Friday, February 15, 2008

, originally uploaded by Dai Vernon.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

HD Video Review

Oct. 2, 2007 6:00PM - Practice Footage City Walk

Testing 24P Settings in HD nice looking top change

Oct. 3, 2007 3:38PM - Polly in living room cameo

Jan. 29, 2008 6:45PM - Practice Footage City Walk

Silk Vanish and reproduction

Jan. 31, 2008 2:24PM - Vegas Trip

On the Fly a way bus to LAX

7:09PM at the MGM in the room with Harvey Weinstein

Shot out the hotel window

7:38PM Will Waxler in room with Farley and Harvey

Feb. 1, 2008 12:17AM After dinner, locksmith working on safe in our room

Feb. 1, 2008 9:53AM Farley talks about snoring and pussy.

Feb. 1, 2008 6:34PM Steve Weinstein arrives

Feb. 2, 2008 4:07PM Day shots of Vegas Construction

Feb. 2, 2008 4:58PM Sushi lunch at the MGM

Feb. 3, 2008 1:21PM Will Talks to Sheldon re gambling

Feb. 3, 2008 2:50PM Woody Weinstein before the Super Bowl Party

Feb. 3, 2008 4:34PM Harv. @ SB Party

Giants Win over Patriots 17-14 GREAT GAME

Feb. 4, 2008 11:13AM Breakfast with Woody, Will, Conrad, Harv & Steve Ostrow. Bagels, lox and a bowl of fresh berries.

Feb. 4, 2008 2:05PM in back of Limo the MGM provided for our trip back to the airport.

Feb. 5, 2008 7:36PM Guest Magician at City Walk Simon from the UK

Feb. 6, 2008 6:20PM - Practice Footage City Walk

Cups and Balls using my Riser Traditional Cups for the first time. Real nice cups. and my chops on the money, no flashes! Vanishes look good. Timing good (working to music) not rushing. Pausing for each individual effect to register. Penetration sequence looks good. Sound system powering over piped in City Walk Music pretty good. Added a 4th lemon to my load sequence. Small flash on second load.

Feb. 6, 2008 6:49PM - City Walk Sunset, beautiful

Quick D-Way Practice footage x 4

Feb. 7, 2008 2:01PM - Hollywood & Highland Practice Footage (Quick D-Way)

Kid does a funny impression of me. (will post)

Feb. 7, 2008 8:47PM Polly gives Kirsten a haircut

Feb. 8, 2008 3:15PM Polly and walk at Hansen Dam

Shots of golfers . Beautiful winter day in the Valley. Nice mountain shots and my girl.

Feb. 9, 2008 5:15PM Alfie working City Walk x2

Alfie had a bit part in the movie “The Prestige”. He was the magician who vanished the birdcage by killing the canary.

Let him use my sound system for better audio on the video. Is this me in 20 years?

He does a few card tricks followed by the bunny trick and finishes with “The Professors Nightmare”.

One girl in his audience on her cell phone the entire time. . . unbelievable.

Feb. 10, 2008 6:20PM Practice Footage City Walk

I get a crowd in less than 2 minutes. Silk vanish and reproduction, multiple (6) card selection. Textbook crowd building.

WORST angle for Le Paul’s Spread Pass. Horrible!

Coin routine to music.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

surpreenda-me, originally uploaded by fabriniart.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Amy Winehouse • Valerie

Amy Winehouse • Back to Black

Amy Winehouse -You Know I'm No Good

Buster Keaton, originally uploaded by The Real Devil Doll.

Life is good

So relaxed. Surrounded by beauty and love. A stringent routine of daily chillaxing, cigar in hand, enjoying the sunshine and palm & fruit trees.

Had a good week at work. The weekend panned out nicely and my sets were well received. Shot some video of Alfie on Saturday. Might post it. I like shooting other magicians. I know where all the shots should be. Where to pull in tight, where to go 3/4 and most important when to get the reaction shot, hopefully with the magician in the frame.

On an Amy Winehouse kick. Great music with a 60’s Motown retro feel. Really a talented artist. Shame she’s such a train wreck. But there is an undeniable fascination to watching someone spin out of control.

Going to Aye Jaye’s house Wednesday night to play poker with a bunch of magicians. Sounds like fun to me.

Not too much to report on. Been shooting practice footage of Dingle’s Quick D-Way. I used to do the trick years ago. Tried doing it at a session not long ago and totally chocked on it. All those damn pinky pull downs where making me look like a rank amateur. So, I’ve decided to work it back into shape focusing on “tension” in the hands. Video is always very telling. I like to shoot it from about 5 different angles. Pretty happy with the way it’s looking and feeling. Been throwing it in during my crowd gathering sequence. Nice trick. I always liked Dingle’s construction of an effect as well as diabolical handling. After dinner one night in Vegas, I performed “Out Flushed” and really nailed it. Gambler vs Magician discussion with a bunch of real gamblers made the trick even more relevant. Another $240 bottle of wine was uncorked and the magic of life continued.