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We are all familiar with the idea, and I hope agree, that "It's not what you do, it's how you do it." I would like to expound.

I am a fan of America's Got Talent." I am especially happy that four magic acts made it through to Radio City. Please note though that in those four acts we ha several that got through on what many of us would consider "basic" tricks. And by the way, the things that freaked the judges out most were close up, not stage, illusions. Case in point: the winning acts used :

Sponge balls
The Svengali Deck
The salt pour
Card to Anywhere
Flash paper

And any number of other tricks we ALL know.

It's not the trick, it's the perfomance.
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On Aug 23, 2014, Motley Mage wrote:
We are all familiar with the idea, and I hope agree, that "It's not what you do, it's how you do it." I would like to expound.

I am a fan of "America's Got Talent." I am especially happy that four magic acts made it through to Radio City. Please note though that in those four acts we have several that got through on what many of us would consider "basic" tricks. And by the way, the things that freaked the judges out most were close up, not stage, illusions. Case in point: the winning acts used :

Sponge balls
The Svengali Deck
The salt pour
Card to Anywhere
Flash paper

And any number of other tricks we ALL know.

It's not the trick, it's the perfomance.
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And to clarify, this is is PRAISE if those magicians, not in criticism.
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Agreed. I was learned a real lesson about this when I watched a clip of Smoothini (the ghetto Houdini) from AGT. Spongeballs, cards from mouth, salt pour, standing ovation.

-Patrick
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