To them it LOOKED like Metamorphosis. Because it was clothed to look like Metamorphosis.
I always thought Metamorphosis is just the effect, the part of the illusion people can see. Thus to disappear and reappear as fast as possible, whether it's done by getting caged in a box and reappearing on top of it, or with a cloth in a different way.
What I mean is that I thought, when it looks like metamorphosis, then it is- and the method, everything what happens out of view, is up to the magician, but doesn't change the illusion or the definition of it. Isn't an illusion almost always named after the effect?
Thanks clarissa, I learned something new today, though I'm still far away from understanding everything...
I don't get why different ways to do an illusion with the same visual effect are defined as different illusions. Of course that makes sense when it's discussed by magicians who know the details, but for the audience is only important what they see.
In My opinion, the method Used does matter. The Pendragons held a record, for doing Metamorphosis, exactly as Harry Houdini did it, Only a edited of a LOT faster. THAT is what the record was for.
Anyone can do it in half a second the way Criss did. Fact is, that if all that is being judged is the effect it is Possible to do the effect is...say 1/10th of a second. But then you tip the gaff to the audience.
They will see through it as fast as any of us do it.
While I can understand that all the audience sees IS the effect, and to them they are BOTH the same effect. To say " This Magician Holds the world's Record for THIS Illusion." well, every magician that has done it, has done it exactly as Harry Houdinin did it, just faster. It's Not about whether it is smoke..... or a cloth.... That is irrelevant.
The Method is not about smoke or a cloth. In my opinion the reason to use smoke is that that way, it is easier to hide cut edits than with a cloth.
I am sure that to get the world record he did not use a cut edit, since it is Possible to do it extremely fast without one. But for a TV show... I think he would use a cut edit that way he can do it at a leasurely pace, and not have to rush...in other words... the TV audience assumes since he can do it realllly fast in person they are getting the same treatment. I think his TV audience is gettin Gypped.
Sorry, I don't like Crissy.... I think he has a nasty a**ed attitude, and he has arrogance not backed up by skill, he has fallen into the easy trap of using camera edits and stooges for all his telivised performances.
Fact is, if I were looking for camera editing, I'd watch a Star Wars Movie. Not his magic show.