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Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Tom Stone » April 3rd, 2010, 9:43 pm

Last friday, April 2, the first episode in the 2010 edition of "Sweden Got Talent" was aired. Reginald Simon (a former US citizen) got a surprisingly good response for his thimble routine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k6dUADpKUs

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby KirkG » April 5th, 2010, 6:51 pm

Surprising is right.

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Richard Kaufman » April 5th, 2010, 7:16 pm

How odd to see a black man speaking Swedish!
Tom, is there a large black community in Sweden?

You would think that TV is one of the only venues which might be viable for thimbles in that the spectators can clearly see them, but the camera was really too far away here.
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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Tom Stone » April 5th, 2010, 9:58 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:How odd to see a black man speaking Swedish!
Tom, is there a large black community in Sweden?

It depends on how you define "community".
There are people from all nations and colors here, but the different communities (to the extent they exist) are small and more based on nationality and language rather than skin color.

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Jim Maloney » April 5th, 2010, 10:24 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:You would think that TV is one of the only venues which might be viable for thimbles in that the spectators can clearly see them, but the camera was really too far away here.


Leipzig opened with the thimbles. It's viable in large theatres if you do it right. ;)

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Richard Kaufman » April 5th, 2010, 10:34 pm

It might have been viable in large theaters a century ago (as many things were). It would never happen today. 100 years ago people would have sat there and squinted and been satisfied with that, or with some of the audience reacting and the others reacting to that reaction. It's nonsense today. On a large stage you can't even tell what a thimble is from a distance.
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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Brad Henderson » April 5th, 2010, 11:18 pm

I would think with proper lighting those silver thimbles would reflect into the back row - much like coins in a miser's dream. While he does not have the benefit of the audible click, he times his productions to hits in the music which makes their appearances 'larger', as they are both seen and, at least aesthetically, "heard."

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Jonathan Townsend » April 6th, 2010, 9:09 am

Diamondvision... may as well also add a little CGI and have dancers appear from under the thimbles after they are set down in the box. :)
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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby absoulute » April 7th, 2010, 12:38 am

Swedish people must not get out much. I would be willing to bet Joe Mogar wouldn't have stood up.

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby NCMarsh » April 7th, 2010, 1:30 am

It's absolutely a theater piece; they're large, chrome plated, and contrast well with his wardrobe (and as light bulb bases -- not thimbles -- they read much more clearly because we understand what they are (and their larger size makes sense)) -- particularly with the pervasiveness of iMag in large venues, it is certainly a workable stage piece, and much more visible than other items I have seen.

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby M.Lee » April 8th, 2010, 9:32 am

Funny ol world isnt it ...
I had discussed this concept with J.Sheridan some time ago.
When I performed a brief segment of it at the World famous Apollo Theatre here in NY back in 05. I was told that it was easly Visable from the balcony !

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Efendi Kwok » April 14th, 2010, 6:20 am

Shoot Ogawa did a beautiful routine that makes the thimbles make sense :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctXGUc2CVSM
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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Donal Chayce » April 14th, 2010, 2:24 pm

Efendi Kwok wrote:Shoot Ogawa did a beautiful routine that makes the thimbles make sense :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctXGUc2CVSM



A large part of recent FISM winner Yo Kato's act is all but identical to Shoot's wand & thimble routine. Shoot was in the front row when Kato performed his act at the AMA awards last Sunday night--I wonder what he thought of it?
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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Tom Stone » May 21st, 2010, 8:26 pm

Reggie in the second semi-final:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEDTsIeoGn8

Didn't make it to the finals though. So far, only singers have been let through to the final, and the rumors say that Sony have demanded that a song act must win, since they make no record profits from magic and variety acts.

Next week, Micke Askerns is on, whose first spot was:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DSVVUo7JQk

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Re: Standing ovation for thimbles

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 21st, 2010, 9:31 pm

All Japanese kids who join the magic clubs in college (and there are thousands) learn thimble and wand routines. It's the norm. So, if some of what Yo Kato does looks like some of what Shoot does, that's not surprising. NO ONE in Japan is calling Yo Kato a thief. Can't say that about Shoot.
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