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Pakar Ilusi
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Hans Moretti Cardboard Box Illusion!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH-PFecys6Y

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I agree with you, it truly is amazing!
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On 2013-04-08 14:30, Dr. Delusion wrote:
I agree with you, it truly is amazing!
Bob.


He ain't the slimmest of guys this Mr. Moretti, he ain't...

That's what is so incredible. Smile
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I have worked with them.
Super professionals!!!
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On 2013-04-08 14:51, john wills wrote:
I have worked with them.
Super professionals!!!


Great to know that! Smile
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The Morettis worked a FISM in the late '70s or early '80s. Jay Marshall was there. He came back to Chicago and for a week, all he could talk about was Hans Moretti and the "box". Jay was no 'first o' May'!
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This is one of those illusions that I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW how it is done. It's magic...
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Hans recently passed away. His wife is still living.


The German magician passed away on 13 March (13) after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Moretti launched his career at the age of 16 and found fame in Europe with his ostentatious versions of classic illusions, daring escapes, and his bare-chested stage performances.

In 1979 he was named world champion in the 'mentalism' category by the International Federation of Magic Societies, and went on to break 18 world records and receive the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The magician also performed with his wife Helga as The Morettis and the double-act became known for death-defying stunts including the 'Sword Box' and 'Russian Roulette' routines. Together they scooped first prize in the 'grand illusions' category at the 1976 world championship and were awarded a Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts in 1983.

Moretti retired from live performance in 2006 after falling ill with Alzheimer's disease.

He leaves wife Helga and their three children - sons Hans, Jr. and Peter, and daughter Nicole - who are all professional magicians.
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On 2013-04-08 23:35, charliecheckers wrote:
Hans recently passed away. His wife is still living.

Unfortunately Hans' wife, Helga Moretti, passed away too a few years ago ( http://www.geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Helga_Moretti )

They were two of the tops, we'll miss them and their magic.
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Unfortunately Hans' wife, Helga Moretti, passed away too a few years ago ( http://www.geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Helga_Moretti )

They were two of the tops, we'll miss them and their magic.


Good catch. Obviously a misprint in the obituary I copied above.
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RIP, they are legends now... Smile
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It's so sad to see so many of the greats leaving us.

R.I.P.

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On 2013-04-10 09:27, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
RIP, they are legends now... Smile


I agree. That was a great illusion! Sadly I'll bet few people are aware of it these days...
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I saw him live a few times. I was the guy that pushed the swords through the box in one show.
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Wonderful.
I saw them too.
even witness a few copycats that couldn't copy the character of these two.
Thanks for the video.
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Hans Moretti was booked to perform at one of the It's Magic shows in L. A. many years ago. He sent his son, instead. I believe he was booked as "Pantar" Moretti. He did some sharpshooting stunts with crossbows but closed with the Cardboard Sword Box. It just blew me away and I went back to another performance to see it again. Truly one of the greatest illusions I've seen in a life time of watching tons of magic shows both live and on TV. I'm glad that this clip is now available on YouTube. Thanks for posting the link.

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It is truly amazing how he took something as simple as a cardboard box and made an illusion that baffles magicians and lay people still today.
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I saw his son at The Midwest Magic Jubilee. That crossbow act was amazing, and I believe his son was just as good as his father with the box.
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On 2013-04-14 14:22, Dennis Loomis wrote:
Hans Moretti was booked to perform at one of the It's Magic shows in L. A. many years ago. He sent his son, instead. I believe he was booked as "Pantar" Moretti. He did some sharpshooting stunts with crossbows but closed with the Cardboard Sword Box. It just blew me away and I went back to another performance to see it again. Truly one of the greatest illusions I've seen in a life time of watching tons of magic shows both live and on TV. I'm glad that this clip is now available on YouTube. Thanks for posting the link.

Dennis "Denny" Loomis


You're welcome. Smile
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Thanks for sharing Pakar. I love everything about this couple and this performance. So unassuming, yet they manage to blow your mind, into tiny bits.
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