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by Brad Henderson
September 21st, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!

at what point does it cross the line of exploitation and manipulation? how is aft any different than the freak shows of the 30's?

human triumph is one thing. Putting the freaks on display another. agt feels too much like the later and not enough like the former
by Brad Henderson
September 20th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!

talent for the sake of talent should always be appreciated. manipulation and exploitation, not so much. this is why i fast forward through all that nonsense when i watch the show. I don't care about whatever story they are trying to attach to you. Make me care with your talent then maybe i will want...
by Brad Henderson
September 20th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!

i've said it before and i'll say it again - AGT is the modern day freak show here is a boy whose father rejects him, but he can dance like you and i. Here is an unattractive human being who you find repulsive, but listen to her sing opera. His mom is dying of cancer but he can do magic tricks. Look,...
by Brad Henderson
September 11th, 2017, 10:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Strange Brew

the straw is great.
by Brad Henderson
August 29th, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2040

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

tom,

i saw the table in vegas and the frosty effect you mention seemed to occur whenever the table was past a certain distance from whatever there was in the background.
by Brad Henderson
August 27th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

most magicians who perfect the rings fail to do so adequately - and by that i mean deceptively (and i include myself in that lot.) i have however seen it done and i will confess, i was even fooled at times. Sure i knew what was at work, but the handling was so casual and open that there were many ti...
by Brad Henderson
August 18th, 2017, 1:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1971

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

first you have to decide what the effect is and how you are allegedly accomplishing it. then you can answer the question you have posed. but not before
by Brad Henderson
August 11th, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

I watched the "Stunt coordinator breaks down 'Atomic Blonde' fight scene" video (second row down on the linked page). Did it spoil the movie for me? but magic isn't the movies. two different art forms with two different goals using very different techniques for different purposes. but yes...
by Brad Henderson
August 11th, 2017, 9:22 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

which means they are looking in the wrong place. these are not the secrets of magic. these are merely methods.
by Brad Henderson
August 11th, 2017, 9:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4927

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

It was winter. Probably in 1990 or so. I was attending the Midwest Music Educator's conference as a student. I was familiar with Eugene's work via his books and it had already had a profound affect on me. I was going through a crisis in my own performances. I was feeling the triviality of my approac...
by Brad Henderson
August 10th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

you can expose the methods, not the secrets.
by Brad Henderson
August 10th, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

everything you value is wrong. you also clearly have no idea how to lie - which is why you need to create mazes. As michael weber noted, "the shortest distance between two points is a straight lie." now tell me HE doesn't know what he is talking about. you think like a magician who thinks ...
by Brad Henderson
August 10th, 2017, 12:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

jkeyes, i don't think you understand anything about magic or how it works. You clearly don't understand anything about the hoy principle. i wish i could help you. But i know that you are incapable of learning. you are the student whose cup is already full. Perhaps when you get older and mature some...
by Brad Henderson
August 10th, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

jkeyes, i don't think you understand anything about magic or how it works. You clearly don't understand anything about the hoy principle. i wish i could help you. But i know that you are incapable of learning. you are the student whose cup is already full. Perhaps when you get older and mature some ...
by Brad Henderson
August 9th, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

who would think you would lie about the page number ?
by Brad Henderson
August 9th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

alfred, i heard his dislike for magicians goes back longer than penn. but think about it, it makes sense. he needs to be the smartest most powerful guy in the room. a magician is a threat to him. the piano trick is in my out of print notes 'theory into practice' but will be reprinted with even more ...
by Brad Henderson
August 8th, 2017, 11:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

i've heard trump hates magicians.

which makes sense.
by Brad Henderson
August 8th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

i have the best handling - verbal and physical - of the piano trick ever published.

that may sound arrogant.

but it's true.
by Brad Henderson
August 8th, 2017, 7:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

michael weber published that idea in lifesavers
by Brad Henderson
August 8th, 2017, 2:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2723

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

do you really think one routine would be ideal for each of these groups, regardless of the environment, time of day, energy level of the people?

my best trick is whatever trick i think is best for THAT group at that time. and it's hardly ever the same piece because it's never ever the same group.
by Brad Henderson
July 16th, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond

i have alway loved ian's blocks of san ye. i own two sets. years ago at the eastbourne convention i sat down next to a man and we started talking. turned out it was ian. we chatted and he was happy to learn where two of his boxes were.
by Brad Henderson
July 15th, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 23896

