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post #181 of 279
Mr. Magician, you said earlier you do lots of card tricks... and I know there's no secrets or anything. But is it possible to shed some light on this great video? Could he have done this with a short sleeve t-shirt? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopK2...eature=related
post #182 of 279
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Can you make Obama disappear?
You wouldn't believe how much I get this question (with varying political figure) - and yet I still don't have a witty retort.
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So that douchebag magician (Valentino) is back on a new network. It aired last week and apparently there are 12 eps set to air. From the previews it looked like he was going after Angel.
...yeah. I can't imagine this is going to be great for magic, but I don't think it will hurt things too much either. I can't say I'm not looking forward to Criss Angel's inevitable hysterical reaction.
post #183 of 279
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Mr. Magician, you said earlier you do lots of card tricks... and I know there's no secrets or anything. But is it possible to shed some light on this great video? Could he have done this with a short sleeve t-shirt? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopK2...eature=related
A charming video. Not my taste in music or magic presentation but he executed the card manipulation well. Everything he did can be done (at least by me) in short sleeves. Edit: I realize that sounds a little snarky coming from someone who has no videos up. I promise to have something up soon and put my money where my mouth is.
post #184 of 279
Most digicams can take videos lets see some awesome! I very much liked that video and the music.
post #185 of 279
^^^ And I liked it when there was no music and it was called "Sam the Bellhop."
post #186 of 279
I remember in an interview Copperfield said some of his illusions take years to think up. How accurate would this be? Does it really take that long to come up with a trick?
post #187 of 279
What do you call the person that designs the illusions, but isn't the actual performer on stage (i.e. the character on Johnathan Creek, the TV show).
post #188 of 279
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^^^ And I liked it when there was no music and it was called "Sam the Bellhop."
LULZ.
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I remember in an interview Copperfield said some of his illusions take years to think up. How accurate would this be? Does it really take that long to come up with a trick?
Absolutely. Some of my better pieces I have been working on for years. It's not a static result either. A good magic act evolves and should be a sort of work-in-progress.
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What do you call the person that designs the illusions, but isn't the actual performer on stage (i.e. the character on Johnathan Creek, the TV show).
There is no industry-standard specific title, aside from perhaps "illusion designer." Nowadays it is usually a creative team moreso then just one or two masterminds. I like the rather romantic term "svengali."
post #189 of 279
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You wouldn't believe how much I get this question (with varying political figure) - and yet I still don't have a witty retort.

(looks surprised) Did they find him already?
post #190 of 279
how do they do the ones where you poke a cigarette through a quarter?
post #191 of 279
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how do they do the ones where you poke a cigarette through a quarter?

I personally invoke a fifth-level Djinn to tear asunder the very laws of physics our reality is founded upon.


Lesser magicians, however, might inquire for a clever device through the local magic shop proprietor. I recommend Barry Taylor of Rockville MD.
post #192 of 279
so youre saying the quarter david copperfield used was just a prop?

that sucks. i thought it was some clever illusion
post #193 of 279
is david blaine the messiah or the anti-christ?
post #194 of 279
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is david blaine the messiah or the anti-christ?

Criss Angel is much more anti-christ - i think the Obamessiah will be seen soon enough.
post #195 of 279
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So the Obama performance tonight went really well. I performed for some party bigwigs and someone quite prominent in the CIA (can't say who!) The host Ken Trombley is a well-to-do lawyer who is an avid amateur magician and has a truly beautiful collection of magic memorabilia, including some Houdini ephemera. His collection is probably worth several thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There was a really awesome bill including Alain Nu and this great guy from Philly, Francis Menotti. People responded really well to my material including some brand new stuff. I should have pictures from the event in the next couple days. Remember to come out and see me at Mauro's grand opening if you are in the DC area!
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