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The Magic of YouTube [May. 24th, 2010|04:07 pm]
Every now and again, I search YouTube for old things I'd like to see and, every now and again, there's a pleasant surprise! The site has encouraged a lot of people to dig up old recordings and videos and put them online. So now I can share...

Denny Goes Airsurfing

A relatively simplistic animation from 1989 but it was a one-person effort and his first animated piece! I think it has a bit of lasting charm to it. A must see for dragon fans.


A classic juggling/manipulation routine from the late 90s featuring Jack Kalvan and Rick Rubenstein. Synchronized flowerpot handling. Gotta love it.

And, yes, that Rick Rubenstein! It's rare to find footage of him performing... What do you mean "Who?" He's so famous that he has a juggling pattern named after him! Now that's serious cred. :)

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2010-05-25 12:59 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I can do Mill's Mess. *ponders*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-05-25 02:44 am (UTC)
I never knew that! Way to go.
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2010-05-25 05:22 am (UTC)
Awesome, love the dragon video!
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[User Picture]From: tilt_longtail
2010-05-25 05:24 am (UTC)
You may like "my" Nine person precision ball passing....
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-05-25 04:40 pm (UTC)
Cool! Just need to change the hand/ball ratio and it becomes juggling. :)

What they didn't explain in the video (though the zoom outs near the end kinda gave it away) is that these are the little people that run your computer. They managed to slow this video way down so you can see the bits of information moving around. Now you know the secret behind these "electronic" marvels!
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[User Picture]From: crosscheck_fox
2010-05-30 04:01 am (UTC)
Love the recovery on the dropped pot.

It reminds me of when we performed Neil Simon'a "Rumors" in high school and I was playing Ernie who burns his fingers on a hot plate midway through the show. We had bandages pre-wrapped so I could slide them on and then secured them with one ring of tape at the base.

By the fourth night of performing the bandages had become quite loose and with sweating the ring of tape didn't work so good. I flung my hands up and two bandages went shooting off into the audience. I turn back to continue the scene and everyone on stage had taken a cookie from the plate which had survived for four days straight. Somehow we recovered flawlessly after everyone stifled the giggles with those cookies, and of course the audience was just dying.

Love live theatre for the recovery moments like that. They're one of the most raw and exposed moments in theatre when we're reminded of just how human performers are and how hard it is to play off a mistake and make you wonder if it wasn't all part of the act... in fact maybe that was part of the act! *grins*
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