Of course, taking and altering the name of Mark Jenest’s well known “Jiggernaut” routine is either a homage or a rip off that implies a superior effect. Here’s my take on the routine.
Cups and Balls and a Bar
Rain’s routine employs standard chop balls, the crocheted kind. In the performance segment, she uses chopped fake eyeballs, but in the explanation, says that these are too noisy for actual performing. With Rain’s routine, you’ll have to go out and purchase the props. For theme, I vote for Jenest.
Particularly interesting is a “Charlie Miller”-style sequence where a ball is placed into the top cup of the jigger and appears to pass below to the bottom cup. And then the process is reversed. Pretty cool. I give points to Rain for this innovation.
However, when performing for lay people, I’m not sure that the clever “pass throughs” will be any more impressive than the usual transpositions, vanishes and productions. A major drawback, Rain’s routine lacks large loads at the end (Genest’s routine produces large corks). While you can easily add your own large loads, this is an oversight.
The DVD comes with an adequate bonus effect that shows how to float a fork under the cover of a napkin. Of course, the PK ring again plays a key role.
Jigger Versus Chop
I think the problem lies in the fact that spectators always suspect that the jigger is somehow gimmicked when it’s not, even after examining the perfectly normal jigger. And when I perform with a simple and seemingly normal cup, there’s no conceivable way that I’m making those balls appear. I’m sticking with my chop cup.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
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