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It took a detour of about six hundred miles to meet our friend, "Moves" in a pool hall somewhere in Texas. Moves is a retired player who, as a kid, worked with Titanic Thompson, arguably the greatest hustler of all time. Moves learned all of Thompson's tricks and even practiced them to perfection. "Ty" was as clever as he was skillful and could talk anyone into anything, when given the chance. Recent books have told parts of the Titanic Thompson story but this is a first hand account of the man himself from someone who knew him well and climbed a lot of ladders to help get the money. We've hidden his face so as not to advertise his identity.
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Last September, Paul Wilson and Jason England embarked on a three-week trip around the U.S. beginning in Houston, Texas. They met and interviewed magicians, collectors, inventors, pool hustlers, and other fascinating characters. They also managed to film the entire journey -- well, most of it.
In the coming weeks, we'll be releasing short videos of some of the most interesting moments from their trip. The first video, Is Magic an Art? addresses an issue that frequently comes up in conversation whenever magicians gather. It isn't a perfect question and it wasn't meant to be. It was meant to be a conversation starter and in that it succeeded admirably. The video provides you with the opportunity to listen to some of the best minds in magic as they discuss the nature of art, the differences between art and craft, and where magic fits into the art picture -- if indeed it does at all. You'll hear from John Bannon, Dani Da Ortiz, Christian Engblom, Brad Henderson, Richard Kaufman, Chad Long, Eric Mead, Lance Pierce, Gary Plants, Johnny Thompson, Michael Weber, and Asi Wind.
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Our second video was shot in Austin, Texas at the home of astronaut, collector, scientist, and computer-game designer/pioneer Richard Garriott. Richard has assembled one of the finest collections of automata in the world and was kind enough to allow us to share his collection with you. Brad Henderson, a close friend and confidant, is our guide through the house and collection.
There is a scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Gene Wilder slowly opens the door to the actual factory floor for the first time. You see the amazing sights of the chocolate factory itself, but you also see the looks of wonder on the faces of the children and their parents. Entering the automata room for the first time is a lot like that. As you scan from left to right, you are overwhelmed with visual input and there is a very strong sensation of "Where do we begin?!" Then the process of "hands-on" exploration begins as you turn the cranks, wind the springs and push the levers. At some point, eventually, you catch the eye of the other people in your group that are experiencing the room for the first time and you have no choice but to smile. Technically, it may not be magic, but it's as "magical" as anything you'll ever see.
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Paul and Jason continue their trip across the country interviewing magicians about art, performance, friendships, rivalries, and other topics. This week however, we center the focus around a discussion on the public's perception of magic. While we felt confident that we knew what most of our guests would say, we were consistently amazed at the quality of the thinking and the terrific ways in which some of them managed to express themselves. Yeah -- we're all basically on the same page. But if you think you won't learn something from listening to these guys talk about it, you're crazy.
As with our first video on the subject of magic and art, we hear from Danny DaOrtiz, Brad Henderson, Richard Kaufman, Chad Long, Eric Mead, Lance Pierce, Gary Plants, Johnny Thompson, Michael Weber and Asi Wind. Any of these men could carry an entire interview by themselves, but hearing the "group" (such as it were) discuss the topic brings an extra dimension that can't be achieved with any single interview.
For us the highlights of the video are comments made by Weber regarding a soda can, by Eric Mead regarding "buying an act", and by Brad Henderson regarding the pitfalls of the "brotherhood" mentality.
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Joe Porper makes quality handmade products for magicians and is the inventor of countless ingenious devices. This short video tells the story of a true craftsman and his trade.
When we first visited Joe in Canoga Park, California, just north of Los Angeles, we experienced something truly special. Porper's workshop is a creative nucleus of ideas and brilliant craftsmanship. The confined space plays with every sense: the sight of tools, the sound of machines, the smell of materials and fresh debris dissipating through the air so thick we could taste it. Not just a workshop, but a working shop with years of history. The floors are layered with sawdust, the tables crowded with hardware and the shelves lined with everything from unfinished prototypes to beautiful, ingenius apparatus. Now in his mid 70′s, Joe continues with day-to-day operations; still dreaming, inventing, and machining. Joe Porper is an inspiration to us and we're honored to share his story with you.
Vist www.porperoriginals.com for a complete catalogue of magic.