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Topic: Steinmeyer Squozed video- steampunk style!
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickens (Feb 28, 2013 10:52AM)
Thought you might enjoy this clip of Alberto Giorgi performing his steampunk version of Squozed that I built.
Love the additions he made with the table top props!
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 28, 2013 11:59AM)
WOW....a truly magical performance of an illusion....a full routine without dancing...oh, and yes....the prop looked good too ( :) )

Message: Posted by: Sorcerer (Feb 28, 2013 12:06PM)
Really cool!!
Nice touches, I love the props, Craig.
Alberto Giorgi has a very personal style performing illusions, once more a very original presentation :)
Message: Posted by: Illucifer (Feb 28, 2013 12:24PM)
Gorgeous work, as always, Craig.
Message: Posted by: dahih beik (Feb 28, 2013 01:15PM)
Strong effect , wish that next time he wiggles his hand a little less .. if you know what I mean , anyways brilliant
just placed an order with GRIAG ... so exited .
Message: Posted by: T. Durden (Feb 28, 2013 01:16PM)
Everything about that was very, very cool. Excellent work!
Message: Posted by: john wills (Feb 28, 2013 01:55PM)
Message: Posted by: MagicOzzy (Feb 28, 2013 02:49PM)
I haven't seen an illusion be that entertaining in a long time...thanks for sharing!
Message: Posted by: sly2272 (Feb 28, 2013 03:26PM)
Message: Posted by: reedrc (Feb 28, 2013 03:34PM)
Always nice seeing one's work on stage! Good work Craig!.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Feb 28, 2013 07:13PM)
Good as it gets.
Message: Posted by: LanceRich (Feb 28, 2013 11:08PM)
Really Interesting and different presentation. I really like the Steampunk style - and I like that this makes the prop a Steampunk machine; not just an illusion with Steampunk art direction.
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Feb 28, 2013 11:25PM)
Always great to see something different ... and that certainly was different!

Excellent work on Craig's part ... wow!

Message: Posted by: AlbertoGiorgi (Mar 1, 2013 02:22AM)
Hi, I have received a lot of nice private message about this video.
Thanks to all of you but also I think is correct to share this compliments with other people.

So I want to thank:

Steinmeyer for the creation of the Squozed illusion

David Goldrake because was the first to perform the Squozed and inspired me
to think about it.

Craig Dickens for his excellent work to build it.

My brother Leonardo to have helped me to build the co-box (contortionist-box)

Vito Lupo, Gaetan Bloom, Rafael, AAron Crow, Arno, J.Garin, Adrian Soler, Andrea and
especially my wife and assistant Laura to have shared thought and ideas helping me to resolve some doubt during the creation of the routine and to come up with this direction.

Le plus grand cabaret and his staff to gave me the possibility to present my act in a so prestigious stage.

to all of you who saw the video

Alberto Giorgi
Message: Posted by: Falconer (Mar 1, 2013 06:42AM)
It was a wonderful piece of Magic.

My congratulations

Falconer from Portugal
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Mar 1, 2013 08:03AM)
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Mar 1, 2013 11:18AM)
All I can say is WOW. That was incredible. The performance is unique, entertaining and magical. The prop is incredibly deceptive. Well done Alberto and Craig.
Message: Posted by: martialartsmagic (Mar 1, 2013 02:18PM)
One of the best pices of magic I have ever seen.
Message: Posted by: serg (Mar 1, 2013 04:45PM)
Great illusion and strong effect,i think will be second after Origami illusion by popularity :) And look on Tim Clothier design: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=475024612536461&set=pb.132342806804645.-2207520000.1362177260&type=3&theater also FANTASTIC!!!
Message: Posted by: Dennis Loomis (Mar 1, 2013 06:08PM)
Wow, Wow, Wow. I love it. So many wonderful things have already been said and I heartily agree. But consider that here's an illusion that would ordinarily play for just a bit over a minute. Alberto get over 4 minutes with it and it doesn't drag at all.

Congratulations to Alberto, his assistant, and to Craig.

Dennis Loomis
Message: Posted by: Pseph Choy (Mar 1, 2013 10:18PM)
Beautiful piece of magic, Craig and Alberto... your illusion told a story full of imagination and completely resonant with Alberto and Laura. I loved your little touch the contortionist box. The timing was perfect, I felt that the instant suspicion begins to build in the back of my mind you surprised your audience with movement. I agree with Dahih; I think the slightest sign of life of contortionist Laura in the co-box would send shivers down my spine. On the other hand, I could imagine contortionist Laura suddenly opening her hand against the glass window and Alberto covering the box with the curtain immediately after. Just the brief one second glimpse would make my imagination run wild and wonder what did I just see in your co-box!

