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This is a shot in the dark..... some years ago I remember seeing a Youtube video of an act that would be considered very old fashioned even then. Performing to music the (male) magician used a bunch of apparatus and props. I think they performed a fair bit of silk magic but I believe there were other effects too. There were certainly a lot of props involved. It was noticeable and stays in my memory because it was actually stylish and very watchable. The performer, who I'm sure was a professional act, somehow managed to avoid looking overly cheesy or passé. It was like a very well executed prop demo but there was a style and flair to the performance that made it rise way above how this magic is usually seen and regarded.

I'm sure it was the video and performance was commented on somewhere here in these pages on the Café but searches, both here and on Youtube, have come up blank for me.

Any suggestions as to who you think this might be or links to possible contenders would be welcomed.

Cheers.
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Are you thinking about David Charvet's performance of Jack Gwynne's 1930's vaudeville act ?

https://youtu.be/Ksl2s86HbM8?t=50

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Thanks David. I appreciate the suggestion. I seem to remember though, that it was someone younger than Jack's age here and I'm sure they had a dark suit on too.

I seem to remember that it also looked like it was being g performed in a sort of studio or small theatre but there were no audience shots. (which makes me think it was all fired in a studio of some kind.
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Michael Straud incorporates a lot of classic prop magic in his acts. It isn't demo style but much more highly produced. Look up Majinga the Magician and The Magique-Bazaar.

Example:

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Hi Frank. Thank you for the suggestion. It's not the magician I'm trying to find unfortunately. The guy I'm looking for was more traditionally dressed in a black suit or tux and was clean shaven. Additionally I think they were working solo. (but they may have had one person assisting them but not two)

But thanks again for the suggestion. As a glass half full kind of guy I like to think we are slowly narrowing it down. Smile
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Do you remember any of the specific effects that the magician performed in the video ? That might jog my memory (or someone else's) to remember who it is you're seeking.
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Unfortunately not David. I just remember that it was one of the few occasions where I've seen a 'prop' act not look laboured, dated, or cheesy. That's the thing that really stood out. Not much help in narrowing the performer down I know..... but I was hoping the maybe someone had seen the same clip and it rang a bell.
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Likely not the video you are looking for but this is one of my favorite apparatus acts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EK-mqXZZ0g
Enjoy
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On Dec 15, 2021, 61magic wrote:
Likely not the video you are looking for but this is one of my favorite apparatus acts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EK-mqXZZ0g
Enjoy


Thanks for that 61magic. You are right, in that although this isn't the act I 'm looking for it certainly captures the setting, the size and nature of the props (although I'm not sure if the act I'm looking for did doves) and the sort of style of magic within the act.

When done well, I truly think there's still a place for this type of act. But they are now very few and far between at any standard.... and I'm not sure any really good, slick, characterful, non cheesy examples still exist

But thanks again for this clip. I had never seen or heard of Tom and Sherrie before.

Please keep the suggestions coming if for nothing else other than to bring to light a few more of this type of act into the spotlight.

Cheers.
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Could it have been The Gustafsons from this appearance on Ed Sullivan's show?

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Ran across these videos of Rauscher performing in that classic style.

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Here in Michigan, when I think of a show that has the feel of a good, old-fashioned magic show, I think of Baffling Bill.
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