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Topic: Why did the Magician Cross the Road?
Message: Posted by: danielhunley (Mar 6, 2003 09:47PM)
To knock out David Blaine cold. :vcool: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Message: Posted by: Cabrera (Mar 6, 2003 11:26PM)
He saw a "trick" that he liked.
Message: Posted by: Chuck Wonsik (Mar 7, 2003 12:55PM)
To get to the other "Slide"?
Message: Posted by: MOTO42 (Mar 8, 2003 12:23PM)
It only LOOKS like he crossed, in reality he ducked into a manhole while your veiw of him was blocked by a bus. Then you see someone that looks like him from the rear walking into a store across the street. After you pass the manhole, the magician quietly exits the sewer behind you and taps you on the shoulder.
His next trick? Making anyone with a sense of smell vanish!
Message: Posted by: Ellen Kotzin (Mar 16, 2003 10:07AM)
Because there was a gig on the other side!

Because he was walking across a tightrope.



Ellen
harryandersonfan.com
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Mar 17, 2003 03:03AM)
Because he really couldn't fly.
Message: Posted by: Sid Mayer (Mar 17, 2003 04:29AM)
Contractual dispute?
Message: Posted by: illusionmaster (Mar 17, 2003 07:37AM)
Because he wanted to "zig-zag" through the traffic...
Message: Posted by: Magix (Mar 17, 2003 07:40PM)
"How did he get over there?"

"Wait... do that again"
Message: Posted by: Geoff Weber (Mar 19, 2003 10:23AM)
-it was just a publicity stunt to promote his show.

-She just read Penn & Teller's books "How to Play in Traffic" and took it a little too literally.
Message: Posted by: Kathryn Novak (Mar 20, 2003 06:39AM)
To save the dismembered assistant on the other side.

Unfortunately, he was in New York, and couldn't cut through traffic. :lol:
Message: Posted by: marko (Mar 20, 2003 04:48PM)
The road crossed him first.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Mar 21, 2003 05:04AM)
From where I'm standing, he already IS on the other side! :lol:
Message: Posted by: Kathryn Novak (Mar 21, 2003 12:55PM)
Q: Why did the magician cross the road?
A: To get his wallet back from the magician on the other side.
Message: Posted by: Reg Rozee (Mar 21, 2003 03:01PM)
Because the angles were bad!

"Ok, now, uh, you stay there, and I'll go levitate OVER HERE!"

-bigwolf {*}
Message: Posted by: debaser (Mar 21, 2003 07:54PM)
Because he wanted to do it before somebody else did.
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Mar 28, 2003 07:15AM)
Actually, the question was phrased incorrectly: it should have read, "Why did the magician CRISS-CROSS the road?"

The answer, therefore, is pretty obvious: "To force the right street on the spectator."
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 28, 2003 08:18AM)
Because David Blaine did it on TV.

0pus
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Mar 28, 2003 01:55PM)
He was stapled to the chicken.
Message: Posted by: amazingboz (Mar 28, 2003 03:32PM)
To perform his next illusion, turning into a drug store :bunny2:


Amazing Boz
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 28, 2003 03:34PM)
What is the BEST stapled chicken effect?

0pus
Message: Posted by: Magix (Mar 28, 2003 09:20PM)
I like the one where the chicken is restored to its unstapled condition and appears in the magician's wallet. (I prefer a "flash" restoration, and I don't like the version that uses a duplicate chicken.)
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 28, 2003 10:27PM)
And there was the one where two chickens are stapled together with their backs out . . . how does that one go?

0pus
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Mar 29, 2003 10:20AM)
See...herein lies the problem: If you have to use a gaffed chicken, you really can't hand him out for inspection.

I've gotten around this problem in the past by using a Henway Maneuver.
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Mar 29, 2003 10:55AM)
[quote]
On 2003-03-28 16:34, 0pus wrote:
What is the BEST stapled chicken effect?

0pus
[/quote]

Is it the one where you remove the head of the chicken and chase the spectator across the street then staple the head back on? Is "that" how David Blain did it??? :confused: :confused:
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 29, 2003 08:26PM)
Poof-Daddy,

No. The re-stapled chicken would not be examinable. Blaine probably used the maneuver Steve referred to.

