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RayJ

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Food for thought.  I know how I felt when I opened my email today and saw this ad from Vanishing Inc.  

Those that have read some of my posts can probably guess what I would say.

But what says you?

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OK, 18 looksies and no comments so I will go ahead and give my reaction. There are some effects that I think should remain with the originator and not be offered to the magic community. This might be one of them.

Another example is Jason Latimer's clear cups and balls. If they ever release it I know some will rush to buy it, but I think it should remain his. It is what he is mainly known for.

I cannot imagine buying a Norm Nielsen violin or Jeff McBride masks either.

So that was what first crossed my mind.
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My reaction was the same, Ray. Why would I want someone else's signature effect? I'm not that other person.

Of course, there is something to be learned from studying how the masters put together their signature effects, even if you don't plan on doing them. Think of Rene Lavand and his breadcrumbs, for example. Possibly there's something I could learn from Will Tsai, too. But I know what $300 is to me and I can't imagine spending it on something I'd never be able to perform as is because it's so closely identified with a current performer.
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There was a posting elsewhere saying this may not be Will Tsai's to release. I really wouldn't know.
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Ah, capitalism. Everything's eventually for sale, and everyone is primed for acquisition and possession. That's why we all have magic junk drawers brimming with impulses purchases.

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I wonder if it is a calculated move to try and make some $ before the method is revealled and cheap knock offs hit the market? (I don't know anything about this trick, is it already available, from China?)

This type of trick doesn't interest me so I wouldn't give it a second look. But even if someone was interested in it, how far could they really go with it? If they were an amateur, what would they do with it? I can't really see a serious pro using it as it isn't their work.



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I wonder if it is a calculated move to try and make some $ before the method is revealled and cheap knock offs hit the market? (I don't know anything about this trick, is it already available, from China?)

This type of trick doesn't interest me so I wouldn't give it a second look. But even if someone was interested in it, how far could they really go with it? If they were an amateur, what would they do with it? I can't really see a serious pro using it as it isn't their work.




Wayne, I agree that it might be a preemptive move.  There is a lot of chatter about the various effects and how they are accomplished.  Clearly there is a mechanical element.
Still others maintain that camera tricks or edits are also in play.

Whatever the modus operandi, the trick is definitely a "signature".

Serious pros would never use something like this, I agree on that.  Some might buy it simply to confirm how it is done and might shelve it afterwards.  


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