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.
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.
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.
Since I got back into doing magic, one of the routines that has constantly been on my mind has been The Multiplying Balls. To get used to ball manipulation, I’ve collected balls from sporting goods stores, toy stores, and dollar stores trying to find good balls to at least learn basic manipulations with. I finally got a multiplying balls set with the original thought of just using them for practicing manipulations, but found myself being sucked further into Multiplying Balls routines. I’m not one for doing silent acts, so finding Paul Daniels’ act is kind of an inspiration just seeing what a talking routine can be like. It’s not the script I would use, because, like doing any of the classics, I want to do my own. His routine is perfect, though, and proof that this does not need to be a silent routine. Enjoy!