Genuine or fake?


Maria C sent me this great performance by fab juggler Mat Ricardo doing the old ‘tablecloth off table’ stunt, but with a great twist…

So, the question is… the latter part of the performance genuine?


24 comments on “Genuine or fake?

  1. Why wouldn’t it be real? Seems like the same physics principle at work for both.

  2. Seen him do it live, it’s real

  3. Julie says:

    I’m not sure if it’s this guy or not but I’ve seen the stunt done live twice recently . So- I’d say genuine

  4. Paul Moyse says:

    All the objects on the table have curved bases, making the trick possible and real.

  5. It looks real but I’d love you to tell us it’s fake and show us how it was done πŸ™‚

  6. sushey says:

    As you can see, all the smaller objects are put together on big plates. I could imagine them being glued on, none the less I think it is quite possible to do the stunt as you see it on the video.

  7. Yes, I’ve seen him twice he’s great!

  8. Lazy T says:

    the latter part has got to be false, marketing by insurance companies is usually a pile of bunkum!
    the earlier tablecloth stuff looks like a slick skilled trick tho’

  9. Zebulon Pike says:

    I don’t doubt it’s real.

    But I have to address the people who are claiming it’s real because they seen him do it live. Have you ever seen David Copperfield live?

  10. girlonthenet says:

    The company who made the ad has posted another video – showing him doing it over and over again. It’s a bloody lovely trick! I say genuine:

  11. darioringach says:

    Aren’t the laws of physics time reversible? πŸ™‚

  12. It looks genuine to me. You see how he prepares the sheet for putting it back, getting the edge flat on the table. It looks like the crocks might have rounded bottoms to make it easier as well. I bet it took a lot of practice.

  13. I’m afraid it’s real, monkeys!

    No magnets or other gimmicks, no things glued to trays, just practice and a lot of broken china in the early days!

    been doing it as the finale to one of my acts for about 20 years now, and yeah, it’s also me on that insurance ad – sorry about that..
    For a while I used to finish by pulling it off, and after a couple of years you start to think think “How would I top that..?” and then you spend wayyy to long working out if putting it back would be possible, and if it is then how would you do it etc etc..

    In my business it’s nice to have something completely unique, so there it is – my signature trick! Glad you all like it!

    Mat Ricardo

  14. Gail says:

    real, anything like that can be done right with practise

  15. I see Mr Ricardo has beaten me to it. (Lovely bloke – never met him.) But here’s a recording of the trick performed live in the Southbank:

  16. Dan says:

    Very nice Matt. Original idea and masterfully executed.

  17. joshthelegend says:

    I saw him on the first day of the edinburgh festival 2011, so I’ve seen him do it.

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