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Looking back on David and his career, and thinking about the astonishing variety of illusions, is there one that stands out in your mind as the best?

To tell you the truth, myself, I always got the biggest charge out of his Orson Well's illusion. Don't have any idea how he did it (brought Orson back and had him interact with the audience) but I'll tell you one thing: that illusion had class! I just SO enjoyed it. And the person who impersonated Orson was PERFECT. (If indeed it WAS an impersonator!) I think this will go down as one of my all time favorites.
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That WAS indeed Orson Wells!!! It was a clip from an old movie and some clever editing. The methodology itself was VERY simple....David just wrote his "script" to match the film clip, and forced the choosen card.

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I heard Orson's family was [upset] about it and tried to sue or something...
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On 2004-12-30 21:15, Jack Murray wrote:
That WAS indeed Orson Wells!!! It was a clip from an old movie and some clever editing. The methodology itself was VERY simple....David just wrote his "script" to match the film clip, and forced the choosen card.

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Well,, the end result was tremendous. What really threw me was the fact that Orson kept referring to David by name! And he was asking about the CARD specifically. What old Orson movie WAS that that had all these elements in it?

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On 2004-12-31 02:44, reedrc wrote:
I herd Orson damily was p I s s e d about it and tried to sue or something...

That's a trip! Is that true? Did you hear how it turned out?
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I don't know enough on the story to say what the final outcome was, but wanted to clear up part of it in all fairness to David (as I understand the events).

David believed that he did everything above board. Apparently, Orson created the old movie clip in the early 40's for Richard Himber. David paid a good sum of money to obtain the movie clip and credits Richard Himber in the credits of that show. So David paid for it and properly credited it.

(As I understand, David did edit him saying his name, but that was minor).

At some point, Welle's family felt that they controlled his estate and did not believe David was right to obtain it without their consent. I don't know who actually had the rights to sell it, but David truly felt he pursued it the proper way. After Welle's family voiced thier displeasure, it was removed from the show. (Although, it had probably served it's rotation in the show anyway.)

Great bit nonetheless.

For the record....I have had the opportunity to see every one of his illusions live over the past 15 years, with the exception of the Big Black Box. It was not in the touring show for too long. As far, as sheer drama, WOW factor, and storyline (and the age old question magicians always ask one another...if you could obtain the rights to one trick of Copperfields, which would it be) I would say his current routine Lottery. But I want the original storyline he was using before the Lincoln Convertible. Back when it he was using a Studebaker Commander. That story had more meaning for me for various reasons.
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I'm not familiar with his lottery routine. Could you elaborate?
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I think "Death Saw" has to be right up there as one of the greatest of all illusions, not just of David's.

You may not agree as you look back on it many years later, but when you saw it for the first time it was a real killer (pun intended).

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Im not saying its the best but I did like the berkly house illusion I really liked when the ghost went out into the crowd.Kyle
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Several ghosts. How the *** did he do that? Had to be a video edit. Blew me away, though!
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No video eidts on that one. I hear Sean Bogunia is working on similar lines.
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Similar lines?...no pun intended I assume...LOL


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It goes back a few years, but I think the Orient Express vanish was great (even though it's TV only).
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I have most of the specials on tape, and Orient Express was fabulous. I loved the card effect he performed in the dining car for Jayne whats her name. (The first part, where the cards ended up "back in the box".) Close to one that Michael Ammar taught on his easy to master tapes, but I believe an entirely different method.
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The Orient Express was definitely one of his Best! Flying was perhaps the most mystifying of his illusions. The Graffiti Wall was also very good! (I laugh every time I watch it!) I have to say though that I miss when DC used story lines to present his magic.
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In my opinion His best was Flying. I have seen it on TV and live. It was even more impressive live. To me it was real magic.
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"cocoon " was very very cool.
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Well the staging for that was out of the world....plus the presentation was amazing....again anouther wounderful Illusion..

One of my favorite and I love to watch over and over is the buzz saw and lottery when the car appears...Now that was pure magic...when you get a 5 min standing ovation from that then it is a hell of a illusion...


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Does anyone remember the routine where he reproduces all of the kids for the old nanny? To me that was DC's low point.
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What you mean by low point rtgreen???????????
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