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radamwarner
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How about some ideas of what magic might be like in the age of Star Trek.
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I would think that the major issue there would be convincing the audience that it isn't all done with holograms. That done, I doubt the tricks would be any different from how they've been for hundreds of years. You can still use tricks from Hocus Pocus Jr and impress. There's been a lot more done since then, but the basics are all basics for a reason.

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It occurred to me that Because scientific "miracles" would be so pervasive, in the future, people might appreciate magic more as a historical entertainment.
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Check out the magic of Marco Tempest a Swiss magician.
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I've always believed that as magic evolves with technology, we need to find new effects. Eg. When the light bulb was invented, a great trick was to then produce a light bulb that lit without any apparent wiring or electrical cord. Do a trick like that now and everyone will assume it's batteries.

In the future, levitation tricks will seem less interesting with audience members thinking it's magnets, a mini AR drone or something electrical.
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But mind reading... So long as people don't start putting google glass nano-chips into their brains, we should be good for another few hundred years at least.
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They'll probably have to perform in the nude to prove they're not using any gadgets.
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Franz Harary is the way to go! Smile
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Jay Scott Berry, performed in futuristic outfit way back when. Don't know if he still does the same act, but looking around would not hurt to give you some ideas. Sort of a Flash Gordon outfit, if you know who that is.
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What an interesting conversation! I also think audiences will see s hologram in every illusion. But before we get there, holograms will be uncommon and used and magical. Just my prediction.
Jerry
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There all kinds of items you could present in a Futuristic magic act.

A assembled a robot comes to life.
Have someone transported (energized).
Cut some one in half with a "laser".
A bug eyed monster escapes from in cell after being materialized from what appeared to be an empty container.

Your stage setting could be the flight deck of a space ship or a laboratory. Most of what I mentioned above has already been done.

Just some thoughts.
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I couldn't resist thinking of a humorous bit with an element of perceived danger for the participant (e.g., a futuristic version of a visible sawing in half), with tan audience member wearing a red shirt.
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Magic Inc has a booklet called "Atomic Magic". I think this fits perfectly.
Check it out.

http://www.magicinc.net/atomicmagic.aspx

Looks like a fun read and you never know?
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Since neurobiology is finding that human decision making and memory shaping more closely resemble magic than reason,
there is no reason that conjuring will not be popular in the future.

It isn't about props and gimmicks -- it is about creating an "experience of real magic" whatever that happens to mean to the observer.

Of course, humans could evolve beyond the limits of man's enchantment with boredom, but we seem to be going in the wrong direction.

Besides, when we meet alien races we will try and kill them -- so any Star Trek scenario will never happen.

Ever consider that the reason we don't find other life forms is that they don't want US to find them.
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radamwarner
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Hey Funsway: Stephen Hawking, the physicist, also said that be careful what you ask for. To paraphrase, the intelligent life we seek to find may not be all warm and fuzzy towards us.
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I've used light sabers and electroluminescent wires and tapes for stage magic and illusions, to create a modern/futuristic look.
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On May 30, 2015, Zlwin Chew wrote:
Franz Harary is the way to go! Smile


I actually saw his show in Macau, he did a spaceship production on the stage, very cool.
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I think that mentalism, mental tricks and bizarre magic will thrive as technology rises. Audiences have long looked at performances with an eye toward explaining the tricks as technology. People look for the string or the magnet or the hologram. Mentalism strikes (some) viewers as "real" magic and that's why I think it's so popular today. I believe that as technology increases, audiences will thirst for magic that is or appears to be non-technological. A hologram act will be a tough sell, but mind reading tricks will always leave them wondering "how did you do THAT?!?"
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Star Trek: Next Generation Season 4 Episode 13 "Devil's Due"
May confront this very question.
the crew of the Enterprise confront an individual claiming to be Ardra, a mythological entity ...... at first the Enterprise is unable to explain any of her "tricks" and she has the local planet believing she is doing it all by magical ability alone..... the local people of the planet believe this to be true because of a very old myth that marks the god's return to the planet and the exact signs of the events that would have taken place on her arrival.

She vanishes, reappears in a new spot(transportation) she can move objects; control inert things (Telekinesis) she convinced the planet she brought about a long period of peace, (mentalism)
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I joked to a mentalist friend of mine that it may be necessary to set off an emp at the beginning of the performance to preclude the use of any electronic assistance...
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