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I could not find a place for this, so I put it here...

A few hours ago I received an e-mail from Penguin announcing this FREE event but I just had the chance to register and it started so I could not give you a heads up. I could not see most of it because I had things to do and I just checked and although it is over, I think you can still register for free and watch it later (well, at least I hope so, it still says price $0.00)... Here's the link:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/2634

Give it a try and see if you can still register...



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And from what I gather, it is an old lecture, but it is free... and it is Franz Harary...
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The old one is his first one, the free one is referring to his second one.  It's not really a lecture, more of an interview.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9161
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I watched and enjoyed it. Like Chin Han Yeo said, it was more an interview than a lecture.
It was a behind the scenes look at what it's like to be part of an plan a big illusion show.
And it's a massive undertaking that requires proper planning and in Franz's part, lots of money.
His illusions are massive. Some are so big that it's not worth the cost to ship it overseas in a container for 3 minutes of stage time.

But, he said he started with U.F. Grants "Victory Carton Illusions." He stressed that it wasn't the illusions themselves that worked, it was the concepts behind the illusions that made the illusions work. A case in point was when he was booked to produce Missy Elliot at the MTV Russian Music Awards. The container with the illusion was lost. So they saw some tall silver things in the room and started to gather as much silver things and fabric they could find to build a prop and using the concept behind the appearance was able to pull off having her appear on stage.

Franz also came up with the idea to have a bunch of "mini-me's" performing his show. So if he has to be taking care of another project he has a slate of magicians filling in for him. It also allows his show to be presented to more than one venue at a time. He used to be concerned about them looking like him but that doesn't concern him much any more. He also encourages each magician to work on connecting with the audience in their own way which in turn builds the individuality of the magician and so that they just aren't a clone doing what he's doing.

Franz designs his big illusions with built in safety mechanisms that shut the illusion down if something goes wrong like a hand or a foot gets caught in a part that can cause injury. Sensors are built into the illusion that automatically shut it down. When it gets shut down, it can take 5-10 minutes for the program in the illusion to recycle. In that time period the illusion is dead on stage and cannot even be moved off stage. So what do you do? Small stuff; floating dollar bill, card to lemon, etc. Each magician has a safety net of magic to fill time or even end the show should an illusion go wrong. Oh, in addition to safety mechanisms shutting down illusions, sometimes they just don't work. For example there's one huge illusion where he cuts four girls in have on a wheel with a round belt type blade. Think belt sander with the edge of the belt digging into the girls not the actual sandpaper part. The illusion is so huge they have to have it raised to get it on stage, lower it to get the girls into it, and the raise it again to do the sawing part. One night, the illusion wouldn't raise back up. The last 15 minutes of the show was small magic.

One other piece that I thought was gold. When he's doing a theater show, he'll go and meet the people in the back rows before the show starts, shaking hands, saying hi, etc. These are the people that maybe couldn't afford the better seats or perhaps waited too long to buy tickets and got the nosebleed seats. This helps him connect with and "charge" the back row. Now, when he appears on stage, he knows he can connect with the front rows. By combining the pre-show energy of the back row and the start of the show energy in the front row, he's able to reach the people in the middle and raise the energy and excitement levels in the entire room.
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