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Wow, that was worth watching!  By the title, I was expecting the cards to eat him!  What I saw was an actor who happens to use magic to tell a story.

The most intriguing part of it for me was the productions of cards in-between his fingers, ala billiard balls.  That is extremely difficult to do and to do it under pressure like he did is awesome.  You can see him maneuvering the cards, holding his hands perpendicular to the audience as the cards "roll out" to the fingers, but then when he turns his hands flat to the audience, they just pop.  Loved it.

Notice the audience reaction as he sits on the stool and collects himself.  Notice the judges faces.  Tension and expectation was building and they just knew they were in for something special.  They weren't disappointed.
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His sleight of hand skill was incredible.  I long ago gave up trying to perfect a back palm … and nowadays with old age, Arthur-itis and Tendonitis, it’s improbable that I’ll ever be able to learn.  

But even more impressive (for me) was this fellow’s presentation.  Superb story-line, acting ability, stage presence, synchronization to music, and the originality of his concept.  Like you said, Ray:  it drew you in and held you in suspense.  

For me, presentation tops skill.  I’ve always believed that one could take the simplest of effects … for example, even the lowly Coloring Book … and with proper presentation, turn it in to a miracle.

 

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His sleight of hand skill was incredible.  I long ago gave up trying to perfect a back palm … and nowadays with old age, Arthur-itis and Tendonitis, it’s improbable that I’ll ever be able to learn.  

But even more impressive (for me) was this fellow’s presentation.  Superb story-line, acting ability, stage presence, synchronization to music, and the originality of his concept.  Like you said, Ray:  it drew you in and held you in suspense.  

For me, presentation tops skill.  I’ve always believed that one could take the simplest of effects … for example, even the lowly Coloring Book … and with proper presentation, turn it in to a miracle.

 


I agree.  I've mentioned this guy before here at the forum but I went to a public library to see a magic show with one of my kids and the young man who put on the show was extremely entertaining.  He was more actor than magician, but he did the tricks competently.

He had the kids as well as the adults mesmerized and in stitches.  Taught me a huge lesson about style over substance.
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