Hi everyone i am new here...I am 29 and been doing magic since age 7. I like david alot. He has changed the way I perform magic to a point. He re-defined magic with his walk around street effects. The only thing I did not like at first was, he seemed to lack personality and surprise in his effects, as well as his monotonical voice. I was always use to seeing magicians being very cheerful,vibrant, and surprised by their own works. I looked deeper, and saw the genius of his act. How he portrays his effects as demonic, and wants to freak you out.
Making the audience no longer think of you as a magician doing a trick, but a real miracle worker right in front you in plain clothes. Trick that comes to mind: After the girl wrote the name down(chris) on the pad, and it appeared at the conclusion of the effect on his stomach burnt in ashes, he puts his hand on her chest and says, "he will always be there for you" looking intently in her eyes...that was amazing showmanship, whether that effect was legit or setup.
You could tell as he turned away half smiling he was proud of the work he just done. Yes i saw the edits of the levitation, as well as the tongue pierce, but i also saw his sheer slight of hand and amazing misdirection ability in a street full of thugs. He is a very calm and cool customer out there. Yes he does lack build up in some effects, as well as seeming surprised, and also rushing some tricks too much, but overall he is a great performer and showman. Very proficient with cards, and for any sleights he lacks in, he makes up for in misdirection.
With tv, editing is always gonna be there, and you will never know for sure what is real or set up, however you can see when great slight of hand and manipulation is being done. Only advanced magicians will see it and appreciate it, cuz they been down that road of countless hours of practice for one little sleight as i have many many hours. I enjoyed the card jump between the aces as an example, after the one hand cut. I have pulled it off, but it is not easy. Also we all have our own ways, and methods. Sometimes i perform exactly like him, and it is fun. Especially when you just look at someone blank then walk away. lol I don't really care for his endurance feats, as long as he is showing his walk around magic the way it was meant to be. he showed that good old classic magic never dies, and is possible in any conditions.
Well i posted long enough for a first post, but that is my 2 cents. this is the first non first person shooter i ever posted in, as well as my first magic forum, and i been doing magic 22 years on and off lol. Thanks penguin, and i hope to be a long term customer
first trick ordered: card-toon 2... I am looking forward to elaborating more on this great art!