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rnaviaux
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Recently I saw a clip of a young magician performing this routine. I forgot to book mark it and am unable to locate it and of course I don't remember the magician's name. He was wearing a black leather jacket and the clip was promotional in nature. (Ie. I didn't see it on youtube - I believe it was from a website.)

Great routine...has anyone here have any idea of what I'm referring to?

Edited - he did a lottery approach. Had different numbers called out and then pulled a lottery ticket from his pocket with those numbers. The unusual aspect was he didn't appear to be writing anything down but who knows with editing and such.

Has anyone seen this clip that I am referring to?
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You might be talking about Nate Stnaiforth my friend.

could this be it haha

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4CE7_BD6aGg

:D
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That was awesome.

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I must say it was wonderful!
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That is killer. I love that it is folded and in his wallet.

Does anyone know if the is a published effect?

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Slick....
Smile When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth...Smile
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It's my understanding that this is nathan's effect, and respectfully believe it should stay that way. Be inspired!
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It's Great!!!
I have wathed his dvd named "Spellbinder" but it is about street magic
on his website
http://natestaniforth.com/index2.php
there is a new dvd released.i think I will get a copy

Best,
Richard
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Now the spoiler opinion...
The video shows a ultra clean prediction that's a real fooler (although I think a careful viewing should answer any questions you have), but honestly, how entertaining was it? I have to admit I found myself fast forwarding through it just to see the end. That's not a good sign for such a short video.

Seems like some audiences wouldn't put up with such a minimalist performance.
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"but honestly, how entertaining was it? I have to admit I found myself fast forwarding through it just to see the end. That's not a good sign for such a short video.

Seems like some audiences wouldn't put up with such a minimalist performance."

I have to disagree he got a great standing applause for his opening effect, I believe he accomplished what few can.
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Suspectacts, Im with yah on that one. Its slow. Why have a confabulation with out reason and suspense. As Uri said on Phenomenon, We all knew what was coming Gerry!
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Then you can't help but ask yourself this question. What sets this apart from Copperfield's Lottery Vision? (Besides the obvious car appearance)

If it is slow and "predictable" (is that a pun in this context?) - then it is because we DO know what is coming. We know there could be no reason he is gathering these numbers but only to have them predicted. We don't know for sure - but throughout the entire performance we're saying to ourselves "He is gonna pull those numbers outta somewhere"

The difference in my opinion? Copperfield has his "prediction" hanging from the rafters from the beginning of the performance. A big ritual is made of it. But the audience already knows its there, thus, taking the guesswork "Where is he going to produce his prediction?" We know longer have to play detective because its all been laid out for us. Allowing the audience to fully follow and enjoy the effect.

You could also argue that Nate's is "drawn out and slow" because there is no emotional hook to it because we're not invested as audience members as to why he kept that lottery ticket even if it lost. Now that is not 100% as the video cuts in pretty directly to the random audience members, but as the video allows we do not see much in the way of character motivation, story, emotion, connection to what he's doing.

All that said - I really enjoyed watching the routine. Sure - it wasn't motivated throughout its duration. But I really enjoyed the simplicity and directness of it to an extent. I mean - if we really could read minds - not everyone would be a nicely dressed, articulate, and suave performer and some decide to take it to that minimalist spectrum. Bravo.

I don't know if any of that made sense; I just felt compelled to comment. Thanks for reading!
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That's the one. Thanks a lot.

Killer effect. Audience looked entertained and it seemed to work really well as an opening effect.
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Its only predictable to us. I'm sure a majority of that audience had no idea what was up. Which is exactly what made it suspenseful.

I doubt a bunch of those audience members (assuming they weren't a bunch of magicians - as they weren't sitting there with wooden expressions on their faces that pretty much proves they weren't)were sitting there going, "Oh how boring he is going to pull a lottery ticket out of his wallet with these exact numbers we are calling out on it."
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I thought it was a great effect. I thought there was room for a little comedy or extra presentation. But it got a standing ovation in a packed theatre. Therefore it was very sucessful.
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I thought it was presented really nicely, it wasn't slow, it was relaxed. The audience were enjoying themselves, you could tell that by the laughter at the fun moments. Magicians and mentalists are joyless.

Very nice work. I liked it.
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I agree I thought he had good stage presence. I just thought he could've interacted a little more with the big guy on the stage but that's just my style.

But its the reaction that dictates wether something works and it worked.

I thought the effect itself was excellent.
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I hope my post above was not taken in the wrong context. I was trying to say to the ones who posted that it was "slow and drawn out" - that it was so because we DID know what was coming . We are joyless as practitioners of deception. haha

I guess I tried to analyze it theatrically as an actor and not as a magician/mentalist.

If you check out his other videos - he seems to be most effective in that very down-to-earth simplicity in character. I, for one, would certainly like to take in one of his performances
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That is a real actor way of looking at things "simplicity in character" I thought he was just being himself which really is the only way. I never understood those that go on about developing a character you were born with one. that's all you need.
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Superb clip. Thanks for that.
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