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by Jonathan Pendragon
November 19th, 2015, 2:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I was wrong... Princess Crusises
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

Re: I was wrong... Princess Crusises

Yep, that's the movie, Bogus. We shot the levitation in Toronto. We used a classic flying rig which didn't allow lateral rotation. I used some of the moves, including the backflip through the hoop, that I had come up with when I did a fan of wires levi for Disney. I added something here that I reall...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 18th, 2015, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I was wrong... Princess Crusises
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

I was wrong... Princess Crusises

I have always been attracted by brains, perhaps I am a zombie. it would explain a lot; pale complexion, picky eater. The benefit of smart friends is that they are very handy when you have a questions. I talked to Jim Steinmeyer, and I was wrong about the show on Princess Cruises. The performers are ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 17th, 2015, 4:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

All I have known is training and I trained with best: Robert Cohen - acting, Eugene lLoring - dance, Harry Anderson - magic, Fred Waugh - stunts, Mike Vendrell - martial arts. I can't accept the premiss that as magicians we're the low end of the skill curve in performance art disciplines, I won't. .
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 6:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

I already produce a show that involves singers, dancers, actors and magicians, It's called Jonathan Pendragon's Theatre of Magic, I will be at the Magic Castle in the Palace mid-December. I come from theater as well. I have directed many productions. I have always argued for a source, where does the...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 4:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

That's because his name was on the Marquee, and he was the best thing in the musical, besides the TV Ad. That's not the point I am trying to make. Magic on Broadway in a musicals based on fairy tales is different from actors and dancers being taught magical routines, which is what Alex Ramon told me...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 1:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

I understand it's a musical revue with magic, but in the synopsis they never use the word "magician" once. No actor is given credit because they are designed to be interchangeable, It's a producers dream, believe me, I have heard the greatest writers-producers-directors try and figure out ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

Are you talking about the Princess Cruise lines or The Magic Show? You see. It's not a vicarious existence for me. I am not saying you can't teach actors magic, I am saying it makes it more difficult to present yourself as unique in a market that still hires magicians.
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 11:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

Jim is my closest friend, but I can't agree with any of this. Regardless of the experience the audience feels, what it says to producers is devastating. I have defended him against every rip-off artist I've met. Now he states for those with the money that you don't need a professional illusionist or...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Conference on Magic Histroy
Replies: 1
Views: 778

Re: The Conference on Magic Histroy

I don't want to say too much, primarily because I'm almost certain there will be a spread in Genii (I think that because me and everyone else who writes for Genii (including our editor) was there). But, I love magic detective work and Jim Steinmeyer's solution to how Kellar used the Blue Room effect...
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller
Replies: 34
Views: 11448

Re: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller

I think your mis-spelling the name of the guy who stole the effect. I am sure there is an S and T in there somewhere.
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 10th, 2015, 7:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Conference on Magic Histroy
Replies: 1
Views: 778

The Conference on Magic Histroy

It was a great conference. I missed the final night (which West saw) because of my battle with depression, which takes everything out of me at times. I really wanted to see fellow UCI graduate and friend Michelle Daniel do the sawing created by her father, John. Mike Caveny presented the effect with...
by Jonathan Pendragon
October 16th, 2015, 3:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Grim Game to Air This Sunday (10/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 3804

Re: The Grim Game to Air This Sunday (10/18)

"I've seen it... it's rubbish."
by Jonathan Pendragon
October 8th, 2015, 8:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 3321

Re: Max Maven is okay

Max is a pro. You know it has to be hurting for a performer like Max to cancel a date. I have known him for more than 30 years and his dedication to the art has few peers. Actually it's quite an accomplishment. Max handled the whole appendix thing way better than Houdini did. Get well my friend and ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
October 2nd, 2015, 5:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 78
Views: 21376

Re: hank lee out of jail

Thank You Dustin. I was really upset for a moment. I went to jail, he went to federal prison. I am very picky about the company I keep and he wouldn't have been welcome in my cell block. The next block might have taken him, there was a guy in there who defrauded people out of ten million dollars, wi...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 26th, 2015, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Monkey Copyright?
Replies: 14
Views: 2848

Re: Monkey Copyright?

