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Topic: A very entertaining cups and balls routine
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 14, 2005 06:02PM)
Hey, I was just amazed by this video that, I think Dave V. told me about.
Eccentricks I.

It has dice stacking, cups and balls, tons of sight gags, funny lines.
The guy is very very talanted. The guy swallows a lit candle, balances a lit match on his nose. This is killer material for a street worker. KILLER.

Best I've seen in a long time. Am I just behind the times here???????

[url=http://www.theambitiouscard.com/shop/details.cfm?code=DVDCF1ECC&ref=cafe]Eccentricks I[/url]

The cups and balls routine is awesome. I watched it 5 times in a row.
The lines. The steals and loads.

Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 14, 2005 06:14PM)
Hes great ....both dvd's are like the best stuff I have seen in years YEARS
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 14, 2005 08:24PM)
Yeah... so who is this guy. seems like he would make a killing
out on the street.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 14, 2005 08:34PM)
Charlie frye, he would just kill on the streets!...yea great stuff HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and I didn't produce thomas wayne :)
Message: Posted by: Magicmaven (May 14, 2005 08:46PM)
What does "...I didn't produce thomas wayne" mean?

I'll have to have a look at this DVD. Frank, can you put a clip of it up?
Message: Posted by: kid iowa (May 15, 2005 12:18AM)
Danny had a great interview with him, I think it was posted on his buskers website. I agree, Charlie is the man! Rumor has it that a third dvd is being planned, as is a book. He also has a great website, and makes some killer shells for the 3 shell game.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 15, 2005 01:40AM)
Charlie Frye is a third generation entertainer, busker, and clown. He studied at the Ringling Brother's Clown College. He's been entertaining his way around the world for twenty years or so. His magic "chops" are as good as they come, but he's not really into the "magic scene" and although he will occasionally drop in on Gary Darwin's Wednesday night meetings in Las Vegas, he tends to keep his distance from other magicians. He's good friends with Earl "Mr. Clown" Chaney, who taught him at the Clown College, and last time I was in Earl's shop I saw a photo of Charlie in his clown makeup with Dick Van Dyke, Earl, and the rest of the Ringling Clown family.

I've seen his shells and personally didn't like them. They look good on camera, but close up they look nothing like real shell. They're hand molded out of some sort of sculpting clay and a few grooves are carved in to help with the grip. They work great as far as handling goes, they just don't look enough like real shells for my taste.

His website is http://www.charliefrye.com and it has a great promo video of his juggling show "Charlie Frye and Co." the "Co." being played by his wife as the disinterested assistant similar in character to Pam Thompson.

Here's a [url=http://www.thedannyhustleshow.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=348]link[/url] to Danny's interview on the Busker's Café.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 15, 2005 02:13AM)
On 2005-05-14 21:46, Magicmaven wrote:
What does "...I didn't produce thomas wayne" mean?

I'll have to have a look at this DVD. Frank, can you put a clip of it up?


You don't need a clip. you just buy, watch, and wow.

Message: Posted by: Glenn Godsey (May 15, 2005 03:05AM)
Ah yes, I am a big fan of the style of Charlie Frye. If you dig this sort of vaudeville comedy, you must check out the movie, "Funny Bones". Although there is a dark side to the film, it is full of the practically extinct "vaudeville/music hall" comedy that inspires some of us. Lee Evans is absolutely brilliant in his comedy sketches as well as his acting...if the awards system was sane, he would have certainly won "best actor" instead of the sort of Titanic/sparticus empty spectacles that win. As it is, practically no one has ever heard of this brilliant film. Kudos to Lee Evans and kudos to Charlie Frye....rare and wonderful talents.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
Message: Posted by: Zack (May 15, 2005 03:39AM)

It is a little long, but it is absolutely fantastic! Everybody here should run out and see it.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 15, 2005 12:33PM)
Even though I recommended it, I forgot he had his C&B routine on it. I re-watched it this morning. It's great! For someone who wants some C&B ideas that are not based on Vernon, they gotta see this!
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 15, 2005 12:35PM)
Charlie Frye is GREAT!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 15, 2005 06:38PM)
Glenn, thanks for the tip on the movie.
I'll check it out.

