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Im shocked there is no thread that talks about this illusion here. This is DC's American In Paris Levitation, the levitation of a lady performed @ TMODC V: Vanishing The Statue Of Liberty. This is perhaps the most STUNNING levitation of an assistant I have ever seen (even levitation in general, the only illusion I can think that's more stunning in my eyes would be Copperfileds Vertical Asrah Levitation, aka After Hours). Im not gonna talk about how classical Copperfield performed this illusion. But I havent seen any other magician perform a levitation ever like that O_o . I watched 100s of levitations, but the X factor here is how Copperfield launches his assistant on the crowd.....that was just stunning. I have no idea how he did at least 50 % of this illusion. Which gets my mind questioning....Why didn't DC do any levitations like so until his flying illusion ? which was a decade after it or more....Does DC hold copyrights for this illusion [IM NOT THINKING ABOUT COPYING HIM JUST BEFORE ANYONE STARTS THINKING, JUST CURIOUS]. This is definetly in my top 10 best illusions ive ever seen !
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It's Magic, Amr....

It's Magic.... Smile
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Amr,

It is indeed a very unique illusion.

Interesting thing about that TV special - most of it was shot here in Toronto except for the statue of Liberty piece at the end. I know because I personally recognized many of the audience members as fellow performers.

Still as with all DC's work - the very best.

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Did it every cross your mind that some of the illusions performed on television can not be performed ... live? There are some that base their careers on this type of logic ...

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I was trying to be polite - this is an open forum:)

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Chezaday And MagicalMotivator I thought about this, but the surprising part was it was on the list on david Copperfields illusions for 3 years....I would understand if he did it once, but it was on his tour list of illusions. There obviously was no camera tricks (it was 1983). I don't quiet understand what you guys mean ?! So DC has a stage full of stooges/magicians O_o ?1 How would that work ? lol well the idea never occurred to my mind by having stooges/magicians as the entire audience.

Pakar Illusi It was 1 of the most thinhgs ive seen that looked like real magic to me, fooled me bad n I love it Smile !
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Amr,

Let me be very clear - I never said (not is there any)trick photography used. Nor did I say he had an audience full of magicians (this is not the case). This is an open form and I have no intention of even suggesting that. DC is amazing (and the real deal) and almost all his stuff you see on TV he can (within physical reason) perform live.

But sometimes TV specials (magic or other) will use "enhancements" to put together the best product for the viewing public, so you watching it on the screen will see the best possible presentation. If you were in the studio audience you might not see it exactly the same way.

Hope this helps,

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Yes MagicalMoticatos Of course, I was trying to think what ways would it seem 'different' on tv. Even though I don't fully understand what do magicians in the place have anything to do with it or what are these 'enhancements'. But I kind of understand where your coming from, especially due to the fact that the camera shots angle made the levitation look a lot higher than what it was etc.. Idk if I'm disappointed after this lol. But this helped, thank you Smile Smile
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On 2013-06-26 13:32, AmrKhaled wrote:
There obviously was no camera tricks (it was 1983).


I had to mention that in 1983 there was no shortage of very good "camera tricks", or visual effects. A prime example is 1977's Star Wars.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=367FSjWvNB4

I agree with others on the main point though. DC does the same illusions live as on TV, I have seen many of them personally....Lotto/Car, Portal. He has different methods for each illusion. The best of which are shown on TV.
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I think you have never seen this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla......3GplChqE
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Oh yes John, I remember this one. Great illusion ! Great feeling ! Simply great entertainement !

I'm so sad, that I never had the chance to see them live.

Thank you,

Oliver.
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As a young kid I was lucky enough to see S&R twice in Vegas and then Copperfield once in DC. Two different shows entirely, but both equally life changing. I owe my love for magic to those live shows. I hope to see Copperfield's new show in Vegas later this year!
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Is the song in the SnR levitation from a movie? It sounds very familiar.
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The song is: The Dragon's Heartbeat

It's the soundtrack from DRAGON: The Bruce Lee story.
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Thanks krille!!! I should have guessed that. As a kid and 8 year student of Kung fu, I must have watched that movie a hundred times growing up!
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I've seen it a few times myself Smile
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Copperfield first performed the "American in Paris" levitation on his 1978 special with Orson Wells hosting. It's just a standard Harbin levi which he likely performing for some years on stage. The one from his 5th special was probably never performed live. remember, back in 1983 when this was broadcast, he wasn't the touring magician that he became. To continue to have TV specials he had to perform many many tricks that he never performed live.
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As a young kid I was lucky enough to see S&R twice in Vegas and then Copperfield once in DC. Two different shows entirely, but both equally life changing. I owe my love for magic to those live shows. I hope to see Copperfield's new show in Vegas later this year!

I too have seen S&R perform numerous times. There show at the mirage was top notch, and will go down as one of the best show productions ever produced.
They weren't (in my opinion) the best magicians I have seen, but they were the best entertainers and showman ever! The storyline and plot of there show, which I believe had a lot to do with there producer Kenneth feld was nothing short of pure genious.
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Sap,
The storyline of S & R is/was as Deutsch (German) as Siegfried and Roy themselves.
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Sap,
The storyline of S & R is/was as Deutsch (German) as Siegfried and Roy themselves.
I will make it easy for you: see Wagner.


Will do!
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