Few things are more satisfying than seeing raw magical skill combined with high technology. I stumbled across this bit of eye-candy directed by Homer Liwag and starring Andrei Jikh.
Homer Liwag is a visual and creative genius behind David Copperfield –designing illusions and editing sleek promo reels for the legendary illusionist. In this short and sweet clip, Mr. Liwag combines chic cinematography with stylish editing and some awesome card flourishes (aka XCM), proving once again why everything he touches turns to gold (that’s why they call him ‘golden-knob’*), and why he’s Copperfield’s go-to guy.
And as a bonus, a Copperfield video put together by Homer:
*I hesitate to even call that vulgarity a joke. Apologies :)
The web is abuzz this week with the recent and shocking appearance of Tupac Shakur at the Coachella music festival. The masterminds behind the posthumous resurrection used the most modern innovations in technology to create the hologram, right? Wrong!
In fact, Tupac’s hologram is based on an illusion first described in the 16th century, and popularized in 1850′s London by Professor John Henry Pepper. Using a chamber under the stage, proper lighting and a projected image through an angled pane of glass, the Tupac’s likeness was brought to three-dimensional life. It’s still an awe-inspiring and exciting illusion, but not exactly the cutting-edge of scientific innovation!
Let’s put aside the tactless title momentarily. Whether you’re in the New York Area looking for magic and entertainment for a party, a producer looking for magical hands for your next video project, or just stumbling around the web and randomly coming here, you might be asking yourself, “what the heck is this site?”
Let me sum it up: I love magic, and I strive to bring you magic in every way possible. If I can’t perform for you in person, I’ll bring you the very best (and sometimes worst) that magic from the internet, television and even history. So this little place is where all my magical thoughts seep out into what resembles a blog.
Modern science can be more magical than any illusion out there. If you could take a lighter and travel back in time a few hundred years, religions would be built around your ‘magic’ fire powers. And that’s barely even science.
But stuff like this — quantum levitation with magnets and liquid nitrogen is impressive even by today’s sordid standards! The levitation in the video looks like a post-production visual effect. Plus, the science behind it is so confusing, that we might-as-well just call it magic and watch in amazement.
Does a lack of good magic have you down? Are you tired of having cheesballs and nerds scarring your guests
at weddings, corporate events and birthday parties? Do you feel just a little nauseous every time you hear the word ‘magician’?
Well Brooklyn Magician Vlad Kraven has just the entertainment you need! Having performed from Prague to Park Avenue, he’ll bring your NYC event to the next level of intrigue and amazement. Magic that is elegant, not embarrassing; mystical and not mundane; professional and not pathetic.
That’s right, for recession-proof rates you can have the coolest party on the block with an incredible New York Magician!
Act now to learn more about how jaw-dropping card magic, miraculous mind reading and breathtaking fire magic can amaze the guests at your next New York event.
Vlad Kraven, a New York Magician you’ll actually enjoy.
TV Magic programming note: DO NOT miss David Copperfield on The Colbert Report this Thursday, September 15, at 11:30 pm EST on Comedy Central. Mr. Copperfield does not do many talk shows, so this should be a real treat for all of us!
-Quick programming note: The weekly magic updates/loose ends have been phased out due to miniscule traffic numbers. People don’t really care about obscure magic trivia. That said, brilliant magic finds and info WILL continue to be posted here regularly.
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There was a cool write-up in The Photo District News of the silent short film “Magic” that I was in earlier this year. Even I got a mention: “Vlad Kraven — even the name conjures up darkness and mytsery…”