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Topic: 3D CGI: What will it do to magic?
Message: Posted by: DaiBato (Jan 15, 2006 02:40PM)
Obviously we're still not in the age when computer animation is in 3D, but that age is not too far off. What effect will this have on stage and close-up magic when it does come?

As with electronic music and live music, people will always want to see live performers doing magic, but what does our Magic Café community think about this coming technology?

Dai Bato
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Jan 15, 2006 04:14PM)
Im not sure I understand. What would it do to magic?
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Jan 15, 2006 07:14PM)
"Obviously we're still not in the age when computer animation is in 3D, but that age is not too far off."

What do you mean by this? Almost all computer animation is done in 3D. 3D animation is a hobby of mine.

I don't see how it would affect magic in any way. Could you please rephrase your post?

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Jan 15, 2006 07:24PM)
Shane, it's not true 3D. That is years off. Holograms as a wide spread media are not viable yet.

As for the future of magic, I think magic will do fine. Television didn't replace radio (as predicted), movies didn't replace theater (as predicted), and computers haven't replaced the human mind.
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Jan 15, 2006 07:33PM)
Ahh, I understand. I thought he was talking about 3d computer animation, such as Shrek, Shark Tales, Finding Nemo, etc.

I didn't realize he meant holograms.

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jan 15, 2006 07:43PM)
The holograms I've seen are pretty though hardly realistic. I mean how many times have you seen real objects illuminated ONLY by the scattered light of a single laser?
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Jan 15, 2006 10:08PM)
Shane,

I didn't mean to suggest that holograms would be the next 3D wave, only that they are true 3D (You can look around items that block your view).

Jonathan,

I don't know if you've seen the high end holograms, but while monochromatic they are unbelievable. The cheap stuff you see mass produced in stores don't do real holograms justice. Part of the problem is that they use white light (dirty-not in phase and multiple frequencies) to reconstruct the image and it just doesn't do a good job.
Message: Posted by: DaiBato (Jan 16, 2006 12:05PM)
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear; I meant holograms.

Dai Bato