“Shawn performs with masses of energy, and child-like excitement, which was quite infectious.”
“It was a fabulous evening full of tricks and ideas, which could have gone on all night. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, but Shawn Farquhar had given us a real treat.”
I also saw a video today that was quite inspiring for those that think failure is a bad thing. I recall once being asked by a reporter just how many magic awards I had won over the years. I told that reporter that the question was not the right one to ask. That the number of wins was not as important as the number of times I lost! This video shows the other side of many famous folks who didn’t always succeed …
While on the subject of not being perfect. The greatest, without a doubt, magician with birds was Channing Pollock. I spent most of my youth day dreaming that one day I would be perfect like him. In fact he was billed as “the most beautiful man in the world”. Well in this classic video you may notice near the end he vanishes a bird … that doesn’t vanish. Channing never even blinks and goes ahead as if nothing has happened. His assistant even bends down and picks up the bird off the ground without flinching … in my humble opinion … perfect!
Here’s the full article from the Magic Circular … if you’re bored!
Monday 14 January 2008
A Lecture by Shawn Farquhar
by Paul Roffman
We were privileged to have an unannounced visit from the three-time award winner at FISM. He had been touring Spain and Portugal and a full theatre greeted our Canadian guest, Shawn Farquhar .
He began with a cup and balls routine with a difference; the cups ended up as solid pieces of metal. A good magicians’ trick but, as he said himself, the original works just as well with laymen as they do not know any difference and the surprises are as effective as ever.
This was followed by the use of an assistant for his next effect – me! I got to review this new (and unexplained) trick up close. A card was forced, I mean selected, signed and put back in the deck, which was placed in my hands. The deck then magically changed into a sealed deck, in new deck order, with my signed card in its appropriate numerical position.
Shawn performs with masses of energy, and child-like excitement, which was quite infectious. He talked about the real-world workings of his magic effects and the differences between working on stage, in trade shows and close-up. He utilizes inventive magic which is appropriate for each client. He talked about having four clients whom he worked with for nine years. In one example of inventive magic the effect incorporated a signed CD which could have either the emblem of the client or Shawn’s own details on it.
Another great example of this was his presentation of the Omni (clear, solid) deck which could also have the client’s details. In his explanation of this trick, which is in itself fabulous, he discussed the ins and outs of the deck switch and the various timings involved. He also discussed the importance in eliciting cheers and applause from your audience in walk-around situations in order to impress your effectiveness on your client or event organizer, even when they don’t actually see your magic during the evening.
The stand-out effect was something which he had performed for a very high end client. Shawn has performed an improved, and independently realized, version of Dan Harlan’s “Crazy Eights”, which Harlan himself thought was an improvement on his own trick.
A photo was signed on the bottom right corner, folded and torn into pieces. The pieces were put in the spectator’s hand and magically restored, only the quarters of the photo were in the wrong places and the signed part had moved impossibly to the top left corner.
It was a fabulous evening full of tricks and ideas, which could have gone on all night. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, but Shawn Farquhar had given us a real treat.