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I recently posted about my wife and I attending Michael Carbonaro's  live show. I found it interesting that there were no responses...good or bad...from magicians on this forum.

Another post on the MC regarding the show hasn't garnered any feedback either.

Last night I attended a function where 90% of the guests were magicians. I shared my thoughts on Michaels show and there seemed to be only a couple of people who wished they had seen him live. Back in the day when Copperfield was making his rounds, magicians were the first to be in line to purchase tickets.

I scanned the crowd at Michael's show before entering and leaving the theater and didn't see one familiar face from our local magic community...granted there were well over 1000 people in attendance, but we have a pretty impressive number of magicians in our area. I would always run into one or two at a Copperfield show where there were many more people in attendance.

Maybe it's due to his television show. Perhaps magicians aren't truly engaged by his magic due to the context in which he performs it...more like a candid camera skit than a demonstration of magic.

Regardless...it was refreshing to see a performer who took the stage with such personality and could prove that the magic we first learned as kids can still fool a theater full of laymen.


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I recently posted about my wife and I attending Michael Carbonaro's  live show. I found it interesting that there were no responses...good or bad...from magicians on this forum.

Another post on the MC regarding the show hasn't garnered any feedback either.

Last night I attended a function where 90% of the guests were magicians. I shared my thoughts on Michaels show and there seemed to be only a couple of people who wished they had seen him live. Back in the day when Copperfield was making his rounds, magicians were the first to be in line to purchase tickets.

I scanned the crowd at Michael's show before entering and leaving the theater and didn't see one familiar face from our local magic community...granted there were well over 1000 people in attendance, but we have a pretty impressive number of magicians in our area. I would always run into one or two at a Copperfield show where there were many more people in attendance.

Maybe it's due to his television show. Perhaps magicians aren't truly engaged by his magic due to the context in which he performs it...more like a candid camera skit than a demonstration of magic.

Regardless...it was refreshing to see a performer who took the stage with such personality and could prove that the magic we first learned as kids can still fool a theater full of laymen.



Hi Dan, I missed your post on the Carbonaro show. I'm glad that you and Gina enjoyed it. 

I enjoy watching his show and think that the "Candid Camera" nature of the show is what makes it entertaining. I know that he has an incredible advantage over his "victims" in being able to set up the effect in a way that you and I could never accomplish in the real world. But I can appreciate the creativity that goes into the show and the response that he gets from his unsuspecting victims is often hilarious.

With that said, I have a very difficult time watching stage magic. I recorded the Masters of Illusion shows last week and...yikes.

This is just my opinion, but I find the stage magician's to look very silly. The face-pulling, winking at the audience, the jazz hands, the power stance, the strange hair styles and clothing.

I seriously had to shut it off. It all comes of as very Burt Wonderstone-ish. Do people really still find that entertaining? It made me feel embarrassed for them.

David Copperfield was/is kinda like that, but he's always made it funny, poignant and highly entertaining. 

If I had known about Carbonaro's show a little sooner, Charlene and I would've loved to join you guys for a great evening of great magic!

Rudy



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We would have had a blast! The great thing about the show was that it had NONE of the typical Burt Wonderstone stereotypes one would expect from a typical magic show. In fact, it was more a parlor show than a stage act!

Regardless of the performance style, I give HUGE props to those who actually take their, "show on the road"...Carbanaro made it look so easy!



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Kudos to any magician that can fill a theater nowadays. Lots of competition for entertainment dollars and time.
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I only get antenna TV. I quit pay TV about 15 years ago. Don't miss it. But I do miss out on some shows like Mike's. 
I met Michael Carbonaro at Jeff McBride's Mystery School when he held it at The College of Mt Saint Vincent in the Bronx. 
I found Mike to be funny, charming, and very creative. 
He did this performance piece with shaving foam on his face where he transforms into different characters. AMAZING!!!!
If he was ever performing in my area, I'd definitely go see him. 


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