p.k. wrote:Years ago I saw him on TV performing at halftime of The Orange Bowl (I even taped it, but can't seem to find the tape now). You probably know what happened.
I didn't work on The Orange Bowl number, but it isn't surprising that it went so poorly. Harry didn't rehearse. He hated rehearsing. The only numbers that he rehearsed were the Dancing Hanky & The Lightbulb.
Illusions for special events were typically poorly thought out. I know that he collaborated with Charles Reynolds on many of these things and the problem was Charles created overly complicated methods that were difficult to pull off without hours of rehearsal.
It's obvious that there were a couple of factors contributing to the Orange Bowl mess. Poorly designed/built illusions which contributed to the technical problems and not enough rehearsal.