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There is a lot of good magic out there and of course everyone has different tastes. I thought it would be interesting to see which routines or effects you consider to be truly amazing.
To start us off, my absolute favourite is Yann Frisch's insane routine with a cup and ball. First time I watched it, it was a real "wow, what the hell just happened" moment. So original and, I would imagine a terrifying number of hours spent practicing it.

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Thanks for posting that!

I've seen it before and had forgotten about it... just very cool and well done!

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Yann was featured at the MagiFest last weekend. I had seen him at 4F but it was awesome to see his act again. In his lecture he showed the back view of his table and how he does the steals. Very interesting. A really unique and beautiful act.

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Hello Sibex, Dave, Mike, and everyone else. Like Mike (and others on this Forum, I’m sure), I also had a chance to hear his lecture at MagiFest. The most AMAZING thing for me was seeing how he accomplished his entire act with what seemed like only a handful of different moves (talk about economy!). Beautifully choreographed to perfection, if I recall, he said this routine was “his life” and that it had taken years to develop. He’s obviously an incredibly talented and dedicated magician. Thanks Sibex for posting this great routine! — johnny
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I remember seeing him getting ready to go on stage at 4F. He was getting into character. Quite a sight. He's the real deal.

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3 bread crumbs Renae Levand
Impromptu Cs&Bs Mike Skinner
Levent’s Miser’s Dream
Harry’s Card Shark and the 4 Gamblers.
Cardini’s manip act
And another Manip act by a name I only saw for the first time last week was truly incredible. I can’t for the life of me remember who.....ah remembered Salvano!
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Cellini’s rings

Many others...
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magicfish

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Paul Daniels’ Chop cup routine
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Lance Burton’s Fism Act
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Tomsoni’s Dove Act.
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Tony Slydini  Helicopter Card and Flight of the Paper Balls.
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Slydini Paper Balls over the head
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Old Stuff:

Paul Harris - Before he decided to become Grizzly Adams, his work was fabulous.
Del Ray - I don't know anyone that ever walked away from his performance saying anything but "Damn!"
Fred Kaps - He had a Midas Touch - it was all gold.

New Stuff:

Eric Mead - Off the top, his Sympathetic 10 and Cylinder and Coins (I was so disappointed to see his talent totally wasted at Magifest).
David Williamson - Much to choose from. My favorite is his quarter through pencil.

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Copperfield's Flying was breathtaking. Even on television it was beautiful; in person it was indescribably overpowering. And I don't generally care for grand illusion.

Gary Kurtz. Pretty much anything he did. The man was engaging and amazing. Best all-around close-up magician I have ever seen.

Johnny Ace Palmer's FISM act. Honed razor sharp and perfectly executed.

The Pendragon's Metamorphosis. Say what?! NFW!

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Tommy Wonders Cups and Balls and his Hold-Up routine...and his FISM act and Tamed Cards and...well just pretty much anything by Tommy Wonder.
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I agree with Anthony re: Copperfield flying. I saw it live and it was incredible.

Another unforgettable magic event was Harry Blackstone Jr.'s Floating Light bulb. That's at the top of my list. It was truly amazing each of the many times I saw it. He was frequently at Abbott's Get-Together and I think he did the Floating Bulb every time. 

Also agree re: Gary Kurtz. He's one of the all time greats IMO.

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Tommy Wonders Cups and Balls and his Hold-Up routine...and his FISM act and Tamed Cards and...well just pretty much anything by Tommy Wonder.


I completely agree, Gareth. I absolutely love Tommy Wonder!

Here's another routine of his that truly feels magical to me.


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John Carney doing his Hot Slot.

And i agree about Gary Kurtz.
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Lennart Green FISM act.
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Rocco 2006 FISM act.

Rick Merrill 2006 FISM act.

I love the Yann Frisch routine posted by the OP. Blew me away first time I saw it. Interestingly, I showed it to a layman friend and he felt all the steals were very obvious and found very little illusion to it. I was quite surprised by that.

Lot's of other mentions above I agree with... Johnny Ace Palmer FISM act, ANYTHING by Tommy Wonder. I can still remember the first time I saw Ring, Watch and Wallet. True WOW moment that made me realize magic can be so much more than tricks.

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The video quality is quite bad...the routine is not...hope you like it!



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The video quality is quite bad...the routine is not...hope you like it!



All the best,

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I've never seen this before, Axel. That was a very unexpected ending!

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..thought so, too...
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I am not really into illusions, and therefore didn't study them much.  Then, in the 90's I went to see Copperfield live in Toronto.  He performed Flying, which was fantastic, but limited to 2 dimensions because of the theatre.  But then he performed an Ashra that took my breath away.  I was just stunned.  For years I avoided any discussion or articles about the Ashra because I simply wanted to retain the wonder i felt.  That was true magic.  Although I now know the method, it still gives me goose bumps thinking about it.
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Originally Posted by Mike Powers
Yann was featured at the MagiFest last weekend. I had seen him at 4F but it was awesome to see his act again. In his lecture he showed the back view of his table and how he does the steals. Very interesting. A really unique and beautiful act.

Mike


I completely agree with Mike. However, I found the lecture, in which he showed us how he does his act, even more amazing than the act itself. I have never before seen such a perfect blend of magic and juggling.
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Meir Yedid's Finger Fantasies
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I saw Doug Henning perform in my hometown of Ithaca, New York in the mid 70's. His version of the Jumbo Invisible Deck fried my brain! Despite the large scale illusions he did that night, a simple magic shop gaffed deck kept me awake that night trying to figure it out. 
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Rene Lavand. Just discovered his videos on youtube but talk about a suave performer. I speak spanish so understand him when he does his performances. But I tell you smooth as silk and with one hand!
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