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

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

  2. 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. 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.

    1. 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…..

    2. 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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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