Jamy Ian Swiss Back on Craig Fergusson's Late Late Show this Week

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/13/10 12:18 PM

Just heard from Meir Yedid in an emailing that Jamy will be making a second appearance on Craig Fergusson this week. Anyone know the date?
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Postby Ted M » 12/13/10 03:24 PM

This Craig Ferguson guest schedule lists Jamy Ian Swiss as appearing on Wed Dec 15, along with musical guest Nick Lachey.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/16/10 12:48 PM

Anyone see Jamy last night? I heard he did a Michael Ammar trick! :)
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Postby Jim Maloney » 12/16/10 01:34 PM

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Postby Jim Martin » 12/16/10 01:34 PM

A great set - Jamy nailed it.
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Postby mrgoat » 12/16/10 02:33 PM

Wonderful stuff.
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Postby Dan Magyari » 12/16/10 03:07 PM

First impressions are everything - so I'm told. I always feel as if it's just me, when I think what a horrible look it is to come out with a suit jacket on, with the sleeves rolled up. You might as well come out with a suit with short sleeves - it is the same look. And, maybe it's just me again, but the magicians who come out with sleeves where they're supposed to be (down to their wrists), add a touch of class, which the "short-sleeved" guys lose from that first impression.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 12/16/10 03:11 PM

@Dan, any ideas on how to transition between 'well dressed' and the "obviously nothing up my sleeves" look?
T. Nelson Downs used to tear away his jacket and shirtcuffs - also risque back then.
But for today - open to susggestions.
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Postby Dan Magyari » 12/16/10 03:54 PM

Jonathan, I believe there are some other magicians with Jamy's stature performing in very stylish and classy dress (w/o their sleeves rolled up). I would start there and ask them how they get away with it. They might say that they solve that particular problem the same way they prove there are no strings or mirrors involved in their magical performances (here I picture someone coming out and waving their hands all about to disprove strings all around their body) - the mirror thing, a whole 'nother problem.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/16/10 04:42 PM

I'll disgree about Jamy's dress--he looked great, and what he wore was certainly appropriate for the show.
And he was good, too!
By the way, I believe the block of ice trick is Dick Zimmerman's.
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Postby Chas Nigh » 12/16/10 04:46 PM

I believe that Stanley Collins related this style as to a "plumber"
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Postby Jim Maloney » 12/16/10 04:48 PM

I'm not sure it's that big of a deal. Nate Leipzig (undoubtedly one of the classiest magicians in the past century) performed in a white tie and tails...with his sleeves up.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/16/10 04:48 PM

Stanley Collins was a genius, but he also was a bitter old coot who performed in the 1920s. Times have changed.
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Postby Michael Close » 12/16/10 05:30 PM

I thought the Card in Ice with the torn corner was Ammar's The Iceman Cometh, published in a couple of places. Don't have my library available to look up earlier sources.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 12/16/10 05:49 PM

I'm pretty sure it's in the first Command Performance book, but I'm not at home to double check that (it's certainly in one of the Encore books). Whether or not it's someone elses I also do not recall, but not every effect in those books were his (and he properly cited the other inventors).

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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/16/10 05:59 PM

It was in Encore II. Perhaps Denis can give a better citation?

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Postby Seuss » 12/16/10 06:18 PM

It's also in The Magic of Michael Ammar
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/16/10 06:51 PM

Aye, but we're trying to find the _early_ source - the big book is like an amalgam of the Encore/Command Performance/MAJ stuff, and came out a lot later.
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Postby Seuss » 12/16/10 07:27 PM

yipes... I feel like my brain function is greatly diminished this past couple weeks. This only serves to reinforce that sensation.

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Postby Denis Behr » 12/16/10 08:08 PM

If we are looking for early, what about Apocalypse ...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/16/10 08:29 PM

Yes, Dick Zimmerman predates all of that.
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Postby JHostler » 12/16/10 08:29 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:I'll disgree about Jamy's dress--he looked great, and what he wore was certainly appropriate for the show.
And he was good, too!
By the way, I believe the block of ice trick is Dick Zimmerman's.


I agree... and the virtual absence of hokum, contrived patter, etc. was something of a relief. We need more "regular guys" doing magic of this caliber.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 12/16/10 08:37 PM

AskAlexander says that it was reported in the Ring No. 98, Long Beach Report for the January 1966 issue of the Linking Ring that Dick Zimmerman's performance for the club ended his routine with a torn and restored card being discovered frozen in an ice cube which mysteriously appeared in a glass of water.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 12/17/10 09:52 AM

Joe, was that the restored card or the corner being found in an icecube in the glass of water?
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Postby Joe Pecore » 12/17/10 10:13 AM

Jon, I don't know, I wasn't there. : )
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 12/17/10 11:08 AM

Chas Nigh wrote:I believe that Stanley Collins related this style as to a "plumber"

? down to the pants and awkward exposure? My he had quite the sense of humor.

