June 4, 2013 by kittynh
I know one good magic trick. I learned it from my brother, who learned it as part of a skit when he was a boy scout.
I was surprised when attending the first TAM (The Amazing Meeting) that James Randi performed this same trick! I’ve seen him perform it many times since then, but he does it with a twist, and better, than I have ever been able to do.
Randi performs his trick with his wrist tied, and right in front of everyone! Here are photographs of him performing this escape trick while on a JREF cruise to the Caribbean.
SO WHAT ABOUT MY VERSION?
I performed my version at the TAM talent show (now sadly no longer a part of The Amazing Meeting). My assistant was the ever charming Susie Lee. Two totally unknown to me volunteers from the audience volunteered to help.
if you dare… watch and see if you can see how Randi, and Susie Lee, escape. It should be noted, we only practiced this trick ONCE (which is why there was a missed cue and I had to keep talking a little too long!). I think, for only doing one run through, it went well. The sheet was a mess as the floor backstage was a mess! Susie is the best assistant ever, and I have no clue who those men are. My friend Natalie played the PETA lady,and was wonderful to go along with my “hey want to be in a magic act?” suggestion. Let’s face it there is a reason people living in 5 different states do not make the best magic team, but we had a blast
Also if you have the opportunity, attend TAM. While there is no longer a “talent show” there is plenty of magic. Randi himself always pulls off a few tricks, let’s just say no silverware is safe from bending if he is around, and even Mac King himself might show up if just to hang around. That is if he’s ever recovered from being a judge. He probably still has nightmares.
- Impress Your Friends With These 10 Magic Tricks (mashable.com)
- Dos and Don’ts of Magic Tricks (magic-tricks.knowledge-pool.com)
- Back From the Northeast… (randi.org)
- Mac King Proves Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last (gayguidevegas.com)