Too Close To Call: Ministers of Magic
What is Halloween without tricks to go with your treats? Our city is home to two masters of magic, who can easily contend with the likes of Criss Angel. This month, we pit the illusions that wowed Ray Chance’s MuchMusic audience against the in-your-head act of Annex Live’s mentalist Bobby Motta. Who has the best tricks up his sleeve? You decide.
|Illusionist Ray Chance||VS.||Mentalist Bobby Motta|
|An illusionist: It encompasses a little bit more. You can really pretend to perform tricks that look [to be by] supernatural means.||You don’t call yourself a magician. What are you exactly?||A mentalist: We all look at it as the next level up… You’re not trying to show off, you’re creating an illusion mentally.|
|I draw a prediction on a large piece of paper, and it’s incorrect … and from the paper itself, their actual card will rise — the ink will move and come to life.||Big crowd-pleaser:||Someone finds a card, they lose it in the deck, the deck is thrown in the air, and as it cascades down, the magician throws a knife and spikes their card against the target board.|
|I studied at the Magic Castle in Hollywood where magicians come together … like a special magic club.||How did you learn the tricks of the trade?||
I had a large library of magic books, and I locked myself in a room for about a
year and a half.
|Jay-Z, Vince Carter, Rod Strickland.…||Celebrities dazzled by your sleight-of-hand:||Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Nelly Furtado.…|
|I set up beforehand, and when I went to go do the trick, somebody had taken the cards. I grabbed the cards back, but I didn’t check the cards.… Everything was coming out wrong.||Worst magical mishap?||When I first started, there was an illusion where I was supposed to vanish.… During my little dialogue, someone decided to hit the trap door early.|