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Topic: Is Shawn Farquhar the best magician at the moment?
Message: Posted by: brianmagic23 (Feb 16, 2015 04:46AM)
I was wondering if you also think Shawn Farquhar is the best magician in the world? He beat dynamo at a London convention. He was on Ellen and he fooled Penn and Teller? Also does anyone know where you can purchase some of his tricks aside from the tricks on his website as I already have them?
It would be really helpful if you replied.
Thank You
Message: Posted by: mlippo (Feb 16, 2015 05:38AM)
>I was wondering if you also think Shawn Farquhar is the best magician in the world?

No


Derren Brown, Mario Lopez, Dani DaOrtiz, Henry Evans are just SOME of the names that come to my mind right now. And I think they're all better than he is.

mlippo
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 16, 2015 07:19AM)
Brian...A TRICK only exists while it is being performed. MAGIC only exists in the mind(s) of the spectator(s). You CANNOT BUY TRICKS OR MAGIC.

You CAN purchase PROPS and/or SECRETS. Then, it "aint WHAT you do, it's HOW you do it! "Those who think that magic consists of doing tricks, are strangers to magic. Tricks are only the crude residue from which the lifeblood of magic has been drained." --S. H. Sharpe

Trying to select the "best magician in the world" is extremely subjective. It's like comparing "apples & oranges", or "bananas"! DE GUSTIBUS NON EST DISPUTANDUM! (concerning tastes, we cannot argue.)

You, apparently, are just starting out. I urge you to read, "MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT" (Ken Weber). Then,if you are SERIOUS, study the "TARBELL COURSE IN MAGIC". Others may promote their "favorite" book, as the "panacea". They mean well, but, their opinions are SUBJECTIVE.

The ship was heading out to sea. A young sailor, and a "grizzled" old veteran sailor, were standing at the ship's rail, looking out at the ocean. The young lad exclaimed: "There's a lot of water out there!" The old timer replied, "What you see is only the top of it!"

Tarbell will explain many tricks, but he will also introduce you to the principles of magic. Tarbell was first published in 1927. It has been revised and republished, and, TARBELL IS STILL IN PRINT!
Message: Posted by: brianmagic23 (Feb 16, 2015 07:37AM)
Thank you very much dick oslund
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 16, 2015 07:42AM)
P.S.

I read Tarbell in the original edition. (The correspondence course was mailed to subscribers--one lesson at a time.)--I'm not that old! I bought the entire course from my mentor's estate, when he died.

The revised edition (1941)published by Lou Tannen, "expurgated" props of competitive dealers,like Percy Abbott, and inserted props that were made by Tannen! Volume VII was written and edited by Harry Lorayne, who was eminently qualified, with contributions by many well qualified performers.

There is now a pdf edition of the original course, available, FREE. You'll need to inquire from someone more computer savvy than I am, to learn how to "get" it.
Message: Posted by: MVoss (Feb 16, 2015 03:23PM)
Asking who the best magician is, is like asking who the best band in the world is. Subjective opinions about creatives will always vary. I would say he is one of the better ones though. Certainly one of the top stars.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Feb 16, 2015 04:15PM)
I spent a week on a cruise with Shawn (and our wives!). Shawn is a very polished professional magician. But more importantly he is a terrific person. After just a few day I felt like I've known him all my life. Is he the best magician in the world? Probably not - but then again he just may be.

Jim
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Feb 16, 2015 04:15PM)
I spent a week on a cruise with Shawn (and our wives!). Shawn is a very polished professional magician. But more importantly he is a terrific person. After just a few day I felt like I've known him all my life. Is he the best magician in the world? Probably not - but then again he just may be.

Jim
Message: Posted by: mbwambwa (Feb 16, 2015 04:30PM)
Following up on what Mr. Oslund said - anyone have informstion on how to obtain Tarbell for free?
Message: Posted by: harris (Feb 16, 2015 07:28PM)
Inter library loan at least here in the states.
Message: Posted by: Joe Piseski (Feb 16, 2015 07:36PM)
One thing's for sure... Shawn is a great performer, a very king & generous person, and is passionate about helping bring some magic into this world. He's definitely one of the good guys!

BTW, there's a great 2-part interview with Shawn on The Magic Talk podcast (my weekly must-listen to podcast habit!).

