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takashi miike
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I think you miss the point and you think like magicians instead of laymen when watching an effect.
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I watched with some laymen .... they thought is was funny for the wrong reasons....
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His personality was great. I'll take a smile and a fun attitude over a 'look at me, look at me' presentation.

But I do agree, the effects did seem rather simple. But look at his work space too?
Turning to the side to face Letterman, having the audience looking straight at your side. That would definetly determine what I'd perform. They could of at least given him a table.
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He was presented as a guest that can do tricks.

Not as a magician with his own performing space. Like you would see when they invite other performers
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I think he is entertaining and isn't that the idea
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I asked in a real (as in non-magician) forum what people thought of him, and everyone said he was a good performer.

That's what it's all about.

You guys criticizing him should take a leaf out of his book - if he can entertain well with a thumb tip and a R+S deck and you need to spend hundreds of dollars on the newest tricks then I know who I'd rather be ...

We're all guilty of falling into the "latest and greatest" trap, I have to fight to keep things simple too.
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I thought he did a great job, and really enjoyed watching it. Is he the best magician of all time? Did he do the most difficult, cutting edge routines ever conceived? No to both. Was he likable and amiable? Absolutely? And he certainly didn't besmirch the art, as some other recent TV performers have done.

All in all, I think he deserves more accolades than criticism.
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I didn't see any of Jason's performances on Letterman. I have read most all of the of the reviews of his appearances. Some guys were not excited by his performance and some guts thought he did the appropriate effects for TV and did a fine job.

I am friends with Gianni (a few posts back)and we discussed this issue. I kinda of disagreed with his thoughts. Since I did not see the latest performance, I can only comment on the effects.

If I were lucky enough to get to perform a short set on TV, the bill switch is one effect I would definitely perform...for 2 reasons.
1) I think I perform it well and I don't think there is a chance I can screw it up on TV.
2) The reactions I get when I perform this strolling are excellent. It is usually one of the effects the audience remembers.

I think we discount some effects as being basic because look at it from a magicians point of view. Yeah, most magicians will probably yawn during a bill switch...but I think most lay people are amazed.

If you look at it from Gianni's perspective, I guess there are many other magicians
that would better represent the magic fraternity. But he probably got on the show because of other factors, such as; knowing the right people, marketing, promotions etc. and not for just talent alone. I actually applaud Jason Randall for putting himself in that position.

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Jason may not come across as a magician's magician, but I certainly enjoyed his performances. He seems very likable and approachable, someone I'd enjoy hanging out with. I also really enjoyed his stage personality from his promo clip, where he was in his true form. He was funny and definitely had the audience's attention.

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Jason has been ON LETTERMAN. Ammar has done the Bill Switch on TV.

I applaud Jason! He did an excellent job!
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I love that J-Ran...he seems to be having LOTS of fun! Anybody else here been on the Letterman show?
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