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Well since Axel is here, I'd say Newsflash has to be one of the most astounding things I've ever seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWaRBzxLsTA
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The greatest stage illusion ever, Copperfield FLYING.

Saw this live twice from up close. Beyond amazing.
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Cecil Lyle presenting Amac's 'Find The Lady' illusion.
Stories....?....That's telling!
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The Ambitious Card with blank cards by Bernard Bilis

or

The Cups and Balls by Tommy Wonder

or

Metamorphosis by The Pendragons
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For me, when I was a teenager, and first saw Harry Blackstone SR., it was the DUCK INN, -AND-- THE GIRL IN THE TIRES. Jay Marshall and I compared notes on the "TIRES", years later. Jay said he watched it from the orchestra, the balcony and the gallery, and was "blown away" by that &%&@ trick!. Even when George Johnstone tipped the work, it was amazing. (The assistants hated it--those tires were HEAVY!)

Nick Ruggiero was the "important" guy for the DUCK INN in the final years of the "2001 Wonders" (Blackstone SR. show).

In later years, I was enthralled when I first saw what my friend Harry JR. did with the LIGHT BULB! Again, even knowing the gaff, it was absolutely beautiful. When Harry died, Gay and Charlie Reynolds came over to my motor home, parked in Jerry Conklin's back yard, and we video taped the memorial for Harry.

When I first met Pat Page in London, he killed me with his use of the TOP IT.

I think I had better QUIT! I'm afraid this could go on usque ad infinitum!
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For Stage - Flying by Copperfield...I was so moved by it, I had tears in my eyes.

For Closeup - The first time I saw McDonald Aces

For Mentalism - Just recently I watched The Lottery Ticket Illusion by Nate Staniforth
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Mike King - Sho-Me Magic

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Paul Daniels' Chop Cup

and

I saw Doug Henning live cut a rope that stretched across the stage, then he tied it, took it in his hand, ran across the stage, sliding the knot on the rope and then untied it.

Amazing!
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On 2013-09-21 11:10, Watchmaker wrote:
Slydini doing his one coin routine.


Ditto, plus when he put the final coin through the table. Of course almost everything he did was the best I've ever seen including his cigarette restorations and knotted silks. His routines were pure magic.
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Shoot Ogawa's thimble routine.
The current economic crisis is due to all the coins I've vanished.
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Stage: David Copperfield ending his show with "flying" by a touching reference to Citizen Kane
Parlour: the cups and balls (as a young magician Fred Kaps' one, later on Tommy Wonder's one and nowadays Kent Gunn's one)
Close Up without cards: Paul Gertner's Coins Across to the spectator's hand
Close Up with cards: Paul Curry's Out of This World, Juan Tamariz's Total Coincidence, and John Shryock's Ambitious Triumphant Color-Changing Deck.
Gambling: Gary Ouellet performing the 10 card Poker deal (can still be seen in Greater Magic Video Library Magic of Canada)
Magic is the art of proving impossible things in parallel dimensions that can't be reached
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Riffle shuffle run-ups for poker deals fool me right away. I have to watch them a few times to see them.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Parlour: the cups and balls...Kent Gunn's...


Yep. If we're talking just Cups & Balls, Kent's IS the best I have ever seen. He has a unique system. I won't even HINT at it here, but if you do know, you realize how ingenious Kent is.

Now Hindu Cups & Balls, hands down Gary K.. He does the real deal. I am really looking forward to his book.

Doug
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It's year since Gary is telling us that his book is just around the corner...

What I love about Kent Gunn's routine is not so much the method than the effects with three balls of three different colors that no known technique can explain no matter how advanced the culture of the spectator is. An Kent's "character" is now deeply ingrained in the routine...: really great.
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Dan Sylvester's pitch.
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Stage magic I saw at 12 years old, Blackstone Sr. Buzz Saw. Close up magic that got me interested in magic..Glass through table. Card magic by Rene Lavand, don't remember effects name.
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I encountered a few noteworthy moments in my experience with magic and mentalism.

The very first effect I ever witnessed was probably the ball and vase. I was only four or five years old watching a street performer (not even a "magician" if I recall) make the ball vanish and reappear for spare change in a Philadelphia subway terminal. The technique and presentation were crude by most professionals' standards, but I remember being mesmerized by the effect long after the experience. It's what lit the initial spark for my obsession with magic.

When I was 10, I watched David Blaine levitate on television. I had already dabbled in magic for five years or so, comfortable with basic card technique and amateur manipulation, but watching that 'raw' levitation was a really inspiring moment. Even at a young age, I knew that David Blaine was changing magic. And his unique approach to magic (particularly the connections and reactions he drew from people) made me want to study and pursue close-up magic more seriously. His Street Magic special-- and that controversial levitation-- made me addicted to inspiring wonder.

When I was 21, Banachek toured through Philadelphia and performed at Temple University where I was going to school. At this point in my life, I was very adept at close-up sleight-of-hand. I was heavily into moves and quick sets of eye candy with cards. I was vaguely familiar with mentalism; I owned a copy of Corinda but I admittedly never read it cover to cover. Banachek approached my table in a student dining hall promoting a performance he was having later that evening. He performed some spirit writing, and I was absolutely gobsmacked. I watched his show and hung unto every word of his presentation and every nuance of his character. Months later, I'd learn that he fooled me with material I'd already owned and props I'd long thrown away. He was the individual that showed me the impact of good, proper mentalism. Amusingly, the Haunted Handkerchief (Glorpy) now has a fond place in my heart and is one of the best magic tricks I've ever witnessed.

There are countless other effects I watched in my lifetime and career in magic. Some are probably much more "grand" or "memorable" than what I outlined here. But I believe these three simple items really define my personal progression through the craft.

RS.
“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.” -- James Arthur Baldwin



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Hans Moretti's sword box.


Hans Moretti's blindfolded backwards crossbow shooting an apple that is on his wife's head!

:wow:
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Dan Sylvester's pitch.

Yes the eggplant in particular is jaw-dropping.
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The Eclipse Illusion by Peter Tappan.
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The Frog Prince by Micheal Close

Entertaining, funny, and jaw droppingly impossible. I'll never forget how I felt the first time I saw it. I've seen more deceptive stuff, and more entertaining stuff, but that trick has the perfect construction.
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