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Whatever Happened To Magic On TV?

Oh, there's some ...

 
 

POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 18/04/2017 @ 8:00AM

You don't get many magic acts on the TV these days, which is a real shame, but on Britain's Got Talent this week, they did have an act called DNA and jolly good they were too ...

DNA were pretty good and they wowed the audience and panel with their magic.

DNA were pretty good and they wowed the audience and panel with their magic.

copyright: itv / britain's got talent

I don't normally watch the programme. Well, when I say normally, I mean I have never watched it, but I was sent this link by a colleague who wanted to know how they did it.

Truth be told, the technique they used was one from music halls and variety shows years ago, so it just goes to prove that showmanship does survive, even if the music halls didn't.

That's not to say it's easy, as it's not, and to carry out this routine in the slick way they did takes many months of rehearsal and working together, but I'll say no more as one doesn't give away such good stuff, and anyway, I'd never fit it into a blog post, as it takes some explaining.

"But it has inspired some people to take an interest in magic and illusion again, and that can only be for the good."

So if you do come to one of my magic workshops, I'll give you a brief run down of how it was done (and the changing tee shirts which is easier) but don't think you'll go out doing the mentalism bit tomorrow, as you won't. It does take some doing.

In these days of gloom and despair over possible world wars, I suggest you take up a hobby to keep your mind off it all, and what better than a bit of magic?

A few of my friends are worried about world wars on Facebook, but my advice is just to ignore it. I've heard it all before, as you do when you get middle aged. And anyway if it does happen there's not much that we can do about it, and you may as well be doing a card trick as against worrying about it.

Ok, that's not the advice I would be giving to Trump, Putin, or the bloke from North Korea, but then it's unlikely that they'll be reading this. If they are, then I suspect we might be in trouble.

Hey ho. Keep the magic going! Someone has to cheer everyone up in these strange and unusual times.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.