Astonishing cigarette magic

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49 Responses to “Astonishing cigarette magic”

  1. Mister44 says:

    1) I love close up magic like that

    2) I NEED a belt buckle like that.

  2. Joshua Logan says:

    Thanks David (and the rest of the BOINGBOING crew) for sharing magic-related videos, and helping keep the art of sleight-of-hand magic relevant.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Thanks, Joshua! Y’know, Jason, Mark, and I are really interested in magic! All of us have practiced sleight-of-hand to various degrees. Jason carries a card deck with him everywhere. I grew up with this stuff and still love it, although I’m terrible. And last year, our Boing Boing “official board meeting” was at Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

      • usonia says:

        That totally makes sense. Tricks seem to fit right in with the maker-y, desigeneering, want-to-see-how-something-works-ness of BB. I bet a lot of your readers at least got magic books out of the library as children, and a lot of us have probably kinda sorta stuck with it to some degree. Real, well polished, properly presented slight of hand is a lovely craft to watch.

      • Joshua Logan says:

        That’s awesome! I met Mark a few years back and had some idea of his interest. Let me know if you guys are interested in anything from the company I work for http://www.PaulHarrisPresents.com

        Or if you are interested in doing a feature on Paul Harris- he is wonderful, prolific, inventor of magic effects. Cyril, Blaine, Angel, all love and adore him..

  3. HubrisSonic says:

    He is pretty good. 

  4. Expertly performed to be sure but nothing new. Not hating, I love a good performance & Cyril nearly always delivers but when it comes to cigarette magic routines there is still no equal to Tom Mullica

    • robcat2075 says:

       “Not hating”… but none-the-less taking time to deprecate the performance as much as is possible and passively asserting via name-dropping that your rarefied judgement makes you no easily-duped fanboy.

      • Take it as you will. I genuinely enjoyed the video & I am a fan of Cyril. I brought up Mullica because I think he really has created the best cigarette routines I have seen & anyone who liked this should check him out.

        • teapot says:

          I appreciated your suggestion, thanks. Most of the reason I read the comments here for precisely this reason: Boingers have the best suggestions on the tubez.

          For those unsure: Opinion ≠ Hating

    • Mockiovelli says:

      Nothing new?  Well, Cyril IS combining that fast and flicky Japanese manipulation style with expressive pauses a la Cardini, creating a neat-o visual rhythm.  Tom Mullica is great too, in a totally different reckless goofball way.
      Ranking creators and their works isn’t productive, it’s reductive.

      • That combination of performance styles / techniques isn’t novel. Cyril is fantastic but this isn’t his best work, this is the sort of thing lots of others can & have done. I don’t think it really has his personal touch, that aspect which tends to make his performances truly stand apart. I realize that’s just my opinion, sorry for forgetting that comment threads on the internet are no place opinions

  5. travtastic says:

    I need to learn this before I quit smoking.

  6. Teller says:

    Dear Cyril,
    Bravo.
    signed
    Mr. Total Sucker

  7. bardfinn says:

    The vanish at the end wowed me.

  8. Now if he can master the Not Getting Cancer trick…

  9. There is a 100 year old magician named John Calvert, who has been doing a pretty astounding act with cigarettes. If you like this you should check out the doc about him. 

  10. TheKaz1969 says:

    I gotta ask my cousin Vinny how this guy does these tricks. He knows how all the magicians do their tricks…

  11. sweetcraspy says:

    For anyone in the DC area, Johnny Fox is at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.   He has a fantastic magic  and sword swallowing show, including a few of these cigarette tricks.  He and the Hack and Slash are not to be missed.

  12. A. . says:

    Why do I feel like he’s in the basement of a druglord’s mansion, forced to perform?  No, wait— HE IS THE DRUGLORD

  13. jeligula says:

    What really astounds me about this post is that happy mutants tend to stomp on everything tobacco related and generally treat smokers as subhuman.  But then Pescovitz is the least uptight of the entire lot.

  14. If I could do half of this half as well, I’d never pay for drinks again.

  15. I have always been amazed by the rule against revealing how an illusion is done.  As someone who knows a few tricks, I am most impressed when I see a trick where I “know” how it is done, and am still impressed when I see it performed.

  16. No disrespect to the talented kid in the video, but this reminds me of a story I have to share.

    Back in the mid-80s, I was playing music at a resort area in Michigan, where I was lucky to make the acquaintance of an old Vaudevillian who was spending his retirement entertaining guests at his daughter’s hotel. Besides being a hoofer, a singer, and a pianist, he was known throughout the region as a close-up magician. In his late eighties, he mostly used his skill to charm cocktail waitresses with the salt trick and wine trick. Yet every time we’d hang out, some young hot-dog would show up and try his hand against the old man.

    One day, he and I are sharing beers and stories in the bar (“I opened as a hoofer on the same stage where George Burns met Gracie Allen!”), when this young, bearded hippie walks up to the table. Without saying a word, he lights a cigarette, and proceeds to make it appear and disappear from just about every orifice he could manage in public without getting arrested, all the time staring down my elderly friend like Billy the Kid staring down Wyatt Earp. Eventually, the lit, smoking cigarette disappears in the Kid’s fist, never to be seen again. The Kid then, wordlessly, walks away from the table and heads to the Men’s Room.

    “Hah,” I said, “He’s going to the bathroom to scream.”

    “Well, you know,” says my elderly friend,  “I’m a member of the guild and can’t reveal anything.”

    “But you’re not far from the truth.”

    In retrospect, I may have been very far from the truth, but I don’t suspect my old friend would have let me know either way.

  17. redesigned says:

    Cyril Takayama’s stuff is always mindbendingly amazing.  i love magic and he delivers in spades.

  18. yupgiboy says:

    I adore Cyril. I’ve been watching his magic specials for years.  Simply my favorite magician.

  19. Todd Alcott says:

    I’ll bet it’s some kind of trick.

  20. Andy Murdock says:

    It’s been 11 years, but man do I need to start smoking again, it looks like so much fun.

  21. B E Pratt says:

    I always liked the way Penn and Teller simply deconstructed a cigarette trick.  Teller comes out, leans on a lamppost, lights a cig, smokes it, puts it out, lights another one and leaves. Some trick, huh?  Then Penn sez, “Think you know what you just saw?” and proceeds to demonstrate that the whole thing was sort of reverse misdirection.

  22. iratbeclimbingforale says:

    Jazz Hands!

  23. Here’s a neat cigarette trick: my father-in-law smoked for 40 years, and his vocal cords disappeared!

  24. Michael says:

    He was profiled for the first Essential Magic Conference and talked about doing cigarette manipulation. He explained that when he performs for the public he asks to borrow a cigarette and when he’s finished he breaks it and explains that smoking is bad for you. This video is obviously from his younger years and his attitude seems to have changed. At least he’s helping to spread a positive message about the dangers of smoking, but I think it would be better if he found a less offensive prop.

  25. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    Cigarette addictive got a new name. Quit and relapse at once.  

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