and in my opinion a very good thought...
When Jason opens the routine, he makes the cups appear.
It seemed as though the studio audience didn't think much of it, since there was complete silence. JL then made some very awkward silly faces and gestures which in my opinion do not fit what he is doing.
As stated before, without every seeing that trick done in the past, these lay people had a very good understanding of what he was doing to make those cups appear.
I definitely think that Nicholas Carifo is extremely correct when he suggested that "magicians as a while sometimes have a very unrealistic world view of what "real people" think. Everything that Nicholas Carifo was very well said.
In general his hand positioning, when he laps, and when he steals are very telling. Not just to me, but to these people I was with. The most lay of lay people. There were 4 guys and 2 girls and maybe 2 might have seen a performance of the cups and balls in the past.
It was interesting to see the way JL performs. Much different then I would have imagined, being that I have never seen him before this TV show. I was surprised by the music, his gestures, and behavior during it. Some what silly and cheesy.
Since reading the responses to my post, I decided to show this to more people to see what they thought. Normal people that I did not really say much about what I was getting ready to show them.
Again most of these people were not really too impressed in the sense that they were amazed.
One person said that she felt as though it wasn't magic, but a skill that if you practiced enough someone could learn. She felt as though it appeared as though it was just a specific "move" JL was repeating to accomplish this "trick". She said it wasn't magic to her.
Almost all of the people in this room agreed. She said magic to her is something that should seem amazing, look amazing, be impossible, but JL's trick looked just like he spent hours on end throwing balls back and forth into his hands, hiding them in his lap, etc.
She said it would be like learning how to juggle to her. A juggler would be amazing the person with their skill but not with this sense of "how could he do that?"
She then said besides juggling, it would be in her opinion like a person doing 3 card monte. Thats not magic but a technical skilled trick.
This comes from a person that watched this video once and had no idea on how to do the C&B's.
Another person asked if what he saw in one of the cups was a "division" and "why was it that every time JL made another ball appear he turned the cup slightly?".
Again this comes from a person that watched this video once and had no idea on how to do the C&B's.
Someone said to me that the only people he would expect to appreciate the effort JL put into this effect would be magicians.
I myself have never really performed the C&B's during my performances and really haven't studied it to the point in which I can call myself a genius on the topic. But I must say on my first run of seeing him perform it I understood each and everything he was doing. Wasn't fooled by any of it, which doesn't make it bad, but makes me feel like how could this win the "olympics" of magic, and be on national tv for this performance. I think if it was just a magic performance seen on TV I would have not thought much of it but because of the hype, it was sort of ruined. Which I will get to in a bit.
Arnie, you said that you viewed this performance and could only pick up some of the moves? I would watch it again then because if you watched it in slow-mo then everything is picked up extremely easy.
You also mentioned that it is that there are too many things occuring sometimes and the effect appears confusing, but that is just "minor". In my opinion that could be the worst thing possible. If something is confusing and in the end the spectator(s) would be confused. How will they know what happened? What magic occured?
When the people I was with suggested their opinions it wasn't just throwing out ideas or words they knew they could throw out, like "palm", "stunt" because they were puzzled, but what they suggested was what they really thought was happening with a strong belief in what they were saying because the visibly saw it in front of them.
MaxNy was correct wote suggesting that he didnt care for that type of ending. I don't think many people did. I do not think that anyone put him into the "underdog position" though. Especially when the host announces him and says "he's named the world champion magician by FISM".
Maybe just in general as MaxNY said JL had trembling hands and it makes you feel sympothy, but just from the begining of the hosts introduction, the audience didn't seemt to be excited by what they were told he was going to be doing. It seemed as though they actually laughed when he said C&B's. Almost as though they thought the host was joking that a magician would be on the show for that effect.
If the case of JL performing in lousy lighting and some bad camera angles which is what Jonathan Townsend mentioned. The lighting i'm figuring he was aware of before entering the stage to go live. Angles? The camera was straight on. Didn't move at all. He knew where to perform to, just as though he was performing live. If anything was seen left on his lap and he didn't flinch it was because thats his routine, not because of angles.
TheMagicApple - I thank you for understanding what I'm trying to say. I said what I said because I just can't understand why this particular effect got so much attention. I think when you hype something up people get into having such expectations about it and if it is not exactly as you imagined it, it is truly a let down.