Re: Jennings 67

this may be a small drop in the bucket but i feel like it should be said the first time i ever worked the castle i arrived early to find bruce and jim patton having a chat at the owl bar. He introduced himself, we spoke a bit, and then he took me all the way through the castle and walked me through ...
by Brad Henderson
July 12th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A New Angle drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: A New Angle drops...

it appears to have been fixed. thanks.
by Brad Henderson
July 11th, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 3265

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

you're too kind, kent. happens to be a principle that destroyed me when i was young and is always one of the first that crosses my mind as a possibility.

won't say who that performer who destroyed me was, but you're in good company.

good work on the stab.
by Brad Henderson
July 11th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A New Angle drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: A New Angle drops...

you can add to cart but i can't seem to find how to find the cart and check out.
by Brad Henderson
July 10th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 3265

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

suddenly craving a deep fried ham and cheese sandwich from the new orleans cafe at disneyland.
by Brad Henderson
July 7th, 2017, 9:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

again, you attempt to tell me what i think instead of asking me. you do that a lot. you say magicians in the past did something and yet have nothing to back it up this is not a matter of taste. this isn't 'i don't like rap so rap isn't music'. this is a matter of address what an art is and what it d...
by Brad Henderson
July 6th, 2017, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

chris, a better way of putting it is that a painting of a pipe is not a pipe. a film of a magic trick is not a magic trick. it is a film of a magic trick. while we can capture the essence of the magic on film, we are indeed capturing something. the media magician captures nothing but creates the mag...
by Brad Henderson
July 6th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Mr. Mullins, I have no intention of wasting my time, researching the history of stage magic for the sake of this meaningless point. As I said, the only relevance to this thread is that magicians have always and will always avail themselves of any and all technologies in order to achieve their effec...
by Brad Henderson
July 5th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

clearly the idea that magic is supposed to be supernatural is nonsense. many magic effects do not ascribe themselves to supernatural causes nor do many of them achieve a phenomena that transcends into supernaturalness in effect. BUT by your definition a spirit medium who did not tricks would be cons...
by Brad Henderson
July 5th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

the danger in relying on non industry-art based sources for definitions specific to an industry or art leads to the problem you find yourself in let's look at another source, one you likely found but conveniently ignored. - webster. i suppose this is of equal authority to the two you mentioned. http...
by Brad Henderson
July 5th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

When discussing technology, we ought to focus on the principles and the mechanics rather than the artistic mode by which they are employed. says who? you seem to want to force us to accept a definition of magic that no one else in the world agrees to. by defining magic solely by the techniques whic...
by Brad Henderson
July 4th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

what you fail to grasp is that the creation of an illusion is not sufficient for an act to be 'magic'. a pick pocket uses sleight of hand but we don't call him a magician. a snake oil salesman uses deception but he is not considered to have practiced magic. many broadway shows use some of the techni...
by Brad Henderson
July 4th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

i wish my iphone would automatically capitalize like it used to. it no longer does. grrr
by Brad Henderson
July 3rd, 2017, 11:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

You are obviously striving to gain the upper hand in this forum, to prove yourself the sharpest. Yet you perpetually misrepresent and mischaracterise my statements. no. i'm merely pointing out that your positions are groundless. is that gives me the upper hand, that's the fault of your position not...
by Brad Henderson
July 3rd, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

The use of rear screen projection, matte paintings, superimpositions, clever makeup and even robotics (automata) have all been employed by magicians. And my point is that the use of other visual deceptions, such as those involving mirrors, are in essence, the same. They all create a false image. Th...
by Brad Henderson
July 3rd, 2017, 8:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Much of "movie magic" came from stage magic technology, and much of it is essentially still related. Don't think so. When Georges Méliès created the first movie special effects, he was specifically doing things with film that he could not do as a magician. And that has been the trend ever...
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

No, my friend. In order to define Magic to the exclusion of camera tricks, one would need to forbid the use of other kinds of visual deception. no. you wouldn't. why would you even think you would have to? In short, you would have to restrict the future development of the craft, and prohibit the us...
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4403

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

No, my friend. In order to define Magic to the exclusion of camera tricks, one would need to forbid the use of other kinds of visual deception. no. you wouldn't. why would you even think you would have to? In short, you would have to restrict the future development of the craft, and prohibit the us...

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