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Topic: Best bizarre or spooky magicians
Message: Posted by: hollywoo (Jul 1, 2017 06:13PM)
I really enjoy Jim Critchlow, from what I've seen of him. I love the needle trick, especially Teller's version, which I think is genuinely beautiful. I enjoyed Dan Sperry's jolly rancher trick on America's Got Talent. I enjoy magic with a tinge of horror in its wonder, whether there's a story or just the (apparent) potential for gore.

Who else should I look at for inspiration and entertainment?
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Jul 1, 2017 06:17PM)
I would have suggested myself, Weepin' Willie, but then I noticed you said inspiration, not aspiration. Sorry.

Weepin' Willie
Purveyer of Death
House of Discount Funerals
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Jul 1, 2017 07:29PM)
I saw Simon Drake's show in May, at his dinner theater in London. Much more bizarre/halloween magic than mentalism. The show was well choreographed, with music, special effects, lovely assistants, etc. I have not seen many bizarrists, but he is likely top tier.

George
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jul 2, 2017 05:53AM)
Rob Zabrecky
Message: Posted by: Al Desmond (Jul 2, 2017 07:15PM)
[quote]On Jul 1, 2017, weepinwil wrote:
I would have suggested myself, Weepin' Willie, but then I noticed you said inspiration, not aspiration. Sorry.

Weepin' Willie
Purveyer of Death
House of Discount Funerals [/quote]

I was going to suggest one of your clients. But I would have been dead wrong (look at me, trying to "out-pun" the mortician).
Message: Posted by: Sparrowhwk (Jul 2, 2017 09:59PM)
Todd Robins & Harley Newman - both Master showmen and entertainers. These gents exemplify the art of taking the audience for a gut wrenching ride while looking forward to the trip. The essence of bizarre entertainment.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Jul 3, 2017 07:10AM)
[quote]On Jul 2, 2017, Al Desmond wrote:
[quote]On Jul 1, 2017, weepinwil wrote:
I would have suggested myself, Weepin' Willie, but then I noticed you said inspiration, not aspiration. Sorry.

Weepin' Willie
Purveyer of Death
House of Discount Funerals [/quote]

I was going to suggest one of your clients. But I would have been dead wrong (look at me, trying to "out-pun" the mortician). [/quote]

Remember Al, you can laugh Death in the face if you want, but Death always has the last laugh.
Message: Posted by: gothicmagic (Jul 3, 2017 01:38PM)
Professor BC
Message: Posted by: Yogi2x4 (Jul 3, 2017 07:40PM)
I'd kill to see a performance of yours weepinwil, that's two customers!
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Jul 3, 2017 10:51PM)
There are a lot of really good performers of bizarre magic, but it is hard to avoid making an apples to oranges comparison as each performer has their own style and bizarre is a term that has many meanings. Also I am bound to leave someone I love off this short list, I beg forgiveness on this.

I agree with the suggestions of Simon, Jim, Todd, Harley, Rob Z and the good Prof, and will raise you two Christians (Cagigal and Chelman), plus Paul Voodini, Todd Landman, Joe Diamond and David Parr to mention only a few. There are many more. I also think of some of Derren Brown's material as being close to Bizarre Magic(k) too.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Jul 4, 2017 07:19AM)
[quote]On Jul 3, 2017, Yogi2x4 wrote:
I'd kill to see a performance of yours weepinwil, that's two customers! [/quote]

Just bring over some body and we will embalm them. lol Thanks for the great compliment.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jul 5, 2017 02:33AM)
Thanks for the mention, Bryn!
Message: Posted by: Malakim (Jul 5, 2017 03:29AM)
[quote]Professor BC [/quote]

Most definitely the one that inspires me most.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Jul 7, 2017 02:22AM)
TEB 3, Jim Magus and E Raymond Carlyle deserve a mention. See I knew I'd forget someone, and I bet some more will pop into my head about the time I finish posting this.
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Jul 7, 2017 04:20AM)
Not yet mentioned: Roni Shachnaey and Steve Drury.

Barry
Message: Posted by: Daisydog (Jul 7, 2017 01:24PM)
Todd. I could listen to him all day. And Adam Daniels is very entertaining too.
Message: Posted by: gothicmagic (Jul 7, 2017 02:04PM)
Well being I seem to have been forgotten I'll mention my own name
VLAD
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Jul 7, 2017 02:21PM)
I don't watch a lot of other performers very often, but I'd add that Adam Weiss's Krabat video (You can YouTube it) is beautiful and bizarre.

A quick list would be to pull up everyone who's performed at ECSS.
Message: Posted by: PROF BC (Jul 7, 2017 02:56PM)
[quote]On Jul 7, 2017, gothicmagic wrote:
Well being I seem to have been forgotten I'll mention my own name
VLAD [/quote]

Pretend that I said it: Vlad! Most definitely. One of those brilliantly rare bizarrists who really does not need an effect in order to create an effective performance.

I would also add my voice to those admiring the Todds (Landman and Robbins), Roni, Voodini, Carlyle, and Jim Magus.

Amongst the 'youngsters', I am very encouraged to see Aiden Sinclair and Joseph Daniels taking up the torch.

There are certainly others, but, once you start admiring, where do you stop?!? (Such as Neil Tobin--I wouldn't want to forget Neil!) So many!

BC
Message: Posted by: Lucien Astor (Jul 7, 2017 03:24PM)
John Riggs needs to be on this list. His presentation of Slydini silks is capital "D" dark. That's right... Silks lol. Great work on Oracles, effects with Tarot, and much more. I guess we mostly know him as a mentalist, but his heart is bizarre.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Jul 8, 2017 09:02PM)
I thought of you Vlad, but was confining myself to folks who I have seen perform (usually on video).
Message: Posted by: DrTodd (Jul 9, 2017 01:46AM)
[quote]On Jul 3, 2017, Brynmore14 wrote:
There are a lot of really good performers of bizarre magic, but it is hard to avoid making an apples to oranges comparison as each performer has their own style and bizarre is a term that has many meanings. Also I am bound to leave someone I love off this short list, I beg forgiveness on this.

I agree with the suggestions of Simon, Jim, Todd, Harley, Rob Z and the good Prof, and will raise you two Christians (Cagigal and Chelman), plus Paul Voodini, Todd Landman, Joe Diamond and David Parr to mention only a few. There are many more. I also think of some of Derren Brown's material as being close to Bizarre Magic(k) too. [/quote]


Why thank you very much.

Best wishes

Todd
Message: Posted by: seanmccarthy121 (Jul 10, 2017 07:25AM)
My vote has to go to Christian Cagigal and Paul Voodini. Both are a joy to watch perform