I think someone should get an African male Elephant (the biggest thing on four legs, two legs, bunches of legs) and get him to take a selfie with his trunk. To this purpose: In court, the elephant in the room, for once, could be addressed properly.
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 22nd, 2015, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2441

Re: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...

Cringe at what? That was part of thread about Threat-Escape effects. It was on this subject I was making the "expert" reference to. I had to learn all I could about waterboarding before I designed the escape. My method gave a little extra time, that's it. As I mentioned, every time I have ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 20th, 2015, 8:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2441

Re: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...

I handled the injury myself on the set, I have been a stuntman since i was 24. I got medical attention later.

I didn't pick the locks, I said that in the post. When you are waterboarded, your not actually underwater.

When it comes to this stuff, I am as expert as you get.
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 20th, 2015, 5:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2441

Re: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...

Just because Houdini went down this road, it doesn't mean the rest of us have to. The danger reality level does seem a bit blurred on this one I got clobbered doing really dangerous [censored] on Extreme Escapes because I tried to bring to the work a sense of means, was it possible beyond the normal...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 18th, 2015, 5:47 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Panmagium: Sands of the Desert
Replies: 7
Views: 4128

Re: Panmagium: Sands of the Desert

Billy told wonderful stories everywhere.
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 16th, 2015, 10:54 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Panmagium: Sands of the Desert
Replies: 7
Views: 4128

Re: Panmagium: Sands of the Desert

Q,

I have heard that one, let me think... Billy McComb walks into a drugstore.....
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 15th, 2015, 7:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interlude and Zig Zag
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Re: Interlude and Zig Zag

Larry, It was magical. There is a video on youtube of me doing the illusion at Universal Studios with Charlotte, the only person I ever did the illusion with. The camera comes in too close and at times (it was a video made by the company, a tool we used to constantly sharpen the show), but it captur...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 15th, 2015, 6:02 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Panmagium: Sands of the Desert
Replies: 7
Views: 4128

Panmagium: Sands of the Desert

My next three columns will be about my work with Sands of the Desert. It will deal with how my life affects my art and the theory behind my views in constructing a routine. I know I publish a lot of personal stuff, this is why, my relationship with West (at the time, just friends) and her knowledge ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 8th, 2015, 8:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Roth on this week's Penn and Teller show
Replies: 91
Views: 17170

Re: David Roth on this week's Penn and Teller show

I don't care what goes on behind the scenes, the shows great in so many ways no way more than just considering how bad the concept could have been in someone else's hands. If the show continues and my bosses don't object, I would love to go own to try and fool (or die, wait, fool or die! ohhh new co...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 5th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Roth on this week's Penn and Teller show
Replies: 91
Views: 17170

Re: David Roth on this week's Penn and Teller show

Cavet Emptor! I know the subject has been discussed but I haven't read the entire thread. I find that my hands shake as well and I am a year younger (I think) than David. In my case it's nerve damage from years of doing the really fun and often dangerous stuff I do. In 2001 I developed Catastrophic ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 3rd, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interlude and Zig Zag
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Re: Interlude and Zig Zag

I remember it well. It was the first time we presented Clearly Impossible at a National Convention. It was an unauthorized Origami. His argument involved reducing the prop to the point of being unrecognizable, by the same technique you could argue that anything is only the sum of it's parts. What is...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 1st, 2015, 7:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interlude and Zig Zag
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Re: Interlude and Zig Zag

One last thought, in the Zig Zag it is the intent of the girl to make the audience believe that her mid-section has shifted impossibly. In Interlude, I don't want the audience to think I have moved at all.
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 1st, 2015, 6:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interlude and Zig Zag
Replies: 5
Views: 1933

Interlude and Zig Zag

While researching material for my column, I find common misunderstanding and absolute "You just got it wrong" perceptions on the news groups. One that I recently came across involves the Illusions Interlude and the Zig Zag. This one was a "I can make it myself and don't need to send J...
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 28th, 2015, 10:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: This Made the Huffington Post!
Replies: 12
Views: 2695

Re: This Made the Huffington Post!

