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Shut Eye

Posted: December 25th, 2016, 11:10 pm
by Bill Mullins
Has anyone seen this new series on Hulu? Is it any good?

Re: Shut Eye

Posted: December 26th, 2016, 12:20 pm
by Brad Henderson
I watched it.

made it through the entire season but there were a couple times when had I not continued I would have been completely ok with that decision.

the gypsies are the most engaging characters but the main focus is on a retired magician who has turned 'psychic'. The twist being that after an injury he starts to have actual visions. But he's still a con man at heart.

in many ways the show suffers from the lack of any likeable characters except perhaps for the children and the marks. Not enough time is spent on the wickedness of the wicked to make up for that. One of the female characters, an alleged hypnotist, is kind of hot and you see her naked. So there's that.

as to technique: lots of jargon and informed magi will know what's going to happen (or what actually happened) based on traditional scam concepts. They either had a decent consultant or an intern who spent a lot of time on Wikipedia.

overall I'm not unhappy I watched it, found it genuinely diverting at times, but can't imagine this becoming any sort of relevant cultural reference.

Re: Shut Eye

Posted: December 26th, 2016, 1:40 pm
by performer
Naturally I have come across quite a few gypsy psychics. I am not saying they are unscrupulous of course. I shall merely say that if business was slow they would be happy to sell their children.

Re: Shut Eye

Posted: December 26th, 2016, 1:48 pm
by Joe Mckay
This reminds me of a cool Orson Welles anecdote:

Re: Shut Eye

Posted: December 26th, 2016, 6:10 pm
by Bill Mullins
Thanks, Brad.