Got any links to a video of this performance? Or did you see it in person?
It was featured in the P&T special "Home Invasion". I think they also used it in one of their tours. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find any online video links.
Also Penn and Teller, but a demonstration they did on a talk show with the "invisible coin purse" - just the hasp & hinge. Teller put coins in and pulled them out with four cameras on him - one over his shoulder - and with a mirror under his hands. Again, just slight-of-hand, but so smooth you could hardly follow it.
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I'm more fond of the physics-related tricks they do, where it's not so much a gimmick but an educational tool. Favorite examples:
1. using the parallax effect to hide in plain sight above the stage in what looks like a clear Plexiglas box (they let the TV audience know first)
2. Anti-gravity beam effect (they let the studio audience know first)
3. Run Teller over with a truck (no favorites this time)
And I first encountered Penn and Teller when they were on Letterman, playing with liquid nitrogen...
My favorite is Dan Sylvester doing a magician sleight called Inertia Pitch. Used for a few tricks of his, and insanely beautiful to watch. I have to agree, watching them is much more fun than knowing how it was done. Kind of like the old Elmsley ghost count if you're familiar with it =^.^=
I'm not familiar with the term, there. (As I said, I never got on too well at magic, however much I like to watch it, so I don't know a lot of the jargon.) Is that where you appear to throw an object away while palming it?
Elmsley ghost count is to overcount items as method of disappearing something. Mostly when I've seen someone use it they will have four cards, but make the spectator visibly see and count five. Then one poofs out and reappears somewhere else. Oddly, it requires almost no sleight to do it and people are caught off guard every time. =^.^=
I always feel bad though as tv wants to put up magicians I don't like very much such as David Blaine with digitally embellished work, yet reallllllly good sleight ones never make tv. If you ever are able to find any video of Dan Sylvester, Tom Mullica, or Rory Coby.... *drool*
Cool. I think I've seen that technique (but I'm not sure, since I didn't know what to watch for!;)
Yeah, Blaine is way overrated. I'm a big fan of stylish magic that actually takes work. No funny camera angles; just the good stuff. (Though I also have a fondness for some of the nutball acts like The Amazing Jonathan.)
I used to like to do some magic tricks wen I was lil'
I was never very good x.x
My very favorite I saw performed live when Penn and Teller were at the Flint Center. They did somehting similar to the cup and balls routine but he was using a lit cigarrette, first facing the audience and then with his back to them. Some of the best slight of hand I have ever seen.
And man those guys are cool. They literally hung out after the show first signing autographs and then just bullshitting with the fans that still hung around. Very very cool guys.
Ooo, yes, I got to see them do that one, too. Penn's playing a bassline and narrating all of the moves as Teller does them, first obscured then exposed. Also a great one!
I don't know if they do it at their Vegas shows, but on the tour shows they do seem to make a point of hanging out in the lobby for fans afterwards. They seem like genuinely nice and friendly guys.