If you have been living inside a sub-trunk, under a rock, below a subterranean cave, covered by volcanic ashes in some God-forsaken planet called Johoskohdaiee in the Galaxy of Phutoozphotsintah 923,034 light years away, I would understand if you told me you didn’t hear of Susan Boyle.
But if you are a cell-phone totting, TV-watching, Internet-connected, or just plain rumor-mongering Filipino magician, you should have heard of her by now.
If you have not, get out of here! Go back to planet Johoskohdaiee in the Galaxy of Phutoozphotsintah 923,034 light years away! And don’t come back!
Susan Boyle is the latest singing sensation on the reality TV Britain Got Talent. She went from total obscurity to YouTube stardom in just five days. Her Youtube clip had got tens of millions of hits. Other mainstream media are dashing to her doorway to sing paeans for her on their respective television programs.
You might ask, Leodini, why are you writing about a singer on your blog about magic?
Because Susan Boyle’s performance is magical. Maybe even more magical than most magic performances.
During her audition, the short, plump, 47-year-old never-been-kissed spinster strode onto the stage under the glare of TV cameras, looking as plain as the plainest plain Jane. The judges and the audience thought she was about to perform a “joke act”. But when she belted a moving performance of “I Dream A Dream” from the Broadway musical Les Miserables, on the very first line of the song she transformed everybody in the theater into rabid fans.
Wide eyes, jaws on the floor, huge smiles, deafening cheers, sustained applause, standing ovations—all this Susan Boyle received from the live audience (and later from YouTube visitors around the globe) for her perfect rendition of a song she sung using a voice given to her by an angel.
These are the reactions that magicians in the Philippines can only dream for in their dreams. These are also the reactions that we magicians must work for—perhaps not the same intensity, not the same prolonged ovation and cheers, but something similar to it.
I don’t have Susan Boyle’s voice and won’t have it even if I practice singing till eternity. But getting a wild reaction for magic similar to the one she got (even on a lesser degree) would be a fine goal to aspire for.
Wide eyes, jaws on the floor, huge smiles, deafening cheers, sustained applause, standing ovation…hmm, how in the world can I get those with my Ambitious Card Routine?
By the way, if you want to add more hits to Susan Boyle’s YouTube clip, here’s the link. Be amazed by her…