His cups and balls routine was such a fresh of breath air.
I absolutely loved it. Cups looked nice too.

His timing, delivery, etc. was phenominal. You don't see to many videos
with no spectators and have them be entertaining.

So point your nose to your local magic dvd.
I mean get the shop at your local dvd.
I mean pick your local dvd.
I mean pick your nose.
Point your shop.

...just get the DVD!

Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (May 15, 2005 08:33PM)
Charlie Fry-

Class Pure Class!!

Skill & Entertainment-Wow!!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 16, 2005 05:13PM)
Anyone know where to get the "spring bills" that he used
on his DVD #1?

I just ordered DVD #2 so tomorrow we'll see how it is.
I'm expecting more great things. He does a shell game routine
on that DVD, apparently.

Anyone seen this one? DaveV?
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 16, 2005 05:17PM)
Of course I have! You're in for a treat.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 19, 2005 01:26AM)
I watched #2. It's great. I think I like #1 better but that guy sure is talented.

I'm amazed. Period!
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 19, 2005 01:33AM)
I think Gazzo said (assuming he wouldn't give away his best stuff) "If this is his 'B' material, imagine what his 'A' material looks like!"
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (May 19, 2005 11:40PM)
Charlie is the best. He spent a lot of time with the greatest clown to ever grace the planet with his over sized footstep George Carl. If you have never seen the movie Funny Bones you should rent it just to see a snippet of the magic that this guy created with his physical comedy.

Charlie is a great magician and juggler, chops galore in both fields. He is also one of the best physical comedians working today. The guy really has it all. An entertainers entertainer that kills lay people and those in the know a like.

You can also get his DVDs direct from him on his website.





My buddy Frank in New Jersey has the bills you are looking for [url=http://stores.ebay.com/Pasta-Magic-Company_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZkm]here [/url] just type spring bills in the search thingie. Tell him I sent you. :)


Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 21, 2005 01:22AM)
I already got the spring bills today in the mail.
They're great. I'll be using them tomorrow in my routine "double your money".

Those Charlie Frye DVDs really afffected me in a serious way.
I'm not sure how to describe it.

For one, it makes me feel like I'm 100 years behind in practice.
But there's more than that.

That guy just has it all together.

He is figuratively balancing comedy with wit, and silly, seriousness, and sheer skill. It's a combo you just don't see anywhere.

I think I'm going to go practice some "table crap".

.... but first I'm going to check out his website.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 21, 2005 01:48AM)
Frank, did you catch the credits for his balloon ball gag? (somehow that didn't come out right. Oh well, you know what I mean)

He's the last person I'd imagine doing balloon tricks.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 21, 2005 02:30PM)
No, I did not see the credits for that. I'll re-watch.
Believe me, I'm still watching them daily and shaking my head.

I used the "spring bills gag" today at the farmer's market and got
great rections. I think I'll end my signed bill-to-balloon with this
from now on.

By the way, Mr. V., why have you held out on us and not brought this
set of DVDs to our attention sooner. ;)

I could have been praticing balancing a lit match on my nose that much longer.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 21, 2005 03:33PM)
Hey I tried to tell you guys... Actually it was Danny Hustle that first brought him to our attention during the Dice Stacking discussion last year.

The balloon move isn't in the credits, but he mentions it during the explanation. It's the move where he blows a bubble in the middle of the balloon and "bites" it off to produce a solid ball from his mouth. The initials MM (or is it PG?) might help.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 21, 2005 04:29PM)
OH. Yes. Now I remember.
I remember specifically.

Yes, those initials are correct (both sets!) ;)

Makes me want to do a multi billiard ball routine.
I already tried to order them but could not find white.

If I can't find white, I ain't ordering them. Period.

Boy, that one blew right by me Danny Boy. I don't remember the reference
to Eccentricks before. I'll pay more attention next time. Promise.
Message: Posted by: trevcmagicman (May 21, 2005 10:49PM)
One Word: WOW
Message: Posted by: RiffRaff (May 22, 2005 07:34AM)
On 2005-05-21 15:30, Frank Starsini wrote:
By the way, Mr. V., why have you held out on us and not brought this
set of DVDs to our attention sooner. ;)

Two years ago:
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 22, 2005 11:36AM)