posted on Sep, 26 2011 @ 10:15 AM
I couldn't see the first vid, as the link is blocked...but on the AGT video, it's obviously one of the human torso guys... There's one often on the
Jerry Springer show. I sometimes wonder how these guys live with so much body missing, but they do.
Neatly done visual trick though... There was another magician on AGT this year, that was really good. I had to actually watch some of his tricks 3
times before figuring out how they were done, and that rarely happens. Simply put, there are a few basic trick elements that are then worked into an
illusion, and it's the "packaging" and show around the trick that really makes the illusion entertaining.
Some of the basics are the use of twins (especially for the disappear here, reappear here tricks), the use of compartments that are made to look
smaller (to hide an assistant, or part of an assistant...using ridges, black paint, forced perspective to look smaller than they are), trap doors
(especially for disappearing acts), distraction (to move something or someone usually), etc.
However, takes real skill to get the timing right, do things quickly, and "sell" an illusion, even if you can figure out how it's done, and that's
one of the things I appreciate in watching good magic.