Vanishing Julian Assange

Let’s not get too political here. Let’s simply state that WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange has been living and hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than three and a half years now (!) in order to avoid being arrested by British authorities and, subsequently, turned over to Swedish or U.S. authorities. His future path is uncharted and most likely stony.

Now, if you were an illusionist like David Copperfield or Franz Harary and called in for help, how would you make him disappear from the embassy without his guardians, his persecutors, and the press bloodhounds noticing in due time?

Having just watched several old TV specials by Copperfield and the late great Paul Daniels, I would have an idea or two. (O.K., Jim Steinmeyer would probably come up with 27 solutions at once.)

If someone were to pull this off – can you imagine the hoot and the headlines?!

This is not your grandfather’s egg bag trick. This is not the latest poor poo-poo card move. This is truly magic with a meaning!

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Another Word on Cohen

If you are a first-timer to Steve Cohen’s show, Chamber Magic, like I was only recently, here are three tips for an even better experience:

  1. The suite where the show is staged is not located directly at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, but at the adjoining Waldorf Towers. You may want to use their extra side entrance to get to the right registration desk. If you decide to take a walk around the famous hotel first (which I would highly recommend), simply turn left in the dark, sumptuous main lobby and take the elevator down to the ground floor. Later, you will be guided upstairs to the suite.
  2. If you are not a front row aficionado (like Dave of L&L video fame), you may want to save the extra bucks for a front row seat and stick with a general admission ticket (currently priced at 85$). Just make sure to enter the elevator with the first group of visitors. After entering the suite, you will likely find many empty seats with exellent sight lines to choose from.
  3. Get at least a souvenir booklet and have it kindly signed by Steve after the show. Choose your items from the online gift shop before ordering your tickets.

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Addendum: Here’s an older post of mine (in German) with links for magic things to see and do in NYC (and also in Las Vegas and London).


 

 

A Word on Cohen

Recently, I finally managed to see Steve Cohen’s long-running show, Chamber Magic, in an elegant suite (see picture below) at the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.

Steve is a consummate pro, his show is charmingly traditional, yet fast-paced, interactive, very entertaining and highly deceptive, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

From a magician’s perspective, I find three aspects of his program particularly worth mentioning:

  1. He opened and closed with card magic.
  2. He presented both his signature pieces, Brick from Hat and Any Drink Called For, rather early in the show.
  3. He did a lot of mentalism (and I mean a lot).

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Täuschungen

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“Ich sehe, was ich denke, dass ich sehe.”

Unsere Sinne sind begrenzt und fehleranfällig. Unser Gehirn tut sein Übriges zu, dass wir nicht die externe Wirklichkeit wahrnehmen, sondern das, was wir für sie halten und in sie hinein interpretieren.

Ein faszinierendes Forschungsfeld – und eine der wesentlichen Voraussetzungen dafür, dass uns Zauberkünstler so trefflich täuschen und in die Irre führen können.


Marco Tempest ist “Wired”

04.09.10 High-Tech-Zauberer Marco Tempest ist mit einem ausführlichen Interview im amerikanischen Trendmagazin „Wired“ vertreten und spricht dort unter anderem über „Augmented Reality“ und seine Faszination für technische Spielereien. → http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/08/augmented-reality-hanging-out-with-magician-marco-tempest/

WM der optischen Täuschungen

26.06.09 Neurowissenschaftler und Psychologen haben jüngst in Florida die besten optischen Täuschungen der Welt gekürt. Zu sehen und zu bestaunen sind sie hier: → http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,520103,00.html

Magie mit Gehirn

26.05.09 Die Juni-Ausgabe von „Spektrum der Wissenschaft“ widmet sich dem Schwerpunktthema „Gehirn und Magie“. Thomas Fraps hat nicht nur an dem Heft mitgearbeitet, sondern ist ergänzend auf der Website mit mehreren zauberhaften Filmen vertreten, die eigens zu dieser Ausgabe produziert wurden.