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I always thought Pendragon´s metamorphosis was the fastest ever. But, recently I saw Hans Klok performing his round model sub-trunk. It seemed to be faster than Jonathan´s and Charlotte´s. What do you guys think? Some people might say Criss Angel.. but this one I think it´s too slow.. the crucial point is the fog curtaind.. which lasts a long time for a metamorphosis.. BTW it´s a really good twist. Smile
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Hmm, I seem to remember The Pendragons setting a World's Record for performing this the fastest. I also remember when they performed it so fast, Charlotte did not have quite enough time to make her costume change--She just ducked back down into the trunk and the curtains were closed immediately. I believe the latter event happened on "live" Television several years ago during a Halloween Special honoring Houdini. Smile
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Pendragon´s had the world record for performing this illusion very fast and I think that they still have the record.

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I kind of feel there are too many people at this point chasing after the speed of the Pendragons, Hans Klok, etc.. Don't misunderstand me that speed is bad, just that metamorphosis is a change. And if it is unexpected it will seem just as fast as anything. The Pendragons really push it physically for the switch. Maybe there are other approaches more magicians should pursue utilizing misdirection to create the same effect. I feel speed is not everything.

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I personally like Copperfield's "Cocoon"... His modified version of the "Metamorphosis" as he says on his "I5 years of Magic"...

It seems to me as being more Magical in nature...

And it IS FAST!

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For the audience, I really think that the only point in the routine where "speed" is recognized is when person A suddenly becomes person B.

Of course, I mean at the time of the hand-off of the curtain. That's when the "magic" happens.

While it is challenging for performers to see how fast they can manage the get-ready and other aspects of the routine, those aspect ARE NEVER SEEN BY THE AUDIENCE.

Case in point, currently I have a show running at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden Co. ( see for full description of show.) called POOF!

The lead actor and actress who perform the trunk have never done any magic before in their acting career. During the course of our rehearsals, I gave them a DVD of Henning in "The Magic Show" (horrible version of that show IMHO, another topic) and I had them break the effect down into beats. And I challenged them to find the beat where it appears that the two have changed places in 3 seconds or less.

As two people not familiar with the working of the trick, nor the different opinions on speed, they both pick the point of the hand-off.

And that's what most audience members experiences (and remembers). Period... everything up to that point and after that point is dressing.

I have watched the trunk routine every performance for the last 3 weeks (and we have 3 weeks to go) and I over hear the same thing, night after night, the high point of the effect is the hand-off. We are doing this in a 3/4 round, 120 seat theater, with in about 7 feet of the audience, and it blows them away.

It happens over and over again, magicians spend so much time trying to impress themselves, they forget that group of people out front, the audience.

Just like Paul Osborne said about the multiple models of sawing in halfs, the bottom line is "Look Mildred, he cut her in half."
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Well said, Walter! I couldn't agree with you more. The "dressing" before and after the moment of the effect is where you can play with the creativity of how you are presenting the illusion. However, it may not always be a good idea to rush through these parts just for speed. The hand off is the ONLY thing that needs to be fast.

In fact, I almost think the Pendragons do it TOO fast. Copperfield's version is my favorite presentation.

I do hope POOF! is going well for you, and it sounds like it is! I still want to come check it out...

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Good point Al & Jack. The Pendragons presentation almost turns into kind of a puzzle. You just don't know how they switch so fast but you don't doubt it can be accomplished after you see it. In a wierd way, it becomes a piece of eye candy. If you trace to the beginning, Houdini strapped a box up with Bess, inside and out. At that time, no one could conceive of two people moving in and out of a secured box like that. And it was slow as heck. It was very magical to those spectators because of the plausibility. When you see the trick these days it still is good, but we live in a time that isn't as unaware as back then. I guess all I'm saying is I feel that the original metamorphosis is an implausible surprise, maybe not a race for the eye.

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