Joe
Message: Posted by: Joe Piseski (Feb 16, 2015 07:37PM)
Meant to say "kind"
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 16, 2015 08:22PM)
Yes! I was spending the winter months in New Orleans about five years ago. Jon Racherbaumer is a good friend. There is a little regional "convention" in southern Louiana. John said, "I'm going. I'm booked to lecture." So, I went with John. Shawn was booked to do close up etc. We had lunch together, I found Shawn a delight to be with. He did a very polished lecture, and worked one of the evening shows. --Both good, although I liked the lecture better (Personal taste).
Message: Posted by: RedHatMagic (Feb 17, 2015 01:46PM)
Tarbell was available on the Learned pig project - bought by Lybrary.com you might look there
Message: Posted by: mbwambwa (Feb 17, 2015 02:07PM)
Redhatmagic - thanks very much. I'll check it out.
Message: Posted by: Wenzelo (Feb 22, 2015 03:32PM)
Maybe not the best but definitely one of the best
Message: Posted by: Shawn Farquhar (Feb 26, 2015 03:22AM)
I'm pretty confident to say Shawn Farquhar is not the best magician at the moment. All the magicians mlippo mentioned, Derren Brown, Mario Lopez, Dani DaOrtiz and Henry Evans are awesome magicians but I suspect they too would decline the title. I don't personally know Derren Brown, although we sat together at FISM for a week, but the others I am very proud to call friend and even brother. Here's my thoughts, yes I beat Dynamo in a magic contest, but that was one particular day in a life time of days. That day is gone and many more have passed since then... I've been on Ellen, but so have countless other magicians. I also fooled for Penn and Teller, but once again so did others. Here's what I'm trying to say... who cares who's the best magician at this moment, because by the time you finish reading my post, that moment is gone and another has begun. Let's all just try to be the best we can be at any given moment.

I'd also suggest Ken Webers book Maximum Entertainment and the Tarbell Course. I'd buy the physical books and not the .pdf (even if they are free). Why? Well you will only be able to afford one book at a time so you will read it, practice and then move on. If you get all the volumes at once you will flip through the books read a few tricks that look interesting and move on... missing many of the essay's and important information that will help you become the magician you wish to become. Don't rush the journey, start slow and learn how to learn. There's that old saying it's not the destination but the journey that counts...

Keep well and busy,

-shawn

p.s. My website contains every piece of magic I have ever released to the community, so if you don't see it there... it's not yet for sale.
Message: Posted by: mlippo (Feb 26, 2015 11:48AM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2015, Shawn Farquhar wrote:
I'm pretty confident to say Shawn Farquhar is not the best magician at the moment. All the magicians mlippo mentioned, Derren Brown, Mario Lopez, Dani DaOrtiz and Henry Evans are awesome magicians but I suspect they too would decline the title. I don't personally know Derren Brown, although we sat together at FISM for a week, but the others I am very proud to call friend and even brother. Here's my thoughts, yes I beat Dynamo in a magic contest, but that was one particular day in a life time of days. That day is gone and many more have passed since then... I've been on Ellen, but so have countless other magicians. I also fooled for Penn and Teller, but once again so did others. Here's what I'm trying to say... who cares who's the best magician at this moment, because by the time you finish reading my post, that moment is gone and another has begun. Let's all just try to be the best we can be at any given moment.

I'd also suggest Ken Webers book Maximum Entertainment and the Tarbell Course. I'd buy the physical books and not the .pdf (even if they are free). Why? Well you will only be able to afford one book at a time so you will read it, practice and then move on. If you get all the volumes at once you will flip through the books read a few tricks that look interesting and move on... missing many of the essay's and important information that will help you become the magician you wish to become. Don't rush the journey, start slow and learn how to learn. There's that old saying it's not the destination but the journey that counts...

Keep well and busy,

-shawn

p.s. My website contains every piece of magic I have ever released to the community, so if you don't see it there... it's not yet for sale. [/quote]

Not the best magician in the world ( :-) ) but certainly the best answer to the OP I could think of!

