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!
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) is considered the father of modern magic, and his writings inspired many of the magicians who paved the way for our contemporaries. Ehrich Weiss renamed himself Harry Houdini in honor of the man and Robert-Houdin’s shadow is still felt today. In this video, Paul Daniels does a beautiful routine based on Robert-Houdin’s “Marvelous Orange Tree.” I would say that he recreates it, but Paul does honor to the trick while presenting it, but applying his own light style.
Once again visiting the mind of master magician Paul Daniels, we have one of the coolest levitation tricks to come along in a while. While many levitation acts have a lot of flash, this trick is propelled as much by Paul’s personality as illusion. I’m pretty sure if I had seen this one as a kid, I probably would have landed myself in the hospital while trying to reproduce it myself.
At long last, I now own a spring animal rabbit. (Those of you familiar with Rocky the Raccoon know what I’m talking about.) Yes, I’m now anxious to work out my own Rabbit from the Hat routine, and though I’m not going to reproduce Paul Daniels’ routine, it certainly is an inspiration. Paul, to me, is always as funny as he is brilliant. Sadly, he never made as much of a name for himself on this side of the pond as he did in Great Britain. Our loss, but at least there’s YouTube.
Paul Daniels (http://pauldaniels.co.uk) is certainly well-known in both the magic community and also with the public. His TV show, “The Paul Daniels Magic Show,” ran on the BBC from 1979-1994. Here is his “Cup and Ball” routine in which, even though his technical performance is flawless, man, I just dig his delivery.