Meh - a vapid 40 minute commercial for contrived magic acts.
huxley edwards from Canada
25 September 2014
Because I see clearly the actual function of this TV show (to promote
the lagging magic industry based in Las Vegas) I give this a low
From the first episode - to now the 9th episode of 1st season which I
will be using as my prime example that it's rigged.
It's essentially a showcase for up and comers and some veterans. Now
that concept is not a bad thing at all! But the fact they veil it in
some show which is based on 'stumping' P & T - but since when they do
see what the magic act's basis is- they don't bother to break it down
for the audience (to keep that act on the road- so to speak) But most
tricks are so elementary and many simply rely upon the fixed lens of
the camera and simple angle obscuration techniques. So the opener of
episode 9 is PERFECT example of exposing the rigging. Penn was asked to
help the first act. The guy from Canada. Penn was helping him the whole
time achieve this impossible trick to do alone. Notice when there are
reveals, both of them act as a team to transfer / obscure. And of
course at the end of that act, Penn is stumped - to perpetuate the
'trick' to leave it on the shelf so this act can use it in the future
Vegas shows. Plain and simple TV magic of today.
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