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(Do You Remember)   A look at Harry Houdini's most dangerous acts. I would love to see Criss Angel perform the Milk Can Escape or David Copperfield get out of the Chinese Water Torture Cell   (doyouremember.com) divider line 43
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2014-03-28 08:42:14 AM  
www.biography.com

This guy did the water torture escape, but couldn't escape the natural laws of liver cancer.
 
2014-03-28 08:55:04 AM  
I wouldn't mind seeing Criss Angel not get out of the Chinese Water Torture Cell.
 
2014-03-28 09:24:57 AM  
Came here to say that, Radak.
 
2014-03-28 09:39:13 AM  
Neither of them can hold a candle to the Brain Rapist.
 
2014-03-28 09:40:30 AM  
My favorite Houdini story was his bit where he would let members of the audience come tie him up and he would escape from that.

When other acts started copying the gimmick he would go to their shows and tie them up and they would be stuck.
 
2014-03-28 09:41:27 AM  
Only Houdini and the Fonz can do the milk can escape.
 
2014-03-28 09:41:59 AM  
As far as magicians go, Penn and Teller will always win, in my book.

I always love how they will show you how an impossible trick is done, and nest something even MORE impossible within that.  That's hysterical.

Anyway...  One thing Penn said about Chris Angel...  (I paraphrase)
"See, what we do are tricks.  Illusions.  The bullet is not real.  I will tell you that ahead of time.  It looks real.  But it's a trick!  People like Chris Angel would have you believe he is REALLY doing magic.  And that makes things dangerous as hell for people like me, when someone walks up with a loaded gun and says, 'Here, catch this bullet in your teeth!'"
 
2014-03-28 09:42:26 AM  
That Criss Angle is awfully obtuse.
 
2014-03-28 09:44:19 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: [www.biography.com image 402x402]

This guy did the water torture escape, but couldn't escape the natural laws of liver cancer.


I see with eyes of wonder and imagination what you did there.
 
2014-03-28 09:46:29 AM  

QuillofNumenor: That Criss Angle is awfully obtuse.


Hey, buddy! That's not acute, what you did there...
 
2014-03-28 09:47:50 AM  

durbnpoisn: As far as magicians go, Penn and Teller will always win, in my book.

I always love how they will show you how an impossible trick is done, and nest something even MORE impossible within that.  That's hysterical.

Anyway...  One thing Penn said about Chris Angel...  (I paraphrase)
"See, what we do are tricks.  Illusions.  The bullet is not real.  I will tell you that ahead of time.  It looks real.  But it's a trick!  People like Chris Angel would have you believe he is REALLY doing magic.  And that makes things dangerous as hell for people like me, when someone walks up with a loaded gun and says, 'Here, catch this bullet in your teeth!'"


That's the thing about Chris Angel and David Blain that I hate. There special alway explicitly state no camera tricks are used, and than they use camera tricks. Not even good ones.

I know magic is about deception, but it still seems a dirty to me.

/i loved when Penn and Teller did the shell game with clear cups or three card money with the cards upright and you still couldn't tell what the hell was going on.
 
2014-03-28 09:48:18 AM  

durbnpoisn: As far as magicians go, Penn and Teller will always win, in my book.

I always love how they will show you how an impossible trick is done, and nest something even MORE impossible within that.  That's hysterical.

Anyway...  One thing Penn said about Chris Angel...  (I paraphrase)
"See, what we do are tricks.  Illusions.  The bullet is not real.  I will tell you that ahead of time.  It looks real.  But it's a trick!  People like Chris Angel would have you believe he is REALLY doing magic.  And that makes things dangerous as hell for people like me, when someone walks up with a loaded gun and says, 'Here, catch this bullet in your teeth!'"


You can waste a lot of time on Youtube with the British "Penn and Teller: Fool Us!" show segments. I have no idea why it was done in Britain as the show is slick enough to fly in the States, but without ever really giving anything away, they judge magician's illusions, many of which they've seen, and some which appear to knock their socks off (although this, too, could be an illusion, I suppose...).

Good fun, and there's some amazing sleight-of-hand, close-in "magic" being done...and neither Penn nor Teller (who talks quite animatedly in the clips) seem the type to admit they've been fooled.
 
2014-03-28 09:49:20 AM  
Who would have guessed it would have been the AIDS that got him?
 
2014-03-28 09:52:12 AM  

big pig peaches: durbnpoisn: As far as magicians go, Penn and Teller will always win, in my book.

I always love how they will show you how an impossible trick is done, and nest something even MORE impossible within that.  That's hysterical.

Anyway...  One thing Penn said about Chris Angel...  (I paraphrase)
"See, what we do are tricks.  Illusions.  The bullet is not real.  I will tell you that ahead of time.  It looks real.  But it's a trick!  People like Chris Angel would have you believe he is REALLY doing magic.  And that makes things dangerous as hell for people like me, when someone walks up with a loaded gun and says, 'Here, catch this bullet in your teeth!'"

That's the thing about Chris Angel and David Blain that I hate. There special alway explicitly state no camera tricks are used, and than they use camera tricks. Not even good ones.