Bravo!!!

mlippo
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Feb 26, 2015 10:14PM)
Great answer Shawn. I love it when professionals act professionally. Sadly, it's becoming rarer and rarer.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 28, 2015 01:30PM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2015, Shawn Farquhar wrote:
I'm pretty confident to say Shawn Farquhar is not the best magician at the moment. All the magicians mlippo mentioned, Derren Brown, Mario Lopez, Dani DaOrtiz and Henry Evans are awesome magicians but I suspect they too would decline the title. I don't personally know Derren Brown, although we sat together at FISM for a week, but the others I am very proud to call friend and even brother. Here's my thoughts, yes I beat Dynamo in a magic contest, but that was one particular day in a life time of days. That day is gone and many more have passed since then... I've been on Ellen, but so have countless other magicians. I also fooled for Penn and Teller, but once again so did others. Here's what I'm trying to say... who cares who's the best magician at this moment, because by the time you finish reading my post, that moment is gone and another has begun. Let's all just try to be the best we can be at any given moment.

I'd also suggest Ken Webers book Maximum Entertainment and the Tarbell Course. I'd buy the physical books and not the .pdf (even if they are free). Why? Well you will only be able to afford one book at a time so you will read it, practice and then move on. If you get all the volumes at once you will flip through the books read a few tricks that look interesting and move on... missing many of the essay's and important information that will help you become the magician you wish to become. Don't rush the journey, start slow and learn how to learn. There's that old saying it's not the destination but the journey that counts...

Keep well and busy,

-shawn

p.s. My website contains every piece of magic I have ever released to the community, so if you don't see it there... it's not yet for sale. [/quote]

I would say that in certain circles, Shawn IS the best magician. His performances really draw people into his world. He has all the elements that come together to make people leave the theater thinking they had a really good time. That is all that matters. If people leave your show thinking they had a really good time, then at that moment, you are the best there is.

All the best,

KJ
Message: Posted by: Tukaram (Mar 3, 2015 10:15PM)
Guess I need to get out more... I have never heard of him. But I just watched some YouTube vids. He seems pretty cool. And I have seen him on Ellen before, but did not know his name.

...no I do not live under a rock... but I am solo practicing magician in a small town in the Philipppines ha ha. We don't get much magic here.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Mar 5, 2015 10:19AM)
Tukaram,

I bet your magic is probably fresh and unique. I have seen a lot of magic, but I try really hard to create my own unique routines. I'm sure your audiences really enjoy the show.

KJ
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 6, 2015 11:03PM)
Got treated to Shawn's show tonight at Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, TN and loved it!
Message: Posted by: Jason Hutton (Mar 9, 2015 08:39PM)
He is a excellent magician. He, along with others inspire me to be the best I can be and hopefully, with enough practice, reach their level.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Mar 10, 2015 11:30PM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2015, Shawn Farquhar wrote:
I'm pretty confident to say Shawn Farquhar is not the best magician at the moment. All the magicians mlippo mentioned, Derren Brown, Mario Lopez, Dani DaOrtiz and Henry Evans are awesome magicians but I suspect they too would decline the title. I don't personally know Derren Brown, although we sat together at FISM for a week, but the others I am very proud to call friend and even brother. Here's my thoughts, yes I beat Dynamo in a magic contest, but that was one particular day in a life time of days. That day is gone and many more have passed since then... I've been on Ellen, but so have countless other magicians. I also fooled for Penn and Teller, but once again so did others. Here's what I'm trying to say... who cares who's the best magician at this moment, because by the time you finish reading my post, that moment is gone and another has begun. Let's all just try to be the best we can be at any given moment.

I'd also suggest Ken Webers book Maximum Entertainment and the Tarbell Course. I'd buy the physical books and not the .pdf (even if they are free). Why? Well you will only be able to afford one book at a time so you will read it, practice and then move on. If you get all the volumes at once you will flip through the books read a few tricks that look interesting and move on... missing many of the essay's and important information that will help you become the magician you wish to become. Don't rush the journey, start slow and learn how to learn. There's that old saying it's not the destination but the journey that counts...

Keep well and busy,

-shawn

p.s. My website contains every piece of magic I have ever released to the community, so if you don't see it there... it's not yet for sale. [/quote]

Excellent post indeed Mr International President.

I would say instead of thinking who is the best, favorite is a better term in this case.

Shawn get great reaction when he performed in China tour last summer as I witnessed, plus his lecture in FISM Asia last November as well.
Message: Posted by: harris (Mar 12, 2015 09:41AM)
Back 76, I attended the big I.B.M. convention. (in Kansas City)

During one of the public evening show, the M.C. announced that the Worlds Best Magician was in the house.

When he asked the "person" to stand, on cue all the Magicians in the theater stood up.