Thursday, August 26, 2010

addendum

Should magic be convincing, should Dan Sperry be a Magic failure? Yes...

Here is why: What drives a magician to be on TV? What drives a magician to be in a Talent Show that is on TV? Need for admiration? Maybe! The challenge? Possibly! Hope for more bookings! Yes! A sound argument to ask for a much higher fee? Hell yeah!

Are there other reasons? I cannot think of any. Please enlighten me! Why did Dan Sperry take part in "America's got Talent"?

To get famous of course... But why in the world is he going through such a system? TV is a bitch we all know it. We all know that the show is fake. That the possible winners are planned ahead, that the audience gives standing ovations if a big sign tells them to do it. It was planned that Sperry would fail. He had no chance. But he decided to go through the system anyway. And that is "fail"!

Hardly any magic withstands the scrutiny of a camera. Unless it is specifically designed to be performed on TV. That dental floss thing was good. Certainly no talent was involved in that routine, but it plays well and was a good choice. That arm cutter thing... well it was not a good choice.

Yes, the arm looked fake. There should have been a lot of blood to cover it. And yes, Justin from iTricks is right. I don't know what went on behind the curtains of the show. Maybe he was not allowed to use blood. Maybe technical difficulties made it impossible to do that. But whatever the reason was. The lack of blood, made the trick weak. Too weak to cause a reaction.

Piers Morgan correctly stated that magic should be convincing. If it would be about imagining and letting go it would be a play of Peter Pan. If you cut out part of an arm, it better looks like you cut out part of an arm. And not like a "fake rubber thingy."

About character: What the hell is Dan Sperry trying to be? An emo, A clown, a goth? Or maybe something unique? Whatever may be the truth, he failed to get the point across.

Granted, the time he has on TV is really, really little. But others manage to do it. Maybe because the characters they try to show are less complex and much easier to grasp.

And this is perhaps how Dan Sperry fails the most, the lack of a clear character, paired with his shallow personality, that doesn't go beyond "Hi, I'm Dan."

Am I unfair towards Dan Sperry... Well yeah... That's the point. That is my character. I am the asshole. Easy to grasp, isn't it? This is rushed, and I am drunk, maybe I should have waited with this until tomorrow.

5 comments:

Stijn Hommes said...

"TV is a bitch we all know it. We all know that the show is fake. That the possible winners are planned ahead, that the audience gives standing ovations if a big sign tells them to do it. It was planned that Sperry would fail. He had no chance."

So that is where this failure comes from! You believe in the conspiracy theories surrounding those tv talent shows. Some evidence would be nice....

Yes, Sperry clearly failed with the sawn off hand, but is that really enough to award him a WMF? He's got a clear stage persona. An emo/goth doing bizarre/geek magic. Not hard to grasp at all.

I think you were too hasty to award Sperry there. Even the greats have fumbled up some things in their career. In my opinion only people who consistently fail should become WMF.

Sorry Sperry, you're not one of them.

Trickster said...

Your opinion differs to Roland's obviously, and it is his site and award. :)

Mike said...

Hmm,

Sperry, some old geezer doing naff tricks for his friends (and their dog) and some child exposing magic on the internet.

WMF is really going after some big hitters lately isn't it ?

Justin Robert Young said...

Good post Roland.

As to the behind the scenes drama, consider these points:

- Producers want to lock in your act and get it approved by the higher ups, you CAN perform whatever you want but the pressure is VERY high and can determine the slot you get in the show.

- Cooperation varies: for example Murray gets a train built from him and Dan had to guess about a good skin match for his prop.

- Live: there is a hard time limit for everything to go together, which makes things rough.

Bottom line: should Dan have done a safer act to avoid these problems? Possibly. Anyhow... all good fodder for debate...

Ultimagic said...

"So that is where this failure comes from! You believe in the conspiracy theories surrounding those tv talent shows. Some evidence would be nice...."

Some evidence from you to prove that it isn't would be nice as well.

Everyone knows that this show is a sham. Its the same with "Idol" and all of the shows like this. If you don't believe so, You have been duped. An thats exactly what they want.

Any idiot can see that these shows are built upon scripted scenarios. The whole voting thing gives an illusion of personal involvement to the audience and THATS why people watch. They feel as if they effect the outcome when in fact they don't. The whole voting farce is to provide conflict.

You know about the uses of conflict? Don't you?

Sperry knows of all this. And thats besides the fact that he did a shit show because he conformed to what he was told and that he just sold out big time.

WMF all the way Roland. Good call.