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RayJ

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A relatively new TV thing in the UK is “Shakespeare And Hathaway—Private Investigators.”

The third series is currently being shown on BBC1 in the afternoon and it looks as if they’ve lost the plot. We like it, but what we liked about the first two series has vanished in series three.

Anyway, the first series had an episode in which a female audience volunteer gets into an Iron Maiden alive, but comes out not alive. The main theme is Magic and it’s entertaining, even if huge swathes of information about Magic and Magicians are all pie in the sky. There’s an “explanation” about the Iron Maiden which is, well, comical to say the least.



I saw that episode.  My wife and I are currently watching Shakespeare and Hathaway on DVD.  And we recently saw Mark Benton, who plays Hathaway on an episode of Death in Paradise where he played a poker tournament director.
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The late great Harry Anderson used to do a monologue in his act from Nightmare Alley.  It was the bit about "how to make a geek."  He acted it out and was incredibly chilling.  Doug Henning was a huge fan of Nightmare Alley.  

I have two favorites.  The first is the magician called The Great Santini played by Jack Cassidy on an episode of Columbo called "Now You See Him."  His performance is so over the top that I can't help but love it.  I think George Boston was the consultant.

My second favorite is Corky Withers from William Goldman's Magic.  More specifically, the scene where Corky performs the classic card trick "Do as I Do" for a women he is attracted to.  It is the most remarkable and tense rendering of that hallowed effect that has ever been done.  It's amazing in the book, but Anthony Hopkins kills it in the film (literally 😉)

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Guillermo Del Toro was in the midst of filming a remake of Nightmare Alley when Corona Hit. Michael Close is the Magic consultant on the shoot. Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Rooney Mara star.
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Columbo Goes to the Guillotine - 1989... The writers seem to have been influenced by the life of Uri Geller. I guess it would appeal those with an interest in mentalism, and it also gives a great method for a remote viewing experiment.
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My favorite movie, magic or otherwise, is The Sting
Like others have said above, it's not magic, but it does have gambling moves and the gypsy switch con. 

I like it because it showed me how magic or deception isn't one dimensional. 
There are many pieces that come into play and when they all come together and work like they should, WOW! 
You don't know what hit you and there's no way to backtrack. 

It also showed me how much work goes into setting up a successful con. 
This in turn made me realize that all time reading about magic, practicing and rehearsing is necessary to pull off a good magic show. 
The more prepared you are, the better you are to handle mishaps. 
And not all mishaps are mistakes - some are intentional. 

It's really loaded with a lot when you start to overthink it like I do. 
Like, having preconceived notions about hitman Salino.
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I like "The Sting," although for me it suffers from the "Backlot and Studio Syndrome". Most of the time, the studio settings look horribly artificial.
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Deceptive Practices - The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
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