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Slim King
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How did the two judges COMPLETELY MISS Mr. Super's botched trick? It seems to me that he was the only one to fail in his performance, yet it was ignored by the judges and he is named as the winner. Brad Henderson's article in Genii got me wondering.
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Never saw it... Interesting that almost all of the Phenomenon performances made their way on to YouTube but despite winning only a couple of his (the cookie and motorbike thingy) ever appeared...

I could be wrong or may not have searched for them.
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Slim...I missed that...what do you mean...PM me if necessary.

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He had some voodoo dolls and I think they stuck pins in them while we were to be watching two girls in the audience. Nothing happened! Smile No one is perfect, but that was the only thing that totally failed in the show as far as I remember. I'm half way through the Henderson article, but this jogged my brain. With all of the fighting and bickering over this and that, to have someone botch an effect should have been noticed don't you think?
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Why are we discussing this 4 moths later & what differance does it make.Who really cares.
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I spoke to Mike about this when he worked Monday Night Magic. The Voodoo Doll routine has a number of parts to it and the chair bit was the only part that didn't work. He just kept going and no one seemed to notice at the time.

The interesting part of the whole show is that Mike did very little campaigning for votes compared to some other contestants. I got a ton of emails from various folks reminding me to vote for them. Mike sent out one at that beginning of the show's run.

What seemed to work for Mike is that he played everything to the camera. Most others played to the live crowd there. That makes for a big difference in dynamic and makes for greater engagement of the viewers. And they were the ones voting.
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Interesting observation...
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I really don't care, this is so not relevant. It's over, Slim.
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Wrong again Slim. The female contestant had a problem with an effect in which a particular gemstone on a chain was supposed to move and it didn't. You may have been busy composing a love poem to Callahan during her act and missed this.
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Oh boy here we go again.

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Mike Super had the least "staged" stage presence.

Most of the other performers were trying to manufacture suspense (that Raven dude getting bit by the "somewhat deadly snake" - c'mon).

Mike just seemed like a genuine guy and he put on a fun show that successfully appealed to the live and television audience. (I'd say Gerry did the same.)
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Mike Super is performing at an area Casino at the end of March. Can anyone recommend going to see his full show?
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What state?
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Mike does a very good magic show. He does some mental stuff in the performance, but you will probably also see the floating rose and the Blaney Levitation. He is a very nice guy.
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Slim King:
You got to be kidding. I hope you didn't need Brad Henderson's article in Genii to be informed that mistakes were made on the show (unless you didn't watch it). There were other effects that failed other performers as well...which was all pointed out in the article. As Todd Robbins said, the Voodoo Doll routine went over very well and the kicker failed.

That being said Mike Super was "CLEARLY" the winner in Phenomenon as being the best performer in a very poor show. I'm sure that Mike Super campaigning for votes helped...but if you had to pick someone out of this group, I don't know how anyone would think it would be anyone other than Mike Super.

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On 2008-03-03 08:59, Todd Robbins wrote:

What seemed to work for Mike is that he played everything to the camera. Most others played to the live crowd there. That makes for a big difference in dynamic and makes for greater engagement of the viewers. And they were the ones voting.


And that, in a nutshell, is why Mike won "Phenomenon". In effect, he played for the live audience, as well-- that is, enough to keep them interested. He was high energy, and held the immediate crowd on that alone.
At the end of the day, all you have to do is hold the attention of the immediate crowd, but you MUST connect to the home viewer, for as Todd said, they're the ones voting.
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On 2008-03-03 08:41, Slim King wrote:
No one is perfect, but that was the only thing that totally failed in the show as far as I remember. I'm half way through the Henderson article, but this jogged my brain. With all of the fighting and bickering over this and that, to have someone botch an effect should have been noticed don't you think?


I think is was noticed by many. But to paraphrase something a well known performer once said, how a performer handles a screw up is a much better indication of his ability as a performer than how he handles things when everything goes right.

The fact that it took an article 4 months later to make you notice the screw up is probably a good indication that he handled it very well.
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Still whining eh slim?
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On 2008-03-03 08:08, Slim King wrote:
How did the two judges COMPLETELY MISS Mr. Super's botched trick? It seems to me that he was the only one to fail in his performance, yet it was ignored by the judges and he is named as the winner. Brad Henderson's article in Genii got me wondering.


I noticed it at the time it aired. I just didn’t care. So the ladies stood up before the chairs could be activated; so what? Mike went right past it without missing a beat and no one was any the wiser.

Mike Super did a fantastic job and he deserved to win. He was more entertaining than any of the other performers and the majority of voters knew it. He won fair and square.

Slim, you need to see someone about this obsession you have with the show. Seriously, it’s not healthy the way you’re fixated on this.


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On 2008-03-03 08:08, Slim King wrote:
yet it was ignored by the judges and he is named as the winner.


Since the winner was selected by the (TV) audience, you have just noted two things that happened which have no direct connection between them.
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