Did we ever see any of Copperfield's failures, how about Lance's or even Paul Daniels? I can't recall seeing any and I don't really think that television is an appropriate place for failure due to the fact that it is normally a medium used to showcase an act or personality - then again, in very rare circumstances it could be used to great effect.Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I don't recall, but did we ever seen any of Blaine's failures?
Andi Gladwin wrote:
Am I so wrong to say that Blaine has actually done some good work and has done a lot for updating magic in the eyes of spectators? Or am I just unfashionable?
I think that David has gone a long way in perfecting this kind of careful editing since we first noticed it in that special many years ago where he combined two different kinds of levitations and edited them together.
Originally posted by Steve Bryant:
Given that logic, you could be the greatest mentalist ever by using a stooge in every effect. Or the greatest cardsharp. After the spectator shuffles the deck, you could turn off the camera, ring in a cold deck, and proceed. What would be the point? There is not only an implied (or stated!) contract with the audience, but surely some contract with yourself, some sense of accomplishment re what you are doing. And it gets back to the heart of the Too Perfect thing. If it's just too impossible, then any intelligent audience knows you haven't done anything at all.
Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
If you go back and watch the Copperfield TV special from last April, closely watch the end of his performance of the "Laser" illusion where he gets sliced in half. At the very end, he lifts his upper torso back into position on his lower body. There is a camera cut, David "shakes it out" and walks. This, of course, is an edit. As you know if you've seen him perform this in his live show over the past 5 years, at the end of the trick the lights must go out while he exits the stage.
He CANNOT simply walk at the end of the trick and continue with the show.
Is this trick photgraphy? Absolutely not. Is it a great idea for performing on TV? Yes, it's a wonderful idea.