Melting Point by Casshan Wallace has now released in the UK. It's created quite a stir amongst the magic community in the United States, with good reason. If you currently do rubber bands magic tricks, like crazy mans handcuff's, this will blow you away:
Dominic Reyes caught up with Casshan Wallace to talk about Melting Point, how he invented it and some tips for getting the most out of your linking rubberbands tricks:
Dominic Reyes : How did you get into magic?
Casshan Wallace : I got my interest in magic at the very young age of 5. I started trying to perform miracles by the age of 6. My grandpa showed me a few magic tricks. The one trick that sparked my interest was an ambitious style card magic trick with a story trick about four jacks. The four jacks would be placed into the middle of a deck of playing cards and they would all jump back to the top.
Dominic Reyes : And that gave you the 'magic bug'?
Casshan Wallace : Yes. After seeing that magic trick, I tried making up my own methods.
Dominic Reyes : What made you start working on the Linking Rubber bands principle?
Casshan Wallace : I've always been a big fan of rubber band magic tricks, and making them link. They are easy to carry with you, everyody knows what they are, and I know I can get good reactions with them.
Dominic Reyes : So you studies the classic methods first?
Casshan Wallace : I went about learning probably every method of linking rubberbands ever conceived (well probably not, but it sure feels like it). The way I started creating my method was because of school. Teachers don't like me having cards out and coins are too loud, so rubberbands are the way to go.
Dominic Reyes : So you wanting to perform magic at school without anyone knowing, lead to you developing your linking rubber bands trick?
Casshan Wallace : I was forced to do rubberband stuff in class. During class one day, I got the urge to make my own linking rubberband routine. I wanted to make the rubberbands look truly linked, seeing the band going through another, with no gimmicks. I had the vision in my my head of what I wanted it to look like in the end.
I just started trying to make a way for them to look like my vision. Once I got into the position of making the bands look linked, I just had to make it so I could have them unlinked from start and then link the bands while they watch the bands closely. The effect itself (making it link from an unlinked position, adding subtleties, and set up) kept being added upon over the years but the link you see in Melting point (with the band running through the other) was made in about 10 minutes in my classroom.
Dominic Reyes : There are many linking rubberband routines, so why make Melting Point?
Casshan Wallace : I created another linking rubberband routine because I would get many questions from a spectator when I would perform a linking rubberband routine. Some of those questions I just couldn't answer because the presentation of the magic trick wouldn't allow me to prove anything. Since I've created Melting Point, those questions have went out the window simply because of the presentation being nice, slow, and smooth. They see everything happen, leaving them satisfied.
Dominic Reyes : The focus on Melting Point seems to be a slow, smooth and clear presentation. How did you develop that as a goal and why is it so important?
Casshan Wallace : I wanted Melting Point to be slow because I feel that magic happens too fast sometimes. I want to slow the moment down for the spectator so they don't feel like they are missing anything. I think its better for the spectator that way. So I really hit on that when I was making the method for Melting Point. In order for me to make the rubberbands link with nothing changing at all was a huge task but that's why I put so much time into it. Many linking rubberband effects out there (impromptu and gimmickless) move very quickly and I feel the spectators don't know what to look for, so when they link, they feel they may have missed something cause they weren't paying attention or something. Melting Point happens slowly so they can't use the quote "you moved so fast, so it was probably sleight of hand". Ah the silly things spectators say.
Dominic Reyes : Do you have any more tips that will help magicians learn and perform Melting Point?
Casshan Wallace : Practice and relax, the magic trick is slightly knacky. Watch the over-the-shoulder view many times cause its not easy. Some stuff you will get better at, the more time you practice because its something you don't really know. It's hard to understand at first, so just really work at it. Also make sure you're good at entertaining your audience so you don't have to rush your set up. Just relax and have fun.
Dominic Reyes : What was it like filming and working with Penguin to make Melting Point?
Casshan Wallace : All I can say is that it was a blast! It was my first time ever recording with a magic company and they made me feel welcome. I didn't expect to record in a studio the night I did it. I wasn't ready or prepared, all I had on me were some cards and my rubberbands (and clothing obviously). They made it very easy for me and I appreciate it.
I plan releasing a lot more in the future.
Dominic Reyes : What are your three favourite magic books or DVD's?
Casshan Wallace : I thoroughly enjoyed Stars of Magic book and DVDs, Paul Harris Presents - Art of Astonishment collection, and Strong Magic. All very creative and innovative work
Dominic Reyes : Where do you see your magic going in the future?
Casshan Wallace : I see my magic definitely going into a more commercial approach. I want to make stuff that you can add to existing routines that can make certain magic tricks better. I also want to try to make new concepts and not just new methods. That's what magic needs, more concepts. We have enough magic tricks as it is, so creating something new to magic is key. A spectator sees one concept and one method so they won't know what's different. I see my magic getting more and more creative and original in the future.
Dominic Reyes : What's next from Casshan Wallace?
Casshan Wallace : I have many things that I've been working on over the years and they are about ready to be revealed but I'm going to give it some more time. Exciting things are to come!