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On 2004-02-03 19:15, tophat wrote:
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names appearing on taxi cabs

For the record, this was just pure coincidence. Or at least, it says so in his book.


Oh! Well, if it says so in his book... how can I argue with such an honest and accurate product?
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I just have to say thanks to Blaine for bringing Close-Up magic to the masses, strolling gigs have become plentiful now!
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Get while the gettin's good!

Things may not always be this rosey, so go for it School!
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I admire Blaine very much but of the guys used for the tatoo of the japanese girlfriend trick, one was on a Gap commercial and I saw the other in Tannens. The trick was effective to lay people though, and that's all that's important.
He is a lot better than you think.
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So then if you saw him in Tannen's, then he was obviously, or most likely another magician, and undoubtedly a stooge.

So then Giochi, with that fact established, what is your take on this?
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I just want to throw a few things in the mix. You guys are making assumptions; other people are agreeing with them at which point the assumption seems to transform into the truth! The cab effect could easily be performed without stooges. I do a somewhat related effect in magic series I am currently starring in. I perform a card effect where a signed card vanishes from the deck. I take the specs for a walk and happen upon some graffiti (we are in a skate park). Among it is a large Graff of their card complete with their signature. NO STOOGES! The only effect I believe Blaine used a stooge in is the diamond from eye trick. Wait till you see Blaine’s new special - he will do some mentalism that will have you swearing that he is using stooges, such as telling people personal details address etc. Or stopping them and producing a personal item of their's from his pocket, and I promise you they are not stooges or set up. The guy is just very smart.

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A lot of magicians use stooges on stage. I'm pretty sure David Copperfield has used them. I saw him do 2 illusions with people from the crowd in my home town. And when I saw him do the same 2 illusions on his T.V. special he used the same people. Now either these people really get around or DUH? their stooges. My guess is the latter. But did it make the illusions any less enjoyable? No, I still thought they were great! So as far as Blaine goes he entertains with magic. And as far as I can see he entertained millions! So more power to him!
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On 2004-02-16 22:03, hackmonkey wrote:
I do a somewhat related effect in magic series I am currently starring in. I perform a card effect where a signed card vanishes from the deck. I take the specs for a walk and happen upon some graffiti (we are in a skate park) among it is a large Graff of their card complete with their signature.


Where can I see this show?!?!?!?!

I know from another thread you said it was going to be in the UK only but if it is released on video let me/us know!!!!!
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Dan

Just wondered if you would be willing to share specifically which two Copperfield illusions use the "wandering" spectators.

And my observation on the Taxi cab verses the graffiti wall: The graffiti wall can be set up in advance, waiting for the arrival of the spectators to view it.

The Cab, on the other hand would require a human presence to drive and steer the thing. That's where the stooge would come in.

(You would have to have someone agree ahead of time to drive the cab to a given spot.)

Then someone one would have to find out that the name Dawn is somehow special to that person.

After that information is gleened, then David has to "run into" that girl on the street at just the right moment, and arrange to have the taxi cab pull up at that same moment also.

And this all has to come out looking unplanned, and impromptu.

That is a monumental task, unless EVERYONE involved in the effect is a stooge.

A lot to think about, isn't it?
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When you said stooge I was thinking of the spectator rather than the guy in the cab. I would not call the guy in the cab a stooge, more like an assistant. As for the graff wall effect, the spec is a complete stranger and the card has his exact signature. I don't want to start arguing methods, but how could this be set up in advance anymore than the name on the cab?
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It's called -SHOW BUSINESS. Sit back and think long and hard about those two words!
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At the end of the day MagicChris is right (although I am not sure who he is talking to?) and this discussion is pointless really. I can state that Blaine does have 'Secret Intelligence Operations' as well as a good team of magicians behind him. Some tricks he or other magicians do on T.V couldn't be done in the real world. T.V isn't the real world and why not take advantage of the 'stage' that you are set. My 'graff-card' effect is not only impractical but technically illegal. I still did it because I thought it would make good T.V and look magical which is really what it is all about.

Joe

p.s Isn't this really the wrong forum for this discussion, shouldn't it be in 'magic names in the media' or something?
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Hackmonkey I liked your P.S. Right on the mark!!
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How many of you believe that David Copperfield (DC) actually floated across the Grand Canyon (GC)?

I am quite certain that DC could only levitate over the GC on the TV (Television). I hope that I have not revealed too much in this post.

Sheesh!

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When blaine had the lady think of a name and it appered on the cab, that was just a coincidence. It tells you so in his auto biography. You might want to check it out it has some pretty cool stuff in there.
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On 2004-02-07 20:15, ABlair36 wrote:
I am pretty sure those were stooges as well as a lot of his televised tricks.

Does anyone know the name of the trick that he does where he shows a card, puts it back on the deck, and puts the card between the audence member's hands. Then he shows the next top card, puts it back on the deck, waves the top card over the audience member's hands and the cards switch places. I know how it is done but I don't know what it is called.
Can anyone tell me the name of the effect?



Hey its Oz fan on all the websites its just called the amazing switch or amazing transposition.
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Just watch it closely and you should be able to figure that one out if you have a fair amount of knowledge in cards it's really a no brainer.
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Yeah, and unless david Copperfield had a whole bunch of spectators who all happened to be totally insensitive to motion, he couldn't have vanished the statue of liberty without camera trickery or a WHOLE AUDIENCE of stooges!
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On 2004-02-26 23:07, Sid Mayer wrote:
How many of you believe that David Copperfield (DC) actually floated across the Grand Canyon (GC)?

I am quite certain that DC could only levitate over the GC on the TV (Television). I hope that I have not revealed too much in this post.

Sheesh!

Sid


Of all the Coperfield Specials, that is the one I missed.

I would have REALLY liked to have seen that one. People talk about it often. And they seem to believe that he actually did it.

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On 2004-03-01 20:09, magicman123 wrote:
When blaine had the lady think of a name and it appered on the cab, that was just a coincidence. It tells you so in his auto biography. You might want to check it out it has some pretty cool stuff in there.


Youmean he was depending upon a random chance coincidence to happen at precisely the right moment that would in the end make him look like a great magician?

What would have happened if the coincidece didn't come through for him? He would have been left with egg on his face!

I think Blaine is lying in his book.

Don't you?

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On 2004-03-06 05:56, shinobi wrote:
Yeah, and unless david Copperfield had a whole bunch of spectators who all happened to be totally insensitive to motion, he couldn't have vanished the statue of liberty without camera trickery or a WHOLE AUDIENCE of stooges!


SHHHH! You'll give away the illusion of the century!
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If I'm working a particular bar/s I may have up to 3 assistants (mates in the know), who will be there for some time, selecting and getting to know targets.
With that backup you can blow people away with amazing feats of mentalism.
Also good for card tricks where they can tip me the card of choice.
So Blaine uses a similar tactic, whats new about that!
I would like to know how much they shot in comparision to the end show. They must of lost lots of footage in the edit.
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