West threatened to say "NO!" if I proposed to her onstage, so I did it in the Seance Room at the Magic Castle.
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 25th, 2015, 6:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: Evolution

Bill,
It is wonderful, the audience falls in love with her and her character. I don't want to tip the surprise so "ADHD fairy" was the best I could come up with. It got wink from West, so I must be close.
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 24th, 2015, 11:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: Evolution

West has taught me a lot about spelling. If the spelling is perfect, West proof read the post. I have the worst time with "Effect" and "Affect" - and - "Your" and "You're"... occasionally "quiet" and "quite" but only when I am tired. I kept...
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 23rd, 2015, 6:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Evolution

The advantage in the clarity of vision that is created by the parallax of the years of experience is essential to survival in this our art/industry, I am something of an expert on survival. Only a complete moron (and complete morons are rare) would miss the fact that we are... accelerating? A techno...
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 16th, 2015, 5:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nights at the Magic Castle
Replies: 2
Views: 830

Nights at the Magic Castle

West and I went to the Magic Castle tonight where we hung out with Irene, Erika, Michael Carbonaro, Handsome Jack and... Siegfried. It reminded of that single aspect of the Magic Castle that is so important to magic now and in the future, community. Carbonaro talks to Siegfried, rising young star to...
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 4th, 2015, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini's Death "Embarrassing"(?)
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

Re: Houdini's Death "Embarrassing"(?)

Ever since Jonathan Neal gave me my first copy of Frank Miller's "Dark Knight" I always remember Bruce/Batman stressing over wether what it is about to happen could result in a "good" death or a "stupid" death. Because of that there have been more than a few times that ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 2nd, 2015, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worlds Greats feat (feet) of Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Re: Worlds Greats feat (feet) of Magic

Humor, a difficult concept to grasp. :D
by Jonathan Pendragon
July 29th, 2015, 2:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What should I see in Las Vegas?
Replies: 10
Views: 2697

Re: What should I see in Las Vegas?

Hoover Dam?
by Jonathan Pendragon
July 28th, 2015, 7:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worlds Greats feat (feet) of Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Re: Worlds Greats feat (feet) of Magic

I am home and I saw it. I thought it went really well and caught my goofy close-up persona right on the nose. My only regret was that a gag came off looking like a really long load. I load very fast and then I do this bit were I apparently fall asleep while the spectator is shuffling. It plays bette...
by Jonathan Pendragon
July 28th, 2015, 7:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Handsome Jack Fools 'em
Replies: 14
Views: 7162

Re: Handsome Jack Fools 'em

I wrote this on my Facebook. What is most impressive is how you made the "Grappler" your own. No mean feat (I almost wrote "feet") when the other person we are talking about is Harry Anderson. As far as the secret to restored paper, I don't want to know, I love being fried.
by Jonathan Pendragon
July 27th, 2015, 12:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worlds Greats feat (feet) of Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Worlds Greats feat (feet) of Magic

I am at family get together with West so I missed my appearance on the TV show "Don't Blink." I believe it was the segment where I presented my original card effect "Feat of Magic" for international star Ronn Moss. In the run up "Blink" used the catch to hype the series...
by Jonathan Pendragon
July 23rd, 2015, 11:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn and Teller FU
Replies: 8
Views: 1645

Re: Penn and Teller FU

Spacey is well versed in the Shakespearian character (not the real man) that Underwood is based on, Richard III. There is a wonderful documentary called "Looking for Richard" that Spacey was in. Al Pacino spearheaded the piece. What I found most interesting was the different attitudes abou...
by Jonathan Pendragon
July 22nd, 2015, 10:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn and Teller FU
Replies: 8
Views: 1645

Re: Penn and Teller FU

I am not nobody, is that a double negative?

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