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Ken Northridge
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Go to any local magic club and you will find any number of magicians that talk as if they will be the next big thing. Smile

Seriously though, the way that Greg Frewin has been progressing reminds of Lance Burton's rise to the top.
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I believe that whomever is to be the very next big name in magic will necessarily live in, or near, either New York City or Los Angeles, or they will be willing to travel often to one of those cities. They'll have to successfully pitch themselves to television executives.

They'll need to be a great show-person and good in the technical aspects of magic.

Television executives want to see something novel. They'll want someone unique, or someone doing something unique, so that they can generate enough hype to develop public interest. The act need not be truly novel, just unique for the time, as the overall public memory of past magicians fades over time.

If the next magician wants to become extremely famous, as famous as David Copperfield is, they'll also need to take their show on the road. Live magic will always be best. Copperfield's televised specials generated a lot of buzz, but his performances in front of live audiences validated what was seen on the television screen.

Or, perhaps there will be a great magician who becomes famous through the Internet. I think that will happen someday, but I believe the very next very famous magician will be made famous through television.

Aside from that, I don't know what they'll be like. On a whim, I will predict they will wear brown shoes or boots. Not black. Smile

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Whomever it is, I am guessing that it will be someone not afraid to hustle, not only have solid skills but also a strong sense of self that is infused into everything they do as a performer and a level of charisma that demands the public pay attention to what they do and appreciate it.

Todd, I've seen you on television several times. That's you!
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Reed McClintock. He's one of only two magicians who has really inspired me in the last couple of years. The other is Christian Chelman.
Everything you said describes Reed McClintock.
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Thank you Bill. The check is in the mail.
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That's not to say that I haven't been inspired by other acts like P&T (Teller's Silverfish!) just that Reed and Christian are two most recent performers on the list.
I say it again, Reed McClinock fits your description perfectly. From his masterful SOH to his innovative tattoo tricks. Dude's got it.
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He has got it together. The problem he will run into here in the US is a comparison with Blaine and Angel. There are enough stylistic similarities that industry people might not feel he is original enough. It is not a question of who is better. It is just Blaine and Angel got there first.

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On 2009-12-02 13:16, Matze wrote:
I don t have any doubt on my mind that the next "big thing" in magic is gonna be Dynamo

check out his latest showreel..he s certainly heading in the right direction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CIf8Nh3jgw
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Christian Chelman is unfortunately too late
Apollo Robbins is a good guess
Armando Lucero
David Stone

if one of these moves in New York or LA... now what about Las Vegas?
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Apollo, and I think Armando, both live in Vegas.
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I'm next.
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Didn't somebody say Jesus was supposed to come back one of these days?

The next big name will tap into that market and produce monumental wonders using extreme high tech. (Think the blue Norway spiral light for viral attention grabbing) and moving of mountains for a pay per view or nation wide theatrical 3-D experience.

It will happen very fast. He will come out of nowhere (think Glenn Beck speed in recognition and influence.)
He will be heavily Produced and have a Spielberg sized budget behind him.

You want a prediction? You got a prediction. Mark it.
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On 2009-12-11 10:03, Doug Higley wrote:
Didn't somebody say Jesus was supposed to come back one of these days?

The next big name will tap into that market and produce monumental wonders using extreme high tech.


The "Power Team" is the next big thing?

OK, seriously though:
A great magician, like an artist in any other field, should have something that defines them. A signature trick. This isn't the same thing as a gimmick, it's the artist's passion and personality condensed into a single routine.
Teller's "Silverfish" is an example. For Lance Burton it is probably the Corvette routine.
That's why I say Reed McClintock, because he has his signature routine in the tattoos.
Most great magicians also put their own spin on the classics. They perform them with technical brilliance and effortlessly express themselves through the routine. This is like P&T's cups and balls or in Reed's case, his version of the Miser's Dream.
I think Blaine and Angel represented a shift away from big stage illusions, and maybe the trend will swing back that way, but I think the next logical step is somewhere in between. Maybe cabaret scale.
Or maybe people are just too cool for magic now.
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Mark my words. It WILL happen. The forces have gathered.


"Or maybe people are just too cool for magic now."

Yes. They will have to be brought to their knees in awe. The tools are being developed...the Person groomed. The first test was in November 2009. It worked with simple Smoke and Mirrors.
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I keep thinking about when David Blaine asked this lady if she wanted to see a trick and she said she didn't like magic. He just pestered her "Aw, come on..." usually when an amateur does that it's kind of pathetic, but he ended up blowing her away. That's why the geurilla(sp?) magic trend worked so well. They took people who were too cool to come to a magic show and brought the magic to them.
It was the right idea at the right time.
The people who say magic embodies the times are right. Houdini captured his time, Henning, Copperfield, Blaine, all of those guys were the guys who put magic into the context of their times.
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Absolutely!
This is the Time of Obama...The Tea parties...massive division and belief systems re-instated or created...mobilization of masses of people...all looking UP waiting for a sign...

Someone, like a Jerry Bruckhiemer type is taking the measure of the times.

Either somethng very big or very small will interupt the flow. It will happen.
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Didn't Ray Charles sing "It should have been me"...

:)
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On 2009-11-28 21:21, Todd Robbins wrote:
If someone has made more than 1,000 post, they are not spending their time heading in the direction I'm talking about.

Hey, we have to do something at work. Smile
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Todd: Then your not talking about marketing. Smile
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Even though Todd gave me a bit of a nod in his original post, it is very unlikely to be me. I retired, because I can, and I don't particularly want to put out the effort it will take to rise to that part of the top.

It's going to take someone who is highly motivated who has a vision of being the best and who is willing to take direction from someone who has the right connections.

And it will probably be someone that nobody has ever heard of.
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Is "unlikely" a British understatement? There seems to be some form of nostalgia in this "unlikely", and it is definitely not a "no way": that allows me to keep some hope...
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