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Topic: Your Favourite Magical Entrance?
Message: Posted by: Chris H (Sep 6, 2012 10:47PM)
I'm doing some research into magical entrances. The first effect of an illusion show where the magician appears on stage. Would love to hear your favourites. They can be commercial/available for sale or exclusive to a particular performer (Copperfield, Angel, etc). If you can include a video, that would be awesome as well. :)

Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 6, 2012 11:33PM)
I'd tell you how Marc Salem does it but I think you'd steal it.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 7, 2012 07:13AM)
Copperfield's Elevator and One illusions are my favorites.
Message: Posted by: Stu Turner (Sep 9, 2012 07:15AM)
Paul Daniel's Exploding Box. Awesome way to make an entrance.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Sep 9, 2012 01:45PM)
Did you ever see that movie of Dante appearing from a puff of smoke?
Message: Posted by: serg (Sep 9, 2012 01:54PM)
I think this illusion E.O.V. of Danny Weiser new and very visible appearance!!! Build by Jack Murray... http://www.weiserconcepts.com/ Seregy.
Message: Posted by: WeiserSide1 (Sep 9, 2012 10:56PM)
Seregy,
Thank you for your kind words in regards to my design...We actually have one being built as we speak..will post pictures and video when completed!
Best,
Danny Weiser
Message: Posted by: Oliver Ross (Sep 10, 2012 06:03AM)
I can't remember anymore who was the magician, I believe it was Hans Zahn. Years ago, in the 90th, in a german variety magic show in Berlin I saw him appear in a puff of smoke sitting on a devils throne; he hosted the show and thought that it was one of the most magical and mystifying stage entrances I've ever seen.

Later I saw David Copperfield Elevator Illusion stage entrance in his TV show and live and still think it's one of the best.

Oliver.
Message: Posted by: AndyLuka (Sep 10, 2012 11:30AM)
Rune Klan has a great way to appear on stage. Its in his book Rune's World.
Message: Posted by: Sam Sandler (Sep 10, 2012 01:38PM)
Every time I see one of these threads I cant help but laugh.

some one ask a question legit or not and every one is so protective of their stuff and rightly so,.
I just find it funny that you comment but don't answer the question.

of course we are all trying to protect our shows.

but that being said here is my production.

I walk out on stage and begin my routine. that's it. its a classic and works well.

I do have another production but well you know I am not telling you about that one.

I would second Dannys idea he has come up with some pretty cool stuff.

sam
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Sep 10, 2012 08:05PM)
My all time favorite was DC's "One" Darcy Oake had a great one as well that was somewhat similiar in effect but far more practical.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Sep 11, 2012 12:07AM)
Another vote for The Elevator...done SPECIFICALLY the way DC does it. I've seen a few other people use the exact same illusion and it doesn't have the same punch as when he did it. David is one of those performers that the proper lighting, music, and choreography all put together with the prop that really creates the feeling of magic.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (Sep 11, 2012 12:16AM)
I second Darcy Oake's appearance.
Message: Posted by: Jason Johnson (Sep 12, 2012 12:17AM)
I liked Hans Klok's comic appearance from the Backstage Illusion on the old Masters of Magic show from the '90s.
Message: Posted by: tristanmagic (Sep 12, 2012 12:34AM)
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On 2012-09-11 01:07, pepka wrote:
Another vote for The Elevator...done SPECIFICALLY the way DC does it. I've seen a few other people use the exact same illusion and it doesn't have the same punch as when he did it. David is one of those performers that the proper lighting, music, and choreography all put together with the prop that really creates the feeling of magic.
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David Copperfield is famous, that's also part of the succes of his elevator.
A star that arrives on stage (magically or not) has more inpack than a 'lesser known' performer.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Sep 12, 2012 02:06AM)
Being retired I'm not doing anything special... BUT... if I was doing a big production show, here's what I have in my notes.

Curtain opens and a Terradactile flies onstage from one side, holding me in its claws. It flies around a bit, then gets center stage and lets go of me, and I land standing center stage.

As it flies away, I say, "Come back for me in xx minutes, I'll need a ride home."
Message: Posted by: serg (Sep 12, 2012 03:01PM)
Yes,Darcy Oake "APPEARING ON CHAIR" ,build by Tim Clothier another modern and great idea! Sergey.
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Sep 12, 2012 03:08PM)
I suppose it's because it was the first time I saw DC live but the Motorcycle Shadowbox appearance I'll never forget.

http://youtu.be/eNf3_VGYHEo
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 12, 2012 03:10PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-11 01:07, pepka wrote:
I've seen a few other people use the exact same illusion and it doesn't have the same punch as when he did it. David is one of those performers that the proper lighting, music, and choreography all put together with the prop that really creates the feeling of magic.
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The only other person I have seen perform this is Steve Wyrick (not to say that htere haven't been others), and I thought his was just as impressive.
Message: Posted by: mpicard (Sep 12, 2012 03:53PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-12 03:06, Pete Biro wrote:
Being retired I'm not doing anything special... BUT... if I was doing a big production show, here's what I have in my notes.

Curtain opens and a Terradactile flies onstage from one side, holding me in its claws. It flies around a bit, then gets center stage and lets go of me, and I land standing center stage.

