Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Profesional actors... haha... good example too was Jason Alexander at the Magic Castle, and good old Orson Welles, who's presentations were priceless lessons.
Having heard about it for years I lept at the oportunity to see Orson's filmed magic, even though it required a long drive through crazy traffic. Sadly, it was a massive disappointment.
The ONLY time he was any good was at the beginning, when he was assisted by John and Cathy Daniel, and at the end, when he did the Hindu Yarn as taught to him by Mike Caveney.
Caveney was there and explained how they worked on it into the wee hours of the morning with Orson doing take after take because he wanted to ditch the torn pieces with his hand in the air, just out of frame. Somehow he thought that an "improvement." It was only good because Mike showed him what to do.
When Orson was on his own the material was boring, self-absorbed nonsense....shot at various times, here and there by someone who had little to no clue what he was doing. Orson wasn't even playing himself well.
Just because it was Orson Welles, with his perfected gravitas and trained voice, does not excuse him from performing badly. If there was a lesson in watching Orson, it was how not to perform magic.