Congratulations to Alberto, Laura, Craig, and their team. It was wonderful!
Message: Posted by: illusiontech (Mar 1, 2013 10:52PM)
Absolutely Fantastic, Different, Well Designed and Thought Out!! Bravo!!!

Message: Posted by: damien666 (Mar 1, 2013 11:39PM)
I don't know what all of the fuss is about..
Original presentation, brilliant concept flawlessly executed, well defined characters, a plot that is magical and concise, meticulously constructed props that make sense, a true piece of story, art and theatre coupled with great stage presence!!!
That's not what magic is about these days!!!
Where is the bad choreography?! Where is the mismatched motif? Where is the cheesy dancing and laughable posing?! The lack of stage presence??
If THIS is what we have to look forward to regarding the future of magic - then it may once again become a viable theatrical art form that audiences respect.. NO THANK YOU!

P.S. - I want to see more!
Message: Posted by: Steven True (Mar 2, 2013 12:06AM)
That was simply amazing. No other way to describe it. Damien666 I agree with what you said. To much hokey stuff and not enough beauty often enough anymore. Thanks for the post and amazing work on the prop. Shows what real workmanship and great stage presentation can bring about.

Message: Posted by: natmagic (Mar 2, 2013 01:39AM)
Wonderful stuff and so nice to see no awkward poses for no reason and high energy music just for high energy sake. Great presentation and a lesson in how to take a purchased illusion and make it your own.
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Mar 2, 2013 03:21AM)
That was just beautiful. Fantastic performance and stunning props!

Craig, if you (or Alberto) don't mind me asking, is there actual wood used in the prop or is it all metal painted and weathered (or covered in veneer)?
Message: Posted by: ARNOMAGIE (Mar 2, 2013 06:59AM)
Alberto is one of the few (with Rafael, Philippart & Anja, and some more) who prove that illusions don't have to be done with the rock-music/jeans/chicks/aggressive lights/smoke/macho style...!
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickens (Mar 2, 2013 11:10AM)
Mvmagic- Yes, there is some stained wood in the table construction over metal framing. I believe in choosing the best materials to construct a project, not adhering to an " all metal" philosophy just for the sake of it. When I hear that mantra it reminds me of the saying- " when you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail!"
Jim Steinmeyers design is a clever and restrained application of industrial steampunk details that never crosses over into looking like an actual machine that does all the work. Less is more. Smart philosophy.
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Mar 2, 2013 12:13PM)
Craig, that is very very cool. I am a huge fan of your work! I thought it looked like real wood there. I am with you there, making something all metal for the sake it being all metal is just pointless.
Message: Posted by: James FX (Mar 2, 2013 01:08PM)
I love how all the seperate elements made sense AND came together just right to make you believe that what you were seeing was a true miracle! Kudos to Jim & Craig for designing and building an incredible illusion and to Alberto for bringing it to life with his own twists and performance.
Message: Posted by: Oliver Ross (Mar 2, 2013 04:28PM)
I can only agree with all the positive comments.

However, the only two negative things I have to point out are : First, and this isn't the first time I have to regret, but the TV filming of magic acts in this TV show could be much better.

I think they don't take enough time to bring the magic correctly over on the home TVs. A lot of secrets can be seen. Even laymen point this out a lot.

Secondly, and this doesn't comes from me but from my parents in law, which aren't into magic. They thought that the act was a little bit "too complicated" to understand artisticly. First they thought that the little box with the tube was a kind of camera to catch the girl and so they didn't understand the steampunk bottle... But this is their opinion. I thought it would be good to transmit their thoughts, so please don't misunderstand.

Anyway, to me, this act was great in presentation and originality, as all the acts of Alberto. And soooooo different !!! Keep the good work rolling Alberto. You're, what I call a real artist.

Message: Posted by: Chad Sanborn (Mar 3, 2013 01:05PM)
Eh,... it was ok.

haha no it was great! Craig, those props looked fantastic! nice work!
Message: Posted by: John Taylor (Mar 10, 2013 06:16PM)
The performer has given purpose to this unusual and cleverly designed prop and beautifully worked with the basic prop by adding a few other great bits of business. Well done Craig for a amazing looking prop, Jim for excellent illusion design and Alberto for great vision and a masterful routine! You'll made your routine look logical, with a hard prop to do that with. Truly excellent!!!