.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
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