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That was awful.

I don't understand why any performer would want to put a person in a situation that they so obviously completely dislike.

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I liked it overall. However, not always the best to make your spectators cry. What I liked best was the choreography, and I'm not sure if that's necessarily what should be the strong point of a mentalism routine.

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I liked it.. in a kind of Teutonic S&M way... The wailing woman probably won it for him.

The candle wax bit was interesting
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Didn't care for it at all. I don't think it's right to put a spectator through such terror. The girl was sacrificed for the vicarious thrills of the audience: they all cheered at the end, and meanwhile the girl is somewhat traumatized by the experience. There should be no place in magic for this kind of sadistic display.
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Traumitized yeah right she knew what was going to happen before the show aired nice theatrics though.
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I would never want current clients or potential clients to ever think that I would treat someone in that manner.

Personally, I feel that any effect where the climax is on the crutch of whether the performer and/or participant is hurt or not is tacky. Sure, there are times when it is not low brow art, but this isn't one of them.

Truly, this is the worst example I have ever seen of how to treat a person that is up there to help you.

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Classy, entertaining, "wauw"? Get real...

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But his "Bowman" illusion has to be one of the best pieces of magic I've ever seen.
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I think it is a case of ones mans food is another mans poison..

I personally wouldn't risk doing that with an audience member, not due to my abilities but because of the unpredictable nature of some audience members, one wrong move or moment of panic and you have a legal suite against you.

Aaron is a great guy and I like what he has done with his visual super human abilities, I did not feel uncomfortable watching it but I am an odd bloke who enjoys the suffering of others.

I do one effect in my act that does create a moment of horror for 'some' audience members but the risk is all on me. But that is not to say my way is the right way at all, I think depending on who you are and what you claim will determine how close to the edge you want to take your audience.

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P.S. Kuda Bux did the wax on the eyes years ago, not by dripping as Aaron does but none the less the wax was used from a candle whilst still soft and pressed into the eye lids, he later changed this to dough as keeping the wax soft was a pain and not suitable for all live events where a delay could happen..
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A friend of mine worked together with Aaron on the effect and assured me that it was 100% (minus the oddities life has to over) save.
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I would give his performance a Double A Rating for Arrogant & Abusive. He belongs in the dojo where at least he might have real people to deal with who would not tolerate his behavior or his disrespect for martial arts either.

What an affront to the art!

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Those were celebrities and it was rehearsed in advance, isn't that right?

He wouldn't do that with an unprepared volunteer from the audience, would he? If so, eventually he's going to hurt somebody.
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I would have to assume that, in the interest of safety and lawsuit-avoidance, Aaron has to be able to see somehow. Fine.

That doesn't negate the fact that the women appeared terrified and did not seem to be having fun at all. They both quit smiling when Aaron drew the first knife.

Acting on the ladies parts or not, THAT is the impression I have as a viewer of this act.

I pray the ladies were paid actresses, I truly do. Because if Aaron is indeed using innocent volunteers from the audience...then he is a classless idiot.

Where's the mentalism in this? For that matter, where is the entertainment?

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Hmm - I have very mixed feelings about this. I agree with the sentiments already expressed about the performer's apparent disregard for the emotional state of the participants and/or audience - it is never permissible in my opinion to elicit genuine fear in the name of entertainment.

The performance itself WAS well blocked and theatrically compelling and the blindfolding process was convincing. However, the handling and use of the weapons was transparently weak to anyone with any genuine martial training - particularly his use of the sword. As Gerry states above - it is somewhat an affront to the art!

I DO have almost 3 decades of martial practice to draw upon, and I perform a blindfold act but I would not have the gall to include demonstrations of combative prowess within that routine - as a general rule, the more theatrical a demonstration of martial art, the farther away from its roots and therefore the less credible it is.

The fact that I'm conflicted about it I suppose is a good thing - art that provokes is infinitely better than art which merely imitates or bores! However, ultimately it leaves me with a bitter, rather than a sweet taste I my mouth!
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My biggest problem with it is the stolen kiss at the end, considering her apparent emotional state, not a cool move.
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This was better than almost everything I watched on the "American" version.

Then again I only watched 2 episodes.

Regardless of whether or not this was rehearsed or set up, there is still that element of suspense, similar to the arm and head chopper.. We all know how those work but everytime I see it performed on stage it kinda freaks me out a little bit.

Thrillingly

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On 2008-04-21 19:51, scarnecky wrote:
This was better than almost everything I watched on the "American" version.

Then again I only watched 2 episodes.


Scar


There were more than 2 episodes?
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Got to say I loved it. I think this is the act that won FISM is it not? Saw Aaron perform it live at Blackpool a few years back and the affect it had on the audience was excellent.

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Lawsuit waiting to happen....

Its nothing but luck in that act that has got him this far and there was nothing magic or mentalism about it.

Horrible.
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