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Topic: Misdirection can be a wonderful thing, but...
Message: Posted by: MichelAsselin (Aug 7, 2002 10:19PM)
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Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Aug 9, 2002 01:32PM)
Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "turning on your audience"!
Peter Marucci
Message: Posted by: mattneufeld (Aug 9, 2002 04:39PM)
What a tough audience!
Message: Posted by: Jorge Gonzalvo (Aug 26, 2002 05:10PM)
About misdirection, I have an own reflexion. I think we only can aply misdirection in close up magic, I mean , that misdirection is a concept stablished for magic for a few people in the audience and a short distance to them.

My question is: what about your opinion in misdirection on stage magic?...does it exists?


Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Aug 26, 2002 08:54PM)
The late Harry Blackstone Sr. used misdirection in his stage show in a powerful way.
While the audience's attention was directed, by him, to one side of the stage, animals were brought on the other for a "magical" appearance.
It worked.
This was by no means original with Harry; a number of stage magicians used similar misdirection for major illusions.
So I guess the answer is "yes", misdirection is about as important for stage work as for close-up work.
Peter Marucci
Message: Posted by: Chris A. (Aug 27, 2002 11:38AM)
Didn't Blackstone Sr. also use misdirection in an effect where he would chase a duck around the stage whilst the "work" was going on in near plain sight?

I remember reading about it, but can't remember what stage effect it was...
Message: Posted by: Paul Jester (Aug 28, 2002 07:27PM)

My question is: what about your opinion in misdirection on stage magic?...does it exists?


Yea, I saw this guy putting swords through his assistant in a box, as he put the last one in there was a scream and a pyrotechnic from the top of the sword, he then walked over to the other side of the stage and asks to girls if he scared them, as he turns and walks away a VERY loud bang goes off and he turns round and goes "ha ha!" I don't know what the misdirection was for... because it definately worked!
Message: Posted by: Risto L. (Aug 29, 2002 11:28AM)
So this again proves that smuggling drugs does require balls. ;) And Jorge, I don`t think they were laughing at your contribution but rather at the story Michel posted here.

Message: Posted by: RangeCowboy (Aug 29, 2002 12:01PM)
Very poor magician if he could not mis-direct a customs inspector.

He should have opened with his torn and restored passport, maybe a floating $100 bribe - and the handcuffs act, well, he obviously didn't practice enough.

And never perform under the influence !