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What is the best illusion in the last 10 years? My vote would go to David Copperfield " FLYING" with Laser cutting in half a close second by DC.
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It's certainly not "Stargate". Actually, I really like "Windshear".

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I would go with David Blaine being in the box for 44 days.

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Sorry, just kidding. I would agree with you, thehawk.
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Death Saw (1995) by DC.
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The best illusion has to be David Copperfield's illusion on his “Tornado of Fire” special where he vanished with a spectator and reappeared in Hawaii.

Also another from D.C. is when he made those two girls disappear in a blink of an eye with the silk sheet. Smile
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Death Saw was done by DC in like 1985? I'm not sure, if I remember right. It was first performed on his Escape from Alcatraz or the Niagara Falls special... one of those around in there. But I'm still going to have to go with the Death Saw... for serious. But if I had to stay within the last 10 years I'd say DC and Flying (I think that actually came out in like 92?). Or DC's PORTAL or 13 when he used to NOT bring them back. It rocked!

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My vote would be David Copperfield's "The Portal" Vanish for a vanish done OVER the front row audience members heads!

I know how it was done but still it was visually INCREDIBLE!

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Fantastic Floatation... from personal experience. Smile
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Well, without no doubt I think that Laser from Fearson/Copperfield is the best illusion that I have ever seen. It was so visual and there was no box or tables involved... incredible.
Flying is probably the second one.

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My vote goes to "Flying." It is the most magical thing I have seen.
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Best is a relative term. Every night, the audience should see the best magic they have ever seen. Our job is to entertain. Every show is really different because of the audience, even after all these years. Although I have spent many thousands of dollars on stage props over the decades, it continues to fascinate me that the part that makes the newspapers, company newsletters, and the electronic media is still just as likely to be a small prop producing a large surprise. A thumb tip is a great investment!

But, YES! I personally still love the big stuff best. Flying is pure magic.

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My vote is for Flying - DC.
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And one more vote for Flying. Good luck he was performing it on his Finnish tour back in the day.
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Another for flying and the Vanish from Portal.

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David Copperfield:


Not just talking about the "visual" eye-popping-ness aspect of the illusion, but I'm talking about how artistic and epic DC can make something into. If you think about it, the "Splitting Image" technique can be used as a mere, cheap prank for Halloween. But DC takes that "thing" and makes it a work of art. Smile

second would be

Barclay House.

Also by DC, a well-choreographed, well-thought out, well written routine. I love the North by Northwest Overture. I haven't seen the movie though. Smile
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Ah, the word "best”. In what way???

Kevin James/David Copperfield - Snow takes an emotional best.

Copperfield's ressurection of the Foy mechanism AND marriage with his routine - are dramatic and mechanical best for a skilled performer who can carry it off.

Death Trap - takes a mentalists best (The one distributed by

Pete Biro's reworking of the Pom Pom Stix for kids and adults for family comedy magic.

Bill Smith's "Audience Acupuncture" as a roll-on is terrific on stage a raised platform.

Chalet's Mini Cub-Zag has been knocked off WAY too much but is great nonetheless.

Jeff's McBride's water bowls -- and the illusion he uses gimmicked bowls. (They are not.)

Two by Robert Baxt -- his really quick and dirty newspaper tear -- and loosing all that weight without losing his sense of humor.

And even though I love him -- Walt Blaney's belief that magicians and magical manufacturers can be forced to be -- or ever will be "ethical."

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I would have to vote for Blaine biting a quarter in thirds. Smile
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