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Anthony Vinson

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I've written previously that I don't think we discuss this show enough here on the forum. This season has highlighted both amazing and mediocre performances. For example, the most recent episode brought us Javi Benitez (amazing) and Ekatarina (mediocre). And please note that I am referring to the performances rather than the performers. I say that since Ekatarina may well be a wonderful performer most times and simply fell short of Fool Us.

I hesitate to post this vid of Javi' set since the actual performance music has been replaced - copyright reasons? - but it's all I can find:



And here's Ekatarina's turn:

 

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Javi was totally amazing. I have the show on my DVR still, so I can watch it with the music. Awesome!

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I didn't see the original music but this might be it?  








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Mike Close just posted this regarding Eric Mead's Fool Us performance:

https://www.michaelclose.com/blogs/news-1/the-power-of-a-real-magician
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During the last Masters of Magic in may 2018, italy, there were auditions for fool us, with people from all over the world, and also the two producers, Andrew Golder and Lincoln Hiatt, shared the ideas behind the show during an hour speech, was really interesting.

I could also ask him about auditions, and there it is a video:

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Amazing performance by Javi!
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Originally Posted by Barrett S
I kind of like the show in the subject.  

I believe it's bringing magic "back" into the realm of entertainment that many who never gave it a thought will enjoy.  I like cards... so when they have a card person doing "close up," that gives cards some additional exposure other than "pick a card."  

And there is the publicity aspect for aspiring magi.

I think Ms Hannigan is doing a great job as actor/host!

I like when Penn speaks "in code."  But sometimes he does not.  Absolutely did not when Shawn Farquhar was on the show the first time - surprising.  Glad he won!

So just curious... anyone else like the show?

Thanks!


 

I've seen every single episode and eagerly awaiting the next episode day after tomorrow. I'd love to try out for it someday; as you said, it's a great publicity booster for aspiring magi; possibilities of higher paying gigs. 

 

I've been working on the Great Indian Rope Trick for a couple of years now. It's a real pain in the ass. I want to do the full, original version; falling body parts and all. So far, I figured out a way to toss the rope up into the air and have it stay there suspended like a pole. The rope used will not be placed in a basket or box as has been done in the past. It's not a hollow rope, and it's not a jointed rope either, and the rope is perfectly capable of being inspected by Penn and Teller, and I'd bet money they'd also agree it was a totally normal rope. I could do it outside even under the open sky. THAT alone would probably fool them...but I'm kind of an obsessive perfectionist; I want the assistant and I to disappear after balancing on the top of the rope. Just vanish, into thin air. No smoke, no blinding flashes of light, no misdirection; I just want to vanish right in front of their eyes. As far as I know, such a vanishing act has never been done. And even if it had been done before, I'd still have to find a different way in order to pull off the vanishing act. Then there's the matter of simulating an invisible battle in the sky, the falling body parts and blood and gore, then the restoration of the assistant; pulling the limbs together to make him/her whole again. Right in front of everyone. 

 

...I'm starting to realize why most magicians agree that the Great Indian Rope Trick is just a myth/hoax. ...I'll find a way though; it's just a matter of figuring out each part; just focus on one little piece at a time. So far I've got possibly the biggest most important part covered, the rest is a little tricky yet though; have a few ideas, but none of them really seem feasible enough to be able to execute in person, and I really don't want to talk with other magicians about it, because then they'd probably know the secret, and if I can figure it all out on my own, then it would be the greatest secret the magic world has possibly ever seen, and I'd take it to my grave lol. 

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Bringing this one back from the dead.  And believe me, I had to purchase just the correct book that contained just the correct method for necroing a post.

I think above the general consensus is that Penn & Teller Fool Us (PTFU) is liked.  I really like the show.  

Last (PTFU) show (July 20), dude name of Jimmy Ichihana did a very good trick.  It is on YouTube.  Two fun parts resulted:

1. Penn's explanation in code; and
2. General lack of what trick it is and who created it.

1 is evident in the YouTube clip.
2 a very good magic friend and I did some research.  On another forum (where this whole "what is the trick called" started) this trick is called myriad variations of "Call To The Colors."  Just mix up the words, add "March," take out an article, and you'll get most of them.  On the same forum credit is guessed to be (in no order) Guy H, Martin Nash, Hideo Kato, John Scarne, Bill Simon, and then there is an informative post by Paul Chosse (RIP)... Very good conversation and it spanned 14 + years.

Hideo Kato is a respectful and knowledgeable contributor and then goes on to provide what I believe is the true answer.  Hideo Kato has been a valuable source of information and I do like his writing.  

IMHO, Hideo Kato gets it right.  Good for him.  Unless... someone thinks it's wrong.  [confused]  The trick is The trick is Bill Simon's.  It is called "Call To The Colors."  It is based on a Scarne trick.  And it appears in "Effective Card Magic" et al.  And it is based on a John Scarne trick.

If anyone is actually interested in this, you'd have to have seen it, or see it on YouTube.

For a topic of discussion only; no method to be revealed.  Thanks!

Or perhaps simply came across it while working through the book.
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As a matter of interest, to me if no one else, the "Scarne trick" is "The Scarne Card Puzzle." Simon’s included it in his booklet "Controlled Miracles." I no longer have the booklet, but if memory serves, only four cards were used, two reds, two blacks. Second dealing and subtlety created the mystery. From here he developed "Call To The Colors."

"Effective Card Magic" was republished in the earlier part of this century by Dover, with the much snappier title, "Card Magic for Amateurs and Professionals." Unusual for Dover, it seems to be out of print.

The book and the trick have been discussed in passing here on MF.

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/practice-7918128?highlight="call to the colors" 

 

Kevin Reay performed a terrific version on the Paul Daniels show in the mid 80s. There’s a link to that performance on this thread:

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/book-club-who-would-be-interested-8345192?highlight="call+to+the+colors"&trail=100

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