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On 2014-01-07 17:58, Ba Ba Booey wrote:
FYI, the special is repeating Wednesday night on ABC TV, at 10pm. (Jan. 8)


If that's the accurate starting time, this must be an edited version. The original was 90 minutes long.
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Or there are fewer commercials. The original airing had tons of commercials in it.
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Nah, the original had at least 60 minutes of content, so this airing will have to be edited down unless it is airing without ANY commercials, which isn't likely.
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Well, there you go then.
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I'm a little late to this party, but I just saw "Real or Magic" last night.

While I share the concerns of many regarding editing, in particular for subtle effects like Banachek's "Psychokinetic Touches", I find it hard to fault his presetation and manner, since it appears to work often enough to get some nice reactions. I guess that's a matter of taste. I think his bizzaro demeanor works for him because he is aiming for 'amazement' over 'entertainment.' I'm more entertained by funny, charismatic patter coupled with a nice effect, but I am more amazed when I think maybe something really strange is going on.

What struck me on this special was how brilliant he was to use run of the mill effects alongside honest to goodness geek tricks. He seemed to be headed in this direction for quite awhile, tossing in Bramho Thread alongside Brainwave deck effects. But the ice pick stunt was over the top. I was fully expecting the Harry Anderson method and was floored with what came next. To say nothing of the skewered bicep stunt. What a superb stunt to pull off at the very moment the audience stops suspending disbelief and starts questioning everything!

I like this juxtaposition much better than his straighforward publicity stunts like the block of ice and the pole sitting. I was never really that impressed as I kept comparing his endurance stunts to Houdini's escape feats, and finding the former lacking.(although I did stop by the block of ice in Times Square)

If he does go full Mirin Dajo, like Todd Robbins hints in another thread, he will have yet another gobsmacker. I give him credit just for having the good sense to work with Todd, who I consider a MacArthur-worthy genius.

I, for one, will never again question his devotion to his craft.
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Yes folks people can change / improve, or at least evolve in a decade.
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They's point about 'amazement' vs. 'entertainment' is interesting to me. I have for years reflected on such things.
I like entertainment, but there is more to life than entertainment. Art is not always entertaining. Spirituality is not always entertaining. Sometimes entertainers forget this. Don't get me wrong though, many reviewing critics of say of Hollywood movies baffle me in how harsh they are of movies I have seen which were a heck of a good show / thrill ride and well worth the admission fee, masterful entertainment but perhaps not 'great art'. Which is OK. I think there is room for diversity in human experience.
Also lets us remember that MAGIC is a specific art. This is a biggie point here folks. It is not any art but a specific art. It has a specific nature and specific appeal. It is not actually a soup of every other art. Nor is it a lame / weak / trivial art made palatable with the spice of other arts. It is its own and very worthwhile totally robust or mature art. There are multiple arts and within these arts multiple artists and multiple masters (and hacks). Diversity exists. Some people due to their life story or mood / personality or just quarks of the cosmos are drawn to certain things. Magic moves me personally very much. It fascinates me. I like magic as a spectator not just a doer. I like the themes of deception, belief, perception, mystery, wonder etc. But back to the bigger core issue- Magic is about an apparent impossible event, which is mysterious. The ability to defy normal natural laws is an awesome power. Power and mystery are very core to the art of magic. This is where the plot really thickens. The truth is not always what people want to hear. A lot of what is 'entertaining' actually can sometimes diminish or disrespect the notion of power and mystery. You are trivializing your magic events and also you as the magician. Yeah that was a cool dance move or great gag / joke etc. on and on but maybe it is a pyrrhic victory? Of course another layer in all this is very few modern people of top nations believe in magic literally. This is why card flourishes for example actually / real world (vs. technically theoretically) do NOT diminish audience reactions because nobody believed you were doing real magic in the first place which is OK because you aren't most likely, but are rather an artist...thus they appreciate your skill as an artist in being elegant / efficient / aesthetic / odd / eccentric / impressive etc. with your card flourishes (and also sometimes they can help along your method, for focusing attention, misdirection, toying with expectations, etc. ). SO I just suggested 'don't diminish' the mystery / power of the art of magic with too much entertainment, AND it is OK to do that (which is non delusional and non pretentious). I.e. like with many adult realms, our art has tough choices. There is no perfect. There is almost perfect. Great artists look at other great artists and think 'aha eureka great choices'. The right balance or relationship between entertainment and actual amazement I think is an extremely vital issue of exploration here.
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I know I'm arriving late to the game, but does anyone know where to find 'Real or Magic' to watch?

<--- This guy was on his honeymoon when it aired & the best man forgot to DVR it...
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Cap,

You're the man.

Matt
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"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."Hebrews 13:2
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Aww.

No you are the man MagicMattMan.
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