Wow! Ning & I got tremendous response and feedback for our first illusion slot on the new Ch8 variety show, “翱翔万里伍星夜 or Five Stars Carnival”
Many people watched it and our act was actually chosen by the producers to open the show. We chose two illusions to kick off the 5-episode series – one being our now-trademark “Crystal Metamorphosis” illusion. This is the speed of execution of our illusion now and magicians have commented how fast the “metamorphosis” is.
I just wished the panel director had listened to my advice and maintained a long short till after the curtain is dropped. This would have been a much better visual effect for the TV audience.
Stan Allen, editor of MAGIC Magazine, commented in his editorial recently how TV directors don’t understand the concept of continuity for a magic effect. They cut to close-ups at the wrong moment or to the audience. It is very true!
I did stress to the director of the importance of the type of shot needed but unfortunately, he did not heed the advise altogether for this first episode. We actually shot 3 takes of this act and this was the best. All our takes were perfect except for that the shot selection by the director which was mixed on the spot with a visual mixer broke continuity of the critical magic moments. The good news, he finally concurred, and the next four episodes will not have this visual-continuity issue.
This first episode still looked awesome and I’m glad we could showcase the high level of homegrown illusion on primetime TV!
Someone uploaded the performance to YouTube! Thanks for that 🙂
Watch it below or on YouTube here.