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Daniel Nicholls
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Did anyone else just see the Amazing Steven on this years Britains got talent? Only went and dropped his third hand in front of 14 million people on national tv. Oops
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That's the biscuit.
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FAR worse exposure than the Masked Meathead!
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My worst mess-up doesn't seem so bad now.

At the WMS, a teen competitor dropped his Fakinni shell (luckily in a room full of magicians). Half a ball lay on the ground for his routine. At the follow up interview he was asked "How do you think it went?" He answered in a fake cry, "I dropped my ball, and it broke."
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At least he didn't try to claim he was challenging the audience like that nut did last year on America's Got Talent.
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LOL I almost forgot about him! That was hilarious!
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Didn't see that one. Any links?
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That is why this is an amature show. And magicians should not be on this type of show if they are not bullet proof.
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Who is bullet proof? After thousands of shows, even Chung Ling Soo had a fatal flaw in his act. Failure is not only the domain of the amatuer.

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To a non-magician this exposed nothing at all, other than the fact that this act screwed up. It was played so fast, and edited so tightly that no one - unless they knew the trick - could have deduced what the "fake hand" was supposed to have been doing, so users of "spirit cloths" etc. need lose no sleep!

BUT what is truly distressing is that once AGAIN a magician goes on Britain's Got Talent and screws up a trick, simply adding to the perception by the show's producers (and, by extension the viewing audience) that magic is dumb, its practitioners are under-rehearsed twits and the whole thing is worthy of ridicule.

Okay, so BGT is pantomime. As I continually remind my kids, Simon Cowell is not REALLY nasty, he's just playing the pantomime villain. But that's no excuse. Knowing that the producers WANT magicians to fail should serve as an added warning to our brethren who want to brave the televised auditions.
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Stephen is a member here.

I think he should've won hands down...

Joking aside, they want to see you either fail miserably or be incredible (magicians or anything else). So if you have got an absolute doozy up your sleeve prepare to be either humiliated or not get on TV.
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Was that a typo? Did you mean to type if you DON'T have a doozy up your sleeve?

Anyway, I had a hard time watching it, because I definitely picked up stomach turning vibes from the judges of "Oh. Another %$#^% "magician." Kid's stuff" "whoopee" "When will this be over?" etc.

And it seemed as if his hand was absolutely HOVERING over that buzzer just waiting for the inevitable mistake so he could POUNCE like a tiger on a chunk of fresh meat."

I mean did you notice how lightning quick he hit the buzzer as soon as the hand dropped?"

Am I imagining all this, or am I right?
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Everyone, absolutely everyone, has problems at one point or another. I was at a Worlds Greatest Magic show and the guillotine (sp?) used by Melinda in her routine "What I'd Like To Do TO Lance Burton" stuck and exposed the workings. I was at a Copperfield show when the lights went on when he was heading for his appearance in the middle of the audience. Happens.
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Yeah. I know I've had some totally out of the blue freak disasters happen in my show that no amount of rehearsal would have ever prevented. Murphy lurks around every corner.
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On 2009-04-26 22:43, daffydoug wrote:
Was that a typo? Did you mean to type if you DON'T have a doozy up your sleeve?


It was. Thanks, Daffy.
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Hmm. That's what I thought! Deductive reasoning, doncha know.
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On 2009-04-26 16:54, magicgeorge wrote:
Stephen is a member here.

I think he should've won hands down...

Joking aside, they want to see you either fail miserably or be incredible (magicians or anything else). So if you have got an absolute doozy up your sleeve prepare to be either humiliated or not get on TV.



Absolutely right and I am amazed by the number of folk that think wandering on with some variation of standard magic tricks that have been seen a billion times before is going to win them anything. To be fair to Stephen, from the brief glimpse I saw, he was doing something different but he's paid the price for all the numpties that have gone before.
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but he's paid the price for all the numpties that have gone before.


I wouldn't say he's paid the price, he's just another 'numptie' to add to the list!!
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I don't know what a numptie is, some term you UKers use I guess, well you and Daffy Doug, he likes UKerspeak. Other than the hand falling off he did the illusion pretty smoothly. We had guys on Americas Got Talent doing magic that should have never tried, they only had one major error also, theirs being their belief they knew how to perform magic. I think the Amazing Steven did fine and it is a bummer that happened.
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