Wednesday, February 16, 2011
WMF Sathya Sai Baba
There is a chance you have heard of Sathya Sai Baba. If not here is the short version. Sathya Sai Baba is an Indian Guru called a godman his devotees. He does miracles. Such as producing ashes from his fingertips and producing several small palmable objects from his hands. But before I rant... here is a video clip to lighten up the mood.
Now that you've been blessed by his divinity... Sathya Sai Baba is a lousy magician.
In the next video you will see him producing a golden necklace (about 40 seconds in) his steal sucks. He totally didn't watch his angles.
The second trick is the ash production (around 2:30). His finger clip palm is not that bad, but his movement as he crushes the ash pill lacks total motivation, therefore telegraphing the audience that he did something sneaky. Those things can be avoided. For example: He could crush the pill as he points to his heart. That would be angle proof too and motivated. Just saying. He steals the pills from under a bunch of papers in his other hand. A holder would be much better. It would even allow for much bigger loads, ergo much bigger miracles.
The third trick is the regurgitation trick. Effect: A drink is taken then spilled from the mouth into a towel and in the towel is now a golden egg. (about 5:20) I am not sure weather the godman showed the towel to be empty before but having it in the lap, under the table is not good magic. Instead I would, have maybe a golden shell in the mouth. He could load the shell into his mouth as he takes the drink. His tongue would go into the shell so it cannot move around much. The egg shape helps a lot. Then he could push out his tongue (imagine the inner joy he could have as he is seducing the masses he kind of flips them of at the same time) and it would look like he regurgitated the egg. The a shuttle pass like move with the palmed real golden egg and he would have a convincing trick. The clean up would be done as he would be taking another drink.
Well he still has much more followers who believe his wonders than the average magician, proving once and for all. Showmanship is a great thing to have. Anyway for being a lousy magician Sathya Sai Baba is WMF.
BTW: I like what they are doing:
EDIT: His title has been revoked. He is dead now, he cannot possibly fail anymore. I do not believe in reincarnation, ergo I think the revoking is just.