Yesterday’s Cavett clip re-picqued my interest in scanning the interwebs for more interesting Dick Cavett Clips, and in my search I was surprised to discover that he has been blogging at the New York Times website for a few years now, often interspercing clips from his shows throughout.
Cavett was apparently both a junior champion gymnas and a magician in his youth (talk back too well rounded), and I discovered in that NYT blog a great column and accompaning clip of the late great italian Magician Slydini (who I too had never heard of).
What is interesting about Slydini (besides a clearly kick ass name) is that he did not generally allow his magic to be filmed as he felt it hurt the power and majesty of his tricks. But for Cavett, a sympathetic fellow magician, he made an exception. And thank goodness he did. What follows are some of the simplest yet most amazing (not to mention poetic examples of sleight of hand) tricks I’ve ever seen. In particular, I was impressed by the coin tricks in the second clip, where his slight of hand is so amazing he literally makes the coins vanish before our eyes.
and this was shot by PBS in 1977, so no CGI here: