Wayne Dobson (www.waynedobson.co.uk) is a master of entertaining people with his show. He suffers from MS and currently, when he performs, he performs from a wheelchair with limited mobility and use f his arms. Still, he persona and skill in working with an audience gives a top-notch show. This clip is from earlier in his career, and even though he does a couple of standard routines, his presentation puts these at the top of any “must see” list.
Noted magician and barber, Dean Dill (www.deandill.com), was a frequent visitor to Johnny Carson’s house to work on coin and card tricks with Johnny for years before Johnny convinced him to go on the show, and that probably wouldn’t have happened had Johnny not announced his retirement. I just recently watched an interview with Dean at Reel Magic Magazine (www.reelmagicmagazine.com – subscription required) and just generally liked his easy-going and casual manner. I love watching Matrix routines, and Dean’s is a killer in this clip.
Losander LevitationsI’ve mentioned the bubble routine I’m trying to work on for my opener, and Losander (www.losandermagic.com) is where I started thinking about it. Admittedly, where Losander’s act, while playful, is beautiful and magical, I’m aiming more for the playful, yet magical side. Play until I have their attention, and then do some levitation work. Losander, though, is a master of making what looks like real magic.
Currently, I’m working on a bubble routine to start opening my act with. In all honesty, I want to create enough of a spectacle that people stop and start watching so that the opening sequence is a bally in itself to start creating crowd interest. I came across this routine, which is magic, but is just plain fun to watch by Darren Burrell, better known as Burl the Bubble Guy (www.burlthebubbleguy.com). His routine here has given me some ideas to think about. Even though this is not a magic act, for some ideas here to lead into some of the bubble magic leave some room for serious consideration.
Norwegian magician, Finn Johan Hauger, better known as Finn Jon, is the subject of today’s clip. Finn Jon is legendary in the magic community and is considered the father of modern levitation magic, inspiring magicians such as Losander. This act is as playful as it is beautiful and features one of my favorite routines of his, the Dancing Tie.
I started looking for routines with bubbles to get ideas for my busking act and came across this outstanding work of magic and manipulation. Argentinian magician Mirko Callaci (mirkomagic.com) won a FISM award at the 2003 Den Haag XXII World Championships in the category of General Magic, and it is just stunning in it’s routining. Mirko now has a must-see act in Shanghai, and after seeing this, man, it gives me even more of a reason to want to make a trip there.
One of my earliest Daily Doses was of Gazzo (www.gazzoshow.com) doing his Cups and Balls routine on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” (jasonstackmagician.com/?p=145) Considering today was the first day I’ve gone out busking in 2014, I thought I would revisit Gazzo’s routine, but this time in its most natural habitat, the streets where Gazzo performs. In this performance, which is a lot longer than the “Fool Us” version, you get to see all the interaction he does with the crowd. In the pantheon of busking magicians, Gazzo really is one of our patron saints.
Levent (www.leventmagic.com) is probably one of the magicians I respect the most in the magic community. I posted the first part of this act in one of my first Daily Doses (http://jasonstackmagician.com/?p=71) and as I’ve read his material in the Society of American Magician’s magazine, “M.U.M.” I have his DVDs on the Linking Rings and Billiard Balls, and look forward to reading his biography on Roy Benson. In the Billiard Ball DVD, he explains the routine you’ll see at the end of this video clip, and really, this is an amazing routine of ball manipulation. This does have touches of Roy Benson’s act, but the routine is completely Levent’s. It’s impressive when you watch it, but even more stunning if you know all the manipulation he’s pulling off throughout the routine.
Richard Turner (richardturner52.com) is a wonder when it comes to card cheats and manipulations. At the top of his class, it’s even more impressive when you consider he’s been blind since he had scarlet fever at age nine. In addition to being one of the world’s foremost card sharps and card magicians, Master Turner earned the ranking of Sixth Degree Black Belt in the Wa Do Kai karate, which just further demonstrates how amazing he is. A documentary is in the works about Richard called “Dealt,” and information about it can be found on his website and at http://dealtmovie.com. This video demonstration was shot with his wife, Kim, and his son, Asa, assisting him and I found it on Asa’s YouTube channel.
Polish magician Tomasz Chelminski (1929-2006) was better known by the name of Salvano and was noted for his smooth style. When you watch this video of his take on the Multiplying Billiard Balls, it’s evident why he had that reputation. This performance is simply beautiful. Even knowing the moves and techniques, it’s difficult not to get lost in the execution of such a great act.