Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

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Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby erdnasephile » December 18th, 2012, 11:19 am

That recent thread on Tamariz got me thinking...

Part of what I think makes Tamariz effective is that based on a first impression (manic, older fellow--to paraphrase Dustin), you'd never think he'd fool you so badly.

The perfoming personas of Bro. John Hamman (quiet, Midwest gentleman), Bob Sheets (fun loving, jovial, clumsy guy) are completely different; yet, they also come to mind as guys you'd never suspect are devious geniuses.

They are much different from a Darwin Ortiz, Derek Dingle, Martin Nash, Michael Skinner, etc. You pretty much expect to be fooled by those guys from the get go.

So..who are your favorite magicians whose performing personalities most greatly belie their skill and cunning?

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Ted M » December 18th, 2012, 11:39 am

Mac King.

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Postby Smurf » December 18th, 2012, 11:59 am

Ren Lavand & Slydini

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Postby brianarudolph » December 18th, 2012, 12:46 pm

Two more I'll add are Dani DaOrtiz and Lennart Green.

Dani does it in much the same way as Juan Tamariz only as a younger "Fat Brother" in the Spanish school.

Lennart has taken the "bumbler" magician to a whole new level. A big part of Lennart's magic for me is that he can appear to be a bumbler and then hit you right between the eyes with some major fooling - but then, moments later, manage to go right back to being a very convincing bumbler to the point where he gets me to drop my guard and then fool me very badly again. And he does this over and over again. With Lennart, it's fool me twice, thrice, four times, five times & more:"shame on me" - and I love it!

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Postby Steve Mills » December 18th, 2012, 1:56 pm

IN many respects, David Williamson meets the criteria.
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Postby Ivanovich » December 18th, 2012, 3:40 pm

Mike Caveney - "I've been fooled by an idiot!" and Pit Hartling could be thrown in there.

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Mark Collier » December 18th, 2012, 4:29 pm

Tom Mullica's character driven magic was very disarming.

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Terry » December 18th, 2012, 5:06 pm

Mark Collier wrote:Tom Mullica's character driven magic was very disarming.


Agreed.

Mullica was one of the most entertaining comedy magicians.

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Postby JFox » December 18th, 2012, 5:36 pm

KRESKIN

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Chas Nigh » December 19th, 2012, 3:37 am

Guy Hollingsworth

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Postby Jonathan Pendragon » December 19th, 2012, 5:55 am

Rob Zabrecky

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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » December 19th, 2012, 2:54 pm

Mac King
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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Pete McCabe » December 19th, 2012, 6:31 pm

Jonathan Pendragon wrote:Rob Zabrecky


I think he's only innocent relative to you, Jonathan! ;-)

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Postby erdnasephile » December 19th, 2012, 6:52 pm

Chas Nigh wrote:Guy Hollingsworth


IMHO, Hollingworth's high skill level seems congruent with his proper English gentleman performing character.

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Edward Pungot » December 24th, 2012, 10:57 am

John Carney as John Carney

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby ashleyvaery » December 25th, 2012, 11:23 pm

I personally like Bro.John Hamman and tricks he plays are amazing. I like the way he handles the pack of cards. I agree with his saying "Magic happens not in the hands of the performer, but in the minds of the spectators". He is a great entertainer.


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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Chas Nigh » December 26th, 2012, 4:57 pm

Maybe it's his boyishness.

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Mark Paulson » December 28th, 2012, 2:07 pm

Norman Beck seemed pretty innocent the time I saw him. Fooled the heck out of everybody in the room.

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby jason156 » December 28th, 2012, 10:51 pm

Has anyone mentioned Paul Gertner?

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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Mark Phillips » December 29th, 2012, 12:36 am

Bill Goldman is another excellent example. Funny that he and Bob Sheets (see above) share a birthday!
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Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Postby Frank Yuen » December 29th, 2012, 9:02 am

Excellent example! Bill Goldman is totally disarming. You can't help but believe every word he says.

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Postby Michael6Muldoon » December 29th, 2012, 12:41 pm

Dani DaOrtiz, Woody Aragon and Juan of course! I mean really most magicians are fairly innocent, what would make someone not innocent??

If someone came up to me in a top hat and cape, that could be innocent because I wouldnt expect to be fooled. Does that make sense?
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