Do You Have to Be on Ecstasy to Appreciate Gloving? Judge For Yourself

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Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM
click to enlarge Brian Lim - NANETTE GONZALES
  • Nanette Gonzales
  • Brian Lim

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In our feature story this week, we explore the phenomenon of "gloving," in which folks don white gloves with LED lights and wave them around frantically at raves. It may sound corny but it's become a phenomenon, in part because it looks really cool when you're high. Apparently that's part of the problem, however, as big-time promoters like Insomniac have banned the practice from their raves (including Electric Daisy Carnival and Beyond Wonderland). However, advocates of gloving including Brian Lim -- pictured above, and the owner of a gloving retailer called Emazing Lights -- insist that it's an art form in itself, and that you don't have to be high to enjoy it.

Don't believe him? Try it out for yourself with the below gloving videos, assuming you're sober. These clips come courtesy of California's top glovers; the final one, from someone called Gummy, has 2.5 million freaking YouTube views.

Munch (team [e] and team [PM])

Last year's IGC champ Munch (a main player in our feature) is a master of the sleight-of-hand technique called conjuring. He uses just one or two lights to create a variety of illusions and misdirection tricks. He also uses color and shadow in ways very few glovers have the skill or creativity to even attempt. And he's smart enough not to take himself or this gloving stuff too seriously -- check the move at the 1:24 mark.

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