His review of the guy doing a miser's dream using a trick rimmed glass bowl and a clever ThumbTip type gaff with folding coin remains one of my favorite reminders in Bobo's about using gaffs but not being blind to what others can notice.

* word to our current gaffsters - that gaff idea using a mylar impressed 'coin' is likely viable today. !!! :)










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Postby Andrew Martin Portala » 12/17/10 12:34 PM

Dan Magyari wrote:First impressions are everything - so I'm told. I always feel as if it's just me, when I think what a horrible look it is to come out with a suit jacket on, with the sleeves rolled up. You might as well come out with a suit with short sleeves - it is the same look. And, maybe it's just me again, but the magicians who come out with sleeves where they're supposed to be (down to their wrists), add a touch of class, which the "short-sleeved" guys lose from that first impression.



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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/17/10 12:34 PM

I can attest to that. :)
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 12/17/10 12:51 PM

I just rolled up my sleeves. I'll let you know how it works. Look out girls, here I come...
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 12/17/10 12:54 PM

Oh, and Jamy's turn was great. The wife and I watched it last night. She loved it!
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 12/17/10 01:19 PM

Going for the gold harmonica?
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Postby Tom Frame » 12/17/10 01:32 PM

I thought that Jamy's selection of material, overall execution and his interactions with Fergusson were very good. My wife thought that his handling for the card from cardcase looked "smeary" - her neologism for a suspicious-looking action.

And what do you supposed happended when he was fussing and fidgiting with the deck prior to tearing off the card's corner? Something was amiss. He even muttered, "If I can find the damned thing", to cover for whatever he had to do to get back on track. But he soldiered on in an admirable, professional manner. Bravo, Jamy!
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Postby Travis » 12/17/10 02:23 PM

What happened was apparently an issue involving the gimmick. No one has mentioned that Jamy allowed Craig to complete the tearing of the corner himself (i.e., no corner switch). This, I imagine, was likely a choice he made for tv, and I doubt is what he does in his real work. It was clear to me that he was making use of Gaetan Bloom's Intercessor.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/17/10 02:26 PM

I assume the same thing, that somehow the wrong card was on top of the Intercessor.
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Postby Travis » 12/17/10 04:00 PM

I agree with Tom's wife that the card from cardbox was "smeary".
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Postby NCMarsh » 12/17/10 04:16 PM

Great set. And what a pleasure to see a host who can be funny and charming without fighting the performer.

Jamy was right there with him, in the moment and genuinely funny. The set had a great structure, got maximum theatrical value/impact out of the tools he was using. Excellent work.
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Postby Ted M » 12/17/10 05:11 PM

Peter Brook (The Empty Space, p. 136) wrote:"When a performance is over, what remains? Fun can be forgotten, but powerful emotion also disappears and good arguments lose their thread. When emotion and argument are harnessed to a wish from the audience to see more clearly into itself then something in the mind burns. The event scorches onto the memory an outline, a taste, a trace, a smell a picture. It is the plays central image that remains, its silhouette, and if the elements are rightly blended this silhouette will be its meaning, this shape will be the essence of what it has to say. When years later I think of a striking theatrical experience I find a kernel engraved on my memory: two tramps dancing under a tree, an old woman dragging a cart, a sergeant dancing, three people on a sofa in hell[...]"

Jamy arranged his set to conclude with an extraordinarily memorable image. I expect that for most of the viewing audience, if they remember anything at all from this performance in days to come, they won't remember any very minor fiddling during card from cardbox.

All most viewers will remember is that closeup image of Craig Ferguson's card frozen in that block of ice.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/17/10 05:25 PM

Regarding the card to cardcase, I think we all know how this works. One of the things that is problematic for close-up magicians during recent appearances on TV is the way they're made to sit in the guest seat beside the host. That's a very difficult angle to work from because you have to rotate your entire upper torso to the left, and protect your angles from the front (audience), left (host), and above (camera). Jamy was watching his angles, thus his handling of the card to cardcase appeared a little "guarded." No problem, though.

The tearing of the card was the only real problem moment and, hey, what are you going to do on national TV? KEEP GOING and reach a successful conclusion.
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Postby Travis » 12/17/10 05:53 PM

Agreed, Richard. It is a very awkward way in which to have to perform, and Jamy did what any of us would have done in order to ensure that nothing was exposed.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 12/17/10 05:54 PM

I loved Craig's line that the biggest honor for Jamy was that he booked a magician and it wasn't even Magic Week.
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