Daniel Jaspersen Magician@Play

Browsing Archive: November, 2013

When David Blaine speaks, America listens.

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Book Review 

SPOILER ALERT :: If you have not seen the special David Blaine: Real or Magic, you should. I discuss a few moments in it below. 

 
America flocked to the television the evening of Tuesday, November 19, 2013. 7.6 million people tuned to watch David Blaine’s latest special “Real or Magic.” Since that evening, twitter, facebook and the rest of the internet has been buzzing about it, with good reason. David Blaine reminded us, magician and layman alike, what real magic should l...

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Magic is Beautiful (part 1)

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, November 21, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 



From an artistic philosophy, I believe that good art mirrors nature. Artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, etc.) see the world through a unique lens. Sometimes that lens is very clean and clear, such as the works of Leonardo di Vinci. He studied nature, animals and humans and tried hard to recreate them as accurately as possible on the canvass. Others have a more prismatic, distorted lens. Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali gave us their worldview in twisted, bizarre, yet beautiful works....

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Build an Iceberg

Posted by djaspersen on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 



At a close-up, mingling style performance, I will generally perform about 10 different tricks all night long. I simply do the same handful of tricks for everyone. This is a very common (smart and efficient) approach for a close-up performer. It doesn’t matter if the event is 1 hour or 4 hours long. I’ve been doing this for years.

As a result of this methodical approach to mingling, I’ve performed many of the tricks thousands and thousands of times over the last 10 years. I can do the ...


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Being Human

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, November 4, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

Talking with a friend who wants to create a circus type show, he made a very interesting observation. The current dominant force in circus is Cirque du Soleil, the French-Canadian troupe.

My friend observed that, as amazing as Cirque’s performances are, they have taken the humanity out of circus. The costumes, make-up and abilities of the shows have been pushed so far, that it seem the performers are not human anymore, but something else. This is not a bash on Cirque du Soleil, simply a k...


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