View Full Version : Dynamo, magician - How does he do it ?
10th Jul 2012, 18:59
I've taken to watching this chap do his tricks and whilst some are definitely by sleight of hand there are some that just leave me scratching my head as to how he does them. One that really 'cooks my noodle' to paraphrase a film quote, is where he takes someone's mobile phone (iPhone) and then takes a beer bottle off someone else, often emptying the last dregs of liquid, and then holding bottle in one hand and phone in other, slaps them together and just like that (Tommy Cooper voice :}) the phone is inside the bottle and the amazed bystanders then ring the phone to confirm that it's one and the same......
Anyone else seen this/these trick(s) ? ANy ideas as to how he does it ? :confused: I was at a posh party at the weekend where one of the entertainers was a children's magician, but even sitting in front of him whilst he did his act, it was so difficult to see how he did the tricks, but then again, maybe I'm not the brightest button.
10th Jul 2012, 19:22
The obvious answer is he takes a phone from a henchman in the crowd,switches the empty one for a one with a phone already in it that he causes to ring by pressing a button in his pocket,one tother hand he could be using real magic.
That Paul Daniels is a arseole of the first water but he was a brilliant slight of hand operator,saw him pull a folded brown paper bag out of his pocket unfold it blow in as if to burst it as one does, then reach into it and pull a full pint of beer out,how the bloody hell did he do that? :uhoh:
10th Jul 2012, 21:06
Not sure if you've seen this Dynamo character, but he does a lot in the street. He has a new programme on Sky. He did a new take on the phone in a bottle trick last night.
He took a phone from a girl, and a bottle from a bloke. He said he would show them how he did the trick.
Using sleight of hand, he 'shrank' the phone (part of his patter as to how it gets in the bottle). He then held the phone to the bottle, shook them and the phone ended up in the bottle, full size. He then asked another in the group of friends (again this trick was done in the street) to ring the girly... the mobile in the bottle then started to ring...
This is the chap who once sent a box to the BBC then told Greg James a few days later (Radio one DJ) to go out and buy a newspaper (any one) and to find a story on it he liked. He was to circle the story.
Dynamo then arrived for an interview. The box stayed in the posession of the Greg James' assistant during the interview. At the end, Dynamo asked him (James) to show him the newspaper story he had chosen. He then left the studio telling them, as he left, to open the box.
Inside was a sheet of A4 with a handrawn representation of the story Greg James had chosen from a random paper, along with skethes of the 2 photos in the story, along with other side stories on the same page...
The guy is a very clever trickster, and worth a look... His new series is currently running on Sky. Whilst you can see the trickery on a few of his tricks (or at least see the prop), the majority are breathtaking, all the more so as it is street magic, and unless a total set-up, there is no obvious room for deceit...
Sir George Cayley
10th Jul 2012, 22:30
You have to separate magicians from illusionists.
Magicians hold supernatural powers so what they do is the same as someone playing the piano when you can't get a note out of it. In other words what they do is easy for them; they probably can't understand why everyone can't do tricks. Magicians are boring as are uncles who think kids believe they can steal your nose.
On the other hand illusionists are mind-bendingly incredible. Penn & Teller are not magicians. They are clever accomplished illusionists with a masters degree in distraction, forcing and something else I'm not allowed to tell you.
So where does Dynamo fit in? Well I think he's a magician masquerading as an illusionist.:)
And with that I disap...........................
10th Jul 2012, 22:42
Further to the above comments, I too am fascinated watching this guy. In the show that was on tonight, he held a coin in his hand against a glass, and (apparently) the glass became so hot in his hand that the coin left an impression in the 'molten' glass!
Similarly, in front of bunch of onlookers, he held his hand on the front of a glass showcase in a shop, and (again apparently) got the glass so hot that it left an impression of his hand in the glass!
However he does it (and like lots of others, I would love to know how) he is a very clever and accomplished performer.
11th Jul 2012, 00:41
Never believe what you see on telly. :rolleyes:
11th Jul 2012, 00:57
Never believe what you see on telly.
Or indeed, anywhere else...
12th Jul 2012, 21:32
I've just sat through an hour of him doing his stuff in Rio de Janeiro and some of them were nigh on impossible to stage beforehand, he really does seem to have quite an ability. To see him doing his trick in front of hoards of kids from the favela with no razzamatazz was very cute.
14th Jul 2012, 22:11
The basic technique is often surprisingly straightforward, its making it look slick,flawless & convincing that takes skill and a lot of practice. (Much like piloting really!) Its the same with the psychological trickery used by people such as Derren Brown.
Most tricks/illusions are variations and adaptions of others, using one or more of the "core" techniques.
15th Jul 2012, 07:16
Years ago before he was on the box, he mainly performed at private functions. Friend of mine said he did one trick with a 50p piece
Laid it in the palm of his hand, put his thumb over it and turned his hand upside down
Counted to 5
Turned his hand over, 50p gone
That simple and clean. My friend was 1ft away
15th Jul 2012, 18:59
He is from Bradford, did he make the whites disappear?