I know magic is about deception, but it still seems a dirty to me.

/i loved when Penn and Teller did the shell game with clear cups or three card money with the cards upright and you still couldn't tell what the hell was going on.


That's exactly why I prefer old-time, close-in illusions done with coins, cards or cups. It demands more skill that the fruity melodrama of the Vegas clownsacks.
 
2014-03-28 09:54:11 AM  

Valiente: You can waste a lot of time on Youtube with the British "Penn and Teller: Fool Us!" show segments. I have no idea why it was done in Britain as the show is slick enough to fly in the States, but without ever really giving anything away, they judge magician's illusions, many of which they've seen, and some which appear to knock their socks off (although this, too, could be an illusion, I suppose...).

Good fun, and there's some amazing sleight-of-hand, close-in "magic" being done...and neither Penn nor Teller (who talks quite animatedly in the clips) seem the type to admit they've been fooled.


Yes, I lost hours to that when I stumbled across it. I think it would struggle on US TV because it's not confrontational enough: they will say "that was very well done, but we think we've figured it out" if that's what they actually feel. And on the rare occasion they are stumped, they will say so.
 
2014-03-28 09:57:01 AM  
If Milk Can Escape, then So Can Harry!
 
2014-03-28 10:13:13 AM  
Simpsons did it.....

img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-03-28 10:39:10 AM  
Done in two.

Also, nth-ing "Penn and Teller:  Fool Us".  There was a great segment where Penn was going down the trick they'd just seen, saying "I've seen the first bit before, I think I know how you did the second bit, the third bit was a masterful implementation of this standard sleight maneuver, I have absolutely -no idea- how you did the fourth bit and it is PISSING ME OFF!"  before walking up and giving the guy a genuinely respectful handshake.
 
2014-03-28 11:00:21 AM  
Having seen Henning in the 70's and Penn & Teller in the late 80's I can safely say, "Get out of the box buried under my lawn!"
 
2014-03-28 11:00:48 AM  
Is one of them "daring someone to punch him in the gut"?
 
2014-03-28 11:01:47 AM  

Killahertz: Done in two.

Also, nth-ing "Penn and Teller:  Fool Us".  There was a great segment where Penn was going down the trick they'd just seen, saying "I've seen the first bit before, I think I know how you did the second bit, the third bit was a masterful implementation of this standard sleight maneuver, I have absolutely -no idea- how you did the fourth bit and it is PISSING ME OFF!"  before walking up and giving the guy a genuinely respectful handshake.


I remember seeing that one, but I can't for the life of me remember which one it was. My favorite (though they weren't fooled) is still Piff the Magic Dragon. Cracks me up every time.
 
2014-03-28 11:08:26 AM  
The best Penn and Teller fool us bit I saw was a french guy did a trick with some cards and a box. At the end Penn says we are pretty sure the box is the key part of the trick and we want to see inside it. They guy opens the box and there in big letters is NO. Yep he stumped em.
 
2014-03-28 11:08:30 AM  
Somebody, I'm not saying who, but somebody sounds jelly of Criss Angel and David Copperfield.
 
2014-03-28 11:10:04 AM  

big pig peaches: durbnpoisn: As far as magicians go, Penn and Teller will always win, in my book.

I always love how they will show you how an impossible trick is done, and nest something even MORE impossible within that.  That's hysterical.

Anyway...  One thing Penn said about Chris Angel...  (I paraphrase)
"See, what we do are tricks.  Illusions.  The bullet is not real.  I will tell you that ahead of time.  It looks real.  But it's a trick!  People like Chris Angel would have you believe he is REALLY doing magic.  And that makes things dangerous as hell for people like me, when someone walks up with a loaded gun and says, 'Here, catch this bullet in your teeth!'"

That's the thing about Chris Angel and David Blain that I hate. There special alway explicitly state no camera tricks are used, and than they use camera tricks. Not even good ones.

I know magic is about deception, but it still seems a dirty to me.

/i loved when Penn and Teller did the shell game with clear cups or three card money with the cards upright and you still couldn't tell what the hell was going on.



Chris Angel's slight of hand isn't even that good.  I remember watching a few of his shows and on some of the less spectacular/street magic tricks you can see what he was doing due to his clumsy presentation. It left me wondering why they didn't shoot from a different angle or edit out the parts that blew his cover....
 
2014-03-28 11:15:48 AM  
david blaine got to where he doesn't even do "magic" illusions anymore, only some public "endurance" crap like sitting on top of a pole or sitting in a box. can't stand him!

chris angel is all "look at me, did you see what i just did? i just blew your mind". can't stand him!

i love penn & teller

and when i was in grade school, my go-to topics for book reports, etc, were lincoln, hitler, and houdini, with the odd edison essay thrown in now and then
 
2014-03-28 11:19:59 AM  
www.jacobsm.com
 
2014-03-28 11:29:32 AM  

durbnpoisn: As far as magicians go, Penn and Teller will always win, in my book.

I always love how they will show you how an impossible trick is done, and nest something even MORE impossible within that.  That's hysterical.

