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Topic: Presence. Being there.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 30, 2021 01:35PM)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 30, 2021 02:10PM)
Message: Posted by: ChrisPayne (Apr 4, 2021 05:38AM)
Riveting clips, thanks for posting. A charismatic master of total command. Any generalisable or learning points? (apart from how important other Arts and stage training are)
Message: Posted by: funsway (Apr 4, 2021 05:38PM)
How about where he says copying is not learning.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 4, 2021 05:49PM)
Message: Posted by: tommy (Apr 4, 2021 10:59PM)
Been there.
Message: Posted by: ChrisPayne (Apr 6, 2021 05:14AM)
Well I live there +/- 15 miles (Bath UK) - unrelated observation, this is also the site of the long running "Bizarre Bath Walk" run by Noel Britton, President of the Magic Circle. Dunno why I felt compelled to say that... .
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 6, 2021 12:05PM)
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 6, 2021 05:45PM)
Laurie, it would be helpful if you would talk about these clips, and what they mean for you, and what your important takeaways are.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Apr 6, 2021 06:09PM)
We were often off to the Bath races in the rough old days; we have not been there since they built the new stands but it looks great now. A lot of the old racecourses are branching out and offering other forms of entertainment, where a magician might find some gigs. In the old days, we would lunch in town before going to the track.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 8, 2021 01:28PM)
"Focus... Neutral... Technique... Sculpt space...Make the invisible visible (and the visible invisible)... Five Senses...Breathing...Learn...Understand...Contemplate...Feel"

One of the first magic texts I found that I felt really dealt directly with what a magician does, was Dariel Fitzkee's Magic by Misdirection- especially, his discussion of simulation and dissimulation.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Apr 8, 2021 08:23PM)
I am thinking the amazing illusionist, ventriloquist, mime Jerome Murat - Living Statue, springs to mind.

Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 11, 2021 02:20PM)
Thanks for posting, tommy.
There are a few things about this that I like and a few things I don't like. :) I think the beginning is strong.

Of course, our knowledge of puppets and how they operate is problematic, so I think there may be an initial obstacle with the introduction of the second head, but I also see a recovery, and the transition at 4:03- incorporating the previously still arm and hand is very effective.

I think, though, it loses unity, focus and clarity at the 5:30 mark, and so the ending is somewhat confusing, at least for me, and credibility is lost at the headless moment for me, but the audience seems happy with the replacement. :) Which got me thinking about that Dr. who wants to try "head transplant"s. :worry: :fruity:

I feel the last two minutes are weak and perhaps wanting to add "effects" has happened quickly at the expense of the strong build in the first 5 minutes.

Whether this scene is part of a larger story arc in the show, I don't know. I haven't been able to find any more of this performer's work, either, but this was an interesting view, and I appreciate you putting it up here, tommy. I think we've seen a similar routine before with Tina Lenert, with an ending that I felt- as someone who has mopped a dirty floor or two- was entirely implausible. So the ending's still up for grabs on this routine, maybe. :shrug: I'd like to read thoughts, in text form ;) , from any who'd like to share here. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 11, 2021 04:58PM)

with "pre-show":

Message: Posted by: tommy (Apr 11, 2021 05:31PM)
“The Statue With Two Heads tells the story set in the Garden of Eden, where a mysterious wind breathes life into a two-headed stone statue. A mesmerising enactment follows as the two heads awaken and struggle to take possession of the body.“


No conflict no drama as they say.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 11, 2021 08:02PM)
Message: Posted by: tommy (Apr 12, 2021 09:21AM)
Everybody can have an imaginary friend but not every imaginary friend can have a body it seems to me; the magician must not only spark the imagination but also conjure it up.

The magic of imaginary friends