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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 12.55 am, Monday 6th October, 2003
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I've just watched the Top 50 Magic Tricks on C4 and once again I widdled myself laughing at David Blaine's levitation. It comes in at number two and is the worst trick I've ever seen. Do you want to know how it's done?

1. Find people on street. Set them up with mystic mumbo jumbo. Position them close together at about 7 o'clock to you. Say something about "in case I fall back".

2. Stand on your right tiptoe while leaving your feet close together and your left foot parallel to the floor.

3. Repeat 1 and 2 until you get an audience with a sufficient reaction. Note that 1 and 2 should be filmed over your shoulder to get their reaction and not to show your feet.

4. When the audience have gone. Get a top that looks like one of the audiences'. Dress a member of crew in it and bring in the crane.

5. Film a shot of you being hoisted on a wire from over the 'audiences' shoulder.

6. Edit.

You want the evidence that's what he does?

Watch it back sometime. You see the shot of the genuine audience with Blaine close up. There is no camera in shot. You cut to something quite wide of Blaine from the Audience POV. There is no camera in shot. You cut back to the audience. There is no camera in shot. The whole thing is filmed on one camera. There are continuity errors in what should be a two camera system.

Anyway, other stuff. Woke late. Freezing cold. Listened to Victoria on Jazz FM. Watched Akira, which was OK but nothing special really. Not what it had been built up as. Went out to see House of 1000 Corpses with Becky. Likewise. It was enjoyable and I have to admit feeling damn horny now, but it wasn't really the sex and death fest I was promised. It didn't shock and it didn't scare and it didn't push my adrenaline. But it is enjoyable, which I'm sure it shouldn't be.

Really ought to be doing something useful.
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Apathys Last Kiss
User: turpentinekissx
Date: 5.09 pm, Sunday 5th October, 2003 (UTC)
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how do you think Mr Blaine is doing his starvation stunt then?

and what about the russian roulette guy???

Oh- and hope your well
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
User: weaselspoon
Date: 4.42 am, Monday 6th October, 2003 (UTC)
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I haven't studied the starvation stunt, but to be blunt the human body can go longer without food. Prisoners on hunger strike have done it. Add to that you don't know if his water supply is really water and there's a sturdy base in that box that could be hiding anything.

The Russian Roulette guy I taped and will watch tonight. I assume it's another Derren Brown mind reading trick, which even if you know his methods is still impressive.

I'm OK. You?
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