raj k wrote:Why so much 'hate'? I'm aware that with fame comes criticism, but seems like magicians in general are very hateful. I'm not familiar with this kids stuff, and in no way am I endorsing him. I would probably agree with many characterizations of his style.
Also, I'm not saying we should wholeheartedly applaud him. But, I see that whenever magicians attain any level of success (by any definition), it seems there's more negativity than positivity.
Are there any redeeming qualities the kid has?
At one time, I'm sure I could've won the Player Hater of the Year award. Seeing things differently now I suppose.
It's nothing to do with Playah Hating. It's to do with casting scorne over a kid that pestered people until they looked at him. Fair play to him for that. Before he made it he came to the bar at the International convention a couple of times and just went up to every single table and did magic on them. Whether they wanted to see it or not.
He also went to hip hop gigs and went backstage (uninvited) and had lots of pictures taken of him doing magic on music stars.
He was clever. No doubt.
It looked like they all booked him.
But, his magic really isn't good. This is not bashing someone because they have mild fame, it is because they are bad.
In my humble opinion, he is a charisma-less kid with sub-average chops and some XCM stuff the kids seem to like.
It's rare that I respond to these posts but having worked with Dynamo for the past 6 years (as his manager) and seeing as this is a U.S site (so you may not be so familiar with him) I think it's only fair to set the record straight on a few things.
The idea that Dynamo's success is simply down to pestering people is a huge insult to the hard work and dedication he has show since he first turned professional aged 17. Where do you get your information from? You are wrong to think that he just turned up to gigs uninvited and pestered people - I booked him for those early shows and he was paid for every single one of them as well as being paid for numerous private events by those very celebs he 'pestered'.
Dynamo comes from a very tough upbringing on the Delph Hill estate in Bradford and has battled with a very severe an debilitating form of crohns disease since I've known him. Despite these setbacks he has worked hard to become one of the most successful & recognisable British magicians in recent times having appeared on virtually every major chat show in the UK (including Jonathan Ross & Richard and Judy) having shows on Channel 4, BBC and MTV and performing on last years MTV EMA's in front of a worldwide audience of over a billion people.
I certainly don't expect everyone to love his work and of course we understand that criticism (and worse) comes with success but I think Dynamo at very least deserves credit for being dedicated to his craft, opening magic up to new audiences and at least employing other talented magicians to work on his shows - surely this has got to be good for magic!?
Richard mentioned having watched (and disliked) Dynamo's first DVD, but this was shot long ago when he was a teenager and it's not really fair to compare this to a multi million dollar production like Criss Angels show.
There has been a huge amount of development over the last 6 years. Creatively he has produced numerous effects geared towards his audience such as the vanishing record decks (performed on his stage show in full view), colour changing shoelaces, kick up card routine, visual coin bends etc as well as being one of the first people to bring modern flourishes / XCM to the UK. He has also worked with some of the top consultants in the UK and US to create magic that is original, powerful and enjoyable for his demographic. He may not be the magicians magician, but I can guarantee that vast numbers of people love his work.
It's easy to bash people who are in the spotlight - especially if they're not there to defend themselves... and I appreciate that some of you genuinely dislike his work, but credit where credit's due... he's got this far and he isn't going anywhere soon!
Apologies for the essay, it will be the last thing I write! (no, I'm not going to top myself I'm just busy!)