Steve,

I may be thinking of the same sleight, but I have a question: What's a Henway?

0pus
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Mar 29, 2003 08:36PM)
Oh, about four and a half pounds, fully grown.

(Bless you, Opus.)
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 29, 2003 10:20PM)
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha

0pus
Message: Posted by: Great Domino (Apr 4, 2003 01:52PM)
To see illusionmaster. Wowzer!
Message: Posted by: Geoff Weber (Apr 16, 2003 11:59AM)
Do NOT buy the Stapled chicken effect! It is a rip off of the fried chicken effect and no permission was ever granted by Col. Sanders, the originator of that effect. I suggest that you only by the Original (recipe)
Message: Posted by: ChrisZampese (Apr 16, 2003 05:54PM)
Nice work Steve and Opus!!!!
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Apr 17, 2003 09:17AM)
This effect was first published as a vague idea in 1840 by Robert Houdin in his book “Le Mystery’ de la Rue” on page 57.

Percy Gambit, England’s foremost Street Performer (Bottler), was known to perform the effect regularly in the early 1920’s.

Dozens of Magicians today regularly perform the effect without giving proper credit. I believe that at least two are trying to take credit for inventing it.
Message: Posted by: Mago Mai (Apr 19, 2003 04:23PM)
Why did the magician cross the road?

He crossed the road around 5:00 p.m. cause he didn't want his audience saying that they couldn't see the trick because of the sun on their face.
Message: Posted by: Jason Wethington (Apr 21, 2003 10:03AM)
Q: How many magicians does it take to cross the road?
A: 10. One to cross the road, two to speculate how he did it, one to ask why he crossed in the first place and 6 to work out variations.
Jason
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Apr 21, 2003 03:29PM)
Jason,

Don't forget the 9,990 magicians to criticize the way it was done, claim the magician crossing the road was a hack, assert that they could have done the road-crossing trick better, complain about how the magician was dressed and argue that road-crossing is not a legitimate real world effect (and undoubtedly a camera trick). And also don't forget about the 50 dealers who will advertise the very next day that they have for sale the famous road-crossing trick.

0pus
Message: Posted by: Jason Wethington (Apr 21, 2003 10:39PM)
Well yeah of course! :rotf:
Jason
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 15, 2003 07:37PM)
Sure he crossed the road, but was it really art? Did it have content?

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 17, 2003 12:42AM)
Actually, he didn't cross the road because he couldn't hand it out for examination.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Dec 17, 2003 12:38PM)
Because he didn't have the guts...

Oh, wait that was a skeleton.
Message: Posted by: kilgourpower (Dec 17, 2003 04:02PM)
To turn into a Pub!
Message: Posted by: El_Lamo (Dec 17, 2003 04:35PM)
Are we describing method or effect?
Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Dec 18, 2003 04:28AM)
He didn’t, it was an illusion all along. He made the road cross under his feet.
Message: Posted by: KeirRoyale (Dec 18, 2003 03:35PM)
Speaking of David Blaine, I heard a comedian use this the other day.

David Blaine on a hunger strike??? Over what? A lack of publicity!?! He is like the Mahatma Ghandi of nothing!
Message: Posted by: redstreak (Dec 18, 2003 06:06PM)
Why did the magician cross the road?

It was misdirection!
Message: Posted by: Jerry the Great (Dec 18, 2003 11:33PM)
He used the larger movement of crossing the road to disguise the smaller movement of picking his nose.
Message: Posted by: Bilwonder (Dec 20, 2003 01:04AM)
He was chasing his dinner...

(And now we know the REAL reason the chicken crossed the road.)
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 20, 2003 05:44AM)
Maybe he's a street magician. :rolleyes:
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 28, 2003 02:42AM)
[quote]
On 2003-04-16 12:59, Geoff Weber wrote:
Do NOT buy the Stapled chicken effect! It is a rip off of the fried chicken effect and no permission was ever granted by Col. Sanders, the originator of that effect. I suggest that you only by the Original (recipe)
[/quote]
My great grandmother was doing the stapled chicken effect before Col. Sanders was hatched.
Message: Posted by: Chout (Dec 28, 2003 03:38AM)
He turned himself into a chicken or he made the chicken disappear.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Dec 28, 2003 08:22PM)
He was avoiding other magician's with large ego's and little talent?

Boy, try filling out that list!

MM
Message: Posted by: Harry the Clown (Dec 29, 2003 04:13AM)
Why did the magician cross the road?

I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you!!
Message: Posted by: Shadowzen (Jan 19, 2004 04:16PM)
Why did the magician cross the road?

Very well, thank you!!!
Message: Posted by: Black Magic (Jan 26, 2004 02:37PM)
To try and levitate like Blaine. Anybody got a glass of water??? Hurry, he's not feeling right!!!
Message: Posted by: m.s.magic (May 11, 2004 03:50PM)
Iam sorry but some of these are rubbish! I have seen a telecost that's more funny

best regards tom


[quote]
On 2003-03-08 13:23, MOTO42 wrote:
It only LOOKS like he crossed, in reality he ducked into a manhole while your veiw of him was blocked by a bus. Then you see someone that looks like him from the rear walking into a store across the street. After you pass the manhole, the magician quietly exits the sewer behind you and taps you on the shoulder.
His next trick? Making anyone with a sense of smell vanish!
[/quote]


LOL
Message: Posted by: abc (May 12, 2004 07:37AM)
He crossed the road cause he was walking and he was walking because he had to deliver pizza to someone on the other side of the road.
Joseph - If your answer is correct the question would read why did magician cross the street?
Because he was a street magician.
MOTO42 - you gave away the secret ot my favotite effect on a public forum??? but I am not telling you how I vanish or detect a sense of smell.
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (May 12, 2004 11:39AM)
To get to the magic shop where he will buy the best new pocket trick which uses no skill and works on a new principle never used in magic before and will fit nicely in the drawer next to the same effect he bought years ago with a different title at half the current price.
Message: Posted by: HarbinJr. (May 24, 2004 12:21AM)
Why did the magician cross the road?

To chase his untrained birds that once again have escaped him and they wont return!

Robert
Message: Posted by: sniper1 (May 26, 2004 08:21PM)
Ok since I'm a coin fanatic

cos he just happend to drop that barber dollar and it bloody rolled to the other side

luckily it didn't drop into the gutter
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (May 27, 2004 10:46AM)
Various Famous Performances of the Walking Across the Road Trick!!!

Copperfield - Would be willing to cross the road but can only do it if it is foggy outside with a perfect breeze to blow his hair as he crosses.

David Blaine: Would cross the road and stand there in the middle for 40 days and nights while people are allowed to throw eggs at him. Upon completion of the crossing, he would have to collaspe and then be raced to the hospital for further study.

Hans Klok: Would like to walk across the road but would insist on walking with 2 beautiful women next to him and then have to strike a bizarre poze at completion of getting to the other side.

Franz Harrary: Would first have to show you an exact model of the road and exactly where the corwd and cameras will be as he attempts to walk across. He would then have to scream "Let's Do IT!" before he actually starts the walking

hehehe

To Be Continued

Kyle
Message: Posted by: flobiwan (May 31, 2004 10:16PM)
Because he was a card magician and needed to practice his Elm-Street count.
Message: Posted by: muzicman (Jun 25, 2004 12:49PM)
Why did the magician cross the road?

To prove to the possum is could be done!
Message: Posted by: Alym Amlani (Jun 28, 2004 05:38PM)
ROFL

[quote]
On 2003-03-08 13:23, MOTO42 wrote:
It only LOOKS like he crossed, in reality he ducked into a manhole while your veiw of him was blocked by a bus. Then you see someone that looks like him from the rear walking into a store across the street. After you pass the manhole, the magician quietly exits the sewer behind you and taps you on the shoulder.
His next trick? Making anyone with a sense of smell vanish!
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Smudge (Jun 28, 2004 06:45PM)
To get his stray dove back.
Message: Posted by: cpatchett (Jul 2, 2004 01:21AM)
"Who cares, dude...that was AWESOME!" (Spectator watching Brad Christian do it poorly.)

Craig