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Just watched the link you guys posted.
The show isn't aired here yet.
Wow that was awsome.
Great job.
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At the risk of being lambasted here, I am troubled to hear Sharon say "You're probably the best illusionist I've ever seen". I am not surprised, as I expect most people have seen relatively little magic. However, it tells me the caliber of what is being seen is generally sub-par.

This is in no way meant to demean Drew or his performance. Everything worked, there were no mistakes, and the judges were impressed. He did give it a warehouse-style appearance, but other than this theming his performance was perfunctory. I would venture to say that it was, in fact, Thomas Tobin's wonderful principle and this classic Tarbell effect that Sharon and the judges were truly enamored of. The performance was fine, but I didn't find it to be anything particularly special. My honest critique. This is not meant to take anything away from Drew or his success on the show. More power to him. It's good for all of us when one among our ranks succeeds.

I'll be very interested to see what he has to offer in future episodes.
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I am so happy to see a magician succeed on that show without being a plant. (At least I don't think he was a plant. Did producers call him and invite him? The audition looked real to me.)

I don't think he has ever headlined in Vegas. I don't think he has already made millions of dollars. He is a perfect example of a great talent who deserves more national appearances and success.
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He makes a fine living on Royal Caribbean.
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Good joooooooooooooooooooooob Drew!!!
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"FINALLY We have a magician on this show that is worthy…" "Yes…Yes…Yes…!!!!"

Great seamless routine Drew! Super job!
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Excellent and fun to watch both performers and audience. Drew, awesome job.

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I think I saw him do a version of that trick at a Six Flags in Chicago.
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Great Job Drew!

Other than seeing David Copperfield's ending to his 'Big Black Box' (aka the same illusion 'things that go bump in the night") where the box ends with the 3 sheep dogs, Drew's presentation was a close second. I have also seen John Hirokawa live in Hawaii perform this well and Lance Burton also does a great job of it too.

I realize that Copperfield uses a second method to load the sheep dogs and people via a special B"""D""" but I thought with the size of Drews Crate, there would be something in it at the end also as an extra kicker. But that's just me wanting more, Drew you did great! And you and your wife are very humble! Great work, I am sure we are going to be seeing a lot more from you!

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As far as what compares to Copperfield's "black box" would be Doug's Bengal Tiger production at the end of his. I'll trade you 1 tiger for 2 sheepdogs! LOL

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Can't wait to see round two!
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Who was the other magician? I was watching him closely. It looked like Sonny Holiday or someone who looked like him.
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Blair, a friend of mine here in Fort Wayne actually has one of Doug Hennings "Things that go Bump" still with the tiger hair in it. I was visiting with him the other day and he showed it to me. His name is Wayne Hill and he's the VP of our IBM ring here. It's actually for sale, has the original crate that it was shipped in too...if anyone is interested let me know.

I thought Drew did a great job, I thought Sharon's statement was a little exagerated, especially with the piece that Kevin James did a couple of seasons ago. But that was a nice twist in the end for me...I didn't expect that.
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Yes Doug's ending also! Terry, that is pretty cool about your friend owning the prop still with the cat hair inside, that's just cool!

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Hi all,
Does anyone have a link they could post of David Copperfield doing this?

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Great Presentation Drew!

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Lance Burton did a version with a teepee and head dress. Anyone remember that? It was done very well. I do like Drew's creative "warehouse" choice. Much more modern than a native american theme bump.

Illucifer, I won't lambast you but I hope you can appreciate most magic is sub-par. Drew's presentation was flawless, creative and extremely entertaining. With out being edited down to look good. I agree that it was perfunctory if you mean effortless. That is the way a show should be. Smooth. Not one single hitch.

Drew is a hard working pro and deserves everything he has worked so hard for.
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Peter, It's in great condition and it's one of 3 that Willie Kennedy had built for Doug and it was designed by Jim Steinmeyer. It was cool getting to touch and look at something that Doug had...it even has buttons built into the top to signal the girls when to come out.
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Rotten,

I do appreciate that most magic is sub-par. I disagree that Drew's presentation was flawless, and I don't say that with even an ounce of haughtiness. There are very few magic performances that I would describe as flawless, including my own. I, personally, did not find it highly entertaining. Just my opinion.

It's a great trick, to be sure. I just wasn't crazy about this presentation. It's forgettable to me. Again, that's me. My opinion. Not the one I expect everyone else to have, though some will.

Drew absolutely deserves everything he's worked for. Did I say that he doesn't?
He did a fine job. I just didn't find it to be particularly memorable. However, I also appreciate the fact that I am a magician and have seen this effect many times in many ways, and that does indeed taint my perspective somewhat.

That said, I can point to several performances of this trick which I find to be very entertaining, most of which were mentioned above (Doug Henning, David Copperfield, and Lance Burton to be specific). Lance's fools a lot of magicians at the very end, as well (when the teepee is pulled apart, leaving only the frame).

The Pendragons routine is the same approach as Drew's (Tobin's Proteus), but Jonathan has a distinct advantage he takes advantage of. One that, before it was well-known, fooled many a conjuror. Have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcmtT-09Abw
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Let me add, after my last post, I went and watched the performance again on YouTube. This time, I must say, I enjoyed it a lot more.

I'm never crazy about the scantily-clad women stereotypes in magic, but this does reinforce what I certainly know to be true; classic effects are classic for a reason - because they're solid and strong. A solid performance of great piece of magic = mystified and entertained audience.

No question, the audience and the judges loved it. And I like it a lot more than I did the first go 'round.

And the best part (for me, anyway) is that they're all being fooled by that wonderful system of invisibility first put to use by magicians in the 19th century. Beautiful.
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