vendredi 5 février 2010

The Razor Blades Trick

Barry & Stuart are presenting a classic and awesome trick, the razor blade illusion. It was part of the Derren Brown show in 3D (see past post). Their presentation is flawless and funny as usual. Hope you enjoy it !



You can watch their crazy previous one on stage and on TV here.

mardi 2 février 2010

Magic Tuesday : Things To Learn ...

... AND NOT TO FORGET !

Travail d’animation de Paul Postma sur des illustrations de l’artiste néerlandais Christian Borstlap destinée logiciel forex à l’association de charité “Kinderpostzegels”


Simple et Efficace !

Magic iPad

Its only been a week Steve Jobs officially launched the iPad (watch here) and many people wonder if the product is going to sell and how it is going to be used. Is it revolutionary or is it just another format ?
I believe that after you watched the video just down below, you might start to understand how brands, labels, publishers and many more will be able to create innovative content and addictive experiences. This video is just the beginning of what you will be able to do with a tablet PC. Do we already live in the Future ?

Collaboration of The Wonderfactory and Time, Inc

lundi 1 février 2010

Winter X Games 2010

Il y avait Shaun White mais aussi tous les autres. Voici donc quelques vidéos des médailles d'or pour se rendre compte du niveau aujourd'hui. C'est vraiment mortel !








Merci John !

Shaun White @ Winter X Games 2010

Pour bien commencer la semaine et la saison, voici une vidéo de Shaun White pour vous montrer comment gérer le half-pipe en snowboard. Il maîtrise et c'est tout simplement déconcertant. Et superbe !!!

jeudi 28 janvier 2010

Apple Lance ...

Je vous avais parlé début janvier de l'iSlate, le dernier joujou d'Apple qui devait sortir sous peu. Il y avait de nombreuses rumeurs qui cicrculaient mais ca y est, Steve Jobs a présenté le dernier produit d'Apple il y a seulement quelques jours (voire hier).
Prenez un iPhone, étirez le dans tous les sens en gardant son épaisseur et vous obtenez l'iPad.
Je vous laisse découvrir ça dans la vidéo ci-dessous :



MADTV avait déjà pensé à ce nom pour une parodie sur l'iPod mais ça reste d'actualité et j'adore :

mercredi 27 janvier 2010

Bluff : Magic is An Art

Ca sort début février et ça risque de faire du bruit. Un set de 3 DVD, réalisé par des connaissances et amis magiciens, je ne pouvais pas ne pas en parler sur le blog.
En plus, j'adore l'esprit du trailer (... et des précédents aussi). J'ai hâte de voir ça dans sa totalité.
Je vous laisse regarder le trailer pour que vous ayez toutes les infos et pour la beauté de la réalisation vidéo.

mardi 26 janvier 2010

Magic Tuesday : Bicycle Cards

C'est mardi magie et aujourd'hui nous allons parlé de ces cartes que beaucoup de magiciens utilisents : les Bicycle. Richard Wiseman a en plus repris un article concernant 10 choses dont vous ne soupconniez pas l'existence à propos des cartes à jouer.




Ces cartes sont magiques quand elles sont correctement manipulées. En effet, la magie est dans les mains du magicien et non dans les cartes. Cependant, après avoir travaillé des heures et heures, des jours et des jours, avec des cartes de cette qualité, les magiciens développent un touché qu'il est bon de rééditer avec les mêmes cartes. J'ai toujours été fasciné par les nombreuses possibilités offertes par les cartes. UN paquet de 52 cartes que l'on peut diviser en X paquets de cartes toutes distinctes ; les possibilités de flourish, de tours de magie sont simplement illimitées ... en plus, ça n'exige pas de piles !

Ici, une vidéo de la fabrication d'un "nouveau" deck : les Arcanes qui sont sortis il y a quelques mois déjà.




1. The Largest Producer of Playing Cards
The United States Playing Card Company (USPC), located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the world’s largest producer of playing cards. The company was founded in 1867. USPC vends over 100,000,000 decks of playing cards annually.