As it flies away, I say, "Come back for me in xx minutes, I'll need a ride home."
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A Terradactile? nothing more modern? lol just kidding.
Message: Posted by: Frank Simpson (Sep 12, 2012 06:53PM)
Well, the [i]spelling[/i] of pterodactyl certainly is "modern"! And while abhor the spelling, I love the idea, Pete!

I find it interesting how many mentions there have been of DC's (Steinmeyer's) Elevator, but no one has mentioned that it was Doug Henning who first introduced the illusion and it was his exclusively until his retirement. On a personal note, I've always preferred his presentation of it as well. His was the only one I ever saw where at the "showing empty" phase the "shaft" was brick, and after the appearance the interior had changed to the elevator cab.
Message: Posted by: MagicalMotivator (Sep 12, 2012 07:03PM)
Actually in some later versions, Frank, DH's elevator's inside was the transformed into the "rainbow /clouds" art he used.

And Doug's handling of it when it first came out back then was "very magical".

I remember being in the live audience when it was used to film "The Magic Show - The Movie" in Toronto. The elevator was also used at the end of the show to have him and "the Lion Tamer" disapppear back into the clouds.

MM
Message: Posted by: Frank Simpson (Sep 12, 2012 07:15PM)
MM, The rainbow/clouds was the interior to which I was referring. Not a [i]traditional[/i] elevator cab, mind you, but definitely a Henning-esque one!

I always loved his method and handling of the effect. I remember seeing him in San Francisco on tour in about 1984 and he opened the second act with it. Debbie was in a purple tailcoat tux and produced Doug in the same tailcoat. Now, knowing his method and this costuming, imagine how the illusion looked from not too far off center! I saw the show three times that weekend, and no one ever noticed the method. Some great misdirection in that presentation!
Message: Posted by: Oliver Ross (Sep 13, 2012 05:40AM)
I know that Doug Henning was the first to present the Elevator illusion, but unfortunatly I've never seen his presentation.

I have to agree with pepka, it's certainly due to David Copperfield's presentation that this particular illusion is such a sucess. I've seen it on TV and once live in his show and I must say that everything fitts to make it a great stage entrance to set the mood for the show thanks to the music and the lighting.

I like aswell his Motorcycle Shadow Box and One but his elevator entrance is top noche.

Oliver.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 13, 2012 07:11AM)
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On 2012-09-13 06:40, Oliver Ross wrote:
I know that Doug Henning was the first to present the Elevator illusion, but unfortunatly I've never seen his presentation.

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Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-2f7A-wbeg
Message: Posted by: Frank Simpson (Sep 13, 2012 07:48AM)
Oliver-

With all due respect, the illusion was quite successful long before Copperfield got his mitts on it. In my humble opinion, DC's presentation, while quite good, is over-produced. I personally prefer the simplicity of Doug's presentation.
Message: Posted by: cc-magic (Sep 13, 2012 07:54AM)
Seeing David opening the show with the elevator lowering from very high in a proper theater, the self-opening and moving arrow, then his appearance mid-air before the elevator "landed" and DC walking forward. Very magical indeed.

My mind actually thought...that's a perfect magical entrance. The metaphor and the magic were exactly right.
Message: Posted by: Oliver Ross (Sep 13, 2012 09:53AM)
Frank, thanks to you I've seen the video now, and I have to agree aswell with you. Doug Henning made a great piece of magic art out of this illusion. Simple, direct and still with a meaning for the audience.

If I remeber aswell, I've seen the same illusion presented (same prop look) by Sigfried & Roy on german television.

Oliver.
Message: Posted by: magicelam (Sep 16, 2012 10:31PM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKf58fQjEi8&feature=related

here is the link to Darcy Oake's, I know it was mentioned, but I don't think a link was posted... it's GREAT.
Message: Posted by: TheMagicOfDean (Sep 17, 2012 08:08AM)
I have been watching Darcy Oake's apearance over and over again and I not only enjoyed the opening, I also really liked his choice of music as it fits so well.
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Sep 17, 2012 08:37AM)
A couple of memorable opening illusions that are also appearances that I have seen are:

Penn and Teller; where two suspended, hinged, angled sheets of glass suddenly close together and smash to reveal the duo standing in the frames that held the glass sheets.

And... Christian Fechner's opening effect where he stands up from a chair that is empty... until he gets up from it.
Message: Posted by: ThatsJustWrong! (Sep 17, 2012 08:54AM)
I'm gonna steal Pete's idea but I'm gonna need a much, much bigger pterodactyl. Maybe I can get one cheap after the "How to Train Your Dragon" arena show closes in a few years.
Message: Posted by: TheMagicOfDean (Sep 17, 2012 09:37AM)
Oh yes! I forgotten to add Lu Chen's version of Instant Babe Illusion by Daniel Summers. I first saw this on another thread and I recently saw it performed live as he did his tour "Dazzle" in Singapore. It was really impressive. Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_1GUjzYO6Y&feature=youtu.be&t=1m18s/ I also seen his previous tour show which was about 2 years ago and he had another nice opening illusion. It can be seen from this video: http://youtu.be/j_1GUjzYO6Y?t=1m19s Enjoy! :)
Message: Posted by: thorin_10 (Sep 17, 2012 11:48AM)
Copperfield's Elevator
Message: Posted by: Oliver Ross (Sep 17, 2012 05:37PM)
There's another one that impressed me a lot. J.C. Sum's appearance from a wall on top of a set of stairs.

I've once seen a video of it. It was on Singapour TV presented live for a foundation money collection.

Oliver.