Genuine or fake? You decide!


This video was posted on Magic Week at the weekend….

Is it a real magic trick or all down to CGI? You decide!



25 comments on “Genuine or fake? You decide!

  1. Roland says:

    He has other videos where he conjures up a full french baguette. It’s either pretty good CGI or a very good illusionist

  2. Mike says:

    The woman who ‘mysteriously’ pops up from behind the advert at about 16secs gives it away. she obviously passed the kitten to him. Good though.

  3. George munro says:

    It’s your perspective trick again! The cat has clearly been produced from behind the sign in her background, the top being more distant than the bottom.

    • Brian B says:

      Now that you pointed it out, it seems like the most logical explanation to me.

    • Gib says:

      But the camera is handheld so you get various perspectives on the sign. It all looks legit to me. If it was locked-off, then I could understand…..

    • George munro says:

      Yep, I think its still possible though. CGI would be too much of a cop out. If its merely digital manipulation, it’s not worth doing!

  4. Garry says:

    It’s CGI

  5. bigdoggy says:

    I reckon it’s a video ‘wipe’. Look just above the eyebrow of the woman’s face in the poster and you’ll see it glitch back into line as his hand moves.

  6. Anders says:

    I don’t think you need CGI for a trick like that, but you do need a very still cat

  7. Dharmaruci says:

    asking if something is real or if it is cgi is to be asking the wrong question,

    it is like asking if the (eg) number nine really exists in the universe or is it just in our minds? our mines exist in the universe so thus the things that exist in our minds ALSO exist in the universe.

    to be sure of the point. cgi is real as it exists.

  8. Emma says:

    Well, you can’t see what might be in his left hand. But I’m not sure of the significance of that, if any . . .

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ok…there is another possibility. There is a broad vertical black line on the poster, which does align with the guys hands and extends from the coffee cup. This could be an elastic strip, a lycra band with a slot in it, or perhaps neoprene, which can close up behind anything that is passed through it. The camera and hands are aligned so that they conceal the strip for a moment during the illusion.
    The girl who pops in to video behind the poster could be passing a device like a tube with the cat stuffed in it, which the magician conceals by his hands and reaches into the tube and pulls the cat up and out etc.

    This would need a gimicked glass shop front window, photoshop, neoprene, a tube gimmick, lots of repeats to get the precise right angle for video shot and a number of stooges. I therefore still think it is CGi.

  10. Garry Thomas says:

    I didn’t mean to be anonymous

  11. Ken Haley says:

    I say genuine. Looks like his right hand moves to his right (away from the camera and his left hand), as the camera moves in closer, allowing the left hand to conceal more. Right hand gets cat (from behind post and/or handed to him by helper?) then brings it back closer to left hand and finally up for us to see. Probably took more than one take to ensure everything was properly concealed.

  12. Michael Pearce says:

    Real magic. Using the power of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, he teleported the cat from the pet shop next door.

  13. Katie says:

    So cute!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Ken… Slight of hand and misdirection…

  15. Anonymous says:

    The poster/perspective explanation seems the most probable, however the door seems to be a solid piece of glass.

  16. One Eyed Jack says:

    A well known and genuine trick, just with a kitten this time.

    No need for CGI here.

  17. Gustav says:

    This is how it’s done:

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