Anyway...  One thing Penn said about Chris Angel...  (I paraphrase)
"See, what we do are tricks.  Illusions.  The bullet is not real.  I will tell you that ahead of time.  It looks real.  But it's a trick!  People like Chris Angel would have you believe he is REALLY doing magic.  And that makes things dangerous as hell for people like me, when someone walks up with a loaded gun and says, 'Here, catch this bullet in your teeth!'"


Yup, their gimmick is fun for a smart mark like me.

/seriously, I like them for that
 
2014-03-28 11:41:13 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: [www.jacobsm.com image 640x480]


I've seen that Kate Bush album cover scores of times & only now noticed the key in her mouth.
 
2014-03-28 11:51:31 AM  

trappedspirit: Somebody, I'm not saying who, but somebody sounds jelly of Criss Angel and David Copperfield.


Cris Angel has a really low rated show in Vegas. You know why? Because the magic is all video editing and stooges. Anyone with a copy of Final Cut Pro could do his tricks, and you can't do non-linear editing on real life. Real magicians can't stand him because he creates entirely unrealistic expectations of what's possible.
 
2014-03-28 11:52:37 AM  

paleryder69: The best Penn and Teller fool us bit I saw was a french guy did a trick with some cards and a box. At the end Penn says we are pretty sure the box is the key part of the trick and we want to see inside it. They guy opens the box and there in big letters is NO. Yep he stumped em.


That's Matheiu Bich. $50 and the trick is yours.
 
2014-03-28 11:56:09 AM  

Lipspinach: Mambo Bananapatch: [www.jacobsm.com image 640x480]

I've seen that Kate Bush album cover scores of times & only now noticed the key in her mouth.


You should get the album then. It's indescribably good.

Also, the cover is quite approriate to this topic, since it refers to the opening line of the song "Houdini":

With a kiss
I'd pass the key
And feel your tongue
Teasing and receiving.
With your spit
Still on my lip,
You hit the water.

Him and I in the room
To prove you are with us too.

He's using code that only you and I know.
This is no trick of his.
This is your magic.
 
2014-03-28 12:15:28 PM  
The Milk Can and Water Torture were not that dangerous - and the truth is, anyone with good lung capacity and flexibility could perform them. Houdini's brilliance was his showmanship -  creating danger in the mind of the audience in the way he set it up. The audience would often stare at a curtained box for 20 minutes while the music played - getting more revved up with each minute - unaware that Houdini had escaped within the first 90 seconds and was behind the curtain reading a newspaper.

Love Penn and Teller and any good close-up magic.
 
2014-03-28 12:19:48 PM  
James "The Amazing" Randi did many of these kind of escapes when he was a young man.  I'm too lazy to dig up pictures.
 
2014-03-28 12:49:04 PM  

Mambo Bananapatch: [www.jacobsm.com image 640x480]


Nice. Now I just had to read a densely written piece on why this was sadly underrated. All I wanted to learn was whether that was Richard E. Grant pretending to be Houdini on the album cover. He's got a distinctive skull.

t2.gstatic.com
 
2014-03-28 01:24:23 PM  
 
2014-03-28 01:41:53 PM  
Subby:  I would love to see Criss Angel fail toperform the Milk Can Escape

ftfy
 
2014-03-28 01:49:03 PM  

lectos: None of them can top this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTfwwbsRopM


That's what you call an impressive bit.
 
2014-03-28 01:52:02 PM  

big pig peaches: That's the thing about Chris Angel and David Blain that I hate. There special alway explicitly state no camera tricks are used, and than they use camera tricks. Not even good ones.

I know magic is about deception, but it still seems a dirty to me.


Most magicians and serious fans of magic agree. Camera tricks are "cheating".
 
2014-03-28 01:55:16 PM  
What a composite of Cris Angel and David Blaine might look like.

www.metro.us
 
2014-03-28 01:56:15 PM  

paleryder69: The best Penn and Teller fool us bit I saw was a french guy did a trick with some cards and a box. At the end Penn says we are pretty sure the box is the key part of the trick and we want to see inside it. They guy opens the box and there in big letters is NO. Yep he stumped em.


There was also the pair that purposely misdirected them by throwing in a fake switch to their normal act.
 
2014-03-28 01:56:19 PM  
Wanna see a magic trick?
lissasimonson.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-28 08:11:34 PM  

SpectroBoy: What a composite of Cris Angel and David Blaine might look like.

[www.metro.us image 850x566]


Yes. Fans of magic should see this movie.
 
2014-03-28 10:18:08 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: trappedspirit: Somebody, I'm not saying who, but somebody sounds jelly of Criss Angel and David Copperfield.

Cris Angel has a really low rated show in Vegas. You know why? Because the magic is all video editing and stooges. Anyone with a copy of Final Cut Pro could do his tricks, and you can't do non-linear editing on real life. Real magicians can't stand him because he creates entirely unrealistic expectations of what's possible.


I'm not saying it was the bittersweet taste of sour grapes that was the first thing to come to mind after reading this post.  I'm just nodding my head and saying 'uhuh'
 
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