Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It is April. In celebration of this blogs two year existence, the whole month will be winner time. Only the coolest and best members of our elite circle of nerds will be featured.
Today: Jean-Pierre Vallarino!
Back in 1991 he was closeup champion of France. And part of the reason was the main structure of the act. An effect flurry. Here is the act:
Since then he has gotten old. And many people have told me that his speed has slowed down and the original beauty is not in the act anymore. So I guess any artist faced with such problem needs to reinvent himself. Well in a way he has. Now he sells his own versions of classic card plots giving them the typical Vallarino style:
His magic hardly needs any words. It is visual, beautiful and more and more deceptive. In the past he decided to fool the eye. Now it is all about fooling the mind. And that is a good thing.
I have seen many older magicians who were successful in their younger days. And for some reason they cannot do the same act. Most of the time because the act was not timeless and has aged. And they you see those magicians still doing it because they did not reinvent themselves. And that is a shame. Jean-Pierre Vallarino did it. He is cool. His magic is cool. And he has shown me that magic can be still cool when performed by an old man.
PS. I know that Jean-Pierre is not that old, but dude... he has aged drastically.