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Topic: Christian Cagigal at the Magic Castle as an example of storytelling with effects.
Message: Posted by: Ergerbor (Sep 24, 2015 08:56AM)
Came across this performance: https://youtu.be/UtaalH-vE9U recently. Seems like this illustrates a number of points folks on here have been talking about: performance vs effects. Lots of stories here, some comedy and eccentricity while using some effects that even I recognize. I found this video while I searching for any reviews (found them) or performances (didn't) of Robert Neale. I'm definitely going to pick up a couple of his books and some by Terri Rogers. So glad I've joined the Café again, the advice on here is great.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Sep 25, 2015 08:31AM)
Christian is a fantastic performerand a lovely chap too.
Message: Posted by: Sam Hagen (Dec 21, 2015 12:29AM)
I really love his performance. Thanks for sharing. :)
Message: Posted by: Sh9bum9 (Dec 21, 2015 10:14PM)
How unusual to see a storytelling act enthrall adult audiences. Guess we're all kids at heart and love a good story. Thanks for sharing
Message: Posted by: BeThePlunk (Dec 22, 2015 06:34AM)
Wonderful! Proves that presentation counts more than tricks. Even tricks we know become enchanting again.
Message: Posted by: Ergerbor (Dec 22, 2015 07:09AM)
Absolutely, I think story can elevate very many things and a lack of story can make them rather trite.
Message: Posted by: danaruns (Jan 10, 2016 07:47PM)
Christian is one of my favorite magicians, simply because the way he weaves stories in with his magic is incredibly appealing. I was with my spouse at the Magic Castle today, and afterward I asked her which magician she liked best. The best technical magician was actually her least favorite, and her favorite two were the ones whose charm came through the most. She didn't even recall the tricks so much as the person doing them.

(After lurking a while, this is my 2nd post on this forum, so if you have no idea who I am, there's a good reason for it. :) )
Message: Posted by: Ergerbor (Jan 10, 2016 10:34PM)
Dana, It's no matter to me whether I know you or not. Thanks for your comment and contribution! Also, Welcome to the Café! (as a poster vs a lurker, though I still lurk more than I post...there's so much to read!)
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Jan 15, 2016 01:23AM)
Thank you for the post , I never saw him before , such a great performer , it just show how much more powerful is the imagination in comparison to technical skills .... And when you have both together , it is just perfect
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Oct 6, 2018 01:17AM)
Well, it only took me 3 years to finally find this thread and watch the video. I love how well he communicates a character with the music box and the title cards. Although the bones of the tricks are all well known or classic tricks, his stories elevate the magic wonderfully.

A rather belated thanks to Ergerbor for sharing this.

Message: Posted by: Penduluminary (Jun 7, 2019 11:00AM)
Thanks for posting the video. Christian is a great performer. Enchanting storytelling magic!
Message: Posted by: Satire (Sep 22, 2021 02:31AM)
Even his final flourish to give a wind to the music-box is so crisp and feels so practiced. Really great set.
Message: Posted by: Segomo (Nov 1, 2021 04:13PM)
This is an excellent share thank you very much!
I am currently working on a routine heavily based on story so I saw a lot I liked in this performance.
I love the ending in "a little game" his last two pieces were very profound in my opinion.
I dare say much of the audience may have missed some of the subtleties in the routines.
I heard a couple people get it like no one wins in war during "a little game".
That act had a lot to say I loved it.
Message: Posted by: davfreeman (Nov 4, 2021 11:24AM)
Great storytelling. Thanks for sharing.