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wikiro
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Who is the most suprising magician out there?
Up for opinions.

Let me phrase this a little better.
Who do you think is the most surprising card magician out there?


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Lennert Green's technique is so revolutionary and unique, his effects make me do doubletakes.

He stuns me.
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Lennart Green, Shoot Ogawa, F. Paul Wilson, and Bill Goodman... these guys have all shocked me beyond belief when they hit a deck of cards.
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You really need to watch Lennart perform for lay people. I found him entirely entertaining. I don't believe that "inventors of tricks and great technicians are often not showmen" - I could list hundreds of creators that are good performers... Jay Sankey, Chad Long, Allan Ackerman, David Williamson, Rene Levant, Juan Tamariz... the list goes on and on and on.

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Lennart Green hands down! (or rather resting on a deck)
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I forgot to mention Reed McClintock. He is known mostly as a coin guy, but give him a deck of cards and stand back. He will do some incredible things with those fifty-two objects. If you want to see something crazy have him suck a card out of the air. Reed is on the list as a surprising card guy.
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Joel Givens, he knows no equal.
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Shoot Ogawa is the man!
Reed McClintock...also the man!
Greg Wilson...the ultra man! Smile
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Lennart Green,
Alex Elmsley
Jerry Sadowitz
Peter Duffie
Guy Hollingworth
Brian Tudor.
like innovative card techniques?
Visit

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and learn some new ones Smile
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Michael Vincent has to be the most polished magician I've ever seen. His combination of sleight of hand, patter and movement is poetry in motion.
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I was in Lennart Green's last video shoot.
I had seen his first 2 videos and then got to sit in on this. When there were technical difficulties (need a new light bulb, stuff like that) he was doing some wild stuff to keep us entertained. He did a lot from his first video so I got to see it up close.

I was trying to figure out how he does his in-the-hands false riffle. It is amazing.

He has a great sense of humor, and is very humble. There are many pros that could use a lesson in humility from Lennart Green.

He did some funny/startling things between sets that he said he was not going to put in his videos (he was just doing them for fun) and I begged him to keep them in. I sure hope he does. It really shows his personality.

He gave a funny/absurd discussion on statistics and convinced all of us that there would be no more auto accidents if we all drove pink volvos with a spare tire on the back.
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On 2002-07-24 22:49, freaksrock62 wrote:
Greg Wilson...the ultra man! Smile


Gregory Wilson.

Greg Wilson is Mark Wilson's son.
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Guy Hollingworth totally shocked me with his new version of Twisting the Aces and the torn and restored card. To be honest, I still can't fathom how he does that stuff . . . it's still magic to me . . .
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Serling,

The only thing that disappointed me in Guy Hollingworth's Twisting the Aces was that it used gaff's, which I don't usually approve of.

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I'm sorry, but I find statements like that utterly ridiculous. Don't approve of gaffs? Why not? They can allow a performer to create better magic, as in Guy Hollingworth's routine.

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Some of the strongest magic effects ever created rely on gaffs. It's all a matter of personal preference in regards to whether or not you would use them but when implemented at the right time, you will get credit for an absolute inexplicable miracle that just can't be accomplished the conventional way (ie - McDonald's Aces).
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I'd like to echo the defense of gaffs. It is important to remember that sleight of hand does not automatically equate with magic. Speaking as one who was once into hardcore sleights, but now is a mentalist, I find the most magical card effects to be those that rely on subtlety and spectator management. There is no more devastating card effect in the world than the Berglass effect, for example. By picks for most surprising card magicians would include Chan Canasta, Simon Aronson, and in particular Eugene Burger. I pick all of them because of the sleights they don't use as much as because of the ones they use.

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Let's not forget Jerry Andrus. His card work (as is everything he does) was/is way ahead of its time.

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Don England....subtle and elegant.

While he's known for gaff work, he'll destroy you with an ordinary deck.

Simon Aronson for the depth and construction of his plots.

Gaeton Bloom because he is Gaeton Bloom.

Eugene Burger because he knows how to guide you down the garden path before you see the flowers.
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On 2002-07-25 12:55, S2000magician wrote:
Quote:
On 2002-07-24 22:49, freaksrock62 wrote:
Greg Wilson...the ultra man! Smile


Gregory Wilson.

Greg Wilson is Mark Wilson's son.


Nope-- there are two Greg Wilson's.
Mark's son and another Greg Wilson that is a killer card man.

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Some excellent individuals mentioned here, but I find it hard to believe Ray Kosby hasn't had one shout-out! Smile

Ray's complexity and otherworldly skill has had more influence on me than anyone else in magic. I've only had his ICM video for just less than a month and I've gained more inspiration from it than any other video. Ray might not be a great performer, but the man's sleight-of-hand is beyond words.

Even with many videos and books in my collection, I have to say that his effects and methods are my favourite, bar none.

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From the point of view of somebody who doesn't know how Guy Hollingworth's Twisting the Aces was done, let me just say that I would have _never_ suspected any gaffs. It looked totally natural. It just looked like he took out the four kings, fanned them facing toward him and voila . . . they turn around one by one.
Oh, and I can't believe I forgot Eugene Burger. I've never been able to catch him on TV, but the short clips I've seen of him on the internet impressed me to no end. He can make the simplest things seem so theatrical . . .


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The underground legend--William Goodwin, truely a genius.
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Guy Hollingworth's Twisting The Aces DOES NOT USE GAFFS! At least not the working shown on his "London Collection" video. I have done this effect with great success with a borrowed deck!
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One of my favorite performers and card men of all time is Juan Tamariz. I think he's hilarious, and just has so many original ideas.
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sstakoff, Guy Hollingworth's take on Twisting the Aces, featured on one of the World's Greatest Magic years ago, does use a clever gaff.

Back to the thread, Lennart Green in terms of incredible skills with deck of cards, Jerry Sadowitz for his skills and performance. Peter Duffie runs him a close 2nd.

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Derren Brown is a master of card magic. The biggest crime is he doesn't do it professionally now.

p.s. I'm sure most people know that GH's waving the aces can be done without gimmick (no change of kings to aces) or with his marketed gimmick (to give the kicker ending).
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My votes go to Jay Sankey and Paul Harris. Also, a method I thought of for the kings to aces with Guy Hollingworth's Waving the Aces, besides his "Quartert" gimmick is to use his paperclip theory. check "Drawing Room Deceptions" for details. Smile
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When It comes to card magic, I have been blessed in having a very good friend named Steve Dobson whos card magic and technique is flawless, if you havent heard of him, sit up and listen boys you will, you will. Remember the scene in star wars where yoda whiped some serious booty and did so unexpectedly.
Steve is very unassuming, as soon as he gets the cards out prepare to loose you mind, you are better off just opening up your skull and putting your brain on a platter for him. He will devistate you.
Just wait when he strts to release his card magic and other items you will see a true Jedi at work. Smile Smile Smile Smile
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