1. Bruce says

    It is well established that magicians prefer to perform for professors rather than for kids, because the profs are good at forming strong conventional expectations of what is happening. Kids don’t know what to expect. So the profs can thus be better misled and better surprised by a trick. Kids might not realize what they should have expected.
    So, I think this chimp is old enough to have clear expectations of reality, more like a prof than like a little kid.

  2. sonofrojblake says


    @2: how it works is a locked-off camera, some hand-held shake added afterwards, and three separate shots of the enclosure. A clean plate (no apes in shot), a shot of the dude doing his thing, and a completely separate shot of the ape removing the card from the glass… the card that was hanging there all along, but painted out of the shot. I’d normally not want to spoil the magic, but if it’s a camera trick -- and that’s all that is -- then it doesn’t really deserve to be kept secret. Camera tricks suck.

    @1: if anyone ever tells you they making a living doing magic tricks at kids’ birthday parties, give them ultimate respect -- that is one of the hardest things I’ve ever seen anyone do. It’s leagues above anything Penn & Teller do (and I say that as a big fan of P&T). Just controlling, much less entertaining such an audience, and surprising them when they’ve not formed expectations properly, is an incredible art and terribly underrated. I mean it’s not sulphur mining or crab fishing, but you know what I mean.

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