Friday, November 02, 2012

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  1. Where is this clip from?

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    1. British tv show Stuff The White Rabbit, around 1995 I think.

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  2. It's like chalk and cheese isn't it? Gordon has made lots of little changes to make it easier for him to perform. Eg. Using the Braue addon instead of a spread cull. It just looks like a total bunglefest next to Jerry. And ending with the card under the box adds nothing, except to confuse the effect.

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  3. Anonymous1:24 AM

    That's Better!

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  4. Anonymous6:29 AM

    Thanks for posting. So much better than Gordon's watered down version. There is such an arrogance in publishing the variation.

    I remember Jerry showed me this trick in the shop some years ago. Then he explained why he didn't like it as much as Vernon's Travellers.

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  5. Taylor744:48 PM

    A totally dfferent league of performer.

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  6. Anonymous7:09 PM

    I haven't seen many of Jerry Sadowitz's performances. Too bad, as he is exceptionally good. He has a very natural and light touch with the cards. It doesn't look like he does anything but show them and pull them out of his pockets. It is quite a contrast. Thanks for putting this up.

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    1. Quite right. But the sad thing is that this is not the NORM. Vernon's life's work in vain. Very sad.

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  7. Anonymous10:52 PM

    You are right, definitely not the norm. But when you see this, it really jumps out at you. I would differ, however, with the idea that Vernon's life work was in vain. I think any exceptional performer - whether it magic or sport, or even an exceptional lawyer or surgeon - is rather rare. Think about what it takes to achieve what Vernon or Mr. Sadowitz achieved. The average bloke would say, "Oh, well, that's too much work for me," and they are quite right, it is too much. And that is precisely why they are average. They spend their time on the Cafe or in front of a television watching mindless crap rather than perfecting their art. It is also why there are so many out there selling crap - the average person wants it easy. It is very hard work to accomplish what we see in this performance. Only those who have a very serious passion for it will get to this level. The rest are the average, which is to say, way far in the back of the pack.

    It may sound elitist, but I dare say that Vernon isn't for everyone - in fact he isn't for the vast majority. And I think that is precisely how it has to be, because that is the nature of people. Although the landscape of magic is pretty depressing, I would say his work was far from being in vain. It is there for the relatively small number of those who have the desire and capacity to benefit from it; the rest will never know.

    So I hope you post more like this from time-to-time. Given all the tripe out there, its important to keep remembering what real magic is like.

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  8. dweezil11:52 AM

    I need to get a jacket. So many good tricks out there that need a jacket. I'm not sure scrunching up the cards and shoving them in my jean pockets would have the same effect :\

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    1. Anonymous8:46 AM

      I really love Vernon's Travellers.

      Try being me in asia+humid countries where wearing a jacket is not the norm.

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  9. Anonymous6:02 PM

    This was one of the most boring video's I ever watched.

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    1. In contrast with the Gordon presentational style which features silly little stories and talking to people like they are children?

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  10. Smart keeping this video available for as long as you did. It generated some good discussion.

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  11. Anonymous9:42 PM

    Am I the only person that found both Gordon and Sadowitz' performances utterly dull?

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    1. Of course you aren't. In fact, most magicians will find the Sadowitz performance dull. As discussed before, they just don't appreciate natural magic from the perspective of the audience. Especially the absence of stupid little stories and talking to them like they are children.

      In any case, the point is not the entertainment value but the comparison of the actual tricks, which are quite clearly the same.

      Gordon obviously saw, or read the Sadowitz trick and then shat out this minor and inferior variation, hoping that the Sadowitz material would remain so little known that he could obscure his source with some dodgy credits, as he seems to have a habit of doing:

      http://magicbong.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-paul-gordons-card-trickery.html
      http://magicbong.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-pack-up-your-cards-volume-1.html
      http://magicbong.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-pack-up-your-cards-volume-ii.html
      http://magicbong.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-pack-up-your-cards-volume-iii.html

      He fills entire books and actually has people parting with their money on the back of other people's creativity.

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  12. To those saying Jerry's performance is dull; he had more frenetic presentations during the series, angry, funny, excited his presentations ran the gamut. This was a quieter moment, delivered one on one and there's no doubt that the spectator here absolutely loved it.

    We wonder why Jerry is so secretive and never releases material to the masses, or at least seeks to control who gets to see that material (like his Crimp magazine) then someone gets a look at a 2 minute clip, I'm willing to bet has never read his books or seen him perform anything else and yet still sees fit to pontificate that it is "dull".

    We don't see much of Jerry's work because we don't deserve it. For those that find this artful, natural, uncomplicated magic "dull" never fear just buy the latest one trick dvd and gimmick your life away.

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    1. His performances on STWR are, along with that of Rene Lavand, easily the best I have ever seen.

      They represent everything that magic should be, and everything Vernon was trying to get across.

      Completely natural handling and delivery, simple and direct effects, and humor and plot arising as an inherent part of the trick as opposed to weak one-liners or ridiculous and obviously fake little stories.

      His version of Spectator Cuts to the Aces is particularly perfect. Simple and direct in effect. Natural handling and delivery. All wrapped up in an absolutely hilarious, yet organically arising context. Simply Brilliant.

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