Day 3 Stage
Jason Ladin Bogota Columbia. General magic. Sleeves are as open as a Columbian super taco. Appearing diamond brooch or bow-tie. Cool looking balloon stretched and stretched to candle. Every dove appears in a flash. Long dust scraping tails, accented with great leather designs. Snape meets Angel. Has 3 linking rings, 2 link in mid-air the the third in other hand gets another dove using the ring as a perch. I will call this illusion the best of the convention...great mis-direction, then another bird on the other two. Big applause. Split fans, wonderful thunder as music FX while effect hits. Fans to doves, big cage gone. My only complaint was the cheesy looking big cage. It had some mylar looking bars that jiggled and shook every time he put a bird inside. Somebody sell this man a cage.
Trend number 3...you can't light the candles anymore....so who besides magicians know they are candles? Hey Fantasio take the advise I told you privately back a year ago...now I'll release it Nationally, so the idea is now mine. Load your candles with those flickering tea LCD's. I changed mine over. Maybe I should start a service where you send me your old petrol bomb, and I'll install a theatre happy LCD. Soooo candles don't even have to be produced standing up anymore. Sideways seem to be the preferred method now-a-days.
Eli Toledo OH General "Come Fly With Me" Sure Frank loves magicians..."Go ahead kid use my riff, just buy the next round" Dare #8. I'm getting hungry for Hat! Doves, candles, canes, Red tie and cumberbun. "Luck be a Lady Tonight" This kid doesn't even have his first whiskers yet, and he's doing magic to Frank. I like him, he's very talented, the old folks music may work at an old folks home...but not a magic competition. Great costume change at end, confetti cannons, may have even been a sister appear too. This kid will be a future star.
Mike Chow Taiwan Manipulation.Black dress, just a vest w.2 green??? I guess cards. (See previous rant about cards? colored pieces of paper?) Green card to green comb. Pretends to comb hair. Split fans, Green balls. Really quick varieties of 4...2X2 3X1 1X3 4 here none there. Pretty cool...Fooled me silly by making a bright green card disappear, both sides of hand gone. Black backed/tight close-ups gave that away. The close-ups by wide screens did annoy certain people, they thought that perhaps the camera revealed moves, gimmicks that would have never been caught on a real stage. More comb more pretending to comb hair. Split fans, held high.
Tim Kutch Kittanning PA. General magic. Black dress, black vest, blue glove. Weird accordion folded paper from mouth to dove. Sillystring to dove. Snowstorm to dove. Smoke bubbles to billiard ball. Chant music by Anya?( I guess if you really had to eat a hat, you would probably want one of those wicker jobs from...say Taiwan. You could probably just boil the hell out of it.) Tablet draws a picture of a bird, but that accidentally falls to the ground. He stomps on it, and a bird pops out of his ass. The movement is to stomp, start to pull your leg up...like your are trying to kick a soccer ball up...then pull the bird out. Not stomp, fart bird.
Hiroshi Yamamota Osaka Japan Great act. Paintbrush themed/dress. paddle moves piece of modern art that gets the treatment ala American Arthur Trace. Lots of flea flicking here. Cool 4 different colored fans smooshed together to create that 4 colored fanning deck. Yellow long ribbon fan makes a yellow tie appear. Lots of colored pieces of paper interact with colored brushes.
Richard Forget..Toronto Canada General Magic. I can't remember...
Just joking. This guy had one of the best acts. Unfortunately he manipulated an eight inch ball of fire. Looks really cool, ummmm who is going to buy this act? Great for Burning man, can't believe he got the Golden nod, as I was on my seat several times as the fire ball danced on his jacket...looking for the exits. Zombie fire ball. I don't even want to call it a Zombie, as this jumped from hand to hand across the top of a scarf...Fire ends back in the hat. Brilliant! Dopey, but brilliant. Music from Mission Impossible. (I bet I could burn a wicker hat, and just eat the ashes...would that count? )Stage set with street phone, (haven't seen one of those in months...no years) large magazine produces hat. Doesn't really look like a magazine..too stiff. Phone from booth disappears, appears flip stick. I guess I didn't report it, but almost every act used the flip stick principal. Sticks or candles??? No sticks this time...Oh I get it..appearing drum sticks...to the beat cool. Large cloth? Why, because there are always large clothes by phone booths, produces a kind-of fake looking drum set! Appearing lamp. But why in a street scene? Phone rings, it's the girl "I'm coming" cloth again, bam girl appears. He should have ended there....but no. The girl walks off...with a shrug from our magician, music changes dramatically I feel scared as lights flicker and a severed hand appears behind a cloth..shaking maybe even bloodied. A paper is folded from trash into a mechanical dove an two others flutter up from the trash holding a silk with a peace sign. Damn hippy should have ended with the Trim. Boy waits for Girl, Boy gets Girl...Not Boy waits for Girl, Boy gets Girl, Girl walks off...Boy Saves the World through Magically Transforming Trash. Ugg if he would have ended with the girl, he may have won. Richard...first of all change your name. Second of all put the trash folding dove in the middle as your are waiting for the girl. Get the girl, then have the trash birds fly out of the can as an encore as you walk off....This is your FISM act. Buy me a Fresca when you win.
Reuben Moreland. Bronx NY Manipulation. I love your spirit, you are so young, I don't want to crush you just yet. First, buy some spanks, or get a full vest. Yellow silk with knot jumps off to ball, cane. Uses a?? glass to help produce balls for his Billard ball routine. Throws a green ball behind his back..but it comes out the other end red, this is great visual magic. Good stuff with red ball white cards, red cards white ball. Juggles balls in fingertips ala Norbert Ferre. Not magic, but magical, the audience loved this. 8 balls different colors, then back to yellow knot on silk, with same music closing, as was in the opening.
Getting hungry...maybe you can make a meatloaf with one of those straw hats.
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The rest of the Convention tomorrow. Not much really.