2. When Were Playing Cards First Used?
The first recorded account of their use was in the Orient, sometime in the 12th century. The Chinese replaced their bone or ivory playing cards (tiles) they used to play the game of Dominos with, with a heavy paper kind of playing cards.

3. Where Did the Four Suits Originate From?
The Middle East. The suits started out as being coins, cups, swords and sticks. These suits evolved into today’s playing card suits with the coins now being diamonds; the cups, which stood for “love”, turning into hearts; the spades replaced the swords, and the sticks are now clubs.

4. How French Court Cards Got Their Faces
The court cards were originally designed to look like, actual historical figures. The King of Hearts was Charlemagne; the King of Diamonds was Julius Caesar; the King of Clubs was Alexander the Great, and the King of Spades was King David from the Holy Bible.

5. Why Does The Ace of Spades Look So Different?
Playing cards was a popular form of entertainment in France. The rulers saw a way to make more money by taxing the Ace of Spades, and only that card in the deck. Aces were given the most open space so they could be stamped showing that the tax had been paid.

6. They’re Not Playing With a Full Deck!
To avoid paying the tax that was tacked onto the Ace of Spades, people wouldn’t buy that card when they bought a deck of playing cards. So, they were playing traditional games that required using 52 cards with only 51. It was said they weren’t “playing with a full deck” or they were foolish for doing so.

7. What Do the Patterns on Card Backs Mean?
Each card manufacturer has their own unique pattern they place on their cards. The normal colors you’ll see these patterns printed in are red and blue.

8. Building A House of Cards
Bryan Berg has turned this pastime into a career. He earned the Guinness World Record for the “world’s tallest card tower” in 1992. Since then, Berg has won even more honors for building higher towers. His highest to date measured 25 feet, 3.5 inches. Bryan Berg used 2,400 decks of playing cards to build this huge tower with.

9. Playing Cards Assisted American Prisoners Escape During the War
Specially-constructed decks were sent to American soldiers who were being held in German
camps during World War II. The United States Playing Card Company collaborated with the government in the production of these cards. Once they became wet, they peeled apart. Inside, the prisoners found parts of maps that would lead them to freedom.

10. The Ace of Spades Assisted the U.S. Troops in Vietnam
In 1966, when the Vietnam War was raging on, two United States lieutenants contacted the United States Playing Card Company. The two officers wanted decks of playing cards that consisted of nothing more than Aces of Spades. The aces were used as part of a psychological
warfare against the Viet Cong. You see, when the French used cards to foretell the future, the Aces of Spades forewarned of death. The Viet Cong were superstitious, and just seeing this card made them fearful. Thousands of Aces of Spades were dispersed throughout the jungles to
make the enemy leave in fear.

Et enfin, juste pour le plaisir :

lundi 25 janvier 2010

TED : Jazz Magic

Some good classic magic tricks in music. Nice !

Marty Ashby and Paul Gertner Executive Producer of MCG Jazz Magician Jazz Magic.

mercredi 20 janvier 2010

3, 2, 1 ! Balance le son

DJ Magic aux platines. Une ovation svp !!!

David Blaine @ TED (2)

I already posted an article about David Blaine's speech at TED (1) but the full video eventually came out so here it is :


I know it has been a week filled with David Blaine's news and I think it is a good thing. I wonder what is his next feat but I heard it would happen with sharks and it will happen in 2010. I'll keep you updated anyway.

mardi 19 janvier 2010

Magic Tuesday : David Blaine for Haiti and The Red Cross






If you want to know more about David Blaine, check the previous post or the one about his story.

dimanche 17 janvier 2010

Haiti Magic for Hope and Donations

David Blaine will be performing magic on Times Square for 72 hours straight without sleeping. He is also asking for your donations to the American Red Cross, which will be used for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, on his website.

This video is an excerpt of one of his show where he went to perform street magic there to locals.

Buck Twins Sunday for Fashion


Magicians and flourishers, Dan and Dave Buck, participated in creating an eye-candy that would visually attract attention and create buzz for English Laundry’s new product line without the aid of a mannequin.

samedi 16 janvier 2010

Eureka


Adult and Having Fun !