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Alan

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If you haven't seen this yet, it is 6 and a half minutes well spent.



My comments on it: um, wow.

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Man, that was pretty! So smooth! Don't know what the other acts looked like, but that would've been hard to beat! Thanks for sharing this!

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Incredible! The Asians really dominate in "close-up." At 4F entire shows consist of as Asian groups e.g. Taiwanese doing their FISM acts. The standard is incredibly high.

I love these sort of abstract, themed acts but it would be good if FISM had a category like "Close Up for the Real World."

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Absolutely amazing. He will probably be on AGT next year with that. The concept was really unique. I loved it when the ribbon made part of the card disappear and then reappear. He definitely deserved the win. 
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Alan

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The ribbon was a fantastic idea which really gave all of the visual eye candy a plot to hang on. Without any words at all, there is an understanding of what is motivating the magic. I'm seen some very visual magic that lacks that.

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This is a beautiful act, but there is something I don't quite understand about the FISM close-up category. Recently at MagiFest I saw Frisch give a lecture and demonstration of the act that he won within this category as well, and I had the same issue though I loved his act too. My question has to do with what FISM understands close-up magic to be. I would not consider the act I saw at MagiFest (and probably not this one) to be close-up. The MagiFest act included the use of a servant behind the table and lots of work that just could not be done with people sitting on top of the performer. Is the definition of close-up simply that the performer is sitting at a table? Shouldn't it be required that the act be able to be performed close up?
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I don't know the FISM definition of close-up magic, but Max Maven once defined it as magic that occurs in a space shared by the performer and the audience.  He may have been quoting someone else ... Matt Schulien perhaps?

Anyway, this includes settings such as a bar or shop-counter where servantes are feasible and angles can be at least partially controlled.

I totally agree with Mike's idea about a "close-up for the real world" category!
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