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Why won't magicians learn that black against black doesn't show up (couldn't see the clothe against the dark background)?

Why can't they make a more deceptive base?

Why doesn't she go all the way through the Interlude?

Why...no...How does dress still manage to cover everything and not move as she is squirming around the Interlude?
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His name says it all. The performer's name is Nadir. Nadir is an Arabic word which is the opposite of zenith. Zenith is the high point.
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He try hard to be Copperfield as I saw...In fact a lot of magicians imitate David gestures and clothes and routines ...about deceptive base ...hehehehehe he could conceal the all spectators there .
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On 2007-12-25 01:57, mrbilldentertainer wrote:
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Why...no...How does dress still manage to cover everything and not move as she is squirming around the Interlude?


Actually, it doesn't. In fact, if you watch it again closely you'll realize that the reason she doesn't go all the way through the interlude is that her... um... assets kept popping out as the prop pulled against her dress. Can you say: "Wardrobe malfunction?"

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On 2007-12-25 02:35, Bill Palmer wrote:
His name says it all. The performer's name is Nadir. Nadir is an Arabic word which is the opposite of zenith. Zenith is the high point.


How true, how true...
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Who lit all those candles? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ?
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Seen this vid before. Never wanted to watch the whole thing once, and not the second too...and the wind in his hair jus doesn't fit
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Seen this vid before. Never wanted to watch the whole thing once, and not the second too...and the wind in his hair jus doesn't fit
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Why? I don't know. On the other hand, she is cute to look at.
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Black on black consciously is black-art.
Black on black unconsciously is just bad planning.

Why not make the huge white base black and just the bench white?
(Not to even mention not providing a logical reason for the bench having a base)

And it was probably the same person’s idea to have the silver/blue metallic pompoms hanging on the Interlude…

Where do people get the MONEY to do all this poor magic???
The candle budget must have been huge alone.
The whole set was expensive,
and if you have those bucks why not do it right?

The only cheap things there were the spandex costume and six-inch spike heals on the lackluster assistant.

YouTube is just an endless fountain of examples of what not to do if you enter magical as a profession.

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Why lit all those candles.

She coulnt make it thru because her dress was soooooooooooo short...WHY????
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Lack of a dress rehearsal.

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Well, I think the lady was some type of star....
I think in the beginning of the video it shows her learning how to be a magicians assistant.

With my experience working with the "stars" you really only have a few moments to go through things....
Maybe the dress was not used during rehearsal.... Also, I think the camera angles where off which made things much worse!!!!!!!!!

Things happen... The audience seemed to be amazed by it.....
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Wow, uh...interesting?
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I never got the concept of having a darkened stage, yet it's tough to see what's going on. Create a mood with the right lighting, not by eliminating the lighting!

It's Italian television. They have nude women on there in prime time. Just have her go through Interlude naked. Smile

I guess anyone can get on TV, in some countries.
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Kind of reminded me of someone who use to say "I can't believe it's not butter" Smile

the best part was the wardrobe malfunction.
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Walt says "YouTube is just an endless fountain of examples of what not to do if you enter magical as a profession"

Watch American Idol auditions, or any of these other shows and see how folks are misled by those around them ie. Mom and Dad, teacher, girlfriends etc. The act in the clip probably thinks they did an excellent job, and would comment that you (we) are only jealous of their success!!! There are those would aspire to be as "good" as this act. (Good grief!)

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Wow, Blair's comment is so true and fairly deep. I am astonished at people's levels of self delusion. And Blair is so right that there are people who would look up to a performance like that. Look back at your own youth as a magician and remember the "Great Magicians" in your area and & childhood. You saw them years later & most of them were probably awful, not as you remembered at all.

I believe that this guy is performing this routine as the character of a really, really hack magician & therefore his performance is brilliant.

Most magic is performed so badly what's the difference anyway? Read most old magic books or magic history books & you'll find countless accounts of the poor state of legerdemain. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all ONLY made focused efforts to improve & escalate the current & future state of magic. I have a dream, that one day........
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Thanks JasonB!

One of the hardest things one has to do is be able to critique ourselves. It goes against our very nature. Even the level of critique can be of different levels, I remember seeing an act that I knew perform, excellent manipulator, with Romaine (another manipulator), I was going on about how great he was and the job he did. Romaine looked at me and said "but his shoes weren't polished". Based on the level our friend was trying to achieve, it was a valid comment! Being able to watch a video, or even ourselves in a rehearsal hall mirror (how many of us book a dance studio to rehearse our show!!)and be honest (brutally!) is extremely hard.

Start with your physical look, the look of your props, your movement, your performance. Work your way through it, and if you see nothing to improve, call in a director!!! Even if you are good at self-critique, you can only reach certain heights before needing assistance.

Dante the great illusionist had his wife take notes in the theatre every night during the show, these were then reviewed with the staff afterwards. This is the only way to maintain our performance level, and keep taking it to the next level.

Instead of surfing Youtube to find others who are screwing up, why not video some of our own work over the holidays and see where we can improve?? Just think how great everyone's performances would become, if we could post videos of